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Hi All,

(Moving my build thread over from RC to R2R.)

For 5+ years I had a 180 gallon tank setup. I moved to Denver Colorado about a year ago, managed to keep most of all my livestock alive in a giant Rubbermaid for a year while our house was being built. I decided to upgrade from 180 to 220 by just going taller on the tank. This allowed me to keep the same stand etc as before.

Custom Aquariums built the tank and had Modular Marine tag team with the Overflow. So far really pleased with both.

Pretty early stages but here is the project so far.

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driving my livestock a 1000 miles across country, everyone made it, only to lose 1/2 of my fish from Ich 3 months later [emoji24]

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the temporary holding tank. Ugly but did the job.

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mid build, where the tank will go (on the back wall)

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tank in the space, not arranged yet.

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plumbing the overflow Beananimal style.

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The module Marine Overflow is killer, uses so little space internally.

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behind the tank, the mechanical room will be the semi-fish room.
 
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filled in the joints with a resin (legacy industrial, quick set 100)

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put a epoxy coating on the floor to make it a bit nicer.

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framed the back wall to give more wall space. Probably going to hang some drywall up to allow more wall mounting options.

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hole in the back wall to allow access to the overflow etc

That’s all for now. Got to drywall the fish room walls. Leak test the tank (yes I know, better to do this in a garage, it just wasn’t possible, I had a move Team of 4 guys come help me move it, could not justify having them here twice to move into garage leak test and then move again downstairs. I’m leak testing with just tap water and will address in place if anything comes up.) then it will be time to add rock and sand. [emoji51]
 
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Managed to get some drywall hung this weekend. Mud n tape tonight hopefully.

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I also switched out the stock bolts on the custom Aquariums braces, found some titanium bolts that are a little easier to work with as well being non corrosive, thinking future self will thank me for this.

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Big day, water cleared up a lot by this morning, so moved over all the coral in the AM, eventually got the tank completely full and started the main pumps, then all the fish in the PM

Almost full
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Full, with corals attached to the rock and fish in
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Cleaned up a lot of the mess, gave my lights a good vacuum and wipe down and it was time to put the canopy on and the lights on top, just in time to catch some moonlight glow. Looking forward to seeing what it all looks like in the morning when the lights come on. Fish are freaked out a bit, I was moving a blue jaw trigger over and it took a nice bite on my thumb, can’t blame him, probably deserve it.
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Lights are on. Everything looking good so far. I lost a couple of SPS pieces in the move it seems, there’s still a bit on each that is alive so leaving them in hoping it can recover. The big phonape at the front which is unfortunate, had that piece for 4 years, got it as a piece of rubble less than a 1/4” in size and it grew to a full on colony, sad, hopefully it can recover.

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(Updated from today, the phonape birdsnest fully recovered!)
 
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Worked on wire management today. Made these boards that all the apex equipment will mount to, space behind them to hide the wires.

The larger board will have the EB8’s mounted to it, it’s on hinges so easy to access the wires behind.
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EB8’s & Apex modules mounted, next up I have to transfer everything over to the new Apex, which I’m a bit freaked out about [emoji51]

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Bit of an update. Managed to transfer everything over to the new Apex, wasn’t too bad, just took a lot longer than I thought it would, amazing how much code and profiles and everything that there is you have to copy and paste, took me a solid afternoon, but I took my time to ensure it was done right the first time.

Finished off the Apex mounting boards, helps tidy it up a bit.

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Still work in progress, need to tidy up the cable lines as they go trough the wall, but need to build another mounting board for the powerhead controllers and power supplies.


Also installed some strip LEDs that I had left over from another project under the tank to make it easier to work on, used a 1/4 round trim piece to get a good angle on them.
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Got a utility sink installed in the fish room, this will make making water easier.
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Had some time over the weekend to work on clearing up this rats nest of wires as they come through the wall, so difficult with all the power supplies these days.

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I used the EcoTech power supply brackets, works for any brands power supply.
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After
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Tidied up the power cables a bit more too.
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I’m now trying to figure out how to plumb a manifold into the room behind the tank. This was the original plan I drew, in that gap between the shelving unit and frag tank I was going to stand up a UV sterilizer and have space for other equipment down the road. So planning the manifold is tricky.
 
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Small update. Bought all the parts to build the manifold, should be here on Monday. Wanted to build some of the stand and bases for the equipment to stand on.

This base will house the UV, I’m going to use a bracket to mount it against the pole. It’s also going to be home to the Arid reactor (whenever I decide to buy one) the manifold will be attached to the wall behind this base.

The other base to the right is actually where a frag tank will go.

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Frag tank stand built

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Everything painted and in place

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Full tank shot. Got a serious case of Cyano forming. My phosphate is really high like 1.1 high, but I don’t run GFO or anything to control it right now, why I’m going to try the Arid some time in the future.

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I added a couple of Tank Bred flame angels last week, they were so small!
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The Gladiator clowns & the nem are doing well.
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Did some hole drilling tonight.

This is where the pipe to feed the manifold will leave the stand and go through to the fish room.
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Other side of the wall, it will do a 90 and then into the manifold.
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A much larger hole, this is where the manifold return and equipment return lines will go through and back to the sump. Made it extra wide to fit the drains from the frag tank down the road.
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All the stands back in place
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Plumbed in the pump I’ll be using for the manifold. COR-20, should give me the flow I need.

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This was a major PITA, all the angles, and measurements, maybe I’m missing a trick to this or something?
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Starting on the manifold
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This took a really long time. But finally got the manifold plumbed in. Hopefully all my joints are good, and I’ve set it up right, bit nervous to turn on the pump, will wait 24 hrs now for all the cement to cure.

How’s it look?

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Leak test went well, surprisingly, no leaks, (pats ones self on the back).

Decided to shorten the cable to the UV bulb, was about 15’ long and only needed about 2’, so because of this, now have to wait a couple days for a replacement connector to arrive in the mail.

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Impressed with the COR 20, my manifold is not an easy stretch, lots of 90s and 45s, and the flow is great so far.

This is with the return to sump valve completely open, UV almost closed. And it’s only running at 20% for 5w of power, could run at 15% but at that low of a level it’s hard for it to read the watts used, so just keeping it at 20%
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    Votes: 43 6.3%
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    Votes: 476 70.0%
  • Magnesium (most)

    Votes: 5 0.7%
  • Phosphate (most)

    Votes: 61 9.0%
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    Votes: 3 0.4%
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    Votes: 10 1.5%
  • (least) Alkalinity

    Votes: 4 0.6%
  • (least) Magnesium

    Votes: 60 8.8%
  • (least) Phosphate

    Votes: 14 2.1%
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    Votes: 36 5.3%
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