View Full Version : Curryb15's 50 gal SCA build thread Back at it!

06/05/2017, 05:53 PM
Hey everyone this will be my official build thread! My new build is SCA 50 gal cube tank! I do Have some referring experience, I want to keep this thread loaded with picks and details.....


About 5 years ago I embarked on a 150 gal reef tank living at home with my parents. I did some research here on reef central but overall moved quick. The tank was 48x25?x30. The stand it was on was home made by myself ( I am not much of a carpenter) and was 40" tall. The thing was a monster in a small space and unmanageable. The return pump section sucked air once a week as I did not top off, I dumped calcium and alk powder right into the tank, did not have much flow, and never really did water changes because of the large amount of water needed. I had metal parts just above the sump, Salt creep would build on the metal parts and fall back into the sump. needless to say I made A lot of mistakes

Current tank

Im starting fresh with a much more manageable build. The tank is a SCA 50 Gal 24x24x20. I ordered just the stand and tank from SCA as I wanted to customize everything else. This build will be high tech but simple, I will be running a algae reactor at first to see how it does to control nutrients, weekly 15% water changes will be done, and a apex will be installed. The tank will have a 16" ghost overflow

I should mention I am getting married in October so there is no plans for livestock until I get back from my honeymoon in November. I will hopefully get the tank wet and cycle so its ready for when I get home. So everyone follow along!

06/05/2017, 07:07 PM
This is the spot where the tank is going. Behind the wall is a closet where my ATO is going https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/acf9869dbd4aa2050098a8a1bb42a44a.jpg

And here is some of the equipment I've collected over the last few months https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/99df13377b36401dfa0aca10764b4869.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/708b7fb0d3e407002c5b234b7c6b7a36.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/9cf8903d25ec7f6d46869c2cb9daee3b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/68dfd7e997a57261936663f08be429fe.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/41159e8a57ac960d6b6a29fdd6e87e77.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/522b2070ce99ca1558e610676c939406.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/f5f0a133edb9d7cad2611ba011450fa7.jpg

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06/05/2017, 09:19 PM
The stand was brought outside and waterproofed with white epoxy paint and all seems got silcone as well as any exposed metal like the screws https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/036269b3f959c53615b30e34cd53abc9.jpg

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06/06/2017, 04:15 PM
Some more work the last few days. I assembled the skimz 123 and started squaring my sump away. Also made a pull out shelf for electronics. Ill let the pics do the talking https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/f3fbef03367964077a428291ffb434e4.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/bbafd63174f52c06e7458fc71a9fabd2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/d8c465ae8024701b72b5ae0d85bfc908.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/53dcfdffb69636af45417a27c3380715.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/7daa6378e42d50b7648bd40a566cf2bc.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/524b60f349813a252e3077b760262881.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/b4794426d319cd21a6a48da16f4f3ca6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/a898dc393bf452fe09643cff2763df15.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/0e855e3c0bef80b9c85395f82845978a.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/a1d386c9139d8a35a5888cdf50083a66.jpg

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06/07/2017, 12:07 AM
Here are some more shots from today https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/60ee78f36f819c6466a62ce7df200b7b.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/dbdac685234bbd6f83ae9ffeca15447d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/2744b4d71a98979a508bd6cfc3cff7e2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/5b916239c300b5c61a4e27fca52ca0a9.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/5110013eb58256e1f2f5eb82612772d2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/bf2b3dfd537a7db6d0bb9ce4a21db07d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/7fdcabd946da2a19e29a0821150d26c1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/39c2a94a9a37987406f1c82716b17526.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/bac186016f2acdf55dac313c02cd28a1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/8e0e4900a7c64ea8136cf8cc68c56321.jpg

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06/16/2017, 01:22 PM
Awesome. Looking good. How do you like the skimmer so far or have you not ran it yet?