New 150 Gallon SCA Tank And Custom Stand Build

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And I finished the light bar. I just have to touch up a small nick I put in the paint as I was bringing it up. Ugh.
 

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This morning I saw a very small leak between the tank and overflow. So i emptied some of the water and reinstalled the two large bulkheads, but this time I put some fish-safe silicon in between the tank and overflow for good measure. I waited a few hours for the silicon to dry (it’s fast-setting) and refilled with water. If all is good tomorrow, I will empty and start refilling with RODI.
 
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I thought I would give an update. The tank is mostly full of RODI now (long process) and today I put a heater and a pump in so I can start mixing in the salt. The tank will have mostly new water and the rest will be water from existing tank. I’m most ready to buy a couple of Hydra 32 hd lights to supplement the two primes hds I already have. Progress!
 
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How much weight can that hold?
I like the design!
At least 20 pounds or so. Way more than enough for lighting. It’s made from 5/8” solid alum bar. The nice thing about it is it has rubber pads and sits right on the eurobracing (it’s light). Easy to move around or take off.
 
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I made lots of progress today: the tank is RUNNING!
Yesterday I put the sand in the water and it cleared enough that this morning I decided to move everything over to the new tank.
I started by finishing the plumbing and sump equipment. I tried to make things as easy as possible to service.

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I mounted two Hydra 32 HDs on the light bar. I will be adding one or two more after I sell my two primes.

Edit: I just wanted to let you all know the screw size for the Hydras is 10-32. You have to be gentle; sometimes their can be some anodizing in the treads. If you have to, you can use a tap to clean them up. But the screws will easily screw totally in….don’t force it.
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And here’s a full front picture. The water is still clearing and the fish are still freaked out and hiding.
The rocks were in my original tank in the 90s when I was living in Europe. They were live rock from the Indian Ocean. But were dried out and reseeded when I moved back to the US in 2001.
 

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I also made the lighting bar to mount my fixtures to. I bought a length of 5/8” solid 6160 aluminum bar from Metalmart for $22. The bar will be painted black and have thin rubber on the bottom struts so it can just sit on the eurobracing.
I would be concerned that the weight sitting on the brace will increase the likelihood of those silicone joints failing. Terrific craftsmanship here you got a hand for this no doubt about it
 
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I would be concerned that the weight sitting on the brace will increase the likelihood of those silicone joints failing. Terrific craftsmanship here you got a hand for this no doubt about it
I thought about that too. But then I considered the hundreds of pounds of pressure on those joints from the water and I figured another 20 pounds won’t make a difference. Remember, that aluminum is really light.
And thank you for the compliment on my craftsmanship.
 
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One more important thing I did today. I added a bottle of Dr Tim’s One And Only bacteria to the tank. Even though my rocks and bio-media are 20 years matured, I’ve noticed over the years that whenever I move to a new tank, theres still a mini ugly stage. So hopefully the bacteria supplement will minimize it.
 
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