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This tank is currently the divider between my office and my dining room. Read and enjoy!
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Asylumdown's 275 gallon SPS reef

Posted 11/22/2013 at 04:04 PM by asylumdown
Updated 11/22/2013 at 05:18 PM by asylumdown

I think I had a build thread for this tank on ReefCentral ages ago but never really did anything with it. A blog seems like a good place to put it instead!

Since the tank is now 19 months old, this blog will be mostly pic heavy.

Specs -

6' long, 34" wide, 27" tall starphire display. The tank was built in to the wall of the house my partner and I built separating our dining room from the office and is open on both sides. It's 275ish gallons. The sump wen running holds approximately 100 gallons of water, for a total system volume of 375ish gallons

Water changes are handled by an over-sized custom sump which can have 3 out of 4 of it's chambers isolated from the flow of the main system. The largest chamber (45ish gallons after equipment displacement) can be drained with a permanent pump, then R/O water is pumped up in from the basement, salt is mixed in, and the whole sump is then put back 'in-line'.

Equipment:

lighting - 8 gen 1 radions on a custom program
Flow - Reeflo dart return pump, 2 Vortech MP40s and 2 Vortech MP60s
Filtration - Deltec SC2560 skimmer, recirculating biopellet reactor, Vertex reactor running GFO
Control - Continuously evolving Apex controller package

Fish:
Longhorn cowfish
Doliatus Rabbit
Bluethroat trigger
Copperband Butterfly
5 Dispar anthias
3 Purple queen anthias
a very cryptic Suisse basslet (I see it like once a month)
Richmond's wrasse
3 bangaii cardinals
Coral Beauty Angelfish
Powder blue tang (brand new, presently in QT)

Corals - more than I know the names of. Mostly SPS, a few LPS, a couple small colonies of zoanthid.

Here's some pics showing the history:

Construction stage:
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1100.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1100.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1099.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1099.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1104.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1104.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Sump
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1225.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1225.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Installing sump and stand
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1231.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1231.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1235.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1235.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Then the house got built around it:
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/Boxed2.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/Boxed2.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/boxed.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/boxed.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Felt like forever to get to enclosure stage
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1701.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1701.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

The inside of the enclosure was covered in a thick epoxy liner
[URL=http://s1100.photobucket.com/user/asylumdown/media/IMG_1923.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g411/asylumdown/IMG_1923.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
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