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theMerchant
03/08/2017, 10:50 AM
I finally picked the perfect tank for me. I live very close to SC Aquariums and was able to hand pick this tank and stand.

SC Aquarium Tank (http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-150-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-150g.htm)dims 60x24x24
Custom overflow by Exotic Marine Systems (https://www.exoticmarinesystems.com/collections/overflows-systems/products/35-overflow-kit) , custom made to 48"
-using Bean Animal drain with 1.5" pipes
SC Aquarium glass sump , modified baffles for 3 chambers (first chamber refugium, skimmer then return)
Ecotech marine Vectra L1 return pump
Ice Cap Gyre 3K

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk1/big71al/150/sca%20150.png (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/big71al/media/150/sca%20150.png.html)
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removed the stock over flow and drilled holes 2 inch bulkhead and return lines
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drill some holes and added water resistant LED strip
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Over Flow
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added a magnetic switch to door, so when I open the door lights come on automatically
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theMerchant
03/08/2017, 10:51 AM
added some cable management, magnetic child proof locks and fans
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Modified Bean animal drains
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Brackets Installed for support
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Returns
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theMerchant
03/08/2017, 10:52 AM
Rock Work


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theMerchant
03/08/2017, 10:53 AM
finished up returns and mounted the Emperors Aquatic UV using the same conduit brackets from Lowes.
For the UV supply, I added a flow meter and gauge

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cincyjim
03/08/2017, 11:13 AM
Looking good!!!

tmnigat
03/08/2017, 12:46 PM
Did you have your overflow made to raise the water level? I know the stock ghost overflow's don't work that well with the eurobraced SC 150's because it lowers the water level another couple inches...

soulpatch
03/08/2017, 01:53 PM
Did you have your overflow made to raise the water level? I know the stock ghost overflow's don't work that well with the eurobraced SC 150's because it lowers the water level another couple inches...

Ditto this. I'm sure you measured but dang that water line is going to be at least another 2 inches lower.

Setup otherwise looks good but I would have had that gate valve inside the stand unless you have a ton of room to reach around that return line to mess with it.

theMerchant
03/08/2017, 11:25 PM
Im ok with the water line being lower. I actually thought about moving the rear euro brace above the side ones.
I will have the canopy lower to the water line anyways.

I kept the gate valve on the back because i would want to see the watet level when adjusting the overflow. The beauty of a bean animal is the set it and forget it quiet drain.
I will also have plenty if room in the back of the tank.


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soulpatch
03/09/2017, 07:24 AM
Im ok with the water line being lower. I actually thought about moving the rear euro brace above the side ones.
I will have the canopy lower to the water line anyways.


Good luck. My water line is pretty much at the eurobrace and I would not want my canopy any lower or else the lighting would need to sit on top of it. Ill be interested to see how this turns out for you.

theMerchant
03/09/2017, 09:25 AM
Rocks are in and started to fill with water
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theMerchant
03/09/2017, 12:47 PM
Good luck. My water line is pretty much at the eurobrace and I would not want my canopy any lower or else the lighting would need to sit on top of it. Ill be interested to see how this turns out for you.
Im going to be running 4 AI hdra 52hd so ot wont be as cluncky as T5s on rails.

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soulpatch
03/09/2017, 12:54 PM
Im going to be running 4 AI hdra 52hd so ot wont be as cluncky as T5s on rails.

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It doesnt matter really. My unit has a 1/5" gap from top of unit to the canopy to allow the one power cord room to slide. The unit is 2 inches tall so 2.5 inches total. The hydra 52 is 1.6 inches tall and you will likely want a minimum of 1/4 for the airflow across the back of the unit in the canopy.

So you are talking 2.5" to 1.85" or less then 1/2"... You are going to be pretty darn close to the water which might affect your light spread.

theMerchant
03/09/2017, 08:12 PM
Easy, if i feel its a problem, just make or buy new canopy

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tmnigat
03/10/2017, 07:36 AM
Rocks are in and started to fill with water
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk1/big71al/150/20170309_082032.jpg (http://s276.photobucket.com/user/big71al/media/150/20170309_082032.jpg.html)

Diggin the aquascape

soulpatch
03/10/2017, 07:39 AM
Easy, if i feel its a problem, just make or buy new canopy

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The one I have been considering is a floating canopy. Mount to a TV bracket perhaps so it can move slightly but that gives the height and handles light bleed.

BKREEFBABY
03/11/2017, 06:51 AM
Following this build...thinking of getting the same tank


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theMerchant
03/30/2017, 09:19 AM
2 weeks into cycling
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theMerchant
03/30/2017, 09:20 AM
decided to build my own canopy to house the 4 Hydra 52 HDs.
Will be using the HMS rails and mount so I can side and turn the lights

soulpatch
03/30/2017, 09:20 AM
is that like a deathstar on the bottom left? LOL

Looking good

theMerchant
03/30/2017, 09:57 AM
is that like a deathstar on the bottom left? LOL

Looking good

can you find the millennium falcon? and R2 :eek1:

soulpatch
03/30/2017, 10:09 AM
now I can see the falcon but not r2...

theMerchant
04/06/2017, 11:28 PM
Changed out my sump today to a Trigger Sapphire 39. The old sump was too tall and didnt allow my skimmer to fit inside the stand.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170407/c0fa86734ad15012a7e8d2ab5b69a87b.jpg
I might need to tune it abit,
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Replumbed my returns and move the gate valve inside the stand.

