50 gallon Low Boy Lagoon tank build

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So I'm adding to my already crammed fish tank/ gaming room. (really not sure how my wife hasn't left me yet, we just had our second baby last week ;))

I want to do a lagoon style shallow reef build, would like to have it centered around anemones with the possibility of some random corals here and there. Some acans and maybe shrooms or leathers but nothing crazy.


Here is a list of equipment that I already have, followed by what I plan to get in the near future.

The Gear I already Have (majority gathered from @Bulk Reef Supply )

Tank - 50 gallon Low Boy Frag Tank

Return pump -
Seltz D 1000 DC Controllable Aquarium Pump (1000 GPH) - Hydor USA

Overflow Box - Eclipse M Overflow Box (800 GPH) - Eshopps

return - 3/4” Bulkhead ABS Thread x Thread , NPT Connector for 3/4” Modular Hose - Loc-Line

New RODI unit to replace my old 4 stage - 6 Stage Deluxe Plus 75 GPD RO/DI System - Bulk Reef Supply

Sump- Crystal Sump 30 (30" x 12") - Trigger Systems (from @SaltwaterAq )

Stand - Custom built and painted steel stand which I plan to skirt with cabinet grade wood and magnets!


Things I Don't Have yet, But are on the list.

Plumbing- (I have never drilled or plumbed a tank or sump. So my plan is to get the tank on the stand and do some measuring and a drawing to make sure I get all the right pieces, any advice on plumbing and things to go ahead and prepare for in the future with my plumbing would be great! )

Lighting- I really want to go with t5s on this build unless someone can talk me out of it. This tank is 4ft long and 2 feet front to back. Therefore i see this being the best way to cover that space efficiently with lighting without spending $1,000 which I don't see being necessary for a 9" deep tank. I also plan to run some LED strips for extra actinics and shimmer. I would run those in the am and PM and the t5s for about 6 hours in the daytime.

Controller
- Hydros Control 4 Starter Pack - Aquarium Controller System - Coralvue

Skimmer- Curve 5 Protein Skimmer - Bubble Magus

ATO - Osmolator Universal 3155 Auto Top Off - Tunze

Mesh Top

300 watt heater on an inkbird

Flow- 2K Gyre Flow Pump with Dual Pump WiFi Controller (2000 GPH) - IceCap

Substrate -
CaribSea FLORIDA CRUSHED CORAL DRY SAND - CARIBSEA, and CaribSea ORIGINAL GRADE OCEAN DIRECT LIVE REEF SAND Mixture with the Crushed coral on top to help it not be blow around the tank.

Rock- I would really really love to go with some live rock on this build unless someone can talk me out of it. I just think it matures a tank so much faster and more efficiently.


I know there will be a few things here and there that I'm not thinking about, but i have 2 reef tanks up and running currently so I do have a lot of stuff laying around.

Could yall please let me know what you think about this build so far and any changes you might think I should make?

I will get some pictures of everything somewhat set up this weekend hopefully. I have to relocate a tv and my 16 gallon biocube to fit this beauty in my gaming/fish room.

Im in no rush for the lights, skimmer, or ato and will probably get those last. I would like to get this tank up and running so it can start to cycle sometime in the next month or so.
 
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This weekend I got my TV hung, stand moved in the room, tank on stand, sump under stand, along with the rest of the equipment.

Next step is drilling the tank so I can plan out plumbing.

I also need to get some wood for the top of the stand, and a leveling mat for on top of the wood.

Is anyone running a sump sitting directly on carpet? The thought I have is it will act like a leveling mat.

The stand does have leveling feet on it and it is leveled.

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Well, I had a very disappointing discovery on Sunday.

I went to Lowe’s and got everything I needed to drill my tank and start working on my plumbing! I had wood cut and got it on the stand. I was ready to work towards getting this bad boy wet!! Then I opened the box and found a chip in the glass. Unfortunately it’s right in the corner and the seal is compromised. To me the tank is totaled. I have reached out to @zoomed. Hopefully they will replace it since it appears to have been missed at the factory.
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Update on the build..... I finally got the store manager to take my call after attempting all week. The tank is being exchanged for a new one. Its my closest LFS (not sure if an hour is considered local lol). So hopefully next weekend I can go pick up the new tank and get it home so i can drill it and start my plumbing!


