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Old 12-17-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Shooters 72 bow front build

Well I finally got started with my 72 gal bow front dry fit. I am using a repurposed wet dry as a sump and have recently purchased 180 watts of LED 2 watt with a 3 channel controller for the light. Specs are very good on this unit as far as par goes compaired to metal halides and can be found if interested at purelyh2o.com. Cool light and the pics don't do it justice.

Today I finally figured out the programming of the digital light control and dry fit the DT supply and sump return line. A small 9x11 fuge will be in the sump. My only problem so far is this used tank does not have room for the sump and the SWC octopus skimmer. I believe the previous owner had access to the rear of the tank as wave and heater controls were mounted on the back of the stand. I am not sure I can get away with keeping the stand 9 inches off the wall with my wife to make room for the skimmer behind the stand. I will maybe be able to set the tank up across a corner. Pics so far show the light, sump, return pump and line with a T fitting and ball valve to be used to bleed off excessive flow from the pump if needed.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:04 PM   #2
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More pics.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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Looks great!
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:28 AM   #4
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Looks great!
Thanks! Today I plan on installing 2 maybe 3 wave pumps, and the heater after testing it first. Wish I could put the heater in the sump but it is a all ABS sump. Can it go in the overflow box of the main tank?
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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Looks good,,,yes you can put the heater in the overflow
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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I will be watching. Tank looks awesome... I want a bowfront for my Nxt I think.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:39 PM   #7
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I will be watching. Tank looks awesome... I want a bowfront for my Nxt I think.
Thanks! Another question? I originally thought one of the 3 power heads with this tank was a wave pump. I found some pics today and it is a Tunze 6060 stream pump. My plan now is to have the 2 Hydor wave pumps mounted above and across the front of the reef. I want to use the Tunze 6060 continues stream pump to move water across the lower and behind the reef. It is a low pressure high volume stream pump. Does this sound like the correct application since I have a split duel return from the sump for surface movement?
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You can basically put a powerhead pump wherever you want...Eliminating dead spots is ideal and most people place them according to where they have dead spots
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Ok I found a bad impeller on one of the Hydor K3s. I ordered 2 and figure I will replace both since they are used saving the one still ok as a backup.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:06 PM   #10
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Well the basic setup is finished! In the pics you will see 2 Hydor K3 controllable wave makers, a Tunze 6060 current pump to be placed behind the reef once aquascape is done, and a Coral Maxx 180 watt LED with red, UV, White, Blue, all on seperate channels and timer control of each channel independently. You can see the specs on this light at purelyh2o.com. I like it alot. It will be suspended 7-10 inches above the tank once it is moved. Luckily it will slide easily on our floors empty! LOL Also on the sump is a homemade silver reflector for a curly Q type daylight florescent for the Refugium. It will be controlled by a seperate timer. I plan on installing a ReefKeeper Lite later but for now I can do things the old fashioned way.

Still to do: Install skimmer and heater once moved. Rock and substrate, suspend the LEDs, and I have 2 new impellers coming for the Hydors. I will start producing RO about a week before filling.

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