Leicester56's 120 gallon build

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    Purchasing a home in several months and planning to upgrade during the move. It's not only a good excuse for a larger tank, but by setting up the new tank in my purchased home before transferring from my 58 gallon, I hope to make the transition less stressful to my livestock.

    Water:
    75 gallon reef ready marineland tank
    40 gallon breeder sump with 3 chambers

    Stand:
    5ft long custom made stand FIF from a very gracious TCMAS member

    Hood
    custom hood to keep out kitties.

    Lighting:
    2 radion XR30w. Lights mounted to back of tank with brackets

    Waste management
    vertex 180i skimmer
    L2 scrubber from turbo aquatics
    chaeto fuge
    60lbs live rock

    pumps/controllers
    1-mp 10
    1- mp40
    sicce 3.0 for pump return
    tetrapond 325 pond pump for scrubber ( though may pump it directly into drain in this build)
    Apex Jr.
    ATO connected to 5 gallon reservoir

    livestock-
    ( from my current 58)
    1- YWG/pistol shrimp pair
    2- Ocellaris clown pair
    1- cherub angel
    1- leopard wrasse
    Mixed reef corals ( mostly softies and LPS, but about 5 SPS frags)

    Once established
    1- Kole tang
     
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    Day one- Baffle installation in 40 breeder. Once water tested, 2 more baffles planned
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    Tank stand (built for 40 breeder sump) and marineland corner flow 75 gallon. Just getting some of the pieces together.
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    Leak checking my baffles.
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    Custom hood half way through build. image.jpg
     
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    Looking good!
    BTW... Nice shop!
    Air conditioned, I bet!
     
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    Haha. Yeah, renting leaves me very little space for woodworking. It IS 70 degrees in the room though, and food/beer is always within reach. :)
     
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    Basic hood build complete! Built it with space, cat proofing, ventilation, and accessibility in mind. Specifically, it is 17 inches tall and the lifting door attaches 8 inches deep into the hood, giving me a ton of room! Also, front brace runs in front of the molding, instead of on it, so I don't have to reach over it to get in the tank. This is going to be a real bugger to stain and finish. A project for another weekend. :) image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Curious why you went with such a tall hood when your LEDs should have good coverage on a 75g at 6-8" height.
     
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    Great question. It is for ease of maintanence of the tank. For example, I can easily get my head all the way back to look into the corner overflow with the hood on, and cleaning with long handled tools is much easier than with a short hood. Also, it is partially to compensate for the inconvenience of the center brace. Additionally, I have been toying with mounting my ATS scrubber above the tank and having it drain into the overflow. Finally, the hood is 22 inches front to back ( conceals the return plumbing behind the 18 inch tank and prevents the cats from getting in the open back) and is designed for an extension in the event that I upgrade to a 120 fatboy. If ( I should say when) I make that change, the additional headroom will be that much more useful. Note: lighting will be suspended in the hood in such a way to allow easy elevation to the "ceiling" to make tank cleaning easy. Thoughts?
     
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    Two coats of ebony water based stain applied. This experience has reminded me how much I love building things, but also how much I dislike staining/painting/finishing wood. ;). 3 coats of Spar urethane to come. Grrrrr.
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    O.K. . . Maybe bigger isn't always better, but I have adjusted my plan. Purchased a 120 marineland fatboy. Now this is officially a 120 gallon build thread, but I don't think I can edit the thread post. Admins???
     
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    Nah, like my 75g now 120g tank thread, could make a trivia quiz question someday.
     
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    Assuming you need to remake your stand and canopy, take a look at my 75 build thread. I put some space behind for plumbing and a top off reservoir, this also allowed me to flip my entire hood up and out of the way. It looks good and works even better.
    The stand is nearly flush to the wall, but the tank is actually about 5-6" from the wall.
     
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    Your stand/hood build is epic in its design. I was admiring it on your thread last week! The 120 I just purchased from H2OHOH came with a very well engineered stand and canopy. Unfortunately, the hood, while very asthetically pleasing, was designed for the builder, who is quite tall. The hood I have been working on is 22 inches deep and I can easily add add another 5 inches to give me about 4 inches behind the 120. The design of H20HOH's stand is also fantastic, but would not be easily converted to hold the hood in the same fashion as yours ( see pics below).
     
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    The 75 turned 120 gallon build pics. Here is the 120 gallon tank/stand/hood I picked up from H2OHOH. May have to adjust my hood a little to fit the bigger tank. Would love to use the one that came with it, but it was designed for a person considerably taller than I am.

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    updated the thread name for ya!
     
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    That was fast. Thanks!
     
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    Applying the urethane coats was not as successful as I hoped. Ended up getting some white foam/bubble look on some of the edges. That's O.K though because I have to now extend the depth of the hood from 22 to 26 inches to accommodate the deeper tank. I will then sand down the visible surfaces a bit and reapply the poly coats with more care. This is how it currently looks sitting on the 75 gallon. ( note: the inside surfaces are blotchy and will likely stay that way since they are not visible when the front is down) image.jpg image.jpg
     
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