View Full Version : My 125 gallon bar build

04/19/2017, 08:28 PM
Old hobbyist getting back into the saltwater game. This time I am putting in a 125 reef in wall across from my basement bar.

04/19/2017, 08:33 PM

04/19/2017, 08:41 PM
Any tank info? Dimensions, rimmed/rimless? Sump plans?

And is that frame 2x4? Is that spam going to hold up to a 125 that looks to be , what, 72" wide?

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04/19/2017, 08:52 PM
Standard 125 dual overflows. Will have a 30 gallon sump beneath and a refugium on the other side of the wall. Looking into going LEDs this time. It is a 2x4 frame but it t is all doubled. I'm was actually interested in people's opinions on the frame. Trying to post another picture that shows the frame finished.

04/19/2017, 09:16 PM
Finished frame

04/19/2017, 09:17 PM
More progress

04/19/2017, 09:19 PM
Current picture. Need to square off a few more openings and then it's on to the doors.

04/21/2017, 12:02 PM
Ready for paint and doors. Anyone have any feedback on this frame supporting a 125?

04/21/2017, 12:34 PM
Looks good. Are there 2X4's behind the bottom of the face piece for extra support?

04/21/2017, 05:06 PM
Yes doubled up 2x4s all the way around.

04/22/2017, 12:16 PM
Looks great, keep up on the pics

04/23/2017, 11:49 AM
Still need to scavenge a few more cabinet doors.

04/24/2017, 06:52 PM
Looks really great. It is a bit dangerous to keep tank at the bar :-)

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04/29/2017, 05:17 PM
Little update. Doors are finished now I just need to do knobs and some trim work. Opening on far right will be open shelving. Horseshoe bar will sit on opposite wall.

04/29/2017, 09:01 PM
Looks great.

05/04/2017, 07:15 PM
I'm trying to use some stuff from my old frag system. I was wondering your opinions on this return setup. It's jebao dc12000. I was thinking having the two outside returns going to opposite sides of the 125 and the middle return going to the refugium. I'm just wondering if this is going to be too much for the overflows to handle? Worse case scenario I guess I could add another return line that empties directly back into the sump if it is to much.

06/02/2017, 01:14 PM
Tank ordered and will be ready for pickup Wednesday... I have all of my rock so I'll be ready to start my cycle right away.

06/06/2017, 10:55 AM
Some sand to get me started arrived today. 60lbs

06/08/2017, 06:28 PM
Tank is in and aqua scale done. Ready for trim work...

06/11/2017, 09:10 PM
Ready for cycle... If anyone is reading this at this point. I kinda feel like I'm doing a video blog on Mars for when they find my lifeless body lol

06/12/2017, 12:19 AM
Looking good. Your not that far from me.

06/12/2017, 01:45 PM
Very sweet build! keep it up!

06/18/2017, 06:01 PM
Got a little trim work done today and first fish is in...

06/26/2017, 01:08 PM
I picked up a top off tank, an acrylic sump I'm going to use as a refugium and a reef octopus 3000 XP EXT. when I'm finished plumbing in all of that, water changes will be as easy as turning valves.

06/26/2017, 04:30 PM
Thats really cool

06/27/2017, 12:04 AM
Deal also came with several fish and a good amount of coral. Tank is a little early still so I used a bottle of Doctor tims and am doing daily water changes. All fish eating and seem happy. Coral is all open and happy.

06/28/2017, 12:57 PM
Picture I got today of one of the clowns hosting a toadstool.

06/28/2017, 01:07 PM
Another pic from today...