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Old 10/07/2018, 10:27 PM   #1
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Starting my build for a 75g lookthru

I'm starting my build of a 75 gallon setup...I have a nook that is 51"x23" that I plan on putting the tank in (see picture). I'm planning on cutting a window on the other side so you can view the tank from the living room and the office. I'm in the process of building a stand that will have a granite/quartz top. Looking for suggestions/recommendation/warning on my build. Thanks to all!!

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Old 10/08/2018, 09:57 AM   #2
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Here's the start of the build of the base and top of the stand. 2x4's pocket drilled, with a center brace.


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Old 10/09/2018, 10:45 AM   #3
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Old 10/09/2018, 07:27 PM   #4
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Love the idea of the look through


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Old 10/11/2018, 11:01 AM   #5
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RO/DI unit arrived yesterday!

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Old 10/11/2018, 11:52 AM   #6
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Nice start.

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Old 10/12/2018, 09:49 AM   #7
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Mounted my RO/DI unit in the laundry room. Initial intention was to hook it up to the washing machine cold water line. The 'Y' fitting I bought wouldn't play well with the hose adapter that came with the RO/DI unit and kept leaking. I'm thinking if abandoning using the washing machine line and buy a faucet diverter and hook it up to my utility sink.

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Old 10/13/2018, 01:02 PM   #8
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Stand is built, now time to cut the wall to make the window on the other side of that wall

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Old 10/30/2018, 10:09 PM   #9
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Ok, so, I've squashed the look through idea...I purchased a 100 gallon 48x20x24 eurobraced tank from SCA... I'm getting their sump, skimmer and return pump as well. Steve was great to deal with. Need to run a new outlet for my lights and purchase some rock and sand. I feel like I won't have any meaningful livestock in there until spring of 2019, because I want to do this right. I'll post more photos once I get more accomplished. I figured if I purchased the tank, that would motivate me to finish the space

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Old 11/03/2018, 11:46 AM   #10
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Installed GFCI outlet. Tank will arrive today. Had to re-configure the stand due to where the holes are drilled in the tank. It's getting real now!

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Old 11/20/2018, 10:17 PM   #11
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It's been a hot minute since I've had time to work on this. I'm planning on gluing some think plastic sheeting around the 3 walls surrounding the tank. Installed an outlet up high for my lights planning on installing a vent in the back of the cabinet.

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Old 11/21/2018, 12:54 PM   #12
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Set up a 20 gallon QT tank today!

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Old 11/24/2018, 04:26 PM   #13
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Dry fit the plumbing. I'm using the bean method ( I think lol ). Gate valve on my return to fine tune and ball valve on main drain.

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Old 11/24/2018, 09:09 PM   #14
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Looking good, I am getting ready to do a room remodel/ tank build thread soon


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Old 11/25/2018, 11:23 PM   #15
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Water is going in. My RO/DI only does 50 gpd so it's going to take a while.

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Old 11/26/2018, 07:41 PM   #16
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Looks like a fun project! Have you figured out lighting or stock yet? Are you running a refugium?


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Old 11/26/2018, 11:23 PM   #17
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Yeah, I ordered the 48" reefbreeders photon v2+. I will set up a small refugium with some chaeto and sand. Lots to learn

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Old 11/27/2018, 10:58 PM   #18
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Tank is running. Lights arrive tomorrow, getting up to Temp and salinity, then will seed with live rock. Here we go. .

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Old 11/28/2018, 07:56 PM   #19
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Lights came in today. I think I'm going to end up hanging them from a shelf I plan to install a couple of feet above the tank. Overall, pretty happy with how things have turned out so far. Need to cycle now. The waiting game continues...

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Old 12/14/2018, 07:46 PM   #20
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Tank's been up and running for a few weeks now. Coral all seem happy. My Jewel damsel and fire fish love to interact, but my banggai Cardinals just chill in the back mostly.

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