SCA 120 Gallon PNP Build

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  1. AKay3600

    AKay3600 Member

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    Another YouTube subscriber here. Your videos and this thread are part of the reason I joined up on here. Everything looks to be coming along well! I'll be plumbing my first tank with PVC later this year, hopefully, I'll definitely be stealing some ideas from you. :D Keep up the good work man!
     
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  2. CJs Aquariums

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    Just when you think dry plumbing was time consuming... reality strikes then you realize you have to tear it all apart.. I marked all of the elbows and hoped all of my unions would give me room for error

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    all of those 2" pvc pieces that were in between elbows are now almost impossible to remove.. I had to use some unused fittings and a hammer to luckily knock them out of the unions and elbows..

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    After 3 trips to all of my local dept stores I came up empty on my search for clear pvc primer. So I settled for the good o purple primer.. my plan was to line the pvc with tape.. that failed so I just moved forward hoping to not make a huge mess..

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    After a full weekend of dry fitting and gluing I finally was able to finish the sump. Mistakes where made!! I screwed up my manifold elbow and had to Intall a extra union to save the build ... other than that it's done so I'll roll with it haha

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    I wanted to limit the amount of soft hosing.. so I added about 5" for vibration dampening from my Jebao DC 12000 return pump

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    The last bit of hose was from my reactor... I plumbed a couple extra 1/2" elbows to line the barbs up perfect to limit bends in the hose... I routed the output right into the baffle.. made sure it faces away from the front of the sump so you can't notice them much

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    All that's left is cleaning the pipes to remove my markings when I glued...

    System is setup for herby style drain.. gate valve for full siphon.. I included ball valves on all lines from the tank including the emergent drain.. of I ever had to completely cut off the flow this will make life easier

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    I used a TON of unions and true union ball valves trying to plan ahead for maintenance or modifications as I add more equipment

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    I was able to add my Santa Monica rain2 alage Scrubber to the manifold as well.. my refugium will not have macro alage.. I'll be using this instead

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    For those that like to watch .. here is the Scrubber build video:




    So at this point it's safe to say the tank is FINALLY finished.. small things left to clean up but it's time to water test this baby...

    Then we can get to the fun part Aquascaping...

    To be CONTINUED....
     
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  3. Mydoghasfleas

    Mydoghasfleas Member R2R Supporter

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    What an awesome build! Your plumbing job is amazing!
     
  4. CJs Aquariums

    CJs Aquariums Member

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    it's all good man... just look at this as a preview of future videos... some things posted here may never make it to a video. Just like the movies haha
     
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    CJs Aquariums Member

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    Thank you! This turned out better than I exspected for it only being my second time plumbing a sump lol
     
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    Plumbing came out nice man.
     
  7. pelphrey

    pelphrey Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor

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    Time to add water!!
     
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  8. CJs Aquariums

    CJs Aquariums Member

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    For those that would rather watch....

     
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  9. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Things rarely ever go as planned. But your build still looks awesome! ;)
     
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  10. Sppf121

    Sppf121 Active Member

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    Following You CJ. Great stuff
     
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    Definitely enjoy watching your videos and watching you grow as an enthusiast. One of the best YouTube channels I subscribe to.
     
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  12. AlexG

    AlexG Well-Known Member Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    I tuned in last night for a while on your live stream the tank is looking good.
     
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  13. Scurvy

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    Very Nice, I found some of your YouTube vids just last night and then these today. Liked your JBJ a lot! Looking forward to seeing how this one goes! Good Luck with the leak tests!
     
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    Ubans13 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Nice to see you on here!
     
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    Judgment night arrived.. leak tested the tank... with all the unions and true union ball valves I easily had 40-50 potential failure points...

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    To my surprise none of the unions had one single drip... but I wasn't completely lucky.. all 3 of my bulkheads had a small leak.. and I couldn't find my channel locks or pipe wrench to tighten them..

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    Lucky for me one of my neighbors saved the day! I was able to tighten those bulkheads.. and after baby sitting the tank late into the night I went to bed..

    Next morning ... 0 leaks!!! so we have officially passed the last major test of this build.

    Only thing left to do is use some shims to level the tank after I drain it... and work out a solution for vibrations on my sump. I already have river hose from the return pump and a rubber mate under the sump...

    To be continued....
     
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  16. Scurvy

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    Looks like all went pretty well wih the test run. That return pump cranks! Nice work!
     
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  17. CJs Aquariums

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    Too much to type but figured a video never fails... this is the full system overview and water test

     
  18. cgdcinc

    cgdcinc Active Member

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    Good to see you here CJ. Been following you since the jbj build.
     
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    CJs Aquariums Member

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    My first time joining a forum... I'll figure this out eventually haha
     
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    What's good CJ
     
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