GoTakeANap's Dream Build Planet Aquarium 60X24X25 150 Gallon Build

GoTakeANap

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
981
Reaction score
249
Location
South Carolina
Hello everyone. Upgrading from a WB 100.3 REEF to a New to me Planet Aquarium. Wanted to get the build thread started. Below is a build list of all the equipment I will be using.

Display: Planet Aquariums Mega Matrix 150 60x24x25
Sand: Caribsea Special Grade Reef Sand 140 LBS
Rock: Custom Made Using Marco Rocks
Sump: Tideline Sump 36x18x15
Refuge: Kessil H160 Tuna Flora
ATO Tank: Custom Made (Bought Off Ebay)
ATO Control: Tunze Osmolator 3155
Return Pump: Undecided
Reactor: Avast K1 Kalk Stirrer
Wave Pump: 2x EcoTech MP40
Skimmer: Red Sed Reefer RSK-300
Heater: BRS Titanium Heater 600W
Lighting: 3X AI Hydra 32's
Light Mount: AI HMS 60" Rail Modify and Mounted In Canopy
Monitoring: Apex EL, DOS And Trident
Plumbing Pipe: 1" drain, 3/4" return
Plumbing Fittings: Various Fittings & Valves From BRS

This is everything I can think of at the moment. If I think of anything else I'll add it to the thread. Hope you guys follow my dream build! Will get the pictures of the aquascape posted up this weekend when I finish it.


IMG_9301.......jpg
 
Aquarium Specialty - dry goods & marine livestock

revhtree

Owner Administrator
View Badges
Marketplace Rating
100
Joined
May 8, 2006
Messages
43,320
Reaction score
67,094
Sweet tank!
 
OP
GoTakeANap

GoTakeANap

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
981
Reaction score
249
Location
South Carolina
Update with everything I worked on this weekend. 1st off the 140 lbs of reed sand I ordered came in. I came up with my rockscape (started playing last week) I am gonna go with. 1st photo of the rockscape was what I was gonna go with until I started playing around with it even more and final photo is what I am going with. All of it is glued together with BRS Glue and accelerator. I'll cement it together tonight using E-Marco 400 and post a update once its finished.

Reef Sand.jpg rockscape #1.jpg final rockscape.jpg
 
OP
GoTakeANap

GoTakeANap

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
981
Reaction score
249
Location
South Carolina
I got the rock put together with E-Marco 400 now. 4 pieces will be connected together when I get the tank moved into the house. I wanted to try and hide the gray of the cement on the white rock. What I decided to do was take all the small pieces I had left, break them up with a hammer into a powder/dust form. When I applied the E-Marco to the joints, then I sprayed them with a water and throw the powder on the wet cement and somewhat tried to work it in. I let it sit this way for over 24 hours then rinsed it off with the water hose. 1st photo is the cement covered with the powder and the last few photos pictured is how it turned out. It did lighten it up a bunch and hide the grey pretty well. Now onto the plumbing this weekend.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_9296...........jpg
    IMG_9296...........jpg
    221.5 KB · Views: 12
  • IMG_9356.jpg
    IMG_9356.jpg
    235.4 KB · Views: 7
  • IMG_9357.jpg
    IMG_9357.jpg
    243.5 KB · Views: 8
  • IMG_9358.jpg
    IMG_9358.jpg
    235.9 KB · Views: 9
  • IMG_9359.jpg
    IMG_9359.jpg
    222.3 KB · Views: 17
Fritz
OP
GoTakeANap

GoTakeANap

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
981
Reaction score
249
Location
South Carolina
Update time. I moved the tank into the house this past weekend and got the plumbing installed. Decided to go with the Herbie method in my overflow. Will be doing a leak test over the weekend to make sure I don't have any leaks in my plumbing before I fill it up and start the cycle. Here are a few photos of the plumbing and the tank sitting in its new place.
 

Attachments

  • IMG_9458.jpg
    IMG_9458.jpg
    122.4 KB · Views: 14
  • IMG_9445.jpg
    IMG_9445.jpg
    94.1 KB · Views: 14
  • IMG_9446.jpg
    IMG_9446.jpg
    101.1 KB · Views: 15
  • IMG_9448.jpg
    IMG_9448.jpg
    110.1 KB · Views: 15
  • IMG_9456.jpg
    IMG_9456.jpg
    111.9 KB · Views: 14
OP
GoTakeANap

GoTakeANap

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
981
Reaction score
249
Location
South Carolina
Following along. Just got the same tank in earlier this week.
Awesome. I decided to start the sump under the center instead to the far left for my setup. It will be easier for me to access the right side of the cabinet for sump maintenance. Hope something in here helps you with your build buddy.
 

fowler279

Active Member
View Badges
Marketplace Rating
Joined
Aug 4, 2020
Messages
213
Reaction score
262
Location
Owasso, OK
Awesome. I decided to start the sump under the center instead to the far left for my setup. It will be easier for me to access the right side of the cabinet for sump maintenance. Hope something in here helps you with your build buddy.
At first I was thinking about doing it on the left side but after seeing yours (granted I have a different sump) it might work better for me on the right as well. Left side of the tank is closer to the wall and may not have as much room. But def made me think about placement a bit more.
 

Have you ever had a reef tank with no sump and how did it go?

  • YES and it was just fine

    Votes: 323 59.2%
  • YES but it was difficult

    Votes: 99 18.1%
  • NO

    Votes: 113 20.7%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 11 2.0%
Motorcitycorals
Top