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Old 01-23-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Official Tank Build Thread

Alright,

And it begins, *MY* tank build thread...

As some of you know, I've been working on purchases for my first tank and the prodding of my wife. Since then it's become a full blown obsession and I look forward to actually stocking the tank, though I think that's some time away. The tank will begin as FOWLR, but will become a reef tank eventually.

I'd like some opinions, and also some help. Here's where I'm at:

Purchased:
120g Marineland predrilled, single corner overflow
Custom Built oak wood stand with split open canopy
Black Python 120W LED Master Unit (a slave will be purchased as well)

Still to be purchased:
160 lbs of BR
50 lbs of LR
Approx. 90 lbs of Ara. substrate

I'm considering putting the following items in, but need input:
2 Koralia 4 powerheads
Octopus 200 Extreme protein skimmer

Still not sure on:
Pumps
Heaters
RO/DI unit

The tank+stand combo includes a sump, although I have not yet seen it, so I don't know how big it is, or if it will work. I'm planning on a sump/fuge split design.

The wife wants to paint the back of the tank Krylon "Castle Rock" which is kind of a gray color, I'm not sure on this one.

The main area of my holdup is the plumbing. I have drafted several ideas in paint, but I can't find many or good pictures of sump plumbing a setups. Initially, I'm thinking of just plumbing the sump/fuge and leaving and area where I can attach reactors later, but again, there just isn't much information out there on the topic of plumbing.

Opinions/experiences with the above items are very welcome. Information on plumbing setups would be even better.

Since I am still in the planning/purchasing stage, pictures aren't being taken, but I assure you when the project begins to come together, I'll take many.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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Is that a 4' 120 ?
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Can't wait to see how this turns out. Lol
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Looks like a pretty good plan. Nice size tank.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:36 AM   #5
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Alright, Ahab got me.... 48.5"x24x24...
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:26 PM   #6
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So after payday this week, I've added the following:

Octopus 200 Extreme skimmer
2 Koralia 4's (debating about adding a third, but haven't decided yet)
1 Koralia 1 - for mixing the salt

I'm planning on a Brute 32g can to mix my salt in - does anyone else use this can? If so, what size heater are you using in it?

My tank still isn't here, mostly because the stand/canopy isn't finished yet. They told me two weeks... That was three weeks ago... oh, well, just gives me more time to finish my shopping list, which continues to grow the more I read. I think I'm going to buy my base rock from www.justliverock.com, they seem to have the cheapest per lb. Has anyone had experience from this site? I'm going to seed with live rock from one of my LFS.

I'd add pictures of what I have, but so far, it's just my refractometer... then again, it might spruce the thread up a bit
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:49 PM   #7
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It's been a while since I put anything in here... mostly because there was nothing to add other than a couple things I picked up for the tank while waiting on the stand to be completed... Still looking like another month or so before I put water into the tank since I'm paying cash as I go - and I've still got to buy my base rock, live rock, sand, return pump, all the odds and ends (nets, buckets, thermometers, etc), and possibly a calcium reactor. Of course the most expensive part of that is going to be the rock. But just a quick update...

So here's what I picked up this morning... I have the canopy too, I just haven't put it on yet pending a thorough cleaning of the tank.




And the obligatory FTS with my favorite creature...


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Haha! That's hilarious! And that tank is gigantic! Funniest picture i've seen all week!

Definitely subscribing to this thread. Want to see how this tank turns out!

Just be careful not to let any splashing get out of the top of that tank and on to your electronics that seem to be pretty close to it. Just a little advise.
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That should be submitted in the SW Photo April Comp.
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Looks like a fishy kid to me
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