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04/05/2017, 01:18 PM
Well, it was finally time... my wife and I have had various reef tanks since 2001. Our last home we had a 120 built in between the dining and living room. Our current home we have had a 29 JBJ for 2 years now, and have decided we want something a bit bigger.

For me, the biggest challenge is trying to learn from all the mistakes I've made in the past, by not making them again! Some of those:

1) Don't use purple primer (its ugly)
2) Give as much room as possible under and around the stand
3) Support the plumbing
4) Make accessing the tank and sump area as easy as possible
5) Wiring needs to be neat
6) Label everything
7) If its not easy to do (think cleaning / maintenance), it won't get done!

So, we picked out a corner in our dining room, and started planning:


04/05/2017, 01:32 PM
Cat tax:

My daughter helped me assemble the stand (using the handy stand calculator in the DIY section):

04/05/2017, 01:33 PM
Base stand built and back sides skinned:


04/05/2017, 01:35 PM
I wanted the top of the stand to be black granite, but I also needed to cut holes later. So I did a 6" black granite edge on the two sides facing out from the corner. I had a local countertop granite store cut and polish the pieces, and here they are being test fitted (and the inside of the stand painted:


04/05/2017, 01:36 PM
The stand bottom has about 40 felt circle stick on pads. This makes sliding it over the hardwood floors very easy, and doesn't damage the floor. Here I have drilled out where the access holes in the stand sides, and stand top need to be, and need to now connect them with a sawzall:


04/05/2017, 01:38 PM
Next, I built up the top to be the same thickness as the granite edging, cut out the holes, sanded the holes, then painted the top black, and the inside white:


The long hole on the top is for the 3 pipes coming from a Synergy Reef Shadow Overflow http://synergyreef.com/product/16-shadow-overflow/. The hole towards the middle are for the two holes in the bottom of the tank. One which will be used for water changes (more to come on this later), and the other in case I ever need to completely drain the tank. The other whole towards the back is for the return plumbing and power wires.

04/05/2017, 01:43 PM
Then my wife decided the room needed a color change... thankfully, the felt pads made moving the stand out of the way easy, and then back again:


04/05/2017, 02:08 PM
Lots has been done in this picture...

1) The light has been mounted on a pair of sliding door rails. This lets much push it to the back when I need to access the tank, and then pull it back into place when I am done. It also gives me the option in the future of motorizing the movement to get different light angles into the tank throughout each day.

2) The black rectangle on the wall is one of two (the other is behind the light) through holes, with AC Infinity vent fans. One pushes air in, the other pushes air out (into the coldest room in the house, the room over the garage).

3) The tank is in its final place on the stand, and the return and drain plumbing has been connected.


04/05/2017, 02:17 PM
Ahhh... the plumbing. I spent way too much thinking about this, but here is the result:


Of note:

1) The return manifold is on the top left. It splits 3 ways (return to tank 1", canister filter 1/2", refugium 1/2"). Each line has a flow sensor from Neptune on it. The flow sensor to the return line is above the stand and not shown in the picture.

2) The 2 red handle shutoff valves at the top are for the drains in the bottom of the tank. These merge together into the single line coming down on the right side, that then disappears out the back of the stand... which goes inside the wall, down to the basement, to a drain and water makeup stand. One of the valves has a pipe that has a guard at the top inside the stand, at a height which will drain ~25 gallons. So I open the valve, and 25 gallons will drain out. I then open a different valve in the basement at the makeup station, and come back upstairs. Not seen is a 3-way electrical switch (behind a waterproof cover), that will turn on the pump in the basement, pushing new saltwater up through the same pipe that drained out earlier. In this way, I can do a 25 gallon water change without moving a single bucket!!

3) The three drain lines in the back are from the Synergy overflow. One has a spears gate valve on it to control the flow and keep this quiet.

4) There is a 1/4" line from the basement for topoff water, which will be pushed up by a peristaltic pump. The grey power wire is there to control that pump.

5) All connections are made with silicone 1" hose, to reduce any vibration transfer.

6) The dark grey at the bottom of the stand is shower liner, going up 3 inches all the way around. If something leaks, the Aquacontroller leak detector will warn me.

04/05/2017, 02:19 PM
Which brings me to the scariest part of a new tank setup... tonight we add sand, rock and water for the first time :eek1:

Here's to no leaks!! :beer:

04/05/2017, 04:47 PM
Love the setup great job on plumbing

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04/05/2017, 09:27 PM
Isn't that MH a bit over kill?

04/05/2017, 09:39 PM
Isn't that MH a bit over kill?

250 watt Radium driven by an Icecap ballast on a full size Lumenarc , so we'll see. It is 12" over the water, and the rock will only be up about 2/3rds the way up inside the tank, so 9" of water between the halide and the rock.

If its too much, I have a Radion I can swap to.

04/06/2017, 09:14 PM
Holy moly is that light big! Please tell me your going sticks!

I wish my plumbing was that neat...next round im doing better...following along

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04/06/2017, 10:02 PM
Holy moly is that light big! Please tell me your going sticks!

Yes, the tank will have SPS :)

04/06/2017, 10:04 PM
Yes, the tank will have SPS :)
Whoop whoop! Im subscribed

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04/08/2017, 07:05 PM
Enjoy your cube.

04/08/2017, 07:34 PM
Looking Good! Enjoy, Cube are amazing!