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Old 03-18-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Digger's 125gal FOWLR build

So I'm about to get started building and I promise to provide lots of pictures along the way. This build will take a while for several reasons:

1. I like to do things right the first time. One of my favorite lines in a movie is "Son, the Ruskies don't take a dump without a plan." - Stripes
2. Financial considerations
3. Time constraints with work

Well here goes!



What I Have:

125gal DT

Two standard 3' single light reflector lamps

55gal for sump

20gal for QT (A must - no livestock goes in the DT until after the QT)

Eggcrate for lining the bottom of tank under rocks

40lbs of medium coarse sand from MarcoRocks

105lbs of dry rock from MarcoRocks

4 lbs of dry rock rubble courtesy of overpacking from MarcoRocks

11lbs of dry rock donated from a friend (Thanks Matt!)

Various PVC pipe and connectors for DYI overflow


What I am planning on getting:

Seifert test kits

PanWorld 100PXX 1270gph pump for return line

Two Koralia Evolution 1400 circulation pumps

One Koralia Evolution 750 circulation pump

Reef Octopus Diablo XS200 Protein Skimmer


What else I need:

Too numerous to mention right now. I think the above is enough to keep me busy for a little bit.


Any comments or suggestion on equipment is appreciated. The eqiupment I'm planning on is not set in stone. I still have time until the Bulk Reef Supply group buy.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #2
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Sounds like you have a good plan of attack ..Look forward watching this come together for you..Enjoy the ride..
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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I would definitely recommend a quarantine tank. IME ich is a huge pain and something you never want to deal with.

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I would definitely recommend a quarantine tank. IME ich is a huge pain and something you never want to deal with.

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Boy, you guys and gals are sharp!

Edited OP to include the QT that I left out.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:01 PM   #6
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Awesome decision, I am currently using a 20g for QT too.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #7
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Ok, pics as promised. Not much to start with but here goes.

125gal DT is a beauty!

55gal and 20gal are very dirty. Both have rims that are loose. The 55gal has a missing top rim. I will be tearing down both and resealing them. That is the only way I will feel comfortable about them. Hey but for $30 for both, I can't complain. Too much that is!
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Completely tore down the 55g. Glad I did it too! The seals were in horrible shaped and may not have held any water at all or not for long at least.

I forgot to take pics of the teardown. I will get some tape tomorrow and post pics of the taped glass ready to seal and step by step through the rebuild of the 55g.

Might make some measurements and get some glass cut for the baffles while I'm in town...

Ready to get the 55g under the DT so I can REALLY get started.
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Resealed the 55g sump tank today. Making measurements for the different sections. Then have some glass cut and silicone them in place.






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Old 03-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #10
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Pics of my DIY overflow...




Individual pieces...




Pieces partly assembled...




Full assembly...




Installed...




Overflow intake...




This little jewel makes the whole thing work (in theory). Ready to get my pump and do some testing on the overflow.
I used a PVC cross with the two sides cut off. This allows for plenty of water intake while the bottom of the cross with the plug pushes down on the 4" pipe. The 4" pipe has a plug in the bottom to help it sit flat and seal off the overflow chamber. By pushing down, if something were to come loose, it would still suction instead of attaching to the bottom and losing suction.

The cap on the riser pipe will have a small hole drilled into it to allow airflow but the cap should quiet the overflow.

I will install an air check valve with a little piece of tubing in the elbow at the top of the overflow to help start the suction. Once started the overflow should not lose prime if the power goes out and should start up again upon restoration of power. The surface area of the 4" pipe will allow for a theoretical flow of about 1200GPH however actual will be less.


Also, calculations show that I should only backflow 3.7 gallons max if the power goes out before suction stops.
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