Nezw0001's 450 build

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  1. Nezw0001

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    I have delayed starting a thread on this because the work of building a new house and moving the existing tank has been a bit overwhelming. We are to a point where we are starting to make progress and I thought I should put something together.

    To start, our current tank is a 220 acrylic that is built into a wall with three view-able sides. The sump is a 180 glass tank in the basement. The system is primarily SPS reef with a nice variety of fish and inverts
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    here's the current tank

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    Its been set up for 5 years or so and we have been really happy with it.
     
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    We have been wanting to move into a bigger home as this little farm house is a bit cramped for us, a 3 year old, a 5 year old and essentially a petting zoo of random pets. After a couple of years of looking for a house in the area we purchased some land to build. By the end of July we had a giant hole in the ground and plans to build a 450 gallon into the wall dividing the master bedroom from the living room with the tank being view-able on both sides.

    I wasn't too stressed out until we sold our current home with a move out date of March 1. The new tank arrived in October but it took a while to get heat/insulation in the house so here we are, NOW. Started getting set up in earnest a couple of weeks ago and moved the working sump to the new house, temporarily plumping in a stock tank on the old tank
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    One of the limitations on the current tank was every time I went out of town for work we would run out of freshwater or saltwater for the AWC system. The old system had 50 gallons each of freshwater and saltwater. My husband is not a fan of having to take care of these problems so we upgraded to 250 gallon storage tanks I got for free from my farmer neighbor. They were used to hold a carbon solution (essentially brown sugar) they spray on soy beans to inhibit bugs. I also added a small 30 gallon cone bottom tank to add salt easily. Heres some pictures of the water storage and the fish room
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    Moving the 180 gallon glass sump from the old house to the new one was not as bad as I thought it would be. My hubby, sister and bro in law did it with ease. We used a two wheel cart and made sure we never got in a situation where we had to dead lift it up
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    The display tank is 8ft long, 36" wide and 30" tall. It came from Custom Aquarium in WI. The tank looks good but the bottom silicone is pretty sloppy and the stand they provided with the tank was not level or square. With some ingenuity we got it level and will recheck with some water in it. I went with Modular Marine for slim line, external overflows. They custom made them for my application and shipped to Custom Aquarium so the holes could be drilled perfectly. I will have overflows on both short sides of the tank. My plan is to have two return pumps for redundancy and to power frag tanks and specie specific tanks in the fish room. If it turns out to be unnecessary I will just run one. Here is the obligatory kid in tank picture
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    I'm really interested in watching your build.

    I'm rebooting my own system and I decided to go with a tank from Custom Aquariums and I will also be using the Modular Marine overflow system. (I have the 1200gph model on my 32gal office tank and love it!) I only wish I could've went as big as you did! I like that Modular Marine sent your overflow directly to Custom Aquariums; I hadn't thought of that as I was going to have the overflow sent to me and then I would need to ship it to Custom Aquariums.

    Good luck with the rest of the build!
     
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    Yes, building and moving is a challenge! Kinda fun as well in a demented sort of way but still fun.

    Excited to see what you all do.
     
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    Excited to see how this turns out!

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    When I read the title, I was thinking Red Sea 450, now my new build feels inadequate some how ;)

    It looks like you have the same 100 gallon tank(Fleet Farm) I'm using for curing my rock?
     
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    The 100 gallon tank you are referencing, is that the cone shaped one? If so, do they stock that at Fleet Farm, do remember the ballpark cost?
     
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    The black one up against the wall with the drain. I paid about 87 dollars for mine.
     
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    The cone shaped one came from Runnings. They stock them and it was like $130 with the little stand. We have water running as of today. Filled the tank, re-leveled, made sure there were no leaks then just dumped close to the correct amount of salt in the sump. Hope to post more pictures with actual progress this weekend.

    RSnodgrass - Building sucks WAY more than I expected. I have managed several barn builds with tight timelines but when you are personally connected it changes the dynamic. It still doesn't seem real that we will actually be living in this house in two months.
     
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    (cough) 3-4 (o;
     
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    Funny on the 3-4 reference. Our current house is sold so we are official homeless March 1. We will probably be living in the basement for the 1-2 months while they finish it.

    We moved all the livestock on Friday. It went pretty good for as cold as it was outside. I have some SPS with some necrosis but I think most of them will recover. All the fish look good

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    Just have the halides over it now with old bulbs. My plan is to let everything adjust before putting new bulbs in. Im also going to hand two Radions to provide Moonlights and Dusk/Dawn. I am debating buying a PAR meter to understand where Im at with the change in type of lighting. Lots of putzy work in the fish room yet but at least we are moved.
     
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    Rations installed for supplemental light, PAR kit for apex installed. Will be doing some upstairs plumbing tonight.

    In the fish room: frag tank installed, kalk hooked up and Apex is all programmed

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    LOVE the aquascaping - crossing my fingers you will host a meeting at some point : )
     
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    OMG...who would drive all the way out here?
     
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    (Cough):D I'm probably closer then to the cities AND I'd bet there are a few more out in the sticks with us!
     
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    Great job!!!
    I like your priorities! Although... the cats seem less than impressed.
     

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