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Old 02/09/2018, 01:45 PM   #1
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Acrylic 60 gallon cube build

I started this build a year and a half ago. It's been about 5 years since my last tank and after buying my house I instantly got the itch to build another, but this time pulling out all the stops.
Sometimes I question myself as to why I'm building such am elaborate system for a 60 gallon and always come back to the answer... why the hell not??
My goal was a room all it's own for the filtration and a dead silent display in the living room. I also never wanted to carry a 5 gallon bucket of water again.
First things first. I live in New England in a house that was built in 1900. The service on the house was a modest 100 amps and supplied the 2800 square foot house with power.. absolutely not going to work. So my first job was to have a 200 amp service change done. Next I had to have the foundation, field stone and brick repaired, and build the 14 x 18 foot room in the far back corner of the basement directly below where my display was going to be. From there it was the plumbing, bringing the circuits over, 2 20 amp, sheet rock and finish.
I had my cube and matching cube sump custom built. But soon decided that I have a full room yo work in so why not expand and Frankenstein some equipment I had kicking around for a few years. So I decided to plumb in an eshopps rs 200 and have plenty of space for a refugium and control space for probes and such.
Here are a few pictures of it to date.

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Old 02/09/2018, 01:58 PM   #2
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A couple more

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Old 02/09/2018, 05:35 PM   #3
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Love it! Excited to see this thing build.
Curious what the first compartment is in your sump?


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Old 02/09/2018, 06:52 PM   #4
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Love it! Excited to see this thing build.
Curious what the first compartment is in your sump?


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The first compartment in the eshopps part?... I'll be using that area as a control space.. probes and ato type stuff. The middle will be the fuge. And the return will hold my heaters and will be the area I dose to.

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Old 02/09/2018, 07:41 PM   #5
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Love it! Excited to see this thing build.
Curious what the first compartment is in your sump?


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Or do you mean the algae scrubber to the far left?

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Old 02/09/2018, 07:47 PM   #6
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The way the two separate dumps are plumbed is weird so it's hard for me to understand what compartment you are referring to.
I wrote down the compartments and numbered then in the series they will flow in

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Old 02/09/2018, 07:50 PM   #7
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Also, the control part is where my water changes will be done. The small mag 5 in there will drain to the mess sink. I'll plumb the new mix in from the water mixing station.

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Old 02/10/2018, 11:40 AM   #8
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Algae scrubber. Never seen one before. Thanks


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Old 02/16/2018, 06:15 PM   #9
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Plumbing the frag tank in and a few other ideas I'm ironing out.

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Old 02/20/2018, 03:44 PM   #10
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Holy shat.


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Old 03/02/2018, 02:07 PM   #11
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I haven't had much free time but I was able to get a solid day in on the build.

Quick tip... zip ties make for an excellent extra set of hands when your trying out different plumbing routes.
The last picture shows how I returned the uv sterilizer. I thought it was key.

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Old 03/03/2018, 07:34 PM   #12
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Starting to work on the water mixing station. I'm still shopping and researching RO/DI set ups. The one hung on the wall now is an old one I've had for years and leaks like the S. S. Minnow. I'm 95 percent positive I'll be ordering the vertex puretek deluxe 100.

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Old 03/03/2018, 10:53 PM   #13
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I just realized I didn't post pictures of the day one start of the room.

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Old 03/03/2018, 10:54 PM   #14
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..... and of course they were screen shots from a conversation I was having with my uncle. Lol. Should have cropped them

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Old 03/06/2018, 05:10 PM   #15
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https://youtu.be/PNcu9cw2uIA

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Old 03/08/2018, 03:39 PM   #16
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Built and mounted the apex panel today

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Old 03/08/2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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When your sump and setup is cooler then your tank.

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Old 03/08/2018, 09:42 PM   #18
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When your sump and setup is cooler then your tank.

Well done
Thanks. I get a little carried away. Haha

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Old 03/09/2018, 12:06 PM   #19
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x 2 on the comments above. The room and sump setup is way better than any DT I have ever had. Watching this thread closely and dreaming about the next tank down the road I get.


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Old 03/09/2018, 04:05 PM   #20
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Here's how I decided to plumb in my reactors.

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Old 03/10/2018, 09:43 PM   #21
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I decided to change the reactor plumbing. I chose to run it from the gate valve that was open instead of adding a gate valve after the ball valve it was originally on. There's a few 90s in there but I have plenty of pump power and I'm not concern with loss.

Here's an over all picture of the plumbing change to the reactors and of the progress tonight... I finally finished up the mixing station and plumbed it over to the sump. Now the barrels need a good cleaning.

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Old 03/11/2018, 09:32 PM   #22
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Had some vinyl cut and put it on the old eshopps sump. Everything has to match... OCD much?

Tomorrow I'll be drilling and installing the bulkheads.

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Old 03/12/2018, 12:22 PM   #23
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Bulkheads I stalled and laying out the rest of the plumbing.

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Old 03/15/2018, 04:51 PM   #24
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Getting there

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Old 03/21/2018, 08:33 PM   #25
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A couple of pictures from today. Fuge light came in and I finished up the 2 inch plumbing in the back that connects the two sumps

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