120G Build Thread - Return after 3 years

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  1. CreatiVe2

    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    So 2 years after my new home purchase, I am now getting back into my salt water addiction.
    This will be my 3rd tank, but really my first "Adult" setup. I finally have enough room for a full size sump, refugium, and an observation tank.
    This should put the total system volume to just above 200 gallons. The sumps will house the main return + Aux pumps, a Life reef skimmer, 5 media reactors, 1 bio reactor, and a 2.5 Gallon refugium for just marine pure / livestock jail.
    Unfortunately going from a 50 gallon setup to a 120, I have to purchase more equipment, but hey, that's part of the fun, right? (Not for the wallet ;p )
    I have also posted some "looking for" items in the section below.
    Please feel free to comment/critique this setup, as I am still in the build phase and dont want to change much once the system goes "on line". I must also mention that I plan on using the Triton method, hence the large refugium, and H380 grow light.​


    Tank Setup Now
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    Lifereef Extension Sump and 20 Gallon Refugium
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    Behind the tank (In the crawlspace) 50 Gallon Observation tank & Marinepure Fuge
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    This is shot from the closet to the left of the Display tank, looking into the support system area.
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    The Pump for the Marinepure Fuge. Top outlet Goes to custom drain I setup for water changes.

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    Head on shot of the 50 Gal Observation Tank.
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    Manifold Built for Media Reactors + Main Fuge + Aux Output
    (Work in Progress)

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    My Old 50 Gal System
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  2. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Jack of All Trades, Masters in One R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    That is an awesome setup with the big Apex readout screen! I'm totally stealing that idea for my future build!
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you!

    Its just a 32" TV.
    I opened chrome browser on my laptop to the APEX website, and I chromecasted it to the TV - The monitor and TV should be same resolution to avoid display spacing issues.
     
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    That's what I sort of figured you were doing, either that or a tablet hooked up to the TV via usb. I like the idea of having a readout near the tank so you can take a quick look whenever you're around the tank and address problems immediately.
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Exactly! I was using my tablet, but its a 3k resolution and doesn't fit on the TV - looks like I need to upgrade the TV ;p
    I use it more for reference now anyway, as the system is not really operational.
     
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  6. neilp2006

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    Your QT isn’t plumbed into the rest of the system, right? It’s fully independent?
     
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    zachxlutz 120 Gallons of FUN R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Was wondering about that... I thought it looks more like a refugium/sump than a QT system.
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was a little apprehensive to call it a QT tank, but you are both correct. Its more of an auxiliary tank. It is going to be able to do Water changes, add total volume (main purpose) and quarantine.

    I am not fully done the plumbing for the system yet, but when it's finished I will be able to section the back system off to be solely operational on its own if need be.

    I have a lot of space back there, so If I need a long term "True QT Tank" I will be able to set it up.

    Good eye guys ;p
     
  9. neilp2006

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    I’d call it an ‘observation tank’ to reduce confusion. You know this, but you can’t go dosing any chemicals in it as it is, since it shares circulation with your DT. Also, if you are observing fish in there fir a while, and eg Ich shows up, your system is now contaminated.

    Better to do QT in a dedicated tank on its own water ‘circuit’. Rather than plumb in the ability to section it off, id run it as its own system from the get go.
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Perfect, thanks for helping clarify that.
    Once I procure another small Tank, I will set it up as a QT system.
     
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    Just remember it is an unwritten rule if you get a big TV the tank must be bigger than the TV :rolleyes: Looks good nice tank
     
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  12. neilp2006

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    Good stuff.

    I was surprised in the number of ‘auxiliary’ tanks needed to do this hobby.

    I have 3 x 10g tanks for tank transfer for prophylactic ich quarantine

    1x 10g hospital tank where I can run copper

    1x 10g for invert quarantine

    1x 20long for coral QT

    40b observation tank where fish live for 30 additional days after ttm before they hit the DT

    Luckily, Craigslist and petco $/g sales got me all this for <$100.
     
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    Joshua Kerstetter Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Terrific looking setup, I totally appreciation your design choice of getting your sump/qt, life support out of the stand in its own room.
     
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    Thats going to be a really nice setup and excellent QT getting a tank for everything to QT. I have been in the hobby for 6 years never QT and just got lucky until last month, restarted my system after neglecting for a while and just having problems, lost all my corals so figured let's start over, so i did. Got some new fish tank was good no problem left it with no corals for about 4 months after no algae problem or anything. Just got corals from 4 different stores and one of them had something and all my fish started to die but for 3, i lost a pair of clow fish that had been with me for all 6 years my very first fish that i ever got. So now I QT. Keep up the good work and dont rush the QT.
     
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    P-Dub Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Well, I'm just a little jealous that you have that kind of space behind for the setup. That is really nice so far. Keep the posts coming, it's looking great!
     
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    Love the crawl space for the equipment.
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Bump For Added Progress :)
     
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    Yup, any updates? I know life gets in the way though...
     
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    CreatiVe2 Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Yep. sorry I updated the first post. Installed sump extension, refugium, and aux manifold.
     
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