410 gal SPS tank build in SW Florida

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  1. SteveM10

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    My wife and I recently built a new home in Florida and I included a 410 gal reef tank with it's own support room. The tank is a Coast to Coast glass tank 96x36x28 and will be viewable from 2 sides (Starfire Glass). The sump is about 125 gal and was built by Fishtanksdirect. This was a long process but I am at a point where I can start showing the work that has been done.


    Here is a list of some of the equipment I used:

    Skimmer - Super Reef Octopus XP5000 Cone

    Chiller - Coralife Aquarium Chiller 1HP

    Calcium Reactor - Super Reef Octopus 5000 Dual Calcium Reactor

    Kalk Reactor - Octopus SRO Kalk Stirrer

    Lights - LED - EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w (8)

    Flow - EcoTech Vortech MP-60 wireless (1)
    EcoTech Vortech MP-40 (4)

    Main Return Pumps- Blue Line 70HD External pumps (2)

    UV Sterilizer - Aqua UV 80watt w/wiper

    Media Reactor- Jumbo BRS GFO and Carbon Reactor (2)

    This is the framed out tank room.

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    Here is the tank stand build.

    Support legs and corners on and level. That's my buddy Nate cutting the plywood base out in the background.
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    This was the day the tank was delivered to the house. Thank goodness everything went fairly smoothly.

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    Truck arrives... (BIG truck)
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    Tank in the rear of the truck.
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    Tank was to long to just lift. Had to pull it out and leave it hanging out of the back to get to it from the side.
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    Yup... that's the tank teetering on a pallet set on it's edge to hold the tank up until the forklift could get it from the side. I almost has a heart attack!
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    Whew... got it in time.
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    Around to the rear of the house.
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    In thru the sliders.
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    Onto the floor lifts.
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    Rolling it into place.
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    Nope, won't go in from this angle....
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    Had to move one of the floor jacks to the opposite side and line it up to slide it in from the end.
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    Sliding into place... easy.
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    Almost there.
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    Ahhhh... made it. This is from the back side of the tank.
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    The finished product!!!!
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    Here are a few pics of the completed trim out and location of the tank.

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    Here is some of the the plumbing being completed. Here area few of the pics of the process.

    Some of the parts..

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    Plumbing in progress..

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    Just about done..

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    This was the process of building the mounting structure for the actuators that raise and lower my light rack. They work off a remote control and will allow me to raise the lights up when I need to work inside of the tank. Here are a few pics from what was done.

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    This rack will attach to the actuators mounted to the walls. This will give me the ability to raise and lower the lights when hen I need to work on the tanks. There is a slight offset to the lights due to the way the tank will be aquascaped.

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    Here is the completed light rack.

    View from the front.
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    View from tank room. Lights down.
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    Lights up
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    Wiring tidied up and ready to go.
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    Looks great. Gotta love building from scratch! Keep the pics coming
     
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    This was the the aquascaping and how it turned out. The one thing I didn't count on was how much the sand was going to get blown around. I wish I had used a larger grain sand but otherwise I am happy with how it turned out.

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    Awesome project !!!
     
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    It took 4 days to fill the tank full of water.

    I got my water storage bins installed and plumbed. Also got all of my Vortec Pumps and controllers installed. Doesn't look like a lot of work but it took me an entire day.


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    The light rack is very slick!
     
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    A few pics of the tank and tank room with the lights on. One light is missing in these pics due to having to send it back. A new replacement is now installed.

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    That tank teetering on that pallet - crazy - glad that worked out. Please keep posting pictures. Wow, is all I can say.
     
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    Very nice build!! Looking foward to following this one!! With macna on your backyard this year I'm sure your gonna have a blast!!
     
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    Wow! This is an incredible build! Thanks for sharing and please keep updates (pics) coming!
     
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    Bravo! Very nicely done, I can't wait to see more updates for this beauty!
     
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    budman Lets go Fishing !!!

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    Very Very Nice...... Do i see Duct Tape holding pipes up? Gotta love it

    Great work you have done..
     
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    This whole thread just makes me smile, literally! HA!

    Awesome build and please keep us updated!
     
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    Beautiful Execution! Cant wait to see this thing grown out!
     

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