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Old 03/07/2015, 11:46 AM   #1
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Flooddc's 210 and 93 side by side

I found RC a few years back when I first dived into reefing with zero experience. Now, reefing addiction has been up and down.
We recently moved and decided to incorporate my 3 tanks into just 2 tanks.
I was able to scored 2 used tanks. I always love long tanks as well as cube.
Because my reef tanks are still at the old location, I am desperately wanted to get this tank up running, but just done have enough spare time to move it fast enough.
-Tank 1 is a 210 (84x2x2) (I am 99% pretty sure it's a Oceanic).
(dedicated for mixed reef)
-Tank 2 is a 93 cube (30x30x25) undrilled, appeared to be custom built but no idea who made it.
(dedicated for anemone)



I started this build 3 months ago, but did move much.
Here are my build progress. I'll try to post the building from the begining. Feel free to voice your advice. Thanks


stand construction:


Try to dig up some photos to load into photobucket. More to come! Thanks


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Old 03/07/2015, 12:08 PM   #2
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More on the stand construction.

Constructed using 2x4, 4x4(legs) and 2x8 (joist) with added laminated 3(8") strips to the joist.



Added 3/4" plywood on top.


Sealed up with drylok (they claimed that it doesn't work on wood, but so far seem to held pretty well.



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Old 03/07/2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Managed to put the tanks up with the help of a friend. it's heavy!!



Decided to make an acrylic overflow box for the 93 Cube out of old acrylic sump baffle.


Drilled the cube and installed bulkheads.



Pulled out some of my old plumbing accesories (they accumulated quite a bit). Bought more plumbing

Installed overflow box today. Hopefully will add some water in the tank within a few days and give them a good clean. Then start plumbing once my 95 Gallons trough/tub I ordered delivered to the local farm store. I planned to used as it as a secondary sump.


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Old 03/07/2015, 02:10 PM   #4
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You are going to wish you had an access panel over the front of your tanks. Best to do it now before you finish the wall.

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Old 03/08/2015, 12:53 PM   #5
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You are going to wish you had an access panel over the front of your tanks. Best to do it now before you finish the wall.

Dave.M
Thanks for the suggestion. I love pine paneling, so I am planning on building a removable panel for the front. Beside, I am do not have long reach as other people, so front panel is a must for me .


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Old 03/09/2015, 12:27 PM   #6
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Put a bit of water in the tank and realized it was not leveled. about 1/4" off. I knew I should have not drank that beer that day
Since I don't have the man power to get the tank off by myself and don't really like to bother people. got to figure out how fix this effectively.
2 options came to mind.
1) shims all around the tank (not too crazy about this option).
2) find a way to jack the tank up onto some 2x4, removed most screws on the plywood and then shims under the plywood.


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Old 03/09/2015, 12:56 PM   #7
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Take it down, pour leveling compound, rebuild. Be safest longest.

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Old 03/09/2015, 01:01 PM   #8
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Take it down, pour leveling compound, rebuild. Be safest longest.

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Thanks Dave,
Any particular type of leveling compound would you recommended? we only have Lowes and Home depot nearby.


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It's just a thin concrete mix. It's liquidity allows it to dry very level. Any big box store will be able to give you instructions on its use.

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Old 03/09/2015, 01:43 PM   #10
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It's just a thin concrete mix. It's liquidity allows it to dry very level. Any big box store will be able to give you instructions on its use.

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Thanks, will look into it.


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Old 03/11/2015, 11:32 AM   #11
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Can't wait for help to take the tank down to level the stand, so I decided to utilize my 2nd option. With the help of my 9 year old, I managed to get the 210 onto some 2x4's and able to removed most of the screws on the plywood top. Drop it back down and shims underneath the plywood though the wee hours. Sealed up and good to go.
Today, trying to filled up the tanks with freshwater to give them a good clean. Take forever, since I only have a 1/4" water line in the basement. Hopefully, will filled up when I finished work.


Clean up the 90G primary sump and will plumb it with a 95G trough as secondary sump.



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Old 03/12/2015, 07:56 PM   #12
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Made a bit of progress today.
Drilled the sump and cleaned both tanks. Hopefully get them plumb this weekend.



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Old 03/13/2015, 04:49 PM   #13
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Picked up my 2 stock tanks @ local farm store. Now ready for plumbing work.




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Old 03/13/2015, 09:39 PM   #14
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Got some of the plumbing done!





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Old 03/14/2015, 09:59 PM   #15
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Was going to do a simple flexible tubes return, but decided to make a manifold instead.
The plan is to run 2 Mag18 into the manifold and 2 returns to the 210g and 1 return for the 93g. This should give me at least 6-8x turn over rate.



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Old 03/14/2015, 10:15 PM   #16
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Looking good!!!


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Old 03/14/2015, 10:36 PM   #17
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Looking good!!!
Thanks!
BTW thanks for the skimmer suggestion and link. One hec k of a deal. But unfortunately, we just moved and spent $$$ on new hardwood floor and granite countertop and a zero turn riding mower. Tight budget, so have to use my old skimmer for now. Start saving or sell some of my corals. Hopefully, it still offer that price down the road


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Old 03/15/2015, 06:01 PM   #18
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Finished plumbing today. Not clean looking, but good enough for me.




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Old 03/16/2015, 11:16 AM   #19
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Filled up and do freshwater test today!



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Old 03/16/2015, 11:35 AM   #20
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Freshwater run test video. The 4 return pipes created quite a bit of bubble and occasionally created burbing air which causes water to splashed out of the sump.
I knew some people use valves to control drain flow to reduce this from happening. I personally, do not like to install anything to reduce or otherwise restrict drain pipes.
In the past, I inserted foam filter onto the pipes and slide the foam near the surface of the water to prevent splashing. Any suggestion on an alternative solutions for this problem?
http://youtu.be/7X1SXLpQHrM


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Old 03/16/2015, 11:42 AM   #21
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Installing some 90 bends and a short horizontal run on your drains to the sump will calm the flow down significantly without need to restrict the flow with valves. Also, some filter socks will remove your bubble problem.

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Old 03/16/2015, 02:24 PM   #22
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btw that cube looks like the Marineland 93 cube i just bought

nice build so far

was the drilling on the 93 hard or did it take it well?


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Old 03/16/2015, 03:47 PM   #23
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Installing some 90 bends and a short horizontal run on your drains to the sump will calm the flow down significantly without need to restrict the flow with valves. Also, some filter socks will remove your bubble problem.

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Thanks! Shorten the drains and added elbows. 3 calms down a bit. One is not. Will mess around with it tonight.


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btw that cube looks like the Marineland 93 cube i just bought

nice build so far

was the drilling on the 93 hard or did it take it well?
Thanks,
My cube is a definitely not Marineland. It's actually close to 100 Gallons (30x30x25 outer measurement). Have internal 1/2" glass bottom braces.

Drilling is pretty easy. My drill bit is dull from many use and was using a impact drill so it didn't have a really clean cut.


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Old 03/16/2015, 07:02 PM   #25
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