470 Gallon Mixed Reef + 150 Gallon Frag Tank

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Hello everyone,

I've been a long time reader of Reef2Reef and though it was about time I got a little more active on here.

My name in Peter and my wife is Tina. We live in Austin Texas and have been in the hobby since around 2010.

We started out with a 55 gallon tank, then kept on trying to get a larger tank. Ended up buying a 135 and 240, both were never setup for one reason or another.


After taking some time, we realized where in our house we'd really like to keep out tank and had a tank built to fill the space.
Ended up going with a tank that was 120x29x31" made of 1" acrylic. We used a 200 gallon sump and had a local reefer build the metal stand.
Jeff at: Pimped Out Aquariums - Custom Acrylic Tanks and Glass Aquariums - built the tank and was a pleasure to work with.
Here are some pictures of the tank during various stages of the build:


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The tank has been running for just over a year and has the following inhabitants:

Fish:
Yellow Tang, Black Tang, Chevron Tang, Yellow Bellied Blue Tang, Crosshatch Trigger Pair, Flame Wrasse Pair, Common Cleaner Wrasse, Trio Of Pajama Cardinals, Black Ice Clownfish, Five Huchtii Anthias, Five Lyretail Anthias

Coral:
Finally got around to adding some coral we had in our old frag tank forever. Random pieces of small and large Acros, large branching Frogspawn, Golden Torch, Golden Hammer, Neon Hammer, Trumpet Coral, etc...

Inverts:
Turbo Snails, more Turbo Snails and more Turbo Snails. Also some other snails and smaller Hermit Crabs.
The equipment is as follows:
- Tank: 120x29x31" @ 1" Acrylic running Bean Animal drain
- Sump: ~ 200 gallon 96" Acrylic sump with Chaeto
- Stand: Metal stand with removable middle front supports
- Skimmer: Reef Octopus DCS 300 with Avast Marine Swabbie Neck Cleaner and float switch for overflows
- Heaters: Two 300 watt Eheim Heaters
- Powerheads: 2 Jebao WP60s, 4 Jebao WP40s, 2 Jebao WP25s, 2 Jeabo WP10s (Modified night sensors)
- Lights: 4 Kessil A360WEs, generic growlights for sump
- Controller: Neptune Apex w/ Temp & PH
- Return Pumps: 2 Jebao DC9000s
- Water Change: Neptune DoS (2 Gallons a day) with 50 gallon storage tank
- ATO: Avast Marine ATO system with 50 gallon storage tank
- Sand and Rock: 240 lbs of Special Grade Reef Sand and 500 lbs of Marco Rock acid washed and cured at a macro algae farm. Also two large MarinePure Ceramic Blocks in the sump.

Here is a picture and video of the tank running today:


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[video=youtube_share;ZL1M_oSmgio]http://youtu.be/ZL1M_oSmgio[/video]



We're having a bit of an issue with hair algae right now. Think it was from a lack of water changes, small clean up crew and too much afternoon sun hitting the tank. Started removing the algae manually with an Algae Mower Vac (great tool), added more snails, started dosing vodka, changed the blinds to stop the sun hitting the tank and also setup automated water changes. Hopefully it'll all go away!

Tank still needs a ton of work, but it's fun trying to get there!

We recently also had a frag / grow out tank built by the guys over at A.G.E. (Acrylic and Glass Exhibits).


We had the tank built at the dimensions of 60x36x16" out of starphire glass. We didn't want to keep up with two acrylic tanks. The plan for the tank is to have it grow out frags and smaller colonies to a good size to add to the display tank. Also will hold a canary fish (like an Achilles Tang) to show any signs of disease present on new coral additions before hitting the display tank.

We're going to use a stand 75 gallon glass tank for the sump and a standard 29 gallon glass tank for ATO.

Had a different local welder make the metal stand and really haven't got past getting the tank on the stand. Will probably start buying equipment and setting up the tank this month or next.

Here are some pictures of the build and also as it stands today:


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I'll continue to add to this thread as time goes by and really looking forward to participating on Reef2Reef :)

 

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Wow awesome tank build so far!
 

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WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME, great start to a build thread I'll certainly follow.


Cheers, Todd
 

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Thanks!

Wish I could edit the original post. Lots of typos :(

Sorry about that. I'll edit them for you. You have 5 minutes to edit once you post unless you're a supporting member which is unlimited.
 
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Sorry about that. I'll edit them for you. You have 5 minutes to edit once you post unless you're a supporting member which is unlimited.

No problem, should have proofed better and previewed the post :)

Hopefully be AT LEAST a supporting member soon ;)
 
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No problem :)

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Tagging along. Great build and glad to see you make it over from another forum to R2R!
 
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Added a float switch to our collection cup last night.

I'm skimming wetter with the Swabbie and am a bit worried about overflows...

Wired the float switch to the DC controller from AutoTopoff.com

[video=youtube;VKT0Ayx_QbM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKT0Ayx_QbM[/video]
 

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So did your marco rock ever get good coralline on it or any bad growth on it,
 
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One of these guys should be arriving early next week
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Getting it from Jordan at Among The Reef ([email protected]), really who I'm using for all my rare fish now
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He just imported a large batch of fish from Mauritius. The Gems were an unbeatable price and also not the more common ones from Madagascar or mainland Africa.

I'm a little worried about how the Black and Yellow Tangs will treat him. I used an acclimation box and then a huge mirror when I introduced our large CBB. The first CBB was killed from intimidation from the Black and Yellow. After the acclimation box, the second (current) CBB was also getting beat up, but the huge mirror kept the Black and Yellows constant attention, and now the CBB is just fine.
 

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Sweet fish!
 

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Very nice fish, keep us updated on how the introduction goes.
 

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What a great size tank! Nice choice on the rock! I'm jealous, I only have a couple spots of coralline.... But I know it will come soon...just don't want it on my glass so I can wait a bit.... Lol.... Awesome gem tang too!
 

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