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Old 01/27/2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Gone Solar In California

After reading "Gone Solar" and some other threads here I've decided to give it a go myself. The fact that we were putting a new roof on the building during my planning worked out perfect.

There was a bathroom that had been sealed off for over 20 years by the old owners. I had tried to break into it but the doors had been nailed in and finished off to look like a regular wall. As they tore out the old roof we were able to get into the room through the roof and kick the door open from the inside. It turned out to be 2 seperate very small bathrooms. We have no need for more bathrooms and they are very small so we really had no need for the extra floor space. So I decided to use them for a new in-wall tank. I've always liked in-wall tanks so here was my chance to built my own.

The tank measures 78"L x 30"D x 24"H which comes out to about 243 gallons. Its 78" long because it has a false wall for the over flow. I'll post a picture later so you can see what I'm talking about. Tank is drilled on the bottom for a CL.

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snapper for return pump
hammerhead to be used with a 4 way OceansMotions
Ac/Jr with Dc8, temp and PH probe
90 gallon sump
3 14" solatubes

still looking for a skimmer and some actinics.....

This is a view of the wall where the tank will sit


this is a view of the roomfrom the back

this is when we broke the door down



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Old 01/27/2009, 11:39 AM   #2
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Hidden rooms! Sounds like fun!

Good luck!


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Old 01/27/2009, 11:42 AM   #3
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this is when we were cutting out the holes for the tubes

cutting out the wall




picture of the tubes on the roof



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Old 01/27/2009, 12:08 PM   #4
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had to knock another wall down to connect both bathrooms

it was to difficult to integrate a stand with the existing wall so I had to knock the entire bottom wall abd built a stand

stand built

stand is painted with oil based primer


stand is covered with sheet rock, the green one of course




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Old 01/27/2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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tank arrives......here you can see the false wall for the overflow




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Old 01/27/2009, 12:13 PM   #6
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Nice build thread so far!


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Old 01/27/2009, 12:45 PM   #7
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tank on the stand in the wall......






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Old 01/27/2009, 12:49 PM   #8
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picture of my sump



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Old 01/27/2009, 12:51 PM   #9
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tubes set in place over tank



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Old 01/27/2009, 01:00 PM   #10
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Get out the SPF, this is gonna be a bright one!

Looks great man! Can't wait to see some corals living happy!


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Old 01/27/2009, 01:07 PM   #11
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looks pretty sweet!..cant wait to see it finished!!


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Old 01/27/2009, 01:27 PM   #12
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Wow, thats exciting. Will the solar power run the tank and house power?


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Old 01/27/2009, 01:44 PM   #13
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Wow, thats exciting. Will the solar power run the tank and house power?
that would be nice....... it will just light the tank.


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Old 01/27/2009, 01:47 PM   #14
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do those have some kind of reflective tunnel inside or what?


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Old 01/27/2009, 03:05 PM   #15
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Why did you choose to leave the overflow exposed rather than covering it with wall?


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Old 01/27/2009, 03:25 PM   #16
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Why did you choose to leave the overflow exposed rather than covering it with wall?
it is not exposed it has a wall that runs from the front to the back wall. So the size of my overflow is 6"L x 30" D x 24"H.





edit: Ok I know what you mean, from the front huh....its not going to be exposed, its going to have a thick frame that will cover the overflowfrom the front.


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Old 01/27/2009, 03:48 PM   #17
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looking great so far - gonna be a fun one to follow!

we are gonna have to talk about your choice of tank building brew tho - a setup this nice deserves a much better beer than that.......


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Old 01/27/2009, 05:03 PM   #18
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Very nice. Those solar tubes are pretty incredible. Keep us updated with the progress.


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Old 01/27/2009, 05:35 PM   #19
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WOW! That looks like a great place for a tank! I hope to have the sam in wall build, with the ability to show the length and one end.

Tagging along!


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Old 01/27/2009, 05:52 PM   #20
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Cool, this will be a nice build thread to follow!
Those 2x6 studs look like old school FULL 2x6, or opt ill from pic?
I'm sure you or whoever took in consideration that span, but I sure like having a center support at front.
I'm also curious on how your reach will be for cleaning that front glass.


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Old 01/27/2009, 06:03 PM   #21
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Oh man I can't wait to see this thing come together!!

Keep up the great work, and the updates.


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Old 01/27/2009, 07:20 PM   #22
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Can't wait to see how it turns out!


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Old 01/27/2009, 07:23 PM   #23
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Cool, this will be a nice build thread to follow!
Those 2x6 studs look like old school FULL 2x6, or opt ill from pic?
I'm sure you or whoever took in consideration that span, but I sure like having a center support at front.
I'm also curious on how your reach will be for cleaning that front glass.
your right about the studs, they are full size not like todays. Are you reffering to the span on the stand? The top stud is a 2x8 and it should be ok for the size of tank. I love the fact that my stand is wide open.

Since the tank is only 24" tall I shouldn't have any problems reaching the front of the glass for cleaning. I would have loved to have gone 30" tall but I feared not being able to reach the bottom.


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Old 01/27/2009, 09:07 PM   #24
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looking great so far - gonna be a fun one to follow!

we are gonna have to talk about your choice of tank building brew tho - a setup this nice deserves a much better beer than that.......
yea your right hobogato but after what I've spent on this build thats all I could afford.


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Old 01/28/2009, 03:33 PM   #25
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Dude, Sweet.

Sweet, dude!




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