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Old 04/06/2007, 05:51 PM   #1
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New 75g build, with pictures.

OK it time to upgrade to a bigger tank. Currently I have a 46g bowfront. My 46g is a nice tank but it will be my last bowfront I every have, enough said about that.
I have decided on a 75g AGA. I just started building the stand and here is what I have so far.



This first picture is the front of the stand with a 20g tall tank inside that will be made into the sump, unless I find a 20g long for a good price. I still have to put a brace in the middle front of the stand, And the hole stand will be covered with some type of ply wood and two doors in the front.


This is the right side of the stand and it will be the power center for the tank. It will also have a door on this side of the stand.
I am tired of using those power strips so this tank will have plug-ins and switches, in this side panel. I have a question. should I use those GFCI plugs in the power center or just one on the wall outlet?
I am up for any suggestions you might have. And please check back for updates.



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Old 04/06/2007, 06:23 PM   #2
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I have a Power center (Homebrew) and only used the GFCI's on the lighting and Skimmer. NOT on the pump. If for some reason something
trips the GFCI while you are away you don't come back to a stinking tank.

Keep all of your Circulation on a NON-GFCI circuit, Separate from everything else.

My $.02.


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Old 04/06/2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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Buy the way...Nice start..Keep the pictures coming.

How are you going to light that puppy...?


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Old 04/06/2007, 07:08 PM   #4
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I have a Power center (Homebrew) and only used the GFCI's on the lighting and Skimmer. NOT on the pump. If for some reason something
trips the GFCI while you are away you don't come back to a stinking tank.

Keep all of your Circulation on a NON-GFCI circuit, Separate from everything else.

I see what you are saying but what if a pump trips the circuit breaker? Than you don't have any power at. that is my concern. I just finished reading a post where this happened and it killed the hole tank.


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Old 04/06/2007, 07:21 PM   #5
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How are you going to light that puppy...?
I just started a post about this the other day. here is the link. http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...readid=1086476


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Old 04/06/2007, 07:25 PM   #6
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I see what you are saying but what if a pump trips the circuit breaker?
Yeah, but if your system trips a 15 or 20 amp fuse a dead tank is the least of your problems...

If you want to minimize the chance of that type of problem, then you would need to dedicate a circuit for each system.

I like the idea of keeping any electrical system around water on GFCI. You can replace fish/corals...it's really hard for a human to come back from the dead.

If you have a pump that is a little squirrely and tripping your GFCI, then wouldn't that indicate either a problem with the GFCI itself or with the pump (like a short).


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Old 04/07/2007, 09:29 AM   #7
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Thanks webbstock,
what do those GFCI sockets cost. I never priced them before. I will buy them at home depot or lowes.


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Old 04/07/2007, 09:38 AM   #8
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I *think* the in-wall plugs cost about 10 dollars. For the circuit breakers (that go in the panel) they run about 35. Another option is to buy an extension cord/multi-plug outlet that has a GFCI built into it. I used to use those when I worked offshore and they really saved me a few times.

GFCI sometimes have a tendancy to trip when a sudden increase in current is applied to them, for example starting a circular saw. So if you have a large pump that you are going to run on a timer (i.e. lots of off/on), you might want to keep an eye on it and dedicate a GFCI circuit just to it so that you don't accidentally trip the circuit.


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Old 04/07/2007, 10:42 AM   #9
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Old 04/11/2007, 07:43 PM   #10
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Ok I drilled the left back corner of my tank and installed a 1" bulkhead. I will post some pictures tomorrow.
Hopping you guys can help me out. I am looking for something to make my overflow box out of. I know I can buy glass and box it in but I would rather have something that is black in color, so you can't see through. any suggestion? pictures of your overflow box would be great.


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Old 04/12/2007, 06:54 PM   #11
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Here are some pictures of the bulkhead.


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Old 04/12/2007, 08:16 PM   #12
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Why do you have the threads on the inside?
Is this a return? Is something getting connected to the innside of the tank?


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Old 04/12/2007, 08:30 PM   #13
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Ok I drilled the left back corner of my tank and installed a 1" bulkhead. I will post some pictures tomorrow.
Hopping you guys can help me out. I am looking for something to make my overflow box out of. I know I can buy glass and box it in but I would rather have something that is black in color, so you can't see through. any suggestion? pictures of your overflow box would be great.
Could do glass and either tint it (not sure if it would be reef safe) or how it would hold up or just paint it. Or could buy some black acrylic and build it out of that but then you will have to deal with all of the acrylic to glass issues.


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Old 04/12/2007, 08:47 PM   #14
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Why do you have the threads on the inside?
Is this a return? Is something getting connected to the inside of the tank?
The bulkhead is threaded on the inside and the outside of the bulkhead. this bulkhead will be for an overflow.


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Old 04/12/2007, 09:53 PM   #15
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Old 04/13/2007, 03:56 PM   #16
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Could do glass and either tint it (not sure if it would be reef safe) or how it would hold up or just paint it. Or could buy some black acrylic and build it out of that but then you will have to deal with all of the acrylic to glass issues.
I thought about acrylic but it is hard to get a good seal to glass.
I have a glass top for a 75g tank and I thought about using the glass from it but I would need to cut it, but I don't know if it is tempered glass. does anyone know if they are tempered? the glass is 1/4" and would be perfect for the overflow box.


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Old 04/13/2007, 04:06 PM   #17
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Re: New 75g build, with pictures.

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.......My 46g is a nice tank but it will be my last bowfront I every have, enough said about that.
Sounds like it was painful, whatever it was
But seriously, why the dislike for the Bowfront?
This gal pal of mine is wanting one for a new FOWLR.
I've never had one, nor known anybody with one before.
What should I advise her about the Bowfronts?
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I believe the lids are tempered.

You should be able to get the pieces fairly cheap thru a local glass shop. Might even be able to get scraps about the right size.


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Old 04/13/2007, 04:38 PM   #19
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Re: Re: New 75g build, with pictures.

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Sounds like it was painful, whatever it was
But seriously, why the dislike for the Bowfront?
This gal pal of mine is wanting one for a new FOWLR.
I've never had one, nor known anybody with one before.
What should I advise her about the Bowfronts?
Guy
I like the bowfront and it is nice to look at. but there is no room under the tank for a sump and other equipment. also taking pictures of things in the tank never turn out right. cleaning the glass is a pain, and building a stand and canape pain in the butt.


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Old 04/13/2007, 04:43 PM   #20
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I believe the lids are tempered.

You should be able to get the pieces fairly cheap thru a local glass shop. Might even be able to get scraps about the right size.
yes I thank the glass is tempered on the lid. maybe someone knows for sure.


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Old 04/15/2007, 02:36 PM   #21
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Ok I cut the lid today and it is not tempered. can I use it for the overflow box in my tank? It is 1/4" glass


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Well, if you cut it, you can use it.


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Well, if you cut it, you can use it.


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Old 04/15/2007, 07:58 PM   #24
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I'm just wondering if 1/4" glass would be thick enough?


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Old 04/26/2007, 05:09 PM   #25
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Here are some new pictures of my progress.



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