Seems like there always some kind of hang up with a new tank build. Especially when you do a custom set up.
 
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How much was the stand to build? Asking because DNA here in Dallas sells the tanks and a stand. It is nice because you can buy the tank as is are already drilled. Unfortunately the stand is $500, double the cost of the tank!
 
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How much was the stand to build? Asking because DNA here in Dallas sells the tanks and a stand. It is nice because you can buy the tank as is are already drilled. Unfortunately the stand is $500, double the cost of the tank!
So far I have about $250 in the stand, I do still need to close it in after plumbing though! As far as stands go, $500 really isn't that bad. I wish I knew about that place or I would have went that route and saved myself some work! I'm not far from Dallas, bout three hours.
 

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So far I have about $250 in the stand, I do still need to close it in after plumbing though! As far as stands go, $500 really isn't that bad. I wish I knew about that place or I would have went that route and saved myself some work! I'm not far from Dallas, bout three hours.
Their stand looks exactly like yours. I can't remember if it has a wood bottom like yours. They said a local company builds them.. I wish I could build a stand but by the time I bought the tools and all the mistakes I would make it would end up being a very expensive project. I'm also debating if I would want it drilled or not. My current display is not drilled and I've had it for 20 years. It would be nice though because it would make it a lot easier to have a cover on it. My current setup is impossible to cover because of the hob items on it.

Are you planning on coming up for Aquashella?
 
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Their stand looks exactly like yours. I can't remember if it has a wood bottom like yours. They said a local company builds them.. I wish I could build a stand but by the time I bought the tools and all the mistakes I would make it would end up being a very expensive project. I'm also debating if I would want it drilled or not. My current display is not drilled and I've had it for 20 years. It would be nice though because it would make it a lot easier to have a cover on it. My current setup is impossible to cover because of the hob items on it.

Are you planning on coming up for Aquashella?
I feel you on the HOB, my office tank has no more room on the back or sides for anything to hang on lol. Definitely no way for a top.

I've just never run a sump, little nervous about it, but excited at the same time because its something new and so much easier when it comes to equipment.

I'm dying to come to aquashella, we have a 1 month old baby so I'm trying to plan out how i can make it work lol
 

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I feel you on the HOB, my office tank has no more room on the back or sides for anything to hang on lol. Definitely no way for a top.

I've just never run a sump, little nervous about it, but excited at the same time because its something new and so much easier when it comes to equipment.

I'm dying to come to aquashella, we have a 1 month old baby so I'm trying to plan out how i can make it work lol
How do you plan on mounting the lights? That is my biggest issue with getting the tank. I can't hang my lights and it seems most on tank mounts assume you won't have a plastic rim around the tank. I've still my 48 t5 fixture that I used on my 75gal tank until I switched over to leds a few years ago. There is no way to use it unless I hang it.
 

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Took a pic of what they were selling at DNA this weekend. Tank was $280 drilled. I think they are $140ish not drilled. Stand was $400. I thought my picture had more of the bottom of the stand.

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Took a pic of what they were selling at DNA this weekend. Tank was $280 drilled. I think they are $140ish not drilled. Stand was $400. I thought my picture had more of the bottom of the stand.

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That's a nice set up for the price honestly! Had I know I probably would have just gotten it all from them and I would already have her wet! lol
How do you plan on mounting the lights? That is my biggest issue with getting the tank. I can't hang my lights and it seems most on tank mounts assume you won't have a plastic rim around the tank. I've still my 48 t5 fixture that I used on my 75gal tank until I switched over to leds a few years ago. There is no way to use it unless I hang it.

So for lights I ended up picking up 2 ai hydra 26s on ebay for $350 bucks (just couldnt pass that up). Im going to buy either some L shaped shelf brackets or some curtain rods at lowes, im going to make a hanging bracket for the hydras and a few t5s (maybe just 2 to start) and hang them from those brackets. Its going to take some rigging but i think i can make it work fairly easily. My other option is to build a hanging bracket that mounts to the stand similar to this
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