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Tank and Stand
150 Gallon tank (60x24x24), bought used with 2inch holes drilled
in the overflow chambers,
4 inch perimeter bracing and a 10 inch glass center brace.
Stand and canopy are custom built oak, and cost way too much.
But man, they make the tank look nice.
3 46 inch VHO actinic bulbs, 2 in front, 1 in back
4 250 DE PFO mini pendants, left and right 30 K Giesman bulbs,
middle 2 20 K X bulb
1 36 inch NO magtinic as quasi moonlight - almost never used.
DIY 6 8 LED moonlight
The sump return is split from 1.5 inch spa fles into two 1
inch Sea Swirls located in the front corners of the tank resting
on DIY braces.
Rear of tank viewed through the old bathroom door from the
This has made it extremely convieninet to deal with the
in house plumbing.
Picutred are the pce mainfold from the under house sump
and pump, Magnum 330 feeding the above tank refuigum, and
the mag 9.5 connect to a SCWD oscilator running outputs
to the back two corners of the tank (both of these tank
returns have anti siphon holes at the water level).
Magnum 330 has since been changed to a Mag 7 and SCWD running
to the 'fuge and the front corners of the tank.
Under Tank Electrical
All the electrical is in the stand on the left sideon metal
shelves to get it off the floor in case of a flood.
1.5 inch Durso standpipe with a repair coupling to adjust
height, and strainer.
Instead of drilling a hole in the top of the standpipe I
put a 1 inch barbed elbow and ran
1 inch tubing to the space under the house. No noise at all.
Above tank refugium
It is a converted 10 gallon wet/dry filter that gravity feeds
into the main tank. There are two 1 inch overflows,
above each other in case of cloging, that feed directly into
the main tank
.There is also a floatswitch that will shut off the pump in
case of an overflow.
The refugium has a modified Durso standpipe
that reaches all the way to the
bottome of the refugium so the critters can be more easily
transferred to the main tank.
Remote Sump and other Equipment
The 180 gallon sump and other stuff is located in a 40 inch
space below the house, about 14 feet away laterly.
I cannot over recommend the benifits of a remote sump -
no noise near the show tank, plenty of space for reef related
spills are not an issue, help keep the tempature constant
and it doesn't have to be kept 'in house clean'.
Euro Reef CS 8-2 skimmer with a remote collection
Not picutred: DIY Calicum reactor.
Ampmaster 3000. I know people have had problems with these,
but it has worked well for me.
No seal problems, but once and a whileI clean out the impeller.
Amazing what gets in there - I once found
6 hermit crab shells.The pump is wired so it can be turned
off near the sump or near the tank,
and is connected to a floatswitch in the tank to prevent flooding
in the house.
2 300 watt Won Brothers Titanium heaters, one in the sump
and one in an overflow chamber.
4 inch fan on Ranco temp controler, probe is in the hood
set to turn on the fan at 120 degrees.
300 pounds of Carib Sea Aragonite, most as a DSB in the
main tank, about 60 pounds in two tubs in the sump.
About 180 pounds of various live rock.
Pinpoint Ph monitor.
I feed daily, shifting between frozen mysis, brine ,copopods,
ocean plankton, live brine, Golden Pearls and Cyclop eeze.
am also running an auto top off system with a DIY kalk reactor,
hooked to a RO/DI resovoir, hooked to
a 150 gdp RO/DI unit by a float switch. Above is a diagram
of the system.