Diggler's Weird 90 Gallon Reef Tank

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  1. DirtDiggler2823

    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    I'm building my first reef tank after spending years on the freshwater side. I was able to score a 90 gallon tank and stand, but the tank looks like it was an AIO so I'm working around what is already in the tank, and trying to use it for its new purpose. I'll post the pics that detail where I am so far, and the major steps taken to get there. 20180721_130103.jpg 20180721_130120.jpg 20180903_150803.jpg 20180903_150752.jpg 20180909_124145.jpg
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  2. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Looks like a challenge. Keep us updated.
     
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    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    The most difficult part is done. The tank is drilled as of tonight. I've already built the sump as well. I still need more rock, a RODI system, test sets, salt, sand, and a few other things. I also have to drill the return plumbing, but I'm much more confident in my ability to do it now. I'm also building a reef-pi to function as the controller. Should be fun. I will be sure to post everything here.
     
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    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Ah, the Un-Uniquarium. I dig it.
     
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    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    It's been a fun process thus far.
     
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    Adding the return bulkheads, and the plumbing for the UV sterilizer i already had. 20180929_105951.jpeg 20180929_105953.jpeg
     
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    Done drilling the tank. Now i have to wash all of the plastic shavings and glass dust out of it, then get the return nozzles. I was planning on going with RFG nozzles across the board. Thoughts? @reefjunkie 20180929_111101.jpeg 20180929_111107.jpeg
     
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    Got the interior drainage plumbing done. I was able to fashion an adjustable stockman standpipe variant that i found a video on. So we have 2 1.5 inch herbie standpipes, the one stockman standpipe, and on the far left, there is the emergency drainage pipe. Let me know if anyone is interested in how i made the adjustable stockman. 20181001_174230.jpeg 20181001_174243.jpeg 20181001_174249.jpeg 20181001_174138.jpeg 20181001_174144.jpeg
     
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    ArowanaLover1902 Valuable Member SCAA Member Build Thread Contributor

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    This is looking like it’s going to be an awesome tank, I’m following. Shame we aren’t closer, I’d certainly throw some corals your way when the tank was ready.
     
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    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    My next big purchase is my RODI system. I'm already building my controller from a raspberry pi 3. I have lights, rock, a sump, skimmer, return pump, and stand. I need salt, sand, bio-media, and the return nozzles and the such. 20180916_222940.jpeg 20180909_124135.jpeg 20180903_150803.jpeg 20180903_150752.jpeg 20180903_150741.jpeg
     
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    What types of lights are you using? I’m not familiar with a Pi controller?
     
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    What type of sand also? Big grains or little?
     
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    There is a dude on here named Ranjib who has a how-to guide for the reef-pi. He has a really nice guide on the adafruit website.
     
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    Sugar size. Fiji pink.
     
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    What type of coral are you thinking? If just softies then fine grain is great, sps and lps need high flow so I’d definitely recommend large grain. I wish I had done large grain and will next tank I setup, it’s always getting stirred up onto my coral and it’s really annoying.
     
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    That is great to know. I did want to get into SPS, and LPS corals at some point.
     
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    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Hopefully these lights are sufficient. I think they will be. I'm sure I'll have to replace the bulbs before moving in any corals, but they should be good for getting through the cycle. 20181005_104410.jpeg 20181005_104415.jpeg 20181005_104422.jpeg 20181005_104443.jpeg 20181005_104451.jpeg
     
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    DirtDiggler2823 Valuable Member R2R Supporter Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Why buy a controller, when you can save a ton of money by building your own? 20181006_182455.jpeg
     
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    Can’t wait to see how the controller turns out
     
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    Should be pretty cool. I still have components in transit, so I'm building what i can right now.
     
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