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post #406 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 08:24 PM
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Tagging along on this one. Nice setup! Can't wait to see it with water in it.
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post #407 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 09:28 PM
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This is like cool road trip. Getting there is half the fun!
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post #408 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 12:33 AM
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You are my hero.

This build journal is getting added to my reference manual under the "it's ok to dream" section.

If I had 1/2 your patience I would have spent 1/4 of the amount of $ I have on botched projects.
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re the sump, will the middle compartment be a refugium or will you have bio media in there?
earlier you mentioned cannisters with media (and I'm guessing greater flow rates) so I assumed refugium here. If so, what flow rates are you thinking about?
Correct the middle sump area is for a refugium. Going to experiment with reverse light cycles, see if I can keep night time O2 levels up. It could also act as an isolation, but not a full quarantine area if I ever needed to get a fish out of the main tank for a short time.

Flow through the tank/sump is planned on being 4x/hr - so that should be about 1200 gph.



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If I had 1/2 your patience I would have spent 1/4 of the amount of $ I have on botched projects.
I've done enough tanks to have learned my lesson, especially on a tank this large.



I was just going to "wing it" and try and start building the cabinets (I'm not a wood worker), but figured it would be better to have an actual build design pre-done to catch any flaws or clearance issues.

I figure I will sit down and model the entire pump room in SketchUp, to make sure my pipe routing plan will work too.

Everything is exactly to scale





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I think this would be worthy of build thread in the 'big tank' section on RC
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post #412 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 10:09 PM
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Wow, I remember this thread back in 2011 and just stumbled on it again. Great build and Nice to see you're still updating this thread. How is your bog doing? Does it also get water from your Koi pond?
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Is there an estimate when the first water drops will hit the tank?

Awesome set-up so far!

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post #414 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like everything should fit nicely.
Going to try and figure out piping layout now.







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post #415 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 12:08 AM
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Very cool. Is that a smaller tank? If so what is it for?
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If so what is it for?
QT tank.
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post #417 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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This is going to take forever to build .................... might not have water in it this summer.





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post #418 of 609 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 07:20 PM
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Is there any concern associated with the tank outflow entering at the bottom of the sump?

My experience with sumps is limited, but I have noticed that when the down pipe extends too far into the water column inside the sump (entering from top) the siphon has trouble forming because of the air bubble it has to push through the water.

This water path reminds me of a separator.
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That's plumbing fit for a reef tank!

I'm sure you have it all sorted out, but why do you have a ball valve and a gate valve in line?
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Gate valve is to adjust full siphon flow. Ball valve is so I can close the pipe without screwing up the gate valve's adjustment.


Pumps were a bear to make fit. Ended up having separate them vertically to make fit.

Really glad I took the time to do this. I would have had some very frustrating surprises when I started to build this thing. Have had to make countless small adjustments and pipe rerouting that would never have been caught until lots of work had already been done.







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