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Old 08-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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125 gallon build

Just picked up my 125 gallon. I plan to build the stand out of oak and for it to about 34-36 inches tall and stain It gunstock. I plan to use a 55 gallon sump( hopefully it fits). I plan to use a reef octopus space saver 150. I'm a bit torn on lighting. I have an ocean revive s026 on my 20 that I like but the bml fixtures are looking pretty good but will be 3x the price. Stocking is still in works and I would appreciate any input on the tank, equiptment, or livestock. Here's a pic of the tank.


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Old 08-07-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Here's a pic of the 20 gallon stand that's going to match the 125 stand I'm making but I plan on using oak this time instead of birchwood.


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Old 08-08-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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I'm not a huge fan of my Reef Octopus (SRO 2000 Int). Its too loud. Perhaps you pump will be quieter.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:35 AM   #4
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It's either the the reef octopus or the bubble magus curve 7

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:51 PM   #5
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So I measured the size of holes today on the megaflow and they are 1.75 inch holes for 1 inch bulkheads. I tried a 1 inch bulkhead l had lying around and it fits in all 4 holes. I was under the impression megaflows had 1 hole for a 1 inch bulkhead and one for a 3/4 inch. I'm I missing something here?

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Old 08-17-2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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Spent around 2 hours looking for lumber that wasn't warped today and another 3 hours building the frame of the stand. I'm overall pretty happy with it. I still need to add all the supports. I was thinking 2 2x6's for the corners and a 2x6 every 24 inches. Do Y'all think that's enough support?


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I'd want one on the back in the middle to help me sleep at night.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #8
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I'm putting 3 2x6's on the front and back. I ran into a problem. Can I use 1x6 as the screw strips to attach the 2x6's onto because the sump is 12.75 inches wide and I only have 12.5 inches of room when using 2x6's for screw strips.

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Old 08-29-2014, 03:23 PM   #9
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Well I finally finished the frame. Next I have to sand everything out and fill all the holes.


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Old 09-13-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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Scored a 55 gallon for 10 bucks and resealed it with rtv 108. Going today to get baffles.


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Old 09-13-2014, 04:19 PM   #11
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:36 PM   #12
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Sumps finished. I need a suggestion for a quiet inexpensive pump that'll give me 400-500 gph at 5 ft of head pressure. I'm thinking a magdrive 9.5

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Sorry forgot to post the sump pic. Here it is


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The mag drive pumps are great. And if something makes to much noise...take it apart and clean it. Put it on a piece of Styrofoam.
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If its a 72" 125, try to offset your vertical bracing if you can. That should allow you to get a 55 in and out of the stand. I had to remove bla back vertical brace and slide my 55 into the stand, then put the brace back

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If its a 72" 125, try to offset your vertical bracing if you can. That should allow you to get a 55 in and out of the stand. I had to remove bla back vertical brace and slide my 55 into the stand, then put the brace back

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I'm going to finish the stand except for the top, drop the sump in then install the braces and plywood on top.

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Oh and do yourself a huge favor and put a sheet of styrofoam under the 55... i kick myself everyday for not doing it

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Oh and do yourself a huge favor and put a sheet of styrofoam under the 55... i kick myself everyday for not doing it

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What's the Styrofoam for?

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Itll isolate and stop any vibration from getting to the stand. Ultimately cutting down on noise

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Itll isolate and stop any vibration from getting to the stand. Ultimately cutting down on noise

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Got it. I used a yoga mat on my other tank I still have one that I can use.

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