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Old 05-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Rubbermaid Stock Tank Frag Setup

Alright, so I have some unused space in my unfinished basement that I'm thinking of occupying with a frag tank setup utilizing 2 Rubbermaid stock tanks from Tractor Supply.

My thought is to place it in the corner of the basement in a "L" type of setup. My thoughts are to use steel z-beam shelving to hold the tanks, as each shelf on these is capable of holding 1000lbs.

The setup will be as follows, against one wall will be a 50g stock tank that will hold the frags which will drain into a 100g stock tank that will be "L'd" off the right side of the 50g. This tank will hold all the necessary live rock for the filtration as well as macro algae. Then the water will drain into a 55g aquarium placed under the 50g stock tank where I will house the protein skimmer/heaters/return pump and from there the water gets pumped back up to the frag tank.

This is the cost breakdown:

50g stock tank--$75
100g stock tank--$80
55g aquarium--free (as I already have)
2-48" tall shelving units for stands--$70
Bulkheads and plumbing--overestimating at $30
Return pump--$100

Total cost to complete system, minus heaters/live rock/skimmer/lights--- $355

Seems pretty straight forward, what do you guys think??
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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So I've started... Instead of a a 50g and 150g, I decided to go with to 50g's instead. Under the taller one, I have a standard 55g that will house my equipment. Next up, plumbing...
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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you missed out the cost of lighting, whichever way you go to light a frag tank its goign to be expensive
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #4
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Cost of lighting won't be horrible, the stock tank is only 11.5" deep, so a 48" 6 bulb T-5 fixture hung from the ceiling will do. They're always on Craigslist relatively cheap for those upgrading to LEDs.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:17 PM   #5
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Cool

Hey Qube,

Would you please post some pictures of the project? I had plans on cultivating frags with the big RubberMaid containers also. Yiu would be a great help for me if you please wouldn't mind....

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Old 05-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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Here are a few pics of a Sri fit on the plumbing with water being fed with
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Of course it's just a test run, so nothing is leveled. I currently just have some homemade durso style standpipes for my drains, but I need to come up with a way to incorporate surface skimming.

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Surface skimming solution solved. Also added an emergency overflow should the primary get clogged. Only a slight water noise, but it's in the basement, so no harm done.
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Installed, plumbed and ready to go! Thursday, my return pump comes, looking forward to getting this thing going!!
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Can't wait to see your progress.
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