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Old 09/11/2017, 01:48 PM   #51
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Great build so far. I miss my Reef Savvy tank, Felix is a great guy and their craftsmanship is second to none. Following along to see how this progresses.


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Old 09/13/2017, 10:37 AM   #52
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Great build so far. I miss my Reef Savvy tank, Felix is a great guy and their craftsmanship is second to none. Following along to see how this progresses.
James thanks for tagging along. It has been a long ride for me so far but I know it will be worth the wait when I finally get the tank wet. I may give it a shot this weekend, subject to having a few local reefers around to help me move the tank in place. I'd love to see the ReefSavvy you had running - is there an old build thread? Looks like you are running a smaller tank now. I'd love to hear the tradeoffs between the old tank and the new. It was a long debate in my head on whether I should go bigger but I'm very happy where I settled in. I agree, Felix is an amazing guy. So helpful in getting things tight on the dimensions and features of the tank.


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Old 09/13/2017, 12:23 PM   #53
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James thanks for tagging along. It has been a long ride for me so far but I know it will be worth the wait when I finally get the tank wet. I may give it a shot this weekend, subject to having a few local reefers around to help me move the tank in place. I'd love to see the ReefSavvy you had running - is there an old build thread? Looks like you are running a smaller tank now. I'd love to hear the tradeoffs between the old tank and the new. It was a long debate in my head on whether I should go bigger but I'm very happy where I settled in. I agree, Felix is an amazing guy. So helpful in getting things tight on the dimensions and features of the tank.
Thanks Choss, unfortunately all the images from my build thread here on RC is gone due to the photobucket bug.

I loved my tank but looking back there were a few things that I regretted I guess.
My tank was 72x24x29. The 29" height made it very difficult for me to do anything in the bottom third of the tank.

I was running 3x400w MH's at the time and my electric bill skyrocketed, especially during the summer with a chiller.


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Old 09/14/2017, 06:19 AM   #54
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I am glad that for this build I kept the dimensions manageable. A huge consideration was the heat. I am switching back to MH but I'm only running a single bulb with T5 and potentially LED supplement. While the length of the tank is a bit long for a single bulb, I'm planning on keeping my SPS front and center, with some LPS, acans etc. wider out. The tank sits in a small room so heat was one factor. Ultimately as well, I wanted to run a size tank where I could reduce the maintenance down to bare minimum. While certain functions are the same regardless of tank size, everything seems to multiply - bigger saltwater station, bigger pumps, more pumps, more maintenance. Anyway, we shall see how this one plays out.


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Old 09/14/2017, 03:47 PM   #55
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Really enjoyed reading up on this this thread choss, subbed along.

Good luck with the journey. It's definitely a system design mentality I mesh well with (stealing some inspiration)


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Old 09/15/2017, 05:27 AM   #56
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Really enjoyed reading up on this this thread choss, subbed along.

Good luck with the journey. It's definitely a system design mentality I mesh well with (stealing some inspiration)
Rus glad you and following. I've taken plenty of inspiration from all the great threads here on RC so I'm glad if I can give a bit back.


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Old 09/15/2017, 11:52 AM   #57
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I am glad that for this build I kept the dimensions manageable. A huge consideration was the heat. I am switching back to MH but I'm only running a single bulb with T5 and potentially LED supplement. While the length of the tank is a bit long for a single bulb, I'm planning on keeping my SPS front and center, with some LPS, acans etc. wider out. The tank sits in a small room so heat was one factor. Ultimately as well, I wanted to run a size tank where I could reduce the maintenance down to bare minimum. While certain functions are the same regardless of tank size, everything seems to multiply - bigger saltwater station, bigger pumps, more pumps, more maintenance. Anyway, we shall see how this one plays out.
Sounds like you got a good plan so far.

Was able to relink most of the images from my 225g Reef Savvy build if you ever want to check it out

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Old 09/16/2017, 04:12 AM   #58
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Sounds like you got a good plan so far.

Was able to relink most of the images from my 225g Reef Savvy build if you ever want to check it out

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James reading the thread now. That was one sweet looking tank!!!


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If u can wait until Wednesday, I'll help you lift that bad boy!


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Old 09/16/2017, 08:41 AM   #60
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That sounds like a plan. Will try to secure some suction cups today. Safe travels back to NY!


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Teaser Pic!

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Today is a big day....


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Old 09/18/2017, 07:53 AM   #62
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How'd it go, is the tank on the stand?


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Funny that you should ask....

reef savvy tank by choerenz, on Flickr

Ok so yesterday I had 2 of my soccer buds come over at 8:45 am (my reef buddies were busy so you have to go to the next best hobby group...). By 8:50 we figured out that the suction cups were not going to work. One popped off during the first lift and I went pale white, then sweat broke out everywhere.

So we used old fashioned muscle and lifted the tank on the dolly. 10 minutes later (by 9:15) we had the tank up on the stand and centered. I was so stressed the night before, and in the end it was in place in no time at all.

