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subscribed, I'm loving this project....
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^^ ditto cant wait to see it with fish in it (:
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Houston ......... We have a tank !!!! ......... finally

Sight delay on delivery due to truck breaking that had the lift gate. Such is life.



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Dang that is one sexy tank! Hopefully you will be providing more pictures yes?

What are the dimensions?
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four holes per overflow box to fit 1" pipe bulkheads + one more 1" bulk head hole in center of tank for a main drain.

Decided to go back with my original lighting plan with dual 48" Corral life fixtures with 150W MH and 96w PC's

Lots of build pics to come.
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Can't wait to see this come along!
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It looks really nice but after the room is finished you need a shot with someone laying on the floor to get some scale, that's a sweet tank.

Are the braces in the center just paranoia setting in or do they stay?

Your painter has some extra cutting in to do.

Oh, one last thing, get your step ladder and your tongs ready, I've been tong'n so long I'm ready for the tong rodeo.
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Are the braces in the center just paranoia setting in or do they stay?


Oh, one last thing, get your step ladder and your tongs ready, I've been tong'n so long I'm ready for the tong rodeo.

Braces in middle stay. It ended being a two door front so figured might as well add a little more strength. Better safe than sorry.

I've had a deep tank before. Dreading the landscaping.
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Subbed! Found this thread at the right time! love big tank projects!

Can't wait to see the layout!

Any idea on aquascaping yet?
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We are getting restless out here in cyber space, we need pics, could you send a blanket it's cold too.
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We are getting restless out here in cyber space, we need pics, could you send a blanket it's cold too.
You dont even want to know how big a pain in my back it was to plumb out the underside of this tank. Literally. Ugh, I hope I dont have to do that again. Turned out really nice though. Everything tucked up tight to the bottom of the aquarium with 1.5" pipe with long sweep elbows everywhere. Get some picks of it up tomorrow for yall to see.

Ordered (2) W.Lim Wave 1/15 hp 3,000 gph pumps and a pond sized W. Lim 40W UV sterilizer capable of flowing 4,000+gph. I will put about 1,000 gph through it. One pump will be for tank circulation and valved back and the other pump will pull off of and return to the sump and circulate thru micron filters and bio-filters.

Lim Wave Series I pump
its the 1/15hp version. This guys pumps are ultra quiet and ultra energy efficient. Pulls less than 150 watts each.

Lim Wave UV - the 40W version

Changed my sump plan to a multi filter sock design too. Will get the sump fabricated this weekend. I have all the acrylic and welding solvent here and ready to go.

I think this is fail safe. The main siphon should never back up. If the filter bags clog the water level will rise until it overflows into filter pad section. If filter pads clog the water level will rise until it overflows into the main pick up chamber and bypass all filters.

It has 2 emergency drains that can each handle full pump load individually.
This is called a "BeanAnimal" standpipe system from the guys over at reefcentral.
http://www.beananimal.com/projects/s...ow-system.aspx

System should never have to be shut down for cleaning since the filter bags will pull out from the top while water is flowing down through them.

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Looks good Big R, it always pays to play with the reef guys when planing a sump, I hope you used plenty of unions and some of those $80 back flow fittings, I just did a intake/outlet for 2 canisters, reactor, & heaters but it was all soft tubing before it hit the wye's and it took better than a half day, now I just have plumbing the drain and intake to the RO/DI system which means I'll have to move almost everything on the left side of the garage, so I feel you pain brother.

But you gotta be having fun, this is the only time men like to shop, tool, car, bike, tank, and there's nothing more fun than laying pipe!

BTW sweet plan on the sump and I like saving money on electric too, I have read that guys site before and he has some good ideas.
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No unions, but I tried to incorporate clean out openings at some critical turns and kept all the turns nice and big. Should be able to snake it from one end to other if I ever had to. Also ran 1.5" pipe off of 1" bulkheads on the tank itself. So I'm really going to be having to try hard to clog this system.

Lucked out and figured out you can get 1.5" flexible PVC pipe from pool supply warehouse that they use in hot-tub installs. Saved the day in a couple of spots that would been a headache to get just right with pure hard lines.
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It's nice to have some give in the line anyway, I don't think you can really kick inch and a half and break it but I wouldn't want to find out with 300 gallons of water above it.
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