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Old 09/10/2018, 07:27 PM   #1
ReefingHavoc
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120 gallon rimless with basement sump

I've been planning this build for nearly a year and finally have house updates out of the way to start. Here's the plan:

120 gallon glass rimless (48x24x24) display
75 gallon(ish) acrylic basement sump -- to be built

Lighting:
48" Aquatic Life T5HO Hybrid
Ecotech Radion xr15

Skimmer:
Vertex Omega 180i

Return Pump:
Reeflo Swordtail 1750

Powerheads:
Dual Maxpect Gyre XF230

Overflow:
Synergy Reef Systems 16" Shadow

Controller:
Reef Angel Star

A couple of thoughts on my approach:
  • Looking to run Triton to ease the number of water changes
  • Will have 29 gallon quarantine
  • Looking to build in redundancy to the system

Hoping to share with others my progress and elicit ideas from the community.

SketchUp file of fish room attached
  • The blue block is my sink
  • I'll have a 55 gallon drum for keeping salt water ready
  • Still figuring out a top off container
  • Stand will house quarantine below
The blue block is my sink

For now, I've started on the sump stand. Pretty standard design to hold a 48x18x20 acrylic tank that i'm building. I'll be picking up the cut sheets later this week. Debated on paint or sealer for the top of the stand but decided on using some leftover Waterlox, which should protect things nicely.


I'll continue to post as things progress


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Old 09/12/2018, 07:44 AM   #2
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Good start- looking forward to how your fishroom ends up.

I chose to keep the water making equipment outside of the room, partially because I could use the slop sink for non-fish related basement stuff, but also because if Id enclosed it all, Id have blocked off the back half of my walkout basement and would have had to add egress points. Good compromise.

Take a look and feel free to help yourself to any ideas that take your fancy

https://www.*********.com/threads/ne...shroom.390436/


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Old 09/15/2018, 07:40 PM   #3
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Good start- looking forward to how your fishroom ends up.

I chose to keep the water making equipment outside of the room, partially because I could use the slop sink for non-fish related basement stuff, but also because if Id enclosed it all, Id have blocked off the back half of my walkout basement and would have had to add egress points. Good compromise.

Take a look and feel free to help yourself to any ideas that take your fancy

https://www.*********.com/threads/ne...shroom.390436/


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Nice thread. Looks like a much bigger space than I have to work with.


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Old 09/15/2018, 07:44 PM   #4
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120 gallon rimless with basement sump

Picked up the acrylic for the sump. Started prepping the edges for welding. Never built a tank out of acrylic, but learning a lot online

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Old 09/16/2018, 05:03 PM   #5
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120 gallon rimless with basement sump

Sump walls welded



Dimensions- 48x18x20.5

Welds not as clean as Id like, but will do for a sump. Am considering some bracing on a bottom edge that has a fair number of bubbles.

What did I learn:
- route the edges! I should have taken the time to set up my router table to clean and square up edges. Instead, I hand scraped edges, which meant the edges werent as clean as Id hoped
- use pin method. I saw online that the king of diy said you can use capillary for 1/2. I found that the liquid didnt get all the way across the joint at times so I had to apply solvent on the other side
- I will say that my last two joints were much better than the first few

Left to do:
- flush route any overlap
- add top bracing
- add baffles
- drill for external return pump
- flame polish edges



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Old 09/23/2018, 06:36 PM   #6
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Making progress

Drilling holes for drain lines into sump


Decided to route out removable plate for drain section of the sump so I can clean it


Cutting teeth for refugium overflow




Started welding in baffles



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Old 10/05/2018, 12:22 PM   #7
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My display tank on the main floor will be running parallel to the floor joists. Not ideal, but its the only direction I can run it. To compensate for the weight, I opened up the ceiling in the fish room below and will be reinforcing 2 of the beams to ensure no sagging over time.

In addition to sistering the joists, Im going to add a support pole. This may be overkill, but cheap insurance.


Display tank build has started


Heres what the final outcome will be



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