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soulpatch
04/07/2017, 08:09 AM
You are walking down the same path I did. I have a custom emerald 39 in my tank. Its actually a 42 since it is a shade longer and some baffle walls moved and such but similar.

Darnit man where is R2 in the tank???

theMerchant
04/07/2017, 09:00 AM
Darnit man where is R2 in the tank???

He is low in the tank and small.

Is your sump returns turbulent and noisy? I had to use the black foam to quiet it down and i get a small spill over once in awhile.

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soulpatch
04/07/2017, 09:09 AM
No my sump is not too bad. I actually need to shoot a video for the SC and my build threads going over everything at this point. I also switched the sump to mesh socks so as to not have to change as frequently...

theMerchant
04/17/2017, 10:34 PM
Got a new toy http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170418/efa771e94c50415a2bfa0ee889695061.jpg

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theMerchant
04/17/2017, 10:58 PM
Slowing moving livestock to new tank.http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170418/532155191d4ea1fb7be96eedcae46496.jpg

One of my fav piece i acquired from a local member
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170418/d1edc48874b920c9d2115576c0b7cd09.jpg

Old tank and new tank shot. Will be moving all Hydras to new canpoy
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theMerchant
04/19/2017, 02:36 AM
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Filled it with some TLF Reborn and Mag

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soulpatch
04/19/2017, 07:06 AM
you get your sump flow dialed in?

theMerchant
04/19/2017, 08:59 AM
you get your sump flow dialed in?

flow is good and quiet. I did have to use the sponge on top of the socks for now. Once I get all my reactors plugged in then Ill know what setting I want to set the Vectra L1, right now I have it around 85%

theMerchant
04/22/2017, 11:07 PM
Repurposed an old reactor for a Ca 2nd chamber http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170423/2f9c96482cf1b418c5cf3083e211c2ae.jpg


I moved all my Hydra52hd into the canopy

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theMerchant
04/22/2017, 11:08 PM
Repurposed an old reactor for a Ca 2nd chamber http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170423/2f9c96482cf1b418c5cf3083e211c2ae.jpg




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hersheyb
04/22/2017, 11:15 PM
Sweet setup!

theMerchant
04/22/2017, 11:48 PM
Added the remaining hydra52hd into canopy http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170423/ed4a899a5fba4c7705c7a4b43539ad15.jpg

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neilp2006
04/23/2017, 10:17 PM
One of my fav piece i acquired from a local member
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170418/d1edc48874b920c9d2115576c0b7cd09.jpg


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Man, that looks great !! Love the fluorescent green. Got an ID?

Thanks !!



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theMerchant
04/23/2017, 10:41 PM
Man, that looks great !! Love the fluorescent green. Got an ID?

Thanks !!



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Tube anemone [emoji106]
The tenticles have pink speckles
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/6/inverts

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neilp2006
04/23/2017, 10:46 PM
Tube anemone [emoji106]
The tenticles have pink speckles
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/6/inverts

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Wow. Never seen one so green before. Cool


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theMerchant
05/09/2017, 12:38 AM
Things are slowly being acclimated. I still need to do major cable management. At least I have all Apex items connected now, even a delay for skimmer and after main pump gets turned off.
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Dhoggs
06/13/2017, 08:15 AM
I think this is due for an update with lots of new pics if course. :)

theMerchant
06/13/2017, 08:35 AM
I think this is due for an update with lots of new pics if course. :)

Will do, been busy with some remodeling at the house.

theMerchant
06/18/2017, 02:07 AM
Installed the BRS 150g kit and RODI booster Buddie. This really did increase my water pressure. I am tapping it of the water line from the ice maker feed i dont use behind refrig. I get a measly 20 psi when measured, now at 70 psi right before the membranes.
I also like the auto off feature when the pressure is to high (float valve closed). The amount of waste water to RODI is about 1:1, i know this since im collecting it in another barrel. MD carries the Aquaticlife Smart Buddie Booster pump. There are a few more connections but I feel its a great value.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170618/dfd6eb791105b13213cd4c320815242e.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170618/76d030a707d5f469480c555445f003b0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170618/cde0f56db2228d2d438c5936a8ea3750.jpg

Please dont mind the mismatched poly lines lol
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soulpatch
06/18/2017, 06:06 AM
Yeah the 150 gpd upgrade is so worth it.

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honeycombz
06/18/2017, 08:19 AM
This set up is bad A**! [emoji1360][emoji1360]

What fans are you using on your stand? Look like computer fabs


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theMerchant
06/18/2017, 09:55 AM
This set up is bad A**! [emoji1360][emoji1360]

What fans are you using on your stand? Look like computer fabs


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Yes computer case fans, ARCTIC F12 PWM Rev. 2 - Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 120mm PWM Speed Control

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