Planet Aquarium 130g

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  1. Jimbo662

    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Picked the tank up yesterday and will start working on it in the next week. Planning for a mixed reef. I ordered it with an external overflow assuming it would be like a previous P.A. tank I had. They're no longer making the old version which was a glass box siliconed to the back of the tank which housed the drains and return. There was a small rectangle cut out of the back glass for the weir. Now they're using what they call their Tideline overflow...which is basically a ghost overflow and a return in each corner of the back glass. This will be a first for me to plumb this kind of set up.

    Equipment list so far:

    Tank: Planet Aquarium 130g Crystaline tank 60"x24"x21"

    Return: Reef Octopus Varios 6

    Sump: Trigger Sapphire 39

    Lights: Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid with a couple XR15 and an XR30

    Skimmer: Either the Vertex Omega 180i or SCA 302 (gotta see which will fit best)

    Powerheads: 3 Neptune WAVs

    Controller: New Apex

    Dosing: Apex DOS

    ATO: Tunze 3155

    Will be using Argonite special grade sand and a mix of reef saver rock and pukani. A vendor here on R2R advertised he had a bunch of live rock that he had ordered for a customers build over a year ago which had just been sitting in a tank. He was selling for $1 / lb plus shipping. It looks like most of it is pukani and included some nice pieces...like a huge branching piece. I got 100 lbs. :)
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  2. BigBearMD

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    Tank looks great. I have a Planet aquarium ordered as well. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks. I should have had it a week earlier but their distributor screwed up. They had two tanks that were the same size, mine with the external overflow and the other with an internal overflow. They grabbed mine by mistake and shipped it to Denver.
     
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    Looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing the aquascape
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Got a little progress done today. Mounted the RO/DI in the laundry closet. Put lighting in the stand and drilled holes for the lighting bracket...waiting on the right length bolts to arrive. Also waiting on some plumbing pieces from BRS. Starting next Saturday I'll be off for two weeks straight so I'll have this sucker up and running on no time!
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    PastaMario Member R2R Supporter

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    The tank and stand look awesome! Good luck on the plumbing.
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks, that's the fun part!
     
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    Another PA owner here, following along..
    Looks good so far.
     
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    Looks good so far can’t wait for the rest of the build.
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Got the return plumbing / manifold dry fitted today. I'm soooo freaking glad someone invented the PVC pipe cutter! Cutting every single piece with a hacksaw is for the birds!!!!! Still need to pick up a couple of pieces that I forgot to complete it. I started a grocery list for Lowe's. Also need to strap the manifold to that center support that way it'll help support the horizontal run of the two return lines.
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    Looks good Jimbo! Let me know if you need any help and when you are ready for a frag of that toadstool I got from you!
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Got some behind the scenes progress done this week. Talked to the guy at the LFS about the gap. He contacted the manuf and sent some pics. They said it would be ok, the stand should settle once there's weight on it. To be safe they're sending a black foam pad to use...should be here on Friday. Just ordered my lid which takes about 6 weeks. Still waiting for the Aquatic Life fixture to be in stock. They say vendors should be getting a big shipment the middle of this month. Should get lots done next week...I'm off for two weeks starting Monday
     
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    Good looking start to the build! A bummer the hybrid light is backordered everywhere...hopefully you can get one in before you have to go back to work!
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks. On their build thread they said delivery should be the middle of the month. I check BRS a couple of times a day just in case! Luckily the last week of Dec is a work from home week so technically I've got 3 weeks at home. :D
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    More progress this weekend. Picked up the padding yesterday and got it under the stand. Glued the plumbing together, installed the 8020 light brackets and threw on the two XR15s temporarily. Still waiting for the shipment of Aquatic Life fixtures to get to BRS!!!
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Sand is in and water is about to start flowing!
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Got the new apex up and running today. This thing is soooo much easier than the older version. Had it up and running and the WAVs connected and programmed in less than 15 min! :) Updating the firmware of the base unit along with the different modules is extremely easy.
     
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    Jimbo662 Valuable Member Partner Member 2018

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    Tank filled - CHECK

    Salt added - CHECK

    Return pump fired up - CHECK

    No leaks - CHECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Aquascape?

    You’re just a week or two ahead of me still.
     
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  20. BigBearMD

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    Always the best part!!
     
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