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I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

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drauka   

Yes, you read that right.  I bought a 240 gallon tank.  8'x2'x2' standard dimension tank.  Does not have built in overflows (that's a plus since I want a slim internal box and a BeanAnimal style drain system).  Tank is pretty much scratch free.  Going to do some cleaning one day soon to see which side is going to become the front.  This is going to be a slow build since I am also remodeling a house right now for a move.  The tank won't be setup till I am close to the big move.  Hopefully I can get it setup for a few weeks and have it cycling before I move the current tank into that system.

Equipment plans currently:

Lighting - Thinking seriously about 2 - 6 bulb 4' long T5 fixtures along the back part of the tank and 3 - Kessil 360we's across the front slightly angled toward the back.  The bracing does not lend itself to single point lighting to well, so the T5s will be the main lighting and the Kessils mainly for night viewing and some shimmer. (this may change drastically before the tank is setup)

Return - seeing all the locals with the Varios 6 pump, I am thinking about going with the Varios 8, looks like it will be a good fit, also planning on tank end of the return lines going into 1" SeaSwirls.

Skimmer - Reuse my Vertex 180i until the bio load becomes an issue.  Undecided on final skimmer, might go with a Lifereef

Sump(s) - Need to measure the "fish room" adjacent to the tank but it appears I can comfortably fit 2 of the rubbermaid stock tanks, One will be a dedicated refugium the second as a skimmer and return pump and whatever other equipment i throw at this beast.

Stand - Reuse the existing stank so long as it passes my inspection (I will likely add a sheet of foam insulation between the stand and the tank for peace of mind)

Rock/Sand -  Mixture of BRS Pukani and TBS cultured rock (about 50lbs of their rock to seed the dry rock)

Flow/Powerheads -  For now I have a spare Mp40 and a Gyre 130 and some other misc powerheads that should provide enough flow.  Will likely try 2 of the Jeabo WP60 (or whatever is their MP60 equivalent) in the future. Possibly try one of the new Maxspect Gyre 280 models.

a couple pics 

 

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MP40 on the end of the tank for scale,  that's a Gyre 130 on the side too. 

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Thanks to Lobstergrabber (Richard) for his help getting the tank home.  

 

 

  

 

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drauka   

Here is a link the the overflow I am looking at,  the Shadow overflows are very very tempting but I want a bit more surface skimming area than a 16" box has and a 20" box doesn't seem to be enough to me either.  This one is 36" and I feel will be enough to keep the water film free.

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TrentN   

For powerheads check out the Coral Box QP-16. It is quiet. It doesn't have 5 or even 10 points of power control, it has 0% to 100%. They also link up wirelessly and effortlessly. I have 2 on my 180 at 38% and get 3/4 of an inch up and down of water movement on each end of the tank.

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drauka   

40s are temporary till I could get a 60 or equivalent.  With the price of the pumps Trent mentioned that might be a serious contender instead, at least temporarily

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TrentN   

For a little over a month, but the corals and fish are loving them. Especially our Powder Brown Tang, tha darn thing waits for a pause to the side of the powerhead, then swims in front of it shoots halfway across the tank sideways then swims over the the other powerhead and does it all over again. Back and forth. If it was a human, I'd say it was a 6 year old boy that found a piece of cardboard and a hill to slide down.
SB usually carries them in stock. But they are in and out. I'd call before making the trip. They are new for 2017 and people are just now discovering them.

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drauka   

Small update,

Powerheads -  a friend of mine up north has a "Box full of Tunze pumps"  turns out there are 3 - Tunze 6105's, 1 - Tunze 6205 and a Tunze 7095 controller.  2 of the 6105's need new shafts but all the rest are otherwise good.  He is going to mail me the whole box of stuff for use on the 240.  there is also another Tunze pump in there but I don't think I will need it with what amounts to 4 strong powerheads in the tank for flow.

Return pump -  The Reef Octopus Varios 8 has been ordered.  

 

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I really like my varios. I got my sump redone the other day so I can actually turn it up past level 2. Very quiet and all the options are nice.


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Here is a link the the overflow I am looking at,  the Shadow overflows are very very tempting but I want a bit more surface skimming area than a 16" box has and a 20" box doesn't seem to be enough to me either.  This one is 36" and I feel will be enough to keep the water film free.
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Nice choice for overflow box, and with three drains that ideal.


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drauka   

So with the 93 busting a seam I am moving ahead with the 240 build a bit faster than I had hoped.  (I was considering ordering a custom tank instead or a 180)  

I ordered the overflow box.  the company has a new kit that was just coming on the market when I was looking before.  When I emailed them my questions and requests they basiclly said - here's the new model that covers all those ideas.

Modular Marine 3600gph overflow - 36" internal box

This weekends plans include some repair on a big sump I have,  placing stabilizing stands under my house (off grade residence) where the tank and sump is going, and possibly beginning the stand build.  Most of the stuff I need to do the build wont be here till next week so I might as well knock out what I can.  

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drauka   

Thanks again to Lobstergrabber (Richard) for coming up to the middle of nowhere and helping build a stand on Saturday.

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got one coat of primmer/paint on it on Sunday.  Stand will be skinned in oak and stained to match the rest of the trim in the house.  

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All lumber is 2" x 8".  The plywood is 3/4".  To say it is built like a tank might be an understatement. 

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