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Old 09/02/2018, 05:07 AM   #1
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CoralReefer's 680 Reef Savvy Build

I have recently (10 months now) moved to Tampa and decided to make it count. I had the same 225 for about 15 years but figured it was time for the upgrade. So some of you I know from AZ or IA forums but the FL group is new.

I began this process last October and have spent the last year documenting the progress. I will only put the portion relating to the build of my new system but someday may post the storybook around moving a 12 year old established SPS system across the country in 3 stages culminating with a 4 month run in my garage in Florida.

But for now, on with the build! If any of you are like me, no one wants to see a build thread end in some partial stage of completion so while I apologize for the length of the thread, it will go from inception to completion (well, completion is a loose word. Are any of us ever really "done"?)

Thanks for looking and I absolutely welcome comments. Just be nice, I never claimed to be a pro.....

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Old 09/02/2018, 05:07 AM   #2
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So here's the nuts and bolts:
- ReefSavvy tank 120x30x32 eurobraced
double bottom, PVC liner, armored seams, ghost overflows
- MRC Custom I-sump 72x24x24
- Tradewinds IL-75s 3/4hp chiller
- BubbleKing Deluxe 300
- (4) Ecotech MP-60's
- (6) Ecotech XR30 G4Pro
- Ecotech Reeflink
- Dolphin return
- (2) Panworld 50PXX ATO and Mix Station pumps
- Apex control
- (2) Apex EB832
- Apex WXM
- Apex ATK
- Custom Cabinetry and Installation by Chris Benner, Sticks N Stones


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Old 09/02/2018, 05:13 AM   #3
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So here is the stand being sent off to be powder coated and the tank as it was about to embark upon its journey from Miami to Tampa. This of course was possibly my favorite set of pics not because they are overly special but they took about 9 months to go from 'nothing' to 'this'. It became very real once I could see and touch it.

And to proactively address the obvious. This thing was heavy as - insert choice language here. But more on the riggers later.


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Old 09/02/2018, 05:20 AM   #4
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This was the sump arriving. We opted to have it depot shipped to save on costs. That part was a good idea. The bad idea was realizing that it was going to weigh over 600lbs and once the forklift put it in my truck bed I was going to have to deal with it myself on the other end.
Like I said in my intro, no one ever accused me of being a great planner. Fortunately what I lack in operations and planning expertise I make up in beer confidence so it all comes out in the end.


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Old 09/02/2018, 05:21 AM   #5
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Moving day including the essentials needed for a long 4 days. I had the great fortune to have Chris Benner from Sticks N Stones leading this project. He and the riggers showed up for the long weekend and we set to work. My poort dog had no idea what was in store...


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Old 09/02/2018, 05:25 AM   #6
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Mods - Please close this thread. This site is very frustrating to use. Pics won't upload properly.

Apologies to anyone who wasted their time on this.......


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Old 09/02/2018, 03:48 PM   #7
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Picture are easy, SmugMug account to link pictures from works fine...
Looks like tank will be a monster from the size of the stand...
Message me if you want help with the pics...


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Old 09/02/2018, 06:46 PM   #8
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Old 09/03/2018, 03:03 PM   #9
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pics look great!


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Old 09/05/2018, 06:30 AM   #10
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Keep the updates coming. This looks like a great build so far!


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Old 09/17/2018, 11:33 PM   #11
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Wow i love the dimension


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