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Old 09/23/2017, 12:13 PM   #26
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Hmmm... I wonder what's in this bag?




Truly a work of art...












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Old 09/23/2017, 01:01 PM   #27
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nice

I'm loving it!


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Old 09/24/2017, 09:05 AM   #28
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I'm loving it!
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Old 09/24/2017, 09:11 AM   #29
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Cycle

The cycle is under way!

Usually I have always just gone with ghost feeding to cycle, this time around I only placed the BRS pukani rock in the tank. I figured there was enough dead organic matter, and sure enough it's moving along.

Another first for me was the use of Dr. Tim's bacteria. I'm amazed that only 2 days in, and Ammonia and Nitrites are already being converted. I will take plenty of caution of course, but it definitely seems like a great way to jump start a cycle.




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Old 09/26/2017, 03:46 PM   #30
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Today was day 3 of the cycle. NO2 and NO3 were still registering but Ammonia was getting higher than 2ppm. I did a 5 gal water change and got it back to 2ppm. The goal is to keep it under 5ppm which can stall the cycle.


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Old 09/28/2017, 11:06 AM   #31
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wicked impressed, I love the scape and what you've done with the sand, can't wait to see more!


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Old 09/28/2017, 04:54 PM   #32
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wicked impressed, I love the scape and what you've done with the sand, can't wait to see more!
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Old 09/28/2017, 05:06 PM   #33
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I finally got my Canon 6D back! Expect much better image quality from this post forward

Basement

Work has been slowly coming together on the rest of the build. The sump will be located in our unfinished basement. This gives me plenty of space for current equipment needs and expansion in the future.

I am still awaiting some critical pieces to arrive to complete the plumbing as well as some other equipment that has been ordered.

I attached some 1/2" ply to the concrete walls, and mounted the Apex, FMM and a raceway for cable management.



I began initial rough in of electrical as well, this will ultimately be a waterproof box, with 2 GFCI 20a circuits.



Heres some shots of the Tideline 48 sump and rest as it sits now:






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Old 09/29/2017, 09:34 AM   #34
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Its coming along NICELY!


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Old 09/29/2017, 10:43 AM   #35
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Thank you, I wish it was coming along faster, but part of that has to do with my OCD, also patiently waiting for the rest of equipment


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Old 09/30/2017, 03:55 PM   #36
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Sump

The return pump used for this build will be the Reeflo Yellowtail. I calculated the head pressure needed to be about 15-16ft. This pump seemed like the best option, although it definitely is a bit overkill. I will need to keep it dialed down quite a bit.



Of course, since I am using an external return, my sump will need to be drilled for the 2" input the Reeflo requires. I admit this definitely gave me some anxiety. I've drilled plenty of glass tanks before, but never a brand spankin' new acrylic sump that costs a pretty penny.

I opted to use a 75mm diamond drill bit, paired with my Dewalt hammer drill, set to regular drill mode.



I made a template and secured it with some pipe clamps.



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Old 09/30/2017, 05:33 PM   #37
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Of course what use is a build thread, if we don't show some of our mistakes and failures?

Was working on some of the plumbing under the tank today, gluing in the return lines. Normally I'm used to bulkheads and fittings having a lip inside them as a "stopper". Well I ended up gluing the pipe way too high into the bulkhead, and the rest of the piping won't fit inside the overflow!



By the time I realized what I had done it was too late, and getting that bulkhead off would be a PITA...

With every problem, there is always a solution. I ordered up an internal coupling to connect the two pipes. Now it's just a matter of waiting for delivery.




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Old 10/03/2017, 08:46 PM   #38
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Got a nice delivery from the UPS man today






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Old 10/03/2017, 09:22 PM   #39
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Everything is looking great, James! Following along!


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Old 10/05/2017, 05:39 PM   #40
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Old 10/06/2017, 12:22 AM   #41
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No problem. Question about your lights. Did you anchor into the joists or did you use sheet rock anchors? Im hanging a Hamilton Cayman Sun pendant this weekend and with it being only 12 wide, I probably wont be able to hit joists for both wires.


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No problem. Question about your lights. Did you anchor into the joists or did you use sheet rock anchors? Im hanging a Hamilton Cayman Sun pendant this weekend and with it being only 12 wide, I probably wont be able to hit joists for both wires.


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Yep I used toggle bolts right through the sheetrock, wasn't able to hit any studs either. No issues and the ATI fixture is pretty heavy


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Very nice job! Following along


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Awesome build so far and great choice of equipment. Y'all northern are lucky to have basements to put sumps and stuff. Following along.


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Awesome build so far and great choice of equipment. Y'all northern are lucky to have basements to put sumps and stuff. Following along.
Thanks for following along, it definitely is a convenience having a basement. I had a sump under a stand once and hated it!


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Been working on the build whenever I get a spare few minutes in between other projects.

I redid the aquascape on the right side of the tank, basically just swapped the front rock and the back one. Looks way better IMO. I am pretty happy with this layout now.

CUC was added from ReefCleaners. I ordered Ceriths, Nerites and Nassarius snails. Ended up getting Ceriths, Nerites and Hermit crabs....oh well LOL

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Observations

Already starting to see Coraline Algae.

Also seeing the beginning of the diatom phase.


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Old 10/15/2017, 08:40 PM   #47
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Started to get my QT/TTM tanks setup. Built another stand for all the extra equipment needed. I'm losing track of how many of these stands I've built over the years. Bet I could build one in my sleep.




Sump is now running with skimmer and the Apex. ATO is yet to be hooked up, will be soon.

It turns out I made a poor selection on the return pump. This thing is just way too much pump, I kind of overestimated the head loss.

I placed an order for a Reeflo Swordtail as a replacement. Should be perfect, and all the plumbing connections remain the same.






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Started to get my QT/TTM tanks setup. Built another stand for all the extra equipment needed. I'm losing track of how many of these stands I've built over the years. Bet I could build one in my sleep.




Sump is now running with skimmer and the Apex. ATO is yet to be hooked up, will be soon.

It turns out I made a poor selection on the return pump. This thing is just way too much pump, I kind of overestimated the head loss.

I placed an order for a Reeflo Swordtail as a replacement. Should be perfect, and all the plumbing connections remain the same.



Coming along really nice James. I just put water into my new system late last week. Always exciting when a reef tank starts to take shape.


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Old 10/16/2017, 10:11 AM   #49
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Coming along really nice James. I just put water into my new system late last week. Always exciting when a reef tank starts to take shape.
Thanks Matt! I just checked out your build, you DIY'd both the tank and sump? That's impressive, I also like the remote fuge display I'm going to follow along.


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Old 10/16/2017, 01:11 PM   #50
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Looks Good James.
My only concern would be the placement of the energy bar right above the water.


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