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Old 12/03/2017, 05:54 AM   #1
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So here is the stand being built. I used 3/4Ē birch plywood and clean pine for the trim.

Here it is with paint. Left the front trim off so I can get the tank on.

Braced the floor. I have open web truss construction, 16Ē deep trusses. I plywooded and screwed the side every three inches. The way the tank sits, one truss runs under the center of the stand. I also braced the plywood floor between truses to eliminate some flex.



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Old 12/03/2017, 06:05 AM   #2
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So here is the stand being built. I used 3/4Ē birch plywood and clean pine for the trim.

Here it is with paint. Left the front trim off so I can get the tank on.

Braced the floor. I have open web truss construction, 16Ē deep trusses. I plywooded and screwed the side every three inches. The way the tank sits, one truss runs under the center of the stand. I also braced the plywood floor between truses to eliminate some flex.



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40 pounds of pukani cooking. I decided not to acid or bleach, so I set in some rodi water for two days. Had an old pond pump in there that was running hot and got the water up to 90 degrees. My son text me and said I think one of your homemade cheeses went bad when it started to stink. After two days I changed the water and added salt. Tested a few days later with a salifert kit and it read 0.5 phosphate. Let it go two more days and same reading. Dosed 5 mil of lanthanum chloride and tested this morning. Down to 0.1

My new rodi tub. I grabbed a humidifier float for a shutoff.

Here is the tank in place and the plumbing done. The wife didnít want me to drill it so I have an auto top off relay with two floats to turn the pump and skimmer off so they donít run dry incase the overflow stops.



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Old 12/03/2017, 06:12 AM   #3
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40 pounds of pukani cooking. I decided not to acid or bleach, so I set in some rodi water for two days. Had an old pond pump in there that was running hot and got the water up to 90 degrees. My son text me and said I think one of your homemade cheeses went bad when it started to stink. After two days I changed the water and added salt. Tested a few days later with a salifert kit and it read 0.5 phosphate. Let it go two more days and same reading. Dosed 5 mil of lanthanum chloride and tested this morning. Down to 0.1

My new rodi tub. I grabbed a humidifier float for a shutoff.

Here is the tank in place and the plumbing done. The wife didnít want me to drill it so I have an auto top off relay with two floats to turn the pump and skimmer off so they donít run dry incase the overflow stops.



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Here is the the sump I made. Itís a 29 gallon tank. Itís a bit tall but I can get everything out without removing it. The center brace is removable on the stand. I went with 1 1/4Ē unions and valve with bushings to keep the id the same as the 1Ē pipe. The skimmer section was initially made for a bubble curve skimmer which had an 11Ē max water depth. I decided to go with a reef octopus. The center chamber is for my extra rock and cheato. Not sure if you can see the cheap work light clamped to the tank. I guess now itís time to start making lots of water



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Old 12/03/2017, 06:15 AM   #4
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I forgot on the first post to add info about the tank. I know deep tanks aren't the best but I just couldn't pass up a 110 gallon for $100 on craigslist. This will be an upgrade from a 36 gallon bow front.


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Old 12/03/2017, 08:23 AM   #5
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Here is the the sump I made. Itís a 29 gallon tank. Itís a bit tall but I can get everything out without removing it. The center brace is removable on the stand. I went with 1 1/4Ē unions and valve with bushings to keep the id the same as the 1Ē pipe. The skimmer section was initially made for a bubble curve skimmer which had an 11Ē max water depth. I decided to go with a reef octopus. The center chamber is for my extra rock and cheato. Not sure if you can see the cheap work light clamped to the tank. I guess now itís time to start making lots of water



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Taking this opportunity to break in the skimmer



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Old 12/03/2017, 09:48 PM   #6
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Old 12/10/2017, 12:31 PM   #7
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Water and dry rock in. Put one piece of live rock from my DT and two scoops of sand. Water is finally clearing up after adding sand yesterday


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Water and dry rock in. Put one piece of live rock from my DT and two scoops of sand. Water is finally clearing up after adding sand yesterday


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One of the two safety floats incase the overflow or the pump stops. The aquaclear is only running to help clear the sand cloud.



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Old 12/23/2017, 09:00 AM   #9
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Got my dual reactor set up today. I was going to use a separate pump but decided to use the return line since my pump is a little strong.



One of my two clowns (this one is the male) waiting for the nitrites to drop in his new home.


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Old 12/23/2017, 05:03 PM   #10
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Looks like it’s coming a long good & as plan


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Old 12/24/2017, 03:14 AM   #11
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Looks like itís coming a long good & as plan
Yeah everything is going good. Just waiting for the tank to cycle. I thought it would be a bit quicker then it has due to using some of my existing rock and sand. The nitrites are still high but the baby snails that were on my rock from my smaller display don't seem to mind. I have 4 or 5 cruising around on the glass.


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Got the livestock moved over this weekend. Donít mind the light, I have ledís coming this week. My tadstool is not happy. He was connected to a couple rocks and a piece got torn off, so I guess Iíll have two now.


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Had some space behind the tank so I made an ato container out of 4Ē pvc. It only holds about 1 3/4 gallons. I didnít want an ato with a pump. Maybe someday Iíll change my mind. I just keep 2 vinegar bottles full of rodi in the stand and when I feed the fish I fill the ato.


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Was the flooring bracing truly needed on that size tank?


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