Aaron's 1,000+ gallon reef build

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  1. bo0sted2g

    bo0sted2g Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    This is so awesome! nice work, will be following along!
     

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    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah that’s my problem with it. How to successfully cover this beast. This was a great option considering I found those sheets for $20 total.
     
  3. mch1984

    mch1984 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hub City Reef Club

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    You could do diy screen top, but it would be in sections. Maybe do some big sections and one small one for easy access for feeding and stuff like that. Just a thought.
     
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    SammieT Active Member

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    Jesus man, that's really something

    excellent work and craftsmanship
     
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    dantimdad Valuable Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor North Alabama Reef Club R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    It's really coming together now.

    Fantastic work.
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2019

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    If you ever decide to sell the house let me know...I can probably convince my boss to let me work remote from CA!!!! ;-)
     
  7. AlexReef100

    AlexReef100 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I know I'm late to the party, but I'd like to toss in my recommendation for the Apex DOS system for water changes on a large system such as this. I have it setup on my 225 and its so nice not to have to lug buckets of water back and forth every week like I used to. If you decide to go that route, I would recommend buying a large industrial water storage vat(as big as you have room for) and a 200 or 300GPD RODI unit, that way you only have to mix your salt water maybe once or twice a month, instead of weekly.

    However since you have a significant amount of freedom with your setup space, you could probably just put a T-Junction+Gate valve on your return pump so you can reroute the water down the drain, I've seen other large systems setup this way. Then refilling would be your only challenge.
     
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  8. MimicOcto8

    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Great advice man. I’m not sure if I want to do auto water changes. I have a tote that holds 275 gallons and I have access to filtered NSW. So all I do is dump 275 gallons and then gravity feed in the fresh saltwater from the back of my truck. Should be fairly easy for me.

    But I never thought of the T off the return pump. That’s a fantastic idea. I’ll be using that idea.
     
  9. AlexReef100

    AlexReef100 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Glad I could help! LOL!

    Yeah I bought my tank off another member here on R2R and he had his setup that way. I was going to do my setup that way but doing the auto water changes just worked better logistically.
     
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    Keepswiming Well-Known Member

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    I would like to jump in here if that ok because I have been considering going with this setup. Is the apex dos indicated for auto water changes? I was wondering if I was going burn out an expensive pump by overrunning it. How long does a 5 gallon water change take? Thanks!
     
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    AlexReef100 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yes, there is a "water change" task already setup within APEX to use with the DOS pump. The way it works is it pumps several hundred ml every 10 minutes or so and will adjust how much it pumps out per cycle based on your total volume being changed and the hours per day you set the pump to run. I have mine setup to do 2% a week, or a gallon a day, and it usually takes about an hour to finish.
     
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    JDnKY Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Any new updates on this incredible build? I can’t wait to see this thing full of life!
     
  13. MimicOcto8

    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yes. Just added the first fish.
    7 yellow tangs, 12 banggai cardinals captive bred, fire shrimp and cleaner shrimp.

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  14. chefjpaul

    chefjpaul Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor

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    So epic!
     
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    elisa h Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers

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    Wow those are some lucky fish! Looks awesome! Are you going to add sand or leave it barebottom?
     
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    Nice! How many barnacle blennies for the empty barnacles? ;Woot
     
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    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Leaving it bare bottom. Sand would look amazing at first but cause a lot of issues later on.
     
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    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Can’t wait till I get some in those barnacles.
     
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    JDnKY Active Member R2R Supporter

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    This thing will hold an incredible amount of livestock. Have you contacted Loyds of London to inquire about an insurance policy for the livestock yet? Lol Really an awesome build man.
     
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    MimicOcto8 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Haha that’s funny.

    Thank you.
     
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