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150 Gallon Build -- Start To Finish

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kbass   

My next build has finally got legs and is off and running. If you have read my 72 Bowfront build, you know everything I do with this hobby must go through an approval process. LOL. I've been approved for approximately $1,500. Yeah...I smiled and said sure no problem.  :twisted: The trade-off was I had to shut down all my other tanks in the house (4 in total).

 

So, the basic plan:

 

Tank:  150 Gallons ( 60" x 24" x 24") -- Starfire Glass Front and Sides

 

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Sump:  40 Gallon Breeder

 

Lights:  LEDs (TBD)

 

Skimmer: (Still in review)

 

 

This build will go together in phases:

 

Phase 1: The Stand.  I have yet to learn Google Sketch-Up…so my plan is in my head. As of today, the stand will be 61 ½” x 24 ¾“ x 40 ¾“. The stand will be modular with two cabinets on each side. Each cabinet will be 12” x 18” x 40 ¾“. Both cabinets will be wired for power.  One cabinet will contain ATO and Dosing. The other one will contain electronics (APEX, Pump controls and quick turn off switches). The main cabinet area will contain the 40 Breeder and a 18” x 18” x 10” frag tank.  Phase 1 started 10 June 2015 with support structure.

 

10 June 2015 - The Pieces

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16 June 2015 - Support Structure

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Phase 2: 72 Gallon Bowfront Tear-Down. I’m dreading this phase the most. This tank is packed with corals. The large pieces will be moved to my frag system for temporary holding. Everything else will have to go to local tanks. ;) Hopefully, someone in the local area will want the tank for a good price, because the overflow is completely encrusted in corals. Otherwise…dead dead coral. I’m hoping to complete this phase in a single weekend.

 

Phase 3: Plumbing/Sump/Frag System. This should be a challenging phase. This system will have an emergency overflow and water change system plumbed to an external (outdoor) drainage system. Also, the system will have a mixing station with RO/DI plumbed for quick water changes.

 

Phase 4: Canopy and Lighting.

 

More to come.

 

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That is a dead sexy tank. Love those dimensions. Looking forward to seeing it come together. As hard as it is, it is much better tearing down a successful tank than a crashed one.

Richard

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kbass   

My current display is not as pretty as it once was, but it is still healthy. So the corals I want should be easy to transfer (even if it is only pieces). The main issue is -- a number of corals are actually connected to the glass and overflow. Those are going to be a pain in the rear. My red monti cap is easily a 12" tall and 10" in diameter and is connect to rock and the side of my tank.

 

I will continue to post pictures as this project comes together over the next few months.

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kbass   

Here's my is with coral connect to the glass and overflow. Any ideas??? The connection to the glass includes both side and front of glass in the corner.

 

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drauka   

Clean - new metal putty knife?  I'd probably frag off as big of a chunk as I could and then go with smaller frags of what ws left.

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kbass   

I hadn't thought of a putty knife. I  don't want to scratch the glass but I may give that a shot when the time comes. Today, I added the bottom to the sump area, and then sealed the whole area with rubberized paint...my backup plan to my backup plan. :)

 

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kbass   

Started to skin the stand today. 

 

3/4" Maple for the Top and Front

1/2" Birch for the Sides

 

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Also, I will be ordering the tank tonight...on sale for $788 and free shipping. I can't beat that anywhere. I Think I'm going to try their skimmer as well. Both seem to have good reviews.

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kbass   

The stand project continues at snail speed. Thanks to an awesome worker at Home Depot, I didn't have to cut a single piece of plywood. Here's the progress so far.

 

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The new tank left California today on its way to Florida, and thanks to Jaybird, I have a brand new skimmer waiting for its new home. I've also cleared a few things out of the frag tank...you would be able to tell by these pictures. I'm really hoping for a meeting soon. :)

 

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TrentN   
. I've also cleared a few things out of the frag tank...you would be able to tell by these pictures. I'm really hoping for a meeting soon. :)

 

 

 

 

Richard said something at the last meet about trying to have the next meet in FWB. Haven't heard anythig sence.

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kbass   

The new tank just arrived. Can't wait to get this thing set up. I.m not looking forward to picking it up again. It took five of us just carried it up 18 steps into my house. The tank weighs in at a cool 350 lbs.

 

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TrentN   

Nice!!!

 

If you need a strong back and a weak mind, just call and I'll send Degan over and I'll come over too.

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kbass   

Careful what you ask for. :mrgreen:  I will need help lifting it onto the stand. I'm positive I can find a couple beers and some coral lying around. It's going to be at least four weeks minimum.

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kbass   

Yes...getting it off the ground is going to be fun. I hurt my back getting it in the house. I took tomorrow off to work on the stand. I would really like to have the tank cycling in the next three months. I would like to put in the drain lines next weekend...I hope that is not wishful thinking.

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kbass   

I decided to play hooky today and work on my stand. First thing I tried today was to find somewhere to buy custom cabinet doors. I thought this would be a piece of cake...I was wrong. Needless to say, I couldn't find any...so I went online. It was very easy to find online, but it was going to cost $260 for three doors. That is crazy...I don't even have that much in the whole stand. On my way to Home Depot, I decide to by the Building Materials Outlet store. Although, they didn't have the exact doors I needed, they did have something really close. I figured with a couple modifications they will work fine...cost $30.

 

Here's the latest:

 

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kbass   

I'm thinking about putting a stained peice of 1/4 plywood behind it. If you have any idea, I would love to hear them.

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