Maac's 180ish gallon Dream Reef Savvy Tank

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  1. Maacc

    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    This one is going to be slow in developing but I have my 45 jbj and 13.5 evo in the meantime. I will be selling the 45 once this is up and running.
    I found an amazing deal on Craigslist for a 180 reef savvy, with stand, canopy, sump, protein skimmer, reef beeder photon v1, return pump rock and sand for under half of what the tank alone would be.
    I have 90 pounds of acid washed, bleached pukani and shelf rock cooking. I also plan to incorporate my main structure from my 45 into the scape.
    Eventually, the plan is for a geosreef dual chamber calcium reactor, a deltec skimmer, and a fuge with cheato, marine pure, and one of Turbo Aquatics either L2 or L4 turf scrubbers for main filtration with a carbon and gfo dual reactor for problems or emergencies.
    I am going to try and go for photon v2's without T5 supplementation. The plan is for 4 24" fixtures perpendicular to the length of the tank.
    Flow will be provided by 2 maxspect gyre 130's with advanced controller. I will also have 2 coral box quiet pumps.
    The stock will be a transfer of everything in my 45 which is:
    Melanurus wrasse
    Possum wrasse
    Solarensis wrasse
    Yellow wrasse
    Black oscellarus clown
    Neon goby
    Yellow watchman goby
    Rainford goby
    To the existing stock, I want to add:
    Purple tang
    Foxface
    Small anthias school
    Yellow headed jawfish
    Lineatus wrasse
    Exquisite wrasse
    Flame wrasse
     
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    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Dimensions of the tank are 60"x30"x24". I have always liked the 5' tank size and I like the additional 6" of depth while keeping the height manageable.
    This is my 45 with the rock structure and livestock transferring over 20170422_145503.jpg
     
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    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Rock rinsing currently - 20170422_151658.jpg
     
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    Update time, sorry it's been a while. IMG_20170502_183051.jpg IMG_20170502_183039.jpgI got a phenomenal deal for tank, 48" reef breeder, reef octopus 3000, stand, sump, rock and canopy.

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    Turns out the tank is a Reef Savvy! Low Iron glass on 3 sides
     
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    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Bad news, while working on dog damage on the stand, I discovered live termites. I have decided to pitch the stand and build out of 80/20.
     
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    80/20 has arrived!
     
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    Manifold dry fitting IMG_20170519_212921.jpg IMG_20170603_195746.jpg
     
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    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Managed to cut and get the stand together in about 6 hours IMG_20170526_165159.jpg IMG_20170526_175047.jpg
     
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    Used 1/2 pvc for main and sump top. Stand is 43" tall for sump access. IMG_20170527_180628.jpg IMG_20170531_171026.jpg
     
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    Made light rack height adjustable in the back by loosening 6 screws. IMG_20170601_183459.jpg IMG_20170601_183506.jpg IMG_20170603_200221.jpg
    Dropping it to get it inside. I installed 3/4 starboard feet to make it easy to move before it's filled.
     
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    Looking good. :)
     
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    I like it!
     
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    Maacc Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks, it's coming along. Here is the sump that came with the tank. 3/8 acrylic 36"x24"x24"
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    Getting everything clean and inside IMG_20170604_103745.jpg Building the manifold
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    Leveling the stand  IMG_20170604_204902.jpg
    Installing the lights on the light rack IMG_20170604_203544.jpg
     
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    I replaced the bulkheads and bumped the return line to 1 1/2" IMG_20170608_203400.jpg
     
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    Once that was done, it was time to move the tank inside IMG_20170609_202546.jpg
    Then begins the brutal plumbing
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    All 3 drain valves are accessible from the left side of the tank with the main full siphon plumbed in 45s.
    My manifold will run a calcium reactor, an @Floyd R Turbo L4 scrubber, BRS dual reactor for problems, the 4th will allow me to pump out water for water changes with a quick connect hose. The end of the manifold will plumb into the filter sock to clean out the sump. I totally ripped the concept from @CJs Aquariums as a maintenance saver.
     
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