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James404
09/13/2017, 06:21 AM
Hello! Thanks for checking out my newest build thread! To start things off, I'd like to set a little background.

Background

About 5 years ago I broke down my 225g Reef Savvy tank and sold everything off. At that point in time my wife and I had just had our first child, and I really started to get burned out on the hobby. It felt more like a job than something I enjoyed. I had many ups and downs during those times, and it was extremely hard to sell everything off.

Fast forward to present day, within the past month or so I started to get the "itch" again to set up another tank. One night I woke up out of a deep sleep at about 3am, and my only thought was "I need to setup a reef tank again". Weird huh?

Of course to get started I had to get the "OK" from the boss (AKA my wife :spin1:) It took some convincing but she finally agreed!

So off we go!

Current Equipment List

Tank: 80G 48x24x16 Deep Blue Rimless
Light - ATI Sunpower 48” 8x54w
Skimmer - Bubble King Double Cone 150
RODI - BRS 4 Stage Plus
Rock - 60lbs Pukani
Sand - CarbiSea Special Grade Aragonite
Sump - Trigger Systems Tideline 48
Return - Reeflo YellowTail Gold
Controller - Apex 2016
ATO - Apex ATK
Flow - 2 x Maxspect XF230 Gyre
Refractometer - Milwaukee Digital

James404
09/13/2017, 06:55 AM
Planning and Setup

I knew off the bat, this tank was going to be SPS dominant. Acros were always my passion. I initially thought about a 40 breeder display, they have great dimensions, but then remembered about the Deep Blue tanks. I decided on the 80g Rimless, which is 48x24x16. An order was placed at my LFS.

Placement

I decided the best place for the tank would be in my home office.

Stand

For the stand, I would use Rocketengineer's template. I have used that design many times on my previous tanks, including my 225g and never had an issue.

Here is the basic stand framing. I used standard 2x4's, glued and screwed, for the frame. 1/2" sanded plywood for the top:
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James404
09/13/2017, 07:08 AM
Tank Arrival

The tank arrived within a few days. I forgot how heavy these tanks are! I had to bribe my wife to help me get it in the house :mixed:

Here it sits on the stand. I built the stand an inch larger on each side since I knew I wanted to wrap 1x2s around the top to trim it out.

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Stand Work

I started to trim out the stand. As said earlier, the top will be trimmed in 1x2's with mitered corners around the tank. Each side will be wrapped in 1/2" sanded plywood, with 2 cutouts in the front for cabinet doors.

Disregard the base moulding in this pic, it was just placed there temporarily for testing.
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Initial layout to cut the front plywood sheet.

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James404
09/13/2017, 07:55 AM
Rock

For all my tanks I have always used BRS Pukani. This tank will be no different. No other rock compares IMO.

I ordered 60lbs. This is just all of it layed out on what used to be the stand for my 225g. I will begin designing the aquascape soon.

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James404
09/14/2017, 06:33 AM
Lighting

Lighting will be handled by the 48" ATI Sunpower 8x54w. Mounted directly to the ceiling via the included hanging kit. Installation was made simple using a plumb bob.

Stand

More work was done on the stand but still not complete. The front skin with door cutouts was attached and the top trim was completed. Cabinet doors have been ordered, but there is a 3 week lead time unfortunately. The cabinet doors will be shaker style, with frosted plexiglass.

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James404
09/14/2017, 06:40 AM
Testing and Monitoring

Manual Salinity measurement will be handled via the Milwaukee Digital Refractometer. In the past I have always used the standard refractometer type, but usually found them frustrating. I am hoping the Milwaukee unit gives more consistent results and ease of use.

Automatic System Monitoring will be handled by the Apex 2016 edition. On my earlier tanks I originally ran Reefkeeper units but then switched to the Apex Classic, which I found far superior.

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Ramiro.OK
09/14/2017, 11:00 AM
Nice :-)

James404
09/14/2017, 05:50 PM
Nice :-)

Thank you, much more to come :)

James404
09/14/2017, 05:55 PM
Sump

Picked up the sump today. It is a Trigger Systems Tideline 48. It measures 48″ long x 20″ wide x 16″ high and holds up to 64 gallons.

Very impressed with the build quality!

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choss
09/16/2017, 04:58 PM
James enjoying your new build! I too used rocketengineer's design for one of my cabinets and my frag tank setup. I also went with a Trigger systems (ruby) sump. Love the quality. I'm lifting my tank onto the stand tomorrow. Wish me luck. I think on your 225 build you did this solo? I can't even imagine how you did that.

