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150 Gallon Build -- Start To Finish

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Making some headway today. I didn't feel like rolling around in insulation. So, we hired an electrician to run a dedicated line with 20 amp GFI breaker in the box. The new DC pump and controller items are now here. Stupid me...I ordered the moon lights but forgot to order the Lunar Simulation Module (LSM) to control them. I'm guessing it should arrive next week.

 

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I also have the 75 gallon water storage container to build the mixing station downstairs. However, The frag system is in the way. So, this is going to be one of the last things on my list to complete.

 

Next on the list to complete over the holidays:

 

1. Build the canopy. I still have not completely finished the design in my head yet. I kind of know what I want but still need to get all the measurements and finish drawing it.

 

2. Build the Electrical cabinet and Dosing cabinet. I think my wife would like them together in one cabinet. This was not part of my plan...so not sure how to redirect.

 

Once I have those in place, I will finalize the plumbing. 

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Actually, the dog is a multipoo (Maltese / Poodle). 

 

So, the work continues... I've been working on the canopy this weekend. Home Depot was nice enough to cut all the plywood to exactly what I needed. I had to do a few cutouts for the fans, lights, power cords, and door. I also picked up a couple of SBReefLights to add to the canopy. I have been running one over my temporary frag tank for a while now and these lights are great (perfect spectrum). I want to have the canopy done by next weekend. Here's what I have done:

 

Front View

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Back View

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I still have to finish painting, but you get the idea. The inside will get two fans on a thermostat. The inside will also get a coat of Enamel Gloss White. The next project is the Electronics cabinet and then I will finalize the plumbing. Then the tank gets water, sand and rock. :)  Planning to have water in the tank by the end of February. Keep tuned...more to come.

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Back in town again and had a little time to finish up the canopy. Here's how it turned out:

 

The two big holes will have fans on a thermostat.

 

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There are three cut outs for the SBReefLights, Additionally, I will be reusing my DIY LEDs. I will be putting two 4' mounts on the front and back of the cut outs.

 

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The finished look:

 

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Next is plumbing and electric cabinet. :)

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Thanks...I wasn't very patient on my first build and I had a bunch of "I wish I would have". This time I really wanted to do more planning. However, it has taken much longer than I anticipated because of a very busy work and play schedule. :) But I can see the end of the tunnel now...water is coming soon. 

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Ordered the gate valves for all the plumbing...damn those things aren't cheap. Hopefully, the plumbing will be done in a couple weeks. Still need to do the electric cabinet. In the short-term, I need to order my sand. Has anyone used Marco Rocks for anything? I'm thinking about buying their sand. Any feedback would be great.

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The reviews on the sand look pretty good. The price is really good -- 140 lbs for $109 shipped. 

 

I also have a dilemma with plumbing. The tank was drilled for three 1" bulkheads. Originally, I was going to use one for my return and the other two for a Herbie overflow. Now I'm starting to think I should use all three for overflow. Any Ideas???

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Are you planning on running reactors off your return?  If so, I think the Bean Animal system is better (3 hole)  It should handle the change in flow from the reactors better than a Herbie style.  If you are going to have a separate feed pump for reactors and such then I would totally go with a herbie style. 

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I've made a little progress. So, I thought I'd share. I decided to go with the Herbie overflow. I'm not quite done with the tank overflow area, but plumbed under the tank. Here's what it looks like:

 

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The 1 1/2" pipe on the left side of the cabinet is the main drain line to the back yard. The skimmer will go directly in front of the BRS reactor...if my measurements are right, I should have decent access to both. On the right side of the cabinet is the frag tank. Once I get my tanks down stairs out of the way, I will plumb the water change tanks. But this should be enough to allow me to get water moving. :) 

 

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Also, I ordered 140# of sand from Marco Rocks. Hopefully, I can get it cleaned and start filling the tank in the next couple weeks. I still need to build the electronics cabinet. One thing at a time and it seems to be taking forever...but it won't be long and I will be on the hunt for corals. :)

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Awesome.

 

Edit-  As I am sure you know there are many ways to go about this.  I would look into reeftronics website,  i have heard there are lots of apex users there and they share and review each others code to help get what you want done on your tank.  The most complex thing I have programmed into mine is a code for running the dosing pump 24 times a day to divide up my doses of vinegar and alkalinity and added a few safety shutoffs to the code the apex will generate using its presets.  let me know if you want to look into my setup when you get going, Fusion can allow access for others to see your programs.

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A small part of the frags still in the holding tank. Unfortunately, I have lost a few of my most prized coral. I was planning on doing primarily SPS with the new tank, but I don't think I'm going to be able to part with all my zoas/palys. Maybe a zoa/paly garden on the bottom of the tank??? I also have a space invade pectina that has grown quite a bit and that will have to find a home in the new.

 

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