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I have plenty of height. Sump is being put in basement. But the top of the tank has a rim... I can cut it out....

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So my manifold is almost done, I'm just waiting on 2 3/4in valves which will feed my main display and my fish holding tank (not a qt, but either an acclimation, timeout or just a hey can you hold my fish type tank) that will be installed in the basement next to the frag tank.

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So the last few weeks little by little.i have been building my new sump. I got a 75g acrylic tank and baffled it drilled it and got it set up and just about ready to go. I also built a frag tank stand for my deep blue 30g frag tank. (24×24)
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So on the sump I made a drain section and have to get octoaquatics to make me a magnetic filter sock holder for my first chamber. Which will also house a course and fine filter sponge. In the second chamber I have my skimmer (reef octopus 250sss with varios 6 pump) followed by another fine mesh filter sponge and then the return which will be a M2 by ecotech. On the far right is a 15gallon chamber which will be hooked up to my house drain for quick water changes.
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I drilled the back for 1/4" mur lock quick connects. On the left you can see it's in the skimmer chamber and thay will be my syphon draw for my calcium reactor which will be returned to the sump in the return chamber by a kamoer fx doser.
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In the return chamber I took my ATO made by autotopoff.com and made an acrylic bracket for the float switch and a mounting point for the back up switch above it. The top off will be pumped in through another 1/4" mur lock bulkhead in the rear of the sump.
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I made a manifold to be fed by my pump which will feed both my display tank and my frag tank(I'll get to that next) it has multiple 1/2" outlets for various equipment as needed(carbon, gfo and chiller) and 2 1/4" quick connect outlets one for drip acclimation and a spare(was originally going to feed the calcium reactor but changed my plans)
I also ran 2 dedicated 15A services to system.
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For my frag tank I kept it simple, i had a 30g drop blue stored away. So i drilled the rear of the tank and installed a drain and a return. I also had an mp40qd so I put that on it I'm sure itll be dialled down to 20% I have a multi tiered frag rack from the blue glow that I'll be using. I put a layer of crushed aragnite sand on the bottom bc I will be housing a few working wrasses. And the front half has crushed coral from 2 little fishes for setting soft corals and allowing frags to grow freely on natural substrate. I have a hydra 26 over that tank but may double it up.
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So let me know what you guys think... anything I overlooked? Always open for feedback. Thank you
 
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Very nice Mike ... I think that you see why I switched to acrylic 30 yrs ago!
Yea acrylic makes it super easy to work with and modify. I love it I still like glass for the main tank though.... I think. When I upgrade the tank I've been pricing glass. Haven't talked to anyone about acrylic. Any recommendations?
 

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Wow. Just... wow. Sump looking great, love the freedom you can give yourself with a near ground-up build. Very cool features you've added there. Same for the frag tank - nothing wrong with simple but viable!
 
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Wow. Just... wow. Sump looking great, love the freedom you can give yourself with a near ground-up build. Very cool features you've added there. Same for the frag tank - nothing wrong with simple but viable!
Thanks. Its gonna give me so much more freedom than the 20g tank that's stuffed under my tank. And with a sump that big I wont have to change anything when I upgrade to my 240g and a larger frag tank.
 

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