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    500 gal build in 18 days

    Ok this is for a friend of mine that has the reef fever. I will post as much as I can but I only have so much time before I go back to work. I have designed everything from scratch and would love your opinions for changes and ideas as I go. The total system will be around 500 gallons with one 240g display, 100g sump/ live rock/ chaeto refugium (with a very cool added twist), 30g macro tank, 30g frag tank, 30g QT tank, 30g ? Tank (open to suggestions) here we go....

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    This is the new fish room that shares the wall of where the main tank will sit

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    Tomorrow morning the whole hvac system will be removed and rerouted. The sump will be sitting where the 10" pipe now sits

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    this is the back side of the wall where the tank will sit. Notice the 10" pipe today because it won't be there tomorrow. All of the plumbing will be routed through the vent.

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    Day 1
    We have cleaned out the mechanical room in the house. And determined the layout. This wall will be where most of the magic happens.

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    Day 1
    started the rough framing. All walls will not be framed due to the placement of the hvac and hot water heater. We wanted plenty of studs for mounting electronics and extra storage space

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    Day 1
    Purchased a used 100g reef ready tank from craigslist that will be used as a sump/live rock/chaeto refug. Notice the overflows in the sump. The overflows will be plumbed and used as a back up in case there is a loss of power and the sump overflows. The bottom of the dursos inside of the overflow boxes will be plumbed and ran to the drainage in the fish room. (Got very excited when I came up with this idea).

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    Day 1
    Purchased and built a laundry sink that will be hard plumbed into the house with both hot and cold water. The drain line will gravity flow to the drainage in the fish room.

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    Day 1
    Purchased a 100g drum from big R. The original tank had an iwaki pump that was way underpowered for this size of tank. I dismantled the pump and checked it out. The pump is now hard plumbed to the tank with two shut off valves. The first valve controls the circulation within the tank so that I don't have to hand stir the new salt. The second valve controls the flow of the fresh saltwater that will be automatically pumped into the system during water changes.

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    Day 1
    finished the day with quite a bit of shopping. 3 hours in home depot. Man I love that place.

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    This is awesome!!! Love following threads like this!
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    Day 2
    Hooked up the rodi and added an auto shut off system so that when the rodi has made enough water and the float valve engages it will build up enough back pressure. No water goes to waste in this build. 30 gallon drum used for auto top off tank was hooked up and leak tested.

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    I ripped out all of the hvac system so that I can get started on the fram/drywall for the hub of the system. THE SUMP

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    Day 2
    Once the hvac system had been removed the metal grate was taken away and gave us a clear path for the return and gravity fed drain lines to the sump from the display

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    Nice Sounds like a lot of fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post



    Day 2
    Hooked up the rodi and added an auto shut off system so that when the rodi has made enough water and the float valve engages it will build up enough back pressure. No water goes to waste in this build. 30 gallon drum used for auto top off tank was hooked up and leak tested.

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    What is the waste water going to be used for?
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    Haven't found a good idea for that yet paul. The fish room shares a cement wall that supports the garage. It is also in tue center of the basement. I don't think that running the waste water 15 up will work with that much head pressure. Def open to ideas

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    Get one of those big 500 gallon water tanks and put it into the garage since its a neighboring wall. Then that waste water can be used for irrigation or as emergency water.

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    I can't. the cement wall is 20 foot tall and almost 6 inches thick. Its neighboring the cement foundation of the garage

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    Quote Originally Posted by static reef View Post
    I can't. the cement wall is 20 foot tall and almost 6 inches thick. Its neighboring the cement foundation of the garage

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    what about along a steel I beam? My waste water flows 15+' out the garage and then out my siding into my garden.
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