James404
09/16/2017, 08:47 PM
James enjoying your new build! I too used rocketengineer's design for one of my cabinets and my frag tank setup. I also went with a Trigger systems (ruby) sump. Love the quality. I'm lifting my tank onto the stand tomorrow. Wish me luck. I think on your 225 build you did this solo? I can't even imagine how you did that.Thanks! My original stand for the 225 started buckling when I was filling it up, was one of the scariest moments of my life LOL! I slowly lifted each side using pieces of wood until I could slide it onto the new one.

The rocketengineer stand is super sturdy, no worries on that one [emoji3]

Looking forward to seeing your build come together, definitely following along!

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James404
09/16/2017, 08:54 PM
Added some LED accent lighting to the stand, should look pretty cool when the frosted cabinet doors get added.

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James404
09/17/2017, 06:35 PM
RODI

Mounted the BRS 4 Stage Plus system in our laundry room today. I decided on only the 4 stage since our water quality is known to be very good in this area, and they only add in small amounts of chlorine. In my previous builds I had a 5 stage but felt it wasn't necessarily worth the additional costs this time around.

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I am hoping to have the tank wet sometime this week! The stand is completed with the exception of the cabinet doors, which had a 3 week lead time.

dimasv
09/17/2017, 07:21 PM
Beautiful start!

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choss
09/18/2017, 06:17 AM
I also went 4 stage. Water in westchester county is high quality. On your sump, will you place it beneath the display and if so are you putting anything under it? I'm debating what I can use for the occasional spill. I have nice hardwood floors like you for in pic above.

Frictionless
09/18/2017, 07:27 AM
We have almost the same kind of tank. Mine is a 48x30x14 rimless. I just added water and salt into mine. Going to do a thread like this soon :)

James404
09/18/2017, 07:50 AM
Beautiful start!

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Thank you!

I also went 4 stage. Water in westchester county is high quality. On your sump, will you place it beneath the display and if so are you putting anything under it? I'm debating what I can use for the occasional spill. I have nice hardwood floors like you for in pic above.

The sump is actually going to go in my basement. Makes it much easier to do maintenance and plenty of room when adding on components.

I know there are some type of absorbant mats people put down when they do tank maintenance, maybe one of those would work? If I find a link I will let you know...

James404
09/18/2017, 07:50 AM
We have almost the same kind of tank. Mine is a 48x30x14 rimless. I just added water and salt into mine. Going to do a thread like this soon :)

Cool! I love these dimensions, looking forward to seeing a build thread from you :)

James404
09/18/2017, 06:27 PM
You know it's a good day when one of these boxes end up on your doorstep [emoji3]

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Frictionless
09/23/2017, 08:33 AM
How has the tank been going?

James404
09/23/2017, 10:13 AM
How has the tank been going?

Moving along, haven't had a chance to take any pictures until today. Updates incoming :spin1:

James404
09/23/2017, 10:15 AM
Flow

Flow is being handled by 2 x Maxspect Gyre XF-230's currently.

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James404
09/23/2017, 10:25 AM
Initial Aquascaping and Sand

Got the initial aquascaping done using the 60lbs of BRS Pukani. I knew I wanted an open area in the middle, and to avoid just the "Wall of Rock" look. Overall I am pretty happy with it.

The sand was about 50lbs of Caribsea Special Grade Sea Floor Aragonite. I've used this sand in my previous tanks and always was happy with it.

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James404
09/23/2017, 10:27 AM
Initial Fill


And we have water in the tank! My plan is to fill it a little bit under the overflow to get the cycle started. I haven't completed the plumbing yet, but once completed I will continue the fill into the sump.

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James404
09/23/2017, 10:29 AM
Tank filled, and salinity set to 1.025 using Fritz's RPM salt.

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James404
09/23/2017, 11:13 AM
Hmmm... I wonder what's in this bag?

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Truly a work of art...

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naimasreef
09/23/2017, 12:01 PM
I'm loving it!

James404
09/24/2017, 08:05 AM
I'm loving it!

Thanks for following along!

James404
09/24/2017, 08:11 AM
Cycle

The cycle is under way!

Usually I have always just gone with ghost feeding to cycle, this time around I only placed the BRS pukani rock in the tank. I figured there was enough dead organic matter, and sure enough it's moving along.

Another first for me was the use of Dr. Tim's bacteria. I'm amazed that only 2 days in, and Ammonia and Nitrites are already being converted. I will take plenty of caution of course, but it definitely seems like a great way to jump start a cycle.

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James404
09/26/2017, 02:46 PM
Today was day 3 of the cycle. NO2 and NO3 were still registering but Ammonia was getting higher than 2ppm. I did a 5 gal water change and got it back to 2ppm. The goal is to keep it under 5ppm which can stall the cycle.

tjm9331
09/28/2017, 10:06 AM
wicked impressed, I love the scape and what you've done with the sand, can't wait to see more!

