210 Gallon - "Texas" (First Build)

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  1. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Howdy!

    This is my first saltwater tank, but I've been in the freshwater hobby for quiet some time (currently running a dwarf puffer species tank and breeding Taiwan bee shrimp). I will be using this thread as a video journal and discussion area for my build !

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    EQUIPMENT


    Tank/Sump
    SCA 210 Gallons
    Triton44

    Lights
    (3) Radion XR30w G4 Pro
    Mount (Track/Arms/Slide)

    Equipment
    Powerheads: (2) MaxSpect Gyre XF250
    Return Pump: Vectra M1
    Protein Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve 9
    Reactor: (2) AquaMaxx GFO/Carbon
    Heater: (2) Eheim 300w
    ATO: Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155
    ATO Reservoir: 10 gallon

    Sand/Rock
    Sand: CaribSea West Caribean
    Rock: Pukani (Currently curing)
    Aquascape Material: E-Marco Cement

    Plumbing
    PVC Pipe: 3/4"
    Ball Valves (3)
    Gate Valves (3)
    T-Valves (7)
    Elbows (6)
    Unions (3)
    Conduit Clamps (5)
    3/4" -> 1" adapter

    Test Kits
    Red Sea Marine Test Kit
    Hannah Phosphate Checker
     
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  2. Jason mack

    Jason mack Monti madness R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome .. nice tank .. what a shame it was broken .. but glad you get a new one so quickly .. looks like it’s gonna be a good build .. keep us posted with your progress !! Good luck !!
     
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  3. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! I just got an update; tank is arriving this Thursday! I now have all my equipment except for the Aquamax reactors (backlog) and acrylic rods for aquascaping.
     
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  4. Jason mack

    Jason mack Monti madness R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Hopefully you’ll have it up and running in no time .. happy Reefing !!! Looking forward too your updates !!
     
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    Radman73 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome! Looking forward to watching the build! Sucks about the tank but at least you seem to be getting good service.
     
  6. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Update 12/5/2017

    Just got an update from the freight company that the tank should be arriving this Thursday. Between then and now, I'll be working on an electrical board to mount my controllers and DJ switch. In the interim, the video below documents the tank crack, some of my equipment, and what I'll be doing next.

     
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  7. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Following and can't wait to see the progress! Sorry about the first tank!!
     
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  8. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Nice video too Aaron!
     
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  9. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! Yeah, it's really too bad. The tank looked awesome :(
     
  10. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Update 12/12/2007

    The new tank is in! After much effort, we got it onto the stand with help from my LFS. I was able to begin plumbing the return line and manifold (Still need to add a few unions). Up next will be my electrical panel for my controllers and the drain line.

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  11. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Finished up my electrical panel! It's a bit uneven on the top, but I'm fine with that considering I did it with a hacksaw (Pro tip: Don't use a hacksaw).

    I'm mounting controllers for my maxspect gyre's, vectra M1, and tunze ATO. At the top, I have the DJ switch for controlling all electrical devices.

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  12. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Update 12/16/2017 - The tank has arrived!

    I can't tell you how excited I am to finally share some details about this tank. There are some definite issues with the overflow box itself, but I'll save that for a future update.

    Today I did a leak test -- finally -- and it went over perfectly. I found out though that my house's water pressure IS enough to pump water into the tank, but not enough to pump OUT of the tank. Luckily I had the 50' tubing to hook it up outside...

     
  13. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Update 1/8/2018

    I did a LOT over the weekend. My house was a war zone. My girlfriend was HIGHLY skeptical at my ability to clean up the mess afterwards. However, after all is said and done, I am SUPER excited how my aquascape turned out and the results so far!

    After 2+ months of curing, I present to you my tank!

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    I'm still making RODI water to fill this. I have terrible city water pressure (38psi) so it's taking awhile, but i'm hopeful that enough bacteria survived to maintain or at least quicken the cycle.
     
  14. siggy

    siggy Which way do I go R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Super Cool...Dude ..Bypass the membrane for such a large fill, ya it will spend the resin but get you done in a hour or so. following this
     
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    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Update 1/14/2018

    The quarantine tank is setup, and my first two fish are in. I'm starting with least aggressive, to most aggressive, and I got to have me some clown fish ^_^. My girlfriend wanted to pick one out, so I told her as long as she's paying for it, she can (She picked the snowflake).

    I'll admit, I was a bit nervous seeing the initial aggression from the larger Wyoming white, but it settled down within an hour after dominance was asserted.

     
  16. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Assuming the weather clears up, tomorrow I'll be getting my Reef Link and additional PVC. I'll be rebuilding my manifold because I didn't like it. It left the reactors sitting in the water, and after doing some measurements I'm fairly confident I can run pvc through 2 90's and attach the pvc to the top of my stand. I'm so tired of plumbing...
     
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    That’s some
    Cool looking aquascaping !
     
  18. Mr E Wrasse

    Mr E Wrasse Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    prepare yourself for disappointment with the Reeflink. Sweet build though sir!
     
  19. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    What's wrong with the reeflink?
     
  20. Byronyk

    Byronyk Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Yesterday was not fun at all. I got packages from LiveAquaria containing a Blue Spotted Jawfish, Yasha Goby, and a Pistol Shrimp. None of them made it because UPS has my package out for delivery for 8 days... My AlgaeBarn package got stuck in the same shipping issue and the Cheato/Pods had also died....

    For full details...

     
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