Devoted Reefer 250

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  1. pelphrey

    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    Actually the plumbing looks difficult but it isn't, my best suggestion is to get PVC cutters. I finally did on this build because I was tired of cutting it by hand and not cutting it straight. I literally sketched out the plumbing on paper (I can't draw!) and that was good enough to show me what parts I would need. I could have very well went straight from the pump into the reefer return but I wanted to create better/more options for myself. Running it up and over allows me to push it back against the stand VS having it go straight up. Unions are a must, since I am using the soft tubing I may only use one union off of the 45 coming out of the pump.

    I don't currently have a stock list, I built this system and the rock work with my main goal on coral. With that being said I started my first reef tank about a year ago, after a few months I tore the cube down that I built and sold it. I moved everything into a 20 gallon tank I built. The problem I had with the 27 gallon cube was the foot print, I know I want more fish just haven't put any thought into which ones yet!

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/27-gallon-cube.207744/
    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/badfish-20-gallon-aio.254424/
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    As of right now I have 28 gallons in the tank, I'm making my best attempt to know exactly how much water I have. I'll be making more water this weekend and more importantly finishing the plumbing!

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    Can't wait to see it come to life!!
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    This is my "leak" test. I'm doing it with RODI and mixing my salt in the tank! haha I have faith this thing will hold up!

    I got my CHEAP sunsun pumps in the tank. I use these to mix salt water, can't go wrong. Got these two 800gph off ebay for $13 shipped! haha I have 2 more I may put into the tank until I figure out the direction I am going with pumps. I also have a mp10wqd and a rw4 on my 20 gallon, the mp10 will be moved over for sure.
     
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    I just received my 2 WAVS yesterday... hoping I have time to set them up this weekend! Currently have a mp10 and a mp40 on my tank.
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    Very curious to hear your thoughts on the WAV pumps in the 250. My original plan was the MP10 and an MP40, then I thought about the MP10 and Gyre 150. I plan to pickup an apex from a buddy who bought someone out of the hobby hopefully soon, when we started discussing the apex I looked at the WAV pumps. No pressure, your thoughts will be persuading the direction I go in! haha
     
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    I'll definitely post my thoughts and experience... I still need to set up my Apex and SpyGlass Reactor too!
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    I ended up changing the red PVC to blue! I may very well hard plumb directly into the reefer connection, for now I am using the soft tubing. I also built the PVC in this fashion to add gate valves down the road.
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    I cut a piece of PVC down the middle and used a heat gun to warm it up. I used this piece of PVC to cover up the soft tubing.
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    Tank was filled and salt mixed in the tank. I am using two sunsun 800gph pumps in the tank, I got both of them on eBay for $13 shipped! These are temporary until I figure out what direction I am going in.
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    One of the Kessils over the tank, I have another A160 on my other tank that will be moved over to the reefer. I know I won't be using this Kessil arm, I am still undecided on the more expensive kessil arms or using 8020 again for the light mounts
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    For now I am using the Red Sea ATO, this will be addressed later in the build!
     
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    Nice job!
     
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    Nice work. You mentioned previously you are considering creating a manifold. Where were you planning on placing it. The far left wall? I am hoping to build a manifold if I get the 250. The concern I have is where the sump has the return pump limits the options compared to the 350.
     
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    Blue piping looks great, very clean.
     
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    I'm new to the plumbing aspect. What is the purpose of the manifold in the RSR 250? I have a 250 as well but return pump just goes to the stock return pipe.
     
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    Manifold allows you to use your return pump to feed reactors, skimmers, or anything you would use a pump to feed. By reducing the number of pumps you can reduce heat, electricity, and maximize space. Rea Sea Reefers weak point is sump size. I want to keep pumps at a minimum.
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    The union right above the return pump allows me to pull all of the plumbing out. I built it this way to later add gate valves to create the manifold, with the way it is situated I know I can get at least two gate valves installed. Otherwise I would have gone straight up into the return nozzle, the four 90's I have installed reduce the amount of flow. Which is fine, I am not looking for a HUGE sump turn over rate.

    Thanks! I actually do prefer it over the red!

    Just as @Scarybo said running a manifold will reduce the number of pumps I have plugged into the outlets and in the sump. I know at some point I will be adding a reactor to this system, when that time comes I will modify my plumbing and add gate valves to it!
     
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    Look forward to seeing that.... I may copy since I plan on using brs deluxe reactor to run carbon n gfo and something else for biopellets if it fits in sump
     
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    The clamps you are using to secure the plumbing on the wall are nice. May I ask where you found them. Also is that wall an additional piece you added so you dont drill the stand?
     
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    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    I am a little behind on my videos, but I will have a video coming out better explaining the hard plumbing and my plans!

    I bought all of the plumbing from @Bulk Reef Supply ( http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/sm-clamp-for-pvc-pipe.html ). You are correct, I picked up some white shelves at home depot and cut them to length, I did use double side tape for the left hand side. I really don't want to drill into the stand if I don't have to, and since the door latch prevents the sump from fitting against the wall there was plenty of room to add this "wall".
     
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