180g New House Build

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  1. Ben Nicholls

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    Time to start a new tank build. I'm moving to a new house this week and taking the opportunity to upsize from a 110g 5' tank to a 180g 6' tank.

    Yesterday I ordered the new tank from New Wave. Also picked up a used 75g for the sump.

    The tank is going to be in the living room. On the other side of the wall is a laundry room closet which will become the sump closet.

    The living room needs to be recarpeted so I'll have to wait for that before I start the build.

    Anyone have a good suggestion for a protective mat between the stand and the carpet?
     
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    I have used carpet remenents in the past. If the stand base is 24 x 72 (for example), i cut the remenant about 1/4 - 1/2" smaller on each side, then when the tank is filled with water it just sinks into the carpet and is unseen.

    I have also used runner rugs if you have one that matched your living room it can look nice.
     
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    I'll add to H2OHOH's suggestion...
    If you can get a remnant from the new carpet and cut it just oversized (as stated above), it will "disappear" somewhat and not be noticeable. Now... if you add a layer of plastic or thin rubber pond liner between the layers of carpet, it'll help prevent minor water leaks and spills from ruining the new carpet flooring. If you have a gusher, nothing will save the carpet anyways.
     
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    No need to do anything I'd say only because the carpets will never match down the road if the tank is moves
     
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    Picked up the tank and stand today from New Wave. I had them drill it and install the overflows. I also have a 70g for the sump. Just need to wait for the carpet installation later this week and I can start the setup.

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    Looking nice Ben. Keep us updated.
     
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    Ah heck, I didn't put a name to the face. I was one of the guys who helped move that thing into your truck today.
     
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    Looking forward to watching it progress into something awesome!
     
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    This weekend the plumbing starts.
     
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    Dry fitting the plumbing.

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    Also cut and framed the pass through hole to the sump in the laundry room. Of course there is a copper pipe right in the middle of it. I should be able to work around it.

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    Initial plumbing done. now for the leak test.

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    Mess of hoses that will need organizing.

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    Waiting for it to fill with tap water.

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    Provided it passes, next comes the long fill with RO.
     
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    Your tanks new Halloween costume...
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    Bulkheads are leaking. Mainly the ones connecting the overflows to the tank. Don't have any wrench that opens to 3" so I ordered one. Probably need it again and they are only $16. Draining the tap water now. Next, hook up the RO filter and start making water.

    One nice thing, the COR-20 pump is almost completely silent. Hard to even tell it is on. The overflows on the other hand are nice and loud. I'll be able to adjust that once I add the gate valves to the full siphon drain lines.

    Other tasks are organizing the hoses on the sump side, and partitioning off part of the sump for an ATO reservoir. Also going to paint the back today.
     
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    I think I found out why the overflow bulkheads were leaking. The gaskets were in the wrong place. According to Eshopps' install video the middle gasket goes on the outside of the tank between it and the exterior box. It was installed inside the tank between it and the interior overflow. I suppose someone was following the standard "gasket goes on the wet side" rule rather than following the direction. No big deal, that's what leak tests are for.

    The back is painted now and all the plumbing hooked back up. Now for the long RO fill. Next comes hose organization and gluing in the ATO partition in the sump.
     
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    Sump hosing has been tamed and I have some live rock in the tank now to start cycling. I also got the AI lighting rail set up. Next comes putting together the screen top and attaching the 2 new hydra 52-HD lights. Two more will come from the old tank after I move things over.

    When I go over and do maintenance on the old tank this weekend I'll bring over a few rocks from that tank and a few cups of sand.

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    So jealous of those that have a fish room behind/below the display tank.
    What else are you keeping in that back room?

    Each time I see that copper pipe running through the opening, I can't help but think that if it's a cold water line how you could use a saddle valve and hook up your RODI unit right from there. But I'm sure Murphy installed a gas line through there instead.
     
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    Fairly sure it is water, but I am putting the water changing station and RO in the basement. More room for the 2 30g water storage containers.

    Got the lights mounted and did some initial rock stacking. Still bringing over some rock from the old tank so the arrangement will change.

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    Most of the corals are moved now. All of them are looking much happier in the new tank. Some were struggling in the old one and are now fully open. Fish start getting moved this week. I need to get all out of the old tank so I can move the Apex and other two Hydras over.

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    Still have that cabbage looking coral? ;)
     
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    You'll have to be more specific, do you happen to remember what it was called? :D


    First 3 fish move over last night and the last of the corals. All looking good so far. Plan is to move 2 fish every other day and be able to take down the old tank this weekend.
     
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