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    Filtration system for 540 gallon reef tank, Nov 27, 2018
  1. EriktheRed

    #Oceanic, #Reef, #Sump, #Filtration, #refugium

    I just purchased a used 540 gallon Oceanic aquarium. I will be going to pick it up in mid-December and have already started building a sturdy stand for it. Obviously, it will be going in my basement, as my early 1900s farmhouse-style home does not have the structure to support such a massive tank in its 2 x 8 floor joists.

    My question has to do with what type of filtration system I should build. I am planning on setting this up as a large reef system. I already have the heating (recirculating domestic hot water system) and chilling (1hp AquaLogic chiller) figured out. I also have a Korallin S-4002 Biodentrator I can hook into the system. I have an external Reeflo 2hp Power Pump ready to use on this installation.

    Here is what I was thinking for the filtration. I have a 125 gallon All-Glass tank that I could fit under the 540 gallon tank that would act as a large refugium. I could then connect it to a 90 gallon Marineland aquarium that would contain filtration media, bioballs, and an internal skimmer. As far as the filtration media is concerned, I figured I could place one or more ESHOPPS trickle filters inside of the 90 gallon tank. The water from the overflows would go through the trickle filter (containing the filter padding and bioballs) and then go through the bottom into the 90 gallon tank itself. The water would pass around and through the skimmer and then go over into the refugium. I would drill holes into the bottom of the trickle filter box and elevate the box using acrylic standoffs to accomplish this.

    I want this system to have a high throughput while still maintaining excellent mechanical pre-filtration of the water.

    This is where I am in the though process. I have several questions:

    1. How would I connect the 90 gallon filter tank with the 125 gallon refugium? Holes drilled into the sides of each aquarium with bulkheads?

    2. How would I prepare the 125 gallon tank to act as a refugium? Would I black out the sides of the tank, install dividers to channel the water flow through the tank?

    3. What should I place into the refugium (I have never set one up before)? A sand bed? Live rock? Plants?

    4. What type of lighting should I use over the refugium?

    5. Finally, I am open to other suggestions on how to install filtration media and bioballs into a naked aquarium.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

  2. CALLING ALL PRO DIY'ers... TANK to Custom Sump Conversion!, Jul 9, 2018
  3. RichtheReefer21

    I am in the process of setting up and running an old school Perfecto 125g through a fallow period while I copper treat my old 55g. The 55g has my fish and Sand in it, a nano pump, 75g HOTB filter and an old remora HOTB skimmer, Ceramic 200w heater, nothing more.

    The 125 is running off an Aqueon 400 Canister that is established from running the 55 for 3 months.
    All of my Rock and Corals are there now... +a 50lbs box of dryrock


    Old: (Before transferring everything to new tank) [FUTURE DIY SUMP)


    Once my fallow period is done, the fish should be squeaky clean and healthy, and I will move them (Slowly) into the 125 as it will be fully established and stable in 2 months.

    Then the fun starts... Converting the 55g (48" x 20" x 12") into my Sump system for the new 125.
    I already have a Custom-drilled 12"x12" acrylic box to setup as an external Chaeto Fuge to save space in my Tank/Sump setup for reactors etc...

    I need input, ideas, past experience, Do's and Dont's, And what worked for YOU!

    Please share Pics and setups of your DIY Tank-to-Sump Conversions here so I can see what I am up against in 2 months!

    Please Include:
    - Size of your old tank, and your new tank
    - Sump Products/Brands/Powerput etc
    - Heater placement, Plumbing Ideas/Pathing
    - ATO and Dosing Setups

    This could be sticky if we make it for all to share! I'm surprised there isn't one already!!

    Fire away!!! Mozzletov!

    #DIYWizards #Custom #DIY #Sump
  4. 29 gallon reef tank build., Dec 2, 2017
  5. Reefer805

    From day 1 to 5 months! How far I’ve come. Started with a 29 gallon tank from @petsmart and a @fluvalaquatics Aquaclear 110 HOB. Now I’m running a full sump/refugium with reactors! Truly blessed and stoked! #reeftank #reeftankbuild #allmymoneygoestocorals #polyplab #eshopps #sump #bulkreefsupply #marinedepot #timelapse #darkhorsereef

  6. 29 gallon reef tank build., Nov 17, 2017
  7. Reefer805

    Sometimes, simple is what works. Need to clean up some more wires and such and wait for my new skimmer. #reeftank #reeftankbuild #sump #starfire #customplumbing #bulkreefsupply #marinedepot #darkhorsereef

  8. 29 gallon reef tank build., Nov 8, 2017
  9. Reefer805

    So the sump conversion has begun! First things first, since this sump is all glass I took some precautions as to make sure it’s a 100 percent level. I did that by first checking the bottom shelf for level and trueness. That being done I used Innovative Marine’s DIY Aquarium Leveling Mat. This material is self leveling and removes all pressure points that can lead to tank failure. It’s self adhesive and custom cut, so that makes it easy and fast! I recommend this on all sumps and display tanks. Available @bulkreefsupply and @MarineDepot. Next is the plumbing, waiting on some parts from a number of places. #reeftank #reeftankbuild #innovativemarine #bulkreefsupply #marinedepot #level #sump #upgrade #allmymoneygoestocoral #darkhorsereef