James404
09/28/2017, 03:54 PM
wicked impressed, I love the scape and what you've done with the sand, can't wait to see more!

Thank you for following along!

James404
09/28/2017, 04:06 PM
I finally got my Canon 6D back! Expect much better image quality from this post forward :)

Basement

Work has been slowly coming together on the rest of the build. The sump will be located in our unfinished basement. This gives me plenty of space for current equipment needs and expansion in the future.

I am still awaiting some critical pieces to arrive to complete the plumbing as well as some other equipment that has been ordered.

I attached some 1/2" ply to the concrete walls, and mounted the Apex, FMM and a raceway for cable management.

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I began initial rough in of electrical as well, this will ultimately be a waterproof box, with 2 GFCI 20a circuits.

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Heres some shots of the Tideline 48 sump and rest as it sits now:

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Frictionless
09/29/2017, 08:34 AM
Its coming along NICELY!

James404
09/29/2017, 09:43 AM
Its coming along NICELY!

Thank you, I wish it was coming along faster, but part of that has to do with my OCD, also patiently waiting for the rest of equipment :)

James404
09/30/2017, 02:55 PM
Sump

The return pump used for this build will be the Reeflo Yellowtail. I calculated the head pressure needed to be about 15-16ft. This pump seemed like the best option, although it definitely is a bit overkill. I will need to keep it dialed down quite a bit.

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Of course, since I am using an external return, my sump will need to be drilled for the 2" input the Reeflo requires. I admit this definitely gave me some anxiety. I've drilled plenty of glass tanks before, but never a brand spankin' new acrylic sump that costs a pretty penny.

I opted to use a 75mm diamond drill bit, paired with my Dewalt hammer drill, set to regular drill mode.

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I made a template and secured it with some pipe clamps.

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Success!

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James404
09/30/2017, 04:33 PM
Of course what use is a build thread, if we don't show some of our mistakes and failures?

Was working on some of the plumbing under the tank today, gluing in the return lines. Normally I'm used to bulkheads and fittings having a lip inside them as a "stopper". Well I ended up gluing the pipe way too high into the bulkhead, and the rest of the piping won't fit inside the overflow!

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By the time I realized what I had done it was too late, and getting that bulkhead off would be a PITA...

With every problem, there is always a solution. I ordered up an internal coupling to connect the two pipes. Now it's just a matter of waiting for delivery.

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James404
10/03/2017, 07:46 PM
Got a nice delivery from the UPS man today :)

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MMOORE0324
10/03/2017, 08:22 PM
Everything is looking great, James! Following along!

James404
10/05/2017, 04:39 PM
Everything is looking great, James! Following along!

Thank you!

MMOORE0324
10/05/2017, 11:22 PM
Thank you!



No problem. Question about your lights. Did you anchor into the joists or did you use sheet rock anchors? Iím hanging a Hamilton Cayman Sun pendant this weekend and with it being only 12Ē wide, I probably wonít be able to hit joists for both wires.


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James404
10/06/2017, 06:56 AM
No problem. Question about your lights. Did you anchor into the joists or did you use sheet rock anchors? Iím hanging a Hamilton Cayman Sun pendant this weekend and with it being only 12Ē wide, I probably wonít be able to hit joists for both wires.


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Yep I used toggle bolts right through the sheetrock, wasn't able to hit any studs either. No issues and the ATI fixture is pretty heavy:)

Marou
10/09/2017, 02:15 PM
Very nice job! Following along :)

Zoahoarder
10/12/2017, 01:39 PM
Awesome build so far and great choice of equipment. Y'all northern are lucky to have basements to put sumps and stuff. Following along.

James404
10/12/2017, 05:16 PM
Very nice job! Following along :)

Thanks!

Awesome build so far and great choice of equipment. Y'all northern are lucky to have basements to put sumps and stuff. Following along.

Thanks for following along, it definitely is a convenience having a basement. I had a sump under a stand once and hated it!

James404
10/15/2017, 07:17 PM
Been working on the build whenever I get a spare few minutes in between other projects.

I redid the aquascape on the right side of the tank, basically just swapped the front rock and the back one. Looks way better IMO. I am pretty happy with this layout now.

CUC was added from ReefCleaners. I ordered Ceriths, Nerites and Nassarius snails. Ended up getting Ceriths, Nerites and Hermit crabs....oh well LOL

Current FTS
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Observations

Already starting to see Coraline Algae.

Also seeing the beginning of the diatom phase.

