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Found a great deal on a used 245 GLA show tank 72x30x26. Starfire glass front and sides. Drilled,Two 2in drains, Four 3/4 returns ..one will be a emergency drain. Also has two covered with glass, two 2in drains I won’t be using on the bottom. Not sure of the brand of overflow but it’s 20x7 and only across the top center back. I believe it was setup for a bean drain. Stand is solid but needs skinned. I’ve had it two weeks and I’m rolling along pretty good. I had a 125 mixed reef 3 years ago...after losing so much in a move. I sold everything. Any advice or opinions are welcome. This will be my first sump system and it will be in the basement with a fish area. Tank is on the first floor.
 
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Starting point.

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Taped out where the tank would be. Doubled up my floor joists. And screwed them together every foot with 2 screws, then 6 inches between that with one. High psi breaking strength screws. Two floor jack/beams. Not that hard or costly for peace of mind.

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This plumbing was on the tank. One of the top holes inside the tank has a pipe on it just above the overflow water line also. Bean drain setup? The pipe is white so plan on painting it black,can’t find black pvc...as the back is black. I ordered black line lock for the 3 returns inside the tank. And blue pvc pipe ..grey fittings for outside plumbing.

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Painted the room and got the tank in the house. That was fun.. used heavy duty moving straps. Time to finish the stand. Adding doors and trim. Would of been even wider with it on getting in the front door.

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That’s a great looking tank and thanks for all the pictures!

And welcome to R2R as well!
 
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Nice progress!
As much extra plumbing as I ordered... I’m still short 2 pieces...lol. Another BSR order should be here Wednesday and I’ll start plumbing. Also ordered a DYI screen top, Trigger 10 Gallon ATO reservoir and 2- 55 Gallon food grade barrels.
 
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