Back in the tank!! 240 G Tank Help a fellow reefer out!

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Hi All,

I just got back into the hobby after a 20 plus year break!! The spark was the recent the purchase of a 30 Gallon freshwater tank for my eight-year-olds birthday!! For the last three months I have been researching daily and sent myself back to reef school. I am now going to build a custom 240 gallon tank for the perfect spot in my basement, the set up will have the tank half exposed with access to the back, front and sides. I will have a mini fish room, with RODI and access to the tank. Dimensions are currently 72 X 24 X 30. After thorough research and looking at multiple manufactures and tanks in person. I am going to go the custom route, as the stand and canopy will be most pleasing to my better half, and better protection for the tank. I have narrowed it down to either a tank from Glass Cages or Custom Aquariums. Any feedback on either of those manufacturers would be great, especially CA. As I am leaning in that direction. Also have some questions about the H2O overflows and number of them needed for optimal flow. I am thinking for the CA tank of going with one Stealth boxes and H20 0verflows for a base of 3600 GPH. The tank is 200 gallons, sump 39, so I think this is sufficient for what I am trying to achieve.



Here is current build list


Tank CA or GC - 72 x 24 x30


1 X 3600 Stealthbox Overflow - if CA build


Custom Stand 30 inch/ 12 inch Canopy

Sump - Trigger Sapphire 44

2 x Siice 4.0 Return Pumps

3 x Vivaspectra 300 W

Skimmer - RSK 600


This is what I have made decisions on thus far. Any input on the black box light options would also be helpful. Since the build is going to be costly, I thought lights to be the one area I could save a few bucks on. Kessil set up is $1800 or more for this tank vs. $500 for black box's.



Look forward to everyone's feedback!!
 
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Lights are not where you want to skimp. You have time… watch the for sale forum and buy some used A360X instead. You can easily find three of them for less than $1000.

Look into Planet Aquariums for the tank instead if you want to save. I have the same size tank and paid $1200 two years ago. I built my own stand.
 
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Cool thanks for the info. Was actually checking out CDA as well. The stand you built is a work of art! I am not handy at all and wish I could make the stand. Orginal Idea was get a steel stand and then have my contractor build wall around it etc. But after I stepped backed and assesed the situation, it was way more cost effective to get a tank with stand, and then only have to build one side of it.
 
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Ok. The Tank is ordered from Custom Aquariums....Along with contemp stand and 12'canopy...

Tank Dim. 72 X 24 X 30

Here is the current Build List.. I am starting work on the fish room this weekend. Need to install RO station and new utility sink.

SIZE (L X W X H X THICKNESS)
1​
72" x 24" x 30"H -
GALLONS / SHAPE
0​
GLASS UPGRADE
1​
Ultra Clear Front and Side Panels Upgrade
PREFILTER # / COLOR
1​
Stealth overflow box/returns from CustomAquariums
BACKGROUND
1​
Mystic black enamel: Rear and Left side
CABINETRY/STAND
1​
Majestic Stand and Canopy Package
CANOPY
1​
12" Canopy with Door Upgrade
GLASS LIDS
3​
Custom Glass Lids
WET/DRY
1​
Trigger Systems Sapphire 39
UV STERILIZER- Built In USA
1​
Aqua Ultraviolet 57w UV Sterilizer
DOSING PUMP
1​
Jebao DP-4 Auto dosing pump
PUMPS
2​
Sicce Syncra Silent 4.0
PROTEIN SKIMMER
1​
Red Sea RSK 600 Skimmer
LIGHTING
3​
VIPARSPECTRA 165w light box
LIGHT MOUNTS
3​
Wire and hooks to mount lights inside canopy
FEEDER
1​
Eheim automatic feeder
HEATER
1​
2 x 300W Titanium Aquarium Heater w/ Controller
PLUMBING PARTS/LABOR
1​
pvc,bulkheads, true union ball valves, hose,etc.
REFUGIUM LIGHTING
1​
Kessil H80 with A-Series Gooseneck mount
REFUGIUM KIT
1​
CleanChaeto Ultimate Refugium Starter Pack
ELECTRICAL
1​
Power strips, timers, power cubes etc
WAVEMAKER
2​
Maxspect Gyre XF 330 + controller
RO HOLDING TANK & ATO
1​
55gal drum & plumbing (2x float valves, pump, etc)
REVERSE OSMOSIS
1​
BRS 4 stage value plus RO system
LIVE ROCK
200​
Caribsea Liferock Purple base rock 120 lbs
SUBSTRATE
120​
Caribsea Special Grade Reef Sand
SALT
1.5​
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Mix 200 gallon bag x1.5
 
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THANK YOU !!! Yeah for sure..No rush...it is a big tank. The fishroom will take a few weeks to hammer out. I got the supplier of the tank helping me with the build. I am a newbie to reef tanks. Have had Freshwater for over 10 years. Finally have the time and funds to do it right..
 
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