Smiddy's Reef 360 Peninsula

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The time has come to start my 360 gallon build thread. With finishing our walk out basement under way. It is time to start preparing for a 72" L X 48" W X 24" H peninsula SPS dominant reef. I have gotten quotes from 6 different aquarium manufacturers and waiting on one more from Planet Aquariums before I pull the trigger. Honestly though it has been over a month with no response from Planet which is some what frustrating being such a large investment. (PM me if interested in what the quotes were since it seems voodoo to post this information for whatever reason)

Instead of writing all the details about what the tank will look like. I made a CAD model of it so it is easier to visualize:
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I am a huge fan of having a bar lip around the tank at standing height approximately 42".

I am also lucky enough to create the storage room in our basement into a fish a room:
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Here are some of my old mixed reef tanks before moving to CO:
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More details to come

I am copying this over from my local reef forum so these posts will be from a month or so ago 1578336357268.png
 
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Update:

I received all my quotes for this tank. Which includes Display tank, Steel Stand, Stand Skin, and canopy.
These are all the vendors I looked at not in any specific order:
1) Crystal Dynamics ( formally LeeMar)
2) Miracles
3)Planet Aquariums
4)CTC
5)A.G.E.
6)Reef Savvy
7)Custom Aquarium

After reviewing all aspects; lead time, cost, quality, experience, customer service, etc. I am 90% certain I am going with Crystal Dynamics ( CDA ) in Oceanside CA for this build. They also built my last custom 260 when I lived in Flagstaff.

Here are the tank details
72x48x24
Eurobraced design
Peninsula layout
1/2" glass thickness
3 viewing panels Starphire
Reinforced bottom with perimeter brace and Starboard insert
Reinforced vertical seams
Overlapping double top brace
External overflow: Modular Marine 36"
(2) 1" returns in top corners of the glass
Black silicone and Blacked out overflow end
72x48x42 steel stand Epoxy coated with extra steel bar for bar lip, (8) stainless steel leveling feet
6x48x66 3/4" steel tube extension fixture (for mounting the panels that will hide the plumbing)
Wood skin -- magnet mounted modern (rectangular) panels, maple -- for stand, extension part, and canopy panels with bar lip
Stainless steel brace and fixture on top of tank for lights and mounting removable canopy panels
 
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Update:

Tank has been ordered from CDA now 12-14 weeks of impatiently waiting.

For those who don'w know who CDA is:
https://cdaquarium.com/
Update:

Decided to add a display refugium to my tank order from CDA. Went with a standard 75 gallon rimless tank with a divider to separate a designated cheato side and a "fancy" algea side to house things like pipefish/seahorses, mandarins, or timid fish before going to the main display. The tank will be plumbed into my main display/sump system in the fish room.

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How are you going to handle humidity?
Not sure if it is going to be an issue yet. Colorado is dry as can be when it comes to humidity. Also I am getting a sump from Synergy reef ( which is due in two weeks!) that has polycarb lids. Display tank is in another section of the basement. We will just have to wait and see what the situation is here
 
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Framing, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and underground all complete! Here are pictures before drywall gets hung today! The tape on the ground is where the tank will be. Keeping the system in mind. We added two 20mp breakers dedicated to the Tank. We also added both hot and cold water lines to the fish room for: Shop sink, RODI, Washing machine for filter socks. We have tapped into the drain line for all waste water and water change water. Direct ethernet was ran to the fish room for the apex. Floor drain was added to the fish room.
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Drywall is going to be the only outsourced part of this project. I am not a fan of drywall and when you don't like to do something and not good at it... you end up with sub par results. So wit that note here is the progress as of last night.
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