James404
10/15/2017, 07:40 PM
Started to get my QT/TTM tanks setup. Built another stand for all the extra equipment needed. I'm losing track of how many of these stands I've built over the years. Bet I could build one in my sleep.

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Sump is now running with skimmer and the Apex. ATO is yet to be hooked up, will be soon.

It turns out I made a poor selection on the return pump. This thing is just way too much pump, I kind of overestimated the head loss.

I placed an order for a Reeflo Swordtail as a replacement. Should be perfect, and all the plumbing connections remain the same.

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MMOORE0324
10/16/2017, 09:03 AM
Started to get my QT/TTM tanks setup. Built another stand for all the extra equipment needed. I'm losing track of how many of these stands I've built over the years. Bet I could build one in my sleep.

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Sump is now running with skimmer and the Apex. ATO is yet to be hooked up, will be soon.

It turns out I made a poor selection on the return pump. This thing is just way too much pump, I kind of overestimated the head loss.

I placed an order for a Reeflo Swordtail as a replacement. Should be perfect, and all the plumbing connections remain the same.

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Coming along really nice James. I just put water into my new system late last week. Always exciting when a reef tank starts to take shape.

James404
10/16/2017, 09:11 AM
Coming along really nice James. I just put water into my new system late last week. Always exciting when a reef tank starts to take shape.

Thanks Matt! I just checked out your build, you DIY'd both the tank and sump? That's impressive, I also like the remote fuge display :) I'm going to follow along.

Vinny Kreyling
10/16/2017, 12:11 PM
Looks Good James.
My only concern would be the placement of the energy bar right above the water.

James404
10/16/2017, 01:11 PM
Looks Good James.
My only concern would be the placement of the energy bar right above the water.

Thanks Vinny, I will take that into consideration.

Good to be back in the hobby again, I will have to re-join LIRA when I get some free time, I enjoyed the meetings I went to during my time as a member.

MMOORE0324
10/18/2017, 03:54 PM
Thanks Matt! I just checked out your build, you DIY'd both the tank and sump? That's impressive, I also like the remote fuge display :) I'm going to follow along.



Sweet, thanks for checking out my build, James. I donít want to hijack your thread with info about my setup, but yes, I built the tank, sump, remote fuge, and sock holders. Iíve wanted to get into acrylic fabrication for awhile and I figured this system was a good one to experiment with. It was a great learning experience and pretty satisfying to see it all set up finally.


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James404
10/18/2017, 04:52 PM
Livestock

I had a little bit of store credit at the LFS nearby so grabbed this small purple/green chalice

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First fish have arrived. 2 ORA Premium Picasso's currently in QT. They have already been named "Megatronus" and "Pinkie Pie" by the kids.

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MMOORE0324
10/19/2017, 08:25 AM
Livestock

I had a little bit of store credit at the LFS nearby so grabbed this small purple/green chalice

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4514/37073100184_7944ab9a34_c.jpg


First fish have arrived. 2 ORA Premium Picasso's currently in QT. They have already been named "Megatronus" and "Pinkie Pie" by the kids.

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Those are going to be some stunning clowns. I'm thinking of trying the Wyomings White's with this system.

James404
10/20/2017, 09:12 AM
Those are going to be some stunning clowns. I'm thinking of trying the Wyomings White's with this system.

Thank you! I have seen the Wyoming White's, definitely a cool variation.

James404
10/22/2017, 02:48 PM
Return Pump

I swapped out the Reeflo Yellowtail today for the Swordtail.

The Yellowtail I had to valve down a considerable amount, and it was using ~460w!

The Swordtail is now using 166w, and I'm able to fine tune the flow better.

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James404
10/22/2017, 05:46 PM
Pretty happy with the flow so far in this tank

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MMOORE0324
10/23/2017, 11:14 AM
Pretty happy with the flow so far in this tank

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Ah, the rippling water is so satisfying. Looks like you've got some good flow patterns. Can't wait to see it full of SPS! The real question is... are you getting the itch for a larger tank, again? I know I am...

James404
10/23/2017, 12:54 PM
Ah, the rippling water is so satisfying. Looks like you've got some good flow patterns. Can't wait to see it full of SPS! The real question is... are you getting the itch for a larger tank, again? I know I am...

:) I have to keep telling myself "You do not want a bigger tank"

Plus my wife will probably kill me.

I really want to see this tank grow out to maturity though.

James404
10/23/2017, 05:08 PM
The Bubble King has been breaking in nicely, I don't even have a single fish in the system yet and it's doing it's job.

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Premium Picasso's have been doing well with the TTM. They are eating regularly. I did the third transfer tonight.

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James404
10/23/2017, 05:11 PM
First SPS frags have gone in.

ORA Bird of Paradise
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ORA TriColor Valida
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