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Old 07/07/2018, 11:55 PM   #1
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The 120 Gallon Custom Build

Well its time to make the upgrade. I have been keeping a nano tank for about a year and I told myself If I can keep coral alive and looking good in that tank for a good amount of time then I would pull the trigger on a big tank. I have learned so much about what I would want and not want in a tank and how i would like my tank ran. Its amazing how fast swings will happen with a nano reef I am so excited for more stable water parameters

This 120 I will be going more old school. Metal halides and a calcium reactor. I have played around with dossers, and the ecotech radions and while those pieces of equipment are pretty amazing I just Love how the old technology works. I have even used the apex controller in the past and would much rather turning on and off a physical switch for servicing than go through profiles on a screen to do the same task.

I just started building the stand and got my influence by Marino420tD stand build a number of years back. I will be putting all my free time into this build and hopefully in a couple of weeks ill have water in the tank

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Old 07/08/2018, 12:56 AM   #2
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Off to a good start.

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Old 07/08/2018, 02:50 PM   #3
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Beautiful stand!! Painting it or staining?

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Old 07/08/2018, 06:58 PM   #4
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thank you, I will be painting the stand should be able to get final coat in tomorrow and will take some updated photos. The sump, lights, and protein skimmer going on order tonight. hopefully i can get going on canopy tomorrow as well to match. I was contemplating ordering some custom cabinet doors, but looking at those prices per sq ft im happy to do them myself I was able to score a new 120 reef aquarium for only $325 store going out of business. The 2 overflows are in each corner and would much rather had one in the center, but for that price i couldn't say no


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Old 07/08/2018, 10:34 PM   #5
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That's awesome! Which sump and skimmer are you going with? Looking forward to the update pics!

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Old 07/11/2018, 03:44 AM   #6
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Wow love the stand. Great craftsmanship I'm in the process of doing a 120 and plan on going with halides and t5.


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Old 07/11/2018, 04:41 PM   #7
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Thank you guys! dang hard to be a HVAC tech with this hot weather and have time to get this tank running, but will get there asap. Here is a little update I got the stand painted and my first packages came in for the lights and skimmer. The skimmer is a bubble magnus curve 7 and lights are 2 hamilton bali sun metal halide hoods that will house 2 20k 250w metal halide bulbs. for the sump i went with the icecap 30 sump and should be a perfect size to fit all my equipment under the tank. I Also have on order a 3/4" sheet of white cutting board to line the bottom of the tank as this will be bare bottom. i should have the canopy done this weekend and doors to hopefully put everything together.

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Zoahoarder youll have to post a pic of your setup the halides with t5 sounds awesome


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Old 07/11/2018, 06:28 PM   #8
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Lol. I've got the same fixture and going with the 20k radium bulb. Quick preview.


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Old 07/11/2018, 09:28 PM   #9
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Nice! I've got the Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite on my 60 cube and that thing works amazing. I'm sure you'll be happy with yours too

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Old 07/11/2018, 11:25 PM   #10
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Nice! I've got the Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite on my 60 cube and that thing works amazing. I'm sure you'll be happy with yours too

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thats awesome! I feel like the price is right on it as well and couldn't pass it up. I just noticed you are in Colorado springs im actually in highlands ranch colorado if you ever make it up this way there is an amazing store to get corals called aquatic art inc. they are only opened Fridays and Saturdays but definitely worth the drive


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thats awesome! I feel like the price is right on it as well and couldn't pass it up. I just noticed you are in Colorado springs im actually in highlands ranch colorado if you ever make it up this way there is an amazing store to get corals called aquatic art inc. they are only opened Fridays and Saturdays but definitely worth the drive
Oh hey neighbor! That's great to know actually. For the longest time there wasn't even a decent store down here in the Springs and I was going up to Denver, but about 10 months ago we had an online only guy start up a brick and mortar location and it's pretty ridiculous how much selection he has (more than I saw anywhere in Denver), not to mention the quality. So if you're ever this way, check out Reefkoi Corals!

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Old 07/12/2018, 03:01 AM   #12
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Here's what I've got so far. Need to make a floating canopy for the lighting now.
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/...QxlKpjH6Q6pRqt


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Oh hey neighbor! That's great to know actually. For the longest time there wasn't even a decent store down here in the Springs and I was going up to Denver, but about 10 months ago we had an online only guy start up a brick and mortar location and it's pretty ridiculous how much selection he has (more than I saw anywhere in Denver), not to mention the quality. So if you're ever this way, check out Reefkoi Corals!

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awesome!!!! I will have to check them out soon

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Here's what I've got so far. Need to make a floating canopy for the lighting now.
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/...QxlKpjH6Q6pRqt
Zoa that looks great. I hope the 2 halides alone will be enough to light my tank, ill probable have to get some light strips as well.

Update! I finally got the stand canopy and doors all done I think i have about 40 hrs into this dang thing and half way through this project i kept telling myself i should have just bought a tank stand, but im happy with the outcome and its set up to make servicing the tank very easy. I can finally work on the actual equipment and design the rockwork. Anyone wanting to build a similar stand here is a link to marino420td thread that will point you in the right direction. I couldn't have done it without his thread. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=787189

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