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Old 06/15/2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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120 Gallon Setup Has Begun

Now that my stand and canopy are completed, I have started the process of getting my tank set up. I will warn everyone now that this is a slow process. Summertime does not afford me a lot of spare time in the evenings to work on this project so bear with me.

Here is my tank, stand and canopy in my basement family room.



This tank will be set up primarily for sps. Now on with the pics.

Installed the MH reflectors tonight. Two Lumenarc minis with 250 watt SE metal halide bulbs fired by Coralvue electronic ballasts.







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Old 06/15/2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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I am trying to avoid heat so I will run an open top and open back canopy. I used electrical pvc pipe to hang the reflectors. Here are some pics of the lights turned on. These reflectors really do a good job of keeping the light in the tank where it belongs.







I will install some cooling fans later. Will probably add some VHO actinics to the lighting as well. I have not yet decided on what MH bulbs I will use so I'm holding off on the VHO's for now.


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Old 06/15/2006, 11:30 PM   #3
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Equipment for the tank will be in the room behind the tank.

Here is what I have so far:

100 Rubbermaid Sump on platform



H&S external skimmer and Little Giant pump



I wanted the ability to hide most of the equipment as well as a large sump. So the overflows and returns will be plumbed through the wall. I should have a nice, clean look around the tank without all of the equipment, cords and plumbing visible.

Next project will be an electrical panel and the plumbing.


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Old 06/25/2006, 10:06 PM   #4
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I worked most of the weekend on the electrical panels for the tank.

First one goes under the stand. Three outlets, each controlled by an intermatic electronic timer, will power 2 MH ballasts and VHO ballast.

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Door access


The two switches in the bottom, right box are 3 way switches that will allow me to turn off both the return pump and the closed loop pump from here at the tank. I didn't want to have to go into the sump room to turn off the pumps to feed.

I had the yellow paint on hand so I thought I might as well use it!

Here is the main panel in the sump room.





The bottom row of outlets are always powered. The middle row are all switch controlled by the top row switches.

I have two 20 amp circuits dedicated to the tank. I have plenty of room in my main panel if I need to add more.

Now that this is almost complete (I still have to mount the panel and add all of the faceplates), I should be able to work on the plumbing soon.


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Old 06/25/2006, 11:48 PM   #5
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That is well thought out, going to be awesome !!! Nice job.


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Old 06/26/2006, 12:37 AM   #6
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Looks like your off to a great start.. I love the stand i wish i would of went with a little more detail on mind. Don't worry about the pace, i know how it is my 280 setup is really taking its time but it will pay off in the end. Keep us updated!


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Old 06/26/2006, 06:01 AM   #7
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Looks good. No,,, great!!

Are those zip clips from the luminarcs to the pvc pipes? If so, you might want to change that part. I had some zip clips just keeping my moonlight excess wiring togather so it didn't hang and it keeps getting brittle and snapping from the heat. About every 2 weeks I'll see the excess wire hanging down and that could be a problem if that mh fixture snaps it and it falls in the tank.


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Old 06/26/2006, 06:52 AM   #8
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Those are zip ties holding the reflectors up for now. Temporary fix. I will definitely replace them with something more permanent. I definitely do not want these bulbs to fall into the water.


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Old 06/26/2006, 09:39 AM   #9
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Looks real nice .....Can't wait to see it finished...


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Old 07/11/2006, 07:12 AM   #10
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A little more progress.

I got the electrical panels finished and installed.







I had to order the plates to cover the outlets on the bottom of the large panel. Since they only have one outlet, Lowes and local electrical supply houses did not stock these plates.

Here is the start of my plumbing.









Slow process but I'm getting there.


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Old 07/11/2006, 08:33 AM   #11
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Looking very good and clean!


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Old 07/11/2006, 08:36 AM   #12
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Enough! I can't take it anymore. Pour the saltwater in already


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Old 07/11/2006, 09:13 AM   #13
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Enough! I can't take it anymore. Pour the saltwater in already
LOL! I feel your pain.


