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    245g System Build

    Working on a 245g System, 135g Display with a dual 55g sump.

    First, upgrade RO/DI system.

    Next, build a double stacked stand for two 55g sump.

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    Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooked View Post
    Nice work.

    Following along.
    Thank you Mr. Doyle. Your help with teaching me on plumbing is paying off.

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    Looks good but would have made the base wider so you can pull barrel out to clean it.just my 5 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsocali View Post
    Looks good but would have made the base wider so you can pull barrel out to clean it.just my 5 cents.
    It fits and pulls out from the two sides.

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    Here's the double stacked base.

    Next is plumbing.

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    Fallowing along! Oh the fun of a new build! Keep the pics coming!

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    Looking good Alex


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    Quote Originally Posted by ddwmedic View Post
    Looking good Alex


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    Thank you.

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    Finished plumbing lines.

    Gotta do it right this time. Tank will have 250lbs of Fiji live rocks, 150lbs of live sand. Early investment with a long compounding interest payoff.

    Looking for chaeto if anybody got some.

    Will prep more plumbing lines for the main display.

    Pardon the mess.

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    It might just be me, but I'd have some real concerns about the tank not sitting directly over the horizontal structural 2x4 supports of that stand. I'm not sure how long that tank is, but you should probably minimally consider adding middle vertical supports between the front/rear horizontal supports.

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    One other thing I noticed as well is the top. Is it MDF or plywood? If it's MDF you are going to regret that very soon if it ever gets wet it will fall apart quickly. I would change it now before you get any further along with the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlinkelly View Post
    It might just be me, but I'd have some real concerns about the tank not sitting directly over the horizontal structural 2x4 supports of that stand. I'm not sure how long that tank is, but you should probably minimally consider adding middle vertical supports between the front/rear horizontal supports.
    There's actually five support 2x4 under the surface wood going across to help with the load. In addition, the top 55g will weight about 625lbs with water. Using this chart, with 2 2x4 should hold about 2.9K lbs then with the support in between and flat wood on top should also help alleviate some of the load for the 55g up top. I also added frames on all four corners to directly hold the 2x4s up top.

    But I'm not an expert will consider suggestions and mostly like will add support beam in the back middle. What do you all think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirblit View Post
    One other thing I noticed as well is the top. Is it MDF or plywood? If it's MDF you are going to regret that very soon if it ever gets wet it will fall apart quickly. I would change it now before you get any further along with the build.

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    Or seal it with some epoxy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirblit View Post
    One other thing I noticed as well is the top. Is it MDF or plywood? If it's MDF you are going to regret that very soon if it ever gets wet it will fall apart quickly. I would change it now before you get any further along with the build.

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    That's a great suggestion there. Never really had experience between the two. I added the top surface to better support the frames parallel and across. I also double primed and coated it to help with water absorption . Do you think that should do it or replace it still?

    Here's the support under the wood. I didn't get a change to take a picture before adding the wood up top.

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    Again, this is just the dual 55g sump. I still have to put dividers for the refuguim. Top will be used for protien skimmer, gfo, biopellet reactor and insump filtration. Bottom will be solely for refuguim, live rocks and chaeto. Then back up to the main display on the main floor of the house.

    Also looking into Triton dosing system to work with chaeto.

    Now, live rocks are in to cycle and the main tank display should be here in about 2-3 weeks. I can also wait to about 4-6 to ensure the bio has completely cycled. Test the water parameters by then and we will see if it's ready for the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreat01 View Post
    That's a great suggestion there. Never really had experience between the two. I added the top surface to better support the frames parallel and across. I also double primed and coated it to help with water absorption . Do you think that should do it or replace it still?

    Here's the support under the wood. I didn't get a change to take a picture before adding the wood up top.

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    Thats really up to you; if you feel it's truly sealed well it may be fine. I would personally never have MDF near anything that has the potential to get wet that is structurally important. I don't know if you have ever seen what MDF does when it gets wet a couple times but it's not pretty. Basically it's just sawdust that is emulsified with glue and isn't suited for any type of wet environment. If you have some scrap that is sealed up you could test it out to see how it fares.

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    If you are thinking Triton, Bulk Reef Supply has the test kits on sale for $34 each right now. That's a really good discount.

    If you want to replace the top, I'm pretty sure I have spare 3/4" hardwood plywood you could use. If you want it. let me know the dimensions and I'll measure to make sure I've got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    If you are thinking Triton, Bulk Reef Supply has the test kits on sale for $34 each right now. That's a really good discount.
    Have to check those into that. Thank you.

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    It appears as if the horizontal 2x4's aren't supported on the Lt. side of the stand. I assume it is the same on the back side. Look at the mark-ups I did on the photos... Let me know if they are too small.

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