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Old 02-11-2015, 12:38 AM   #1
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dp's 300 gallon build

I thought I'd share my new adventure here with our 300 gal mixed reef. Been over a decade since my last aquarium and I've been anxious to get back into it now that I'm a home owner. I've never done any coral before so I have a bunch to learn and I'm sure I'll make a ton of mistakes. But I'm stoked!

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So the wife and I walked into a lfs down in San Diego and they had a 300 long sitting there. She fell in love! (Again) Not long after that we had one on order!

Looked around at stands and we just couldn't find one that fit the bill. We decided we would build ourselves.

Here we go!


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Because of its size we thought it might be cool to break up in three columns instead of one 8 foot box. 12 4x4's should probably hold the weight!


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The wife did an amazing job with the espresso finish.


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Went ahead and made cutouts for the overflow box and then in the middle and far end for a closed loop system.


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Old 02-11-2015, 12:39 AM   #2
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And the almost completed stand in its final resting place.

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Will close up the top third with a nice espresso finished trim piece once the tank is set and all the plumbing is solid. Baskets will be used for fish food, supplies, etc.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:44 AM   #3
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And where is all the plumbing going to go you might ask? Well it's San Diego, we'll just build a shed for it outside!


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And the completed sump room to sit outside...


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Three doors open in the front and three panels can be removed from the top making it SUPER accessible!
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:51 AM   #4
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Tank set in place, some plumbing done and water going in for a leak test.

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All the pipes go outside to the sump box through a hole I cut in the wall.

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Sump box filled up quick with pipes, pumps, uv, skimmer, etc.

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Decided to go with a closed loop system to get some water moving towards the end of the tank farthest from the overflow box. (in addition to)

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And it holds water without any leaks!
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Old 02-11-2015, 03:07 AM   #5
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Time for a few hundred pounds of live sand and some saltwater. Used rodi as I heard it was the way to go from many in this forum.

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Dang it's cloudy! Guess I'll have to wait a few days.
Don't see that on "Tanked."

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And a bit more work done in the sump box.

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You'll notice I went with a 57w uv with wiper from Aqua UV (local So. Cal company and thus far impressed with the quality) as well as an ATI PowerCone 250IS skimmer (which I'm not sure I like) Also went ahead with a bio pellet reactor.
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That is a really nice job putting everything together into a really nice stand.
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Wow! I never would have guessed someone just built that, except maybe a professional aquarium stand builder (if that even exists). I like that on the outside you can't tell what it is.


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That's lovely! Good job! Wish you was our neighbor!


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Old 02-11-2015, 06:27 AM   #9
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dp's 300 gallon build

My dream tank it's gorgeous! Amazing job with the stand and congrats on the beautiful house! I can only dream of setting up something like that one day. Following to see progress on this I'm sure it will be awesome.


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Very nice design on the stand. What made you implement the UV sterilizer?
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