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    CD's upgrade!!!

    Well it's been an interesting project, that's for sure!! We bought a new house in October of 2015. At that time the only place I could set up my 220 gallon reef was in the basement. . Well between being busy with projects around the new place & the pain in the *** it was to do maintenance on a tank in the basement, my reef went downhill. I was ready to get out of the hobby. ☹️️
    One day my wife said "why don't you build it in the wall like you want to." So it began!!! I always wanted an 8' tank. Couldn't afford a new tank built & shipped. Found this used 500 gallon bow front for sale on Craigslist & thought I could make it work. . It took 12 guys to load/unload during the move.


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    This going to be an awesome build. Following along for sure!

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    Then the fun began!!! Knocking down the wall. i did the bottom half while I was building new stand(wife didn't want an entire wall missing). Lol.
    The stand is built out of three parts. The backside is a piece of 4" X 6" angle iron that has a 2 X 10 header on it.
    The middle is built right on top of foundation wall. A framed wall with a 2 X 8 header there.
    The front is supported by 12- 2 X 6 on end.
    Then double & triple checked level & topped it with 3/4 plywood.


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    Then I cut out the top of the wall.
    Now it's time to set the tank up there & hope for the best!!!
    All went pretty smooth.
    Now on to framing out the top.
    Insulated where I could then hung drywall.


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    That thing is a beast




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    Tape and textured.
    Still need to trim them out.


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    Did all the plumbing in the back to get it up and running after leak test.


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    280 lbs of tropic eden sand & aquascape.


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    Had a buddy of mine do some electrical for me. 2-20 amp breakers just for my tank. Return pump & skimmer are now on a switch outlet. No more unplugging for maintenance!!

    Also got an old 150 gallon tank I had laying around, cleaned & drilled for my refugium.
    Then built a table above it for my water & mixing station after I got the refugium all plumbed in.


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    After it cycled & got to temp I transferred what little I had left in my 220 to my new tank a few days before thanksgiving!! all went well and seems to be happier!!!


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    Wow, this is amazing.

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    And now I'm going through the lovely stage of new tank "ugly" syndrome!! Lol. . Can't wait for this diatom bloom to resolve itself & clear up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HBL View Post
    This going to be an awesome build. Following along for sure!

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    Thanks. It actually went pretty smooth. Still have some work to do, like trim out the doors & little stuff but she's up & running.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjmoneyman View Post
    That thing is a beast




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    Lol. I'll second that. 1800 lbs empty. It wasn't an easy task for sure. I knew I couldn't get enough man power to get it on the stand so I used the machine for the lifting!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimG View Post
    Wow, this is amazing.
    Thank you for kind words. I was a lot better before the diatom bloom but I knew it was going to happen. Hopefully it clears back up soon.


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    Now that I think I've got everyone up to speed on my project,, here's a rough equipment list.

    --Dolphin amp master 4750, type 3 for return pump.
    --SRO5000sss protein skimmer with auto neck cleaner & overflow chamber
    --2, MP40WQD & 2, XF150 gyre for movement in DT
    --2, 400 watt halides with 14,000k bulbs for now. Might supplement with something else in near future.
    --2, 800 watt titanium heaters
    --150 gallon refugium with hydro pumps for movement. Lightning, I still need to come to final conclusion.
    --Reefkeeper elite V2 for controller...still need to master it & reroute all wires.
    --korallin calcium reactor that I'll use until I need to upgrade
    --BRS dual reactor, if I need it.
    --bio pellet reactor, if I need it. Might use this for my carbon due to size if I need.
    --90 god ro/di unit for water

    I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff but that a quick list!!


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    Great work man, can't wait to see this in person one day

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    Sweet!!!!! How are you tying in the flow of water from the refugium into the sump?
    Don't look here for a comment.

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    Hello joe. It is all gravity fed so I don't have to worry about pump malfunctions. There are 2 overflows on each end of DT, one of them on that end have 2 valves so I can choose to send water to sump or fuge. From the fuge the water is gravity fed back to sump. dont mind the mess, but these are the valve to control where it goes.

    water entering the fuge.

    the homemade baffle on overflow of fuge.

    fuge return back into sump.




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