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Old 12/18/2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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Talking Still having fun...300 gallon in wall reef

Last month I took down my 390 reef tank. All of the rock, coral, fish, crabs, snails, and shrimp went into a 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank in the gameroom.
Here's the last picture of the 390. And here's the 390 build thread. http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=962136



The Rubbermaid Reef.




I bought an I-tech cone skimmer for the Rubbermaid Reef that will also be used on the 300 when it's ready.





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Old 12/18/2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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In the early days of the 390, while trying to "tune" my dual beckett skimmer, I walked off to answer the doorbell and got distracted. The results was about 45 gallons of saltwater on the floor. I cut the carpet around the stand and tiled the gameroom floor. So the first order of business was to finish the tile job.
This pic is after I chiseled up the pieces that were cut to fit around the stand.



The finished tile job.



The beginning of the wall. The bottom section is not attached to allow for installation of the stand. The wall will be 8' high allowing a 2' opening at the top. There will be two 75 cfm ventilation fans in the bottom of the wall to provide adequate fresh dry air to the "fish room".



Here's the stand behind the finished framing. The stand is 1.5" x 3" steel painted black. It was made by Jeff at JR Fabrications in Land O' Lakes, Florida. Jeff has been making metal stands for several years and does very high quality work.




Drywall going up.







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Old 12/18/2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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The tank in the back of my truck. It's a Marineland Marine Series 300 gallon. Measurements are 72x36x27. It has Starphire front glass.




Here it is on the stand.





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Old 12/18/2008, 07:01 PM   #4
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Watching with anticipation....


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:02 PM   #5
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I guess it's time to install the doors and trim.


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:08 PM   #6
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i cant wait to see how the new tank turns out for you Mike.


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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Let get this thing plumbed!!!!!

lol. Are you keeping the same light rack? I know someone who needs one.


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:19 PM   #8
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Here's the equipment list. Anything beginning with a * is equipment from the 390. Details and pictures as pieces are installed.

*Dart return pump.
*Dart water change pump.
*125 gallon sump.
*3 IceCap 250 watt MH ballasts
*3 DIY Luminarc clones, 14"x14"
*3 Aquaconnect 14K bulbs
*IceCap 660 ballast
*2 165 watt VHO actinic bulbs
*Geo clone calcium reactor 6"x24" dual chamber
*20 lb CO2 tank with Milwaukee regulator
*Kalk stirrer 6"x24"
*2 media reactors 6"x24"
*Neptune Systems AC3, 2 pH probes, temp, DC4, DC8
Neptune Systems breakout box, Aquasurf
4 Tunze Stream 6105 (new style)
I-Tech cone skimmer
* 1000 lbs sand (about)
*450 lbs rock, some DIY (about)
*double barrel water change system
*AquaFX 150 gpd RO/DI
Did I forget anything?????


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:26 PM   #9
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I'm going to use the Silent and Failsafe Overflow System by Bean Animal on each end of the tank.
I got the tank from John at Fish And Other Ichthy Stuff in Oldsmar Florida. He's having 2 overflow boxes made. They will be made of blue acrylic and look like this.




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Old 12/18/2008, 07:29 PM   #10
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Are you keeping the same light rack? I know someone who needs one.
I'm going to shorten it from 8' to 6' and use it on the 300.


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Old 12/18/2008, 07:46 PM   #11
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Cant wait to see your build. What is the stand sitting on and is the stand powder coated?


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Old 12/18/2008, 08:06 PM   #12
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Mike,

It is looking sweet. Get that darn thing plumbed already. I want to see some fish in that sucker ...


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Old 12/18/2008, 08:41 PM   #13
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Cant wait to see your build. What is the stand sitting on and is the stand powder coated?
The stand is painted black. It's sitting on a pedestal made of 2x4 framing and cross braces with 3/4" pressure treated plywood on the bottom and 3/4" plywood on top. Since the stand could be a maximum of 35.5" tall and still come through the door, I had to make that to get the stand high enough.


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Old 12/18/2008, 08:51 PM   #14
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Just wow !


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Old 12/18/2008, 08:52 PM   #15
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Mike.. no way, getting rid of teh rubbermaid!??! Say it aint so lol

Looking GREAT!!!! Love the color on the wall.

Give me a shout next time you run up to FAOIS :-D


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Mike, btw you going to do another DSB?


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Mike, btw you going to do another DSB?
Yep!


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Old 12/18/2008, 09:06 PM   #18
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Excellent craftsmanship...


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Excellent craftsmanship...
Thanks!!! I'll try to live up to that.


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Old 12/18/2008, 10:19 PM   #20
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Well, looks like you're up to your eye brows! Great job, so far. You've been doing some very clean work.

I really like your overflow design! You gonna use the whole 1000lbs of sand?

If you don't mind - let me know how you like the AquaSurf. Oh, and tell me as soon as you get your AC-III on line - I'll send you a copy of my little prog. It'll do real-time graphs now.


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Old 12/18/2008, 10:36 PM   #21
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Some beautiful corals you have ready to stock that baby with! I'll be following this one!


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Old 12/19/2008, 06:45 AM   #22
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Well, looks like you're up to your eye brows! Great job, so far. You've been doing some very clean work.

I really like your overflow design! You gonna use the whole 1000lbs of sand?

If you don't mind - let me know how you like the AquaSurf. Oh, and tell me as soon as you get your AC-III on line - I'll send you a copy of my little prog. It'll do real-time graphs now.
Thanks Tom. As for the sand, I had 1200 lbs in the 390, about 5-8 inches deep. Depth varied in different areas. I'm going to cut a 2" pvc pipe into 3" lengths and stand them up all over the bottom of the tank and then put 2 layers of eggcrate. The purpose is to keep the rock from sinking to the bottom of the sandbed. I'll add enough sand to cover the pvc/eggcrate structure.
I've read everything that I can find about setting up the Aquasurf for various effects, and I've spoken with Bruce, Chris, and Stephen about how they use their Aquasurf in preparation of programming mine. I "plan" to use 2 to create a small wave and 2 to provide random flow. I'll see how that works out.


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Old 12/19/2008, 11:08 AM   #23
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Looking great Mike

Can't wait to see it in operation

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Old 12/19/2008, 05:50 PM   #24
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Old 12/19/2008, 06:24 PM   #25
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Hung some doors today.






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