So then I started worrying about the weight of the loaded tank on the stand. The stand is 1.5 inch thick walnut, and super solid gator piping. But I still contacted the manufacturer of the pipes and was told "don't worry, each leg can hold 4,000 lbs". I estimate the full weight to be about 1,000- 1,200 lbs so I think it's all good.

Now the next chapter can start. This weekend I will start the plumbing.


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Old 09/18/2017, 06:39 PM   #64
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Wow that looks great! I really like the way you did the stand, seems like a simple yet elegant alternative.

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Will you be using sch 80 or 40 fittings for plumbing? I'm going with sch 80 fittings this time around, still need to order them though.

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Old 09/18/2017, 09:19 PM   #66
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Looks great, glad to hear you just turned white with no broken glass anywhere.

Whats your next step?


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Yes the stand is designed to allow the tank to "float" almost like a pedestal. I grew tired of the traditional stand and was looking for something different. That said, there are many drawbacks. I will be hiding the sump in a small cabinet (that will sit to the right of the tank) so I had to go with a 24 gallon cube sump, and I will need to hide the plumbing carefully so that it isn't noticeable. That is why I created the backboard. The other cabinet in the picture will hold the electrical.

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I think I went with schedule 80 elbows and schedule 40 colored pipe. I have to check. I did get everything from BRS on sale.

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Looks great, glad to hear you just turned white with no broken glass anywhere.

Whats your next step?
Yeah I was really nervous. I waited a year for this tank and it could have all ended in a few seconds.

Up next, I am going to start the plumbing and finish the sump cabinet. I'll post a few pics - it is nearly done. I waited on finalizing things as I just received a nice box from BRS. I'll also post a few pics of the goodies that just arrived later today.


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Some goodies arrived the other day

Ecotech by choerenz, on Flickr

I think I now have all my equipment. I will start with one MP40 and two MP10s but may add a second MP40 later. I also picked up a BRS delux reactor. Because of the small footprint of my sump, I wanted a small reactor to run both carbon and GFO.

I also added a battery backup - man that thing is a beast. I'll put together the full list of equipment this weekend.


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Update

Ok so it has been a while. September was a pretty big month for me as far as travel is concerned. I also finished a non fish tank related project which is a dining room table that I built for a small summer home out in Montauk. It was occupying my work area and I was determined to get it done in time for Thanksgiving since we usually celebrate that in Montauk. Here is a pic of how it turned out. Its similar construction to my fish tank stand - just Sapele not Walnut. Sapele is an African hard wood, which has beautiful colors brought out with an oil treatment. I thought I'd include a picture or two.

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My son Mats doing some homework

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Ok so on to where I am in the build. I started the plumbing but hit a snag. I am using schedule 80 unions to plumb the ghost overflow.

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These unions should screw into the bottom of the ghost overflow. The issue is the unions are actually about 1 mm wider than the width of the overflow box and the rubber gasket that goes in between the box and the back of the tank. You can see from this picture - imagine that the level is the back of the tank.

Union w. level by choerenz, on Flickr

Here is a better shot of the union attached to the box. It actually still turns freely so perhaps it is ok to move forward but I spoke with Felix from Reef Savvy and he said "Brother, I got you! " - he is sending me a thicker rubber gasket which should give me the extra mm I need to feel good about the pipe being completely vertical off the back of the tank. You have to love Reef Savvy - simply the best customer service you can ask for. Felix and his family are nothing but quality people.

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While I wait on the gasket, I will work on the return lines. Here is a tentative layout for the plumbing right after the return pump. It will be connected via some flexible tubing to reduce vibrations. I will have a reactor plumbed off the right side, and the ball valve to the left is so that I can disassemble & clean the check valve without allowing all the water from the main tank back down into my sump. I suspect the sump will have some issues handling the siphoned water so I included a George Fisher Wye check valve. My thought was to include just one valve, even though the pipe will branch into two return lines. The thinking is that a single valve (that I clean regularly) would be better safety than having two in place (double chance of failure). I have seen many people add them right below where the return lines enter the tank. Anyone see any issues to my reasoning here?

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Old 10/15/2017, 03:25 PM   #72
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Still enjoying the build, your wood working skills are amazing....
Thank you! I wish my plumbing skills were as good. I started gluing up the first pieces today. Already made a mistake. It almost cost me two ball valves but luckily I was able to cut them free in still usable condition.


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Great build read so far. Loving all the top shelf equipment and craftmenship. This is going to be a sweet setup.


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Great build read so far. Loving all the top shelf equipment and craftmenship. This is going to be a sweet setup.
Thanks for following and I appreciate the nice comments.


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Update - new toy

Today I unpacked my skimmer which has been sitting idle since last black Friday when I pulled the trigger knowing I would be doing a major build this year. It is a RLSS R6i skimmer. I chose this one despite their new line of DBi skimmers which use a needle wheel and are slightly more compact. I wanted "tried and true" and this skimmer just got great reviews every time. Plus I got a huge discount which didn't hurt.

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You can see how big it is when compared to a nice bottle of Chardonnay

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