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Old 10-15-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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120 Mixed Reef Build (Stand and Sump Included)

So I've finally gotten around to getting my larger setup going. It's a long process having to buy one equipment at a time. Not the cheapest I admit. But I know this investment will be well worth it.

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DIY Sump Top Down View


DIY Sump and Plumbing View

You'll notice on the right of the sump I have marked the low and high water points. High mark is the most amount of water that will be in the sump in the event of a power outage or pump failure. Also gives me a reference point when to stop filling the tank with water. This was all done while I did a leak test. Unfortunately, I did have a leak in the plumbing. Found out that the gate valve on the return line had a hairline fracture. That's now been replaced and glad to report no leaks.

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More updates to come soon including a canopy build and continual update. I've still got some more equipment I need to purchase such as lighting and top off system. And still need to get sand and rocks.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:59 AM   #2
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WOW! Now that's awesome! Really love the DIY stand, looks professionally done pretty much. Love seeing people do DIY things in general...now I just need to practice that skill! Very well done and thought out.
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WOW! Now that's awesome! Really love the DIY stand, looks professionally done pretty much. Love seeing people do DIY things in general...now I just need to practice that skill! Very well done and thought out.

Thanks obscurereef. Building a stand for something larger than I have before was quite interesting.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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Some more stuff

So I went to Reef-A-Palooza today and bought some more stuff.



Two AI Vegas, a New Controller, and an EcoTech MP40.

Also bought 110 pounds of dry rock (not pictured here).
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How was Reef-a-Palooza? I was thinking about going, but didn't have time. I heard it's mostly trading. Why'd you buy a vortech there instead of online? Just more convenient?
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RAP was alright. But yes, you heard correctly. It was mostly trading. Not so much dry goods being sold there. I was about to buy the Vortech online, but the sale price was one I could not resist. Same for the AI Vegas as well. Plus, no tax. Can't beat that!
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Then nice buy! Wish I could get a vortech, but I think I'll save the $460+ for 46 corals!
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Got the sand and rocks in. 90 lbs. of sand and just shy of 140 lbs. of rock. All dry. Nothing live.

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It looks good!! I like it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:27 AM   #10
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Updates...

Got the water in and have the two clowns sitting in my one and only quarantine tank before they get moved to the DT. I think I'm gonna have to set up a quarantine station with maybe 2 or 3 tanks nearby my DT. Anyways... It's now day 10 of 30 in quarantine and so far so good. No signs of ich or velvet. Lights are up and running on the DT, auto top-off system (Tunze Osmolator) is in place down in the sump, Carbon and GFO reactor will be going in soon, canopy has been built and put in place, and the stand and canopy now has a new semi-gloss black finish to it instead of the stained wood. It's been a fun build. I'll share more pics as more friends or equipment get added into the DT and sump. Until then... Please enjoy the pics below.









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