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post #1 of 317 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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300 Gallon Planted Tank

I've been keeping reef tanks on and off for the past 19 years...some more successfully than others. Two years ago I had to tear down my tank as my family was moving to the suburbs with the intent to build our forever house. I posted on here about the design of tank (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9...l#post11108493) but failed to keep up with posting any updates. Hopefully I'll do better with this thread.



I told my wife she could pick basically everything but I wanted a 300 gallon peninsula style tank with a basement sump room. (OK - I also had two other requirements - a garage with a lift and radiant heat.) And so we began...
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We moved into the house a few months ago and am finally settled enough to begin working on the tank. I still need to buy equipment but it's always good to start making the tank look a little better so bought some spider wood to begin working on the hard scape.


My tank was designed as a peninsula tank with a coast to coast overflow. The return feeds in from the opposite side pushing the water across the tank.

I'm going to make a spray bar for the return. As it's on the end of the tank I've ordered some clear food grade pvc pipe to make it with. I was going to try and make it out of acrylic tube but could not find any with the correct diameter for the plumbing.

I bought enough to plumb it so that either the spray bar can spray out at the top of the tank or plumb it to the bottom so that it shoots out across the bottom of the tank. I thought this might be better to not off-gas CO2.

Anyone have any thoughts/opinions on plumbing it at the top of the water line vs at the bottom of the tank? I would have to drill one hole at the water line no matter what as a siphon break.
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This is going to be one badass piece in your living room. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Following for sure.
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I'm sure this will end up being spectacular. You may want to rethink the clear PVC/acrylic. I tried that once when I did a closed loop for flow with clear PVC at multiple outputs to try to blend them in and they grew algae real well. If you stick with it be sure to have a plan for frequent cleaning.

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I'm sure this will end up being spectacular. You may want to rethink the clear PVC/acrylic. I tried that once when I did a closed loop for flow with clear PVC at multiple outputs to try to blend them in and they grew algae real well. If you stick with it be sure to have a plan for frequent cleaning.

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I would have to concur with this observation, I've used clear reinforced flex tubing and it's brown with gunk growing inside it. That's even with minimal light exposure too.

Can't wait to see how this all turns out!
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Thanks for the observations about the clear PVC. The bulkhead is threaded so I can always switch it out to loc-line if need be.

I'm going to do the sump in the basement. By my calculation I have about 15-16 head pressure. I was planning on using an Iwaki 70 or 100 RLT. What are most people running for turnover in their tanks? In reef tanks we always wanted as much flow as possible but I know that is not the case for planted tanks.

Lighting I am planning on 3 kessil A360x Tuna Sun. They are rated for a 36 by 36 tank with moderate plantings. I can always add more or strip lighting in the future if I need more light. I had the older Tuna Blue's on my reef tank and really liked them.
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Slowly making progress...upstairs plumbing is done. Bought the kessils for lighting and a 75 gallon tank for the sump in the basement.




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Holy Smokes NASA could use a guy like you!!!

That's a lot of dedication to drill through the wood floor.

Can't wait to see what's next.
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That shark in the tank! Love it!! LOL Gotta have some sort of life in there!
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I was able to get some work on it done today. The CO2 reactor:


The sump table and return plumbing:


And a quick water test of the overflow box and plumbing in the wall:




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what awesomeness. i'm seriously curious if that "little" cerges can provide enough co2 for that huge 300g! following for sure.
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what awesomeness. i'm seriously curious if that "little" cerges can provide enough co2 for that huge 300g! following for sure.
I was thinking the same. OP, maybe build a larger reactor?
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Wow, I am jealous. This is going to be an amazing tank. Looking forward to following along on your journey with that swimming pool.

Any ETA for when it will be filled?
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