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Old 07/11/2006, 09:44 AM   #14
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Looking good. Whats going on with the plumbing? Can you explain?


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Old 07/11/2006, 09:49 AM   #15
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Looking good. Whats going on with the plumbing? Can you explain?
The plumbing you see so far is the drain from my overflow. I will direct feed my H&S Skimmer from the bottom of this using the ball valve to control the flow. What does not make it into the skimmer will flow out of the T into the sump. Right now I'm trying to decide whether or not to use spa flex going into the sump, or pvc. Also trying to figure out how I will control bubbles in the sump.


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Old 07/11/2006, 09:52 AM   #16
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So is that like a remote stockman drain pipe?


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Old 07/11/2006, 10:48 AM   #17
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So is that like a remote stockman drain pipe?
Exactly. I will drill a hole in the top of the cap for air. Hopefully this will silence the overflow enough so that it is not heard in the family room. I really do not have room in the overflow itself for a stockman or durso.


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Old 07/12/2006, 08:58 AM   #18
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Very nice looking. Nice start there. I really like your wood stand.


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Old 07/12/2006, 09:06 AM   #19
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Awesome cabinet/furniture work.

Your skimmer was a great choice.


What brand tank still uses the square shaped overflow? I was looking at AGA and they use 2 overflow boxes. I love that yours only has one.


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Awesome cabinet/furniture work.

Your skimmer was a great choice.


What brand tank still uses the square shaped overflow? I was looking at AGA and they use 2 overflow boxes. I love that yours only has one.
Thanks for the compliments on my stand. The tank is a custom tank made by Ocea. I don't think they are in business any longer. I bought the tank used from another RC member. The tank has 2- 1.5" bulkheads drilled into the back. One is for a closed loop, the other is the overflow. The person I bought the tank from made the acrylic overflow box that covers the drain. I like the fact that there is only one box and it doesn't go to the bottom of the tank. It takes up much less room.


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Old 07/12/2006, 01:30 PM   #21
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Very nice project. Looking forward to updates.

What are you planning on keeping?


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Looking forward to seeing more of what your doing.


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Old 07/12/2006, 09:41 PM   #23
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This will be a predominantly sps tank. Maybe a few select soft and LPS corals.

I made some progess on the plumbing tonight. I have most of the joints glued. Just a few more steps to go then I should be able to begin the freshwater testing. Hopefully will have some water in it this weekend.


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Old 07/14/2006, 03:31 PM   #24
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After reading about how they leak, I decided to replace the bulkhead that came with the stock tank. I replaced it with one purchased from savko.com. I had to chisel out some of the ribs in the stock tank so the bulkhead would seat flat against the tub.





Here is a wide angle shot showing all of the plumbing done so far. Just have to glue a few joints, secure the pipes with some straps and install the spa flex that will go into the tub. I should be able to get some freshwater in for testing this weekend.



The black pipe coming through the wall on the left is the drain for my closed loop. I haven't really thought about how I'm going to make it yet so I'll probably just cap off this pipe until I can work on it. I'm ready to get some water in!


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Old 07/16/2006, 10:20 AM   #25
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WE HAVE WATER!

Although it is only freshwater. I finally finished the plumbing and began freshwater testing on Saturday.

Final plumbing setup


Here is my return. I will shorten it and drill a siphon break hole later. In this picture, you get a better shot of my overflow box. It does not go all the way to the bottom of the tank.


Here is a shot of the overflow pipes going through the wall. I will install escutcheon plates to clean up the holes a bit.


Water going in






Full tank shots with lights on




I only tested for about 20 minutes but so far NO LEAKS! I guess I got lucky.

Today I will plumb in the skimmer and install the bubble towers in the sump.

The Little Giant return pump is louder than I expected. I'll have to work on that and see if I can quiet it down any.

I'm getting closer!


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