130g custom build

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by mediumrare, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Nice placement of the tank; lets you hide the inside of the overflow against the wall.
  2. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Plumbing dry fitting just about done. Just waiting for a pvc adapter to go from the pump (Aqua excel dc10000 with a max 2800 gph) to flex pvc. The pump uses British standard threading and those adapters are special order.

    I'm going to be running bean animal overflow. I still need to adjust heights of the pipes but at least it all fits in the 8x8 footprint.
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    I have a manifold coming off of the return pump to run a max of three reactors.[​IMG]
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  3. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Damn you did a good job with your plumbing. Very organized and space efficient.

    My next build will be like that too. Definitely learned all the mistakes of sump/cabinet design. I've currently got pipes and tubes sticking out all over the place and no room left for equipment.

    Where did you get that flex tubing?
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  4. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Impressive plumbing! Lots to fit in a small space.
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  5. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Thanks! You can get white flex pvc (formally called spa flex) at Home Depot. However there is also a black version that I've used in the past and you can get that online. Flies like regular PVC :) but it's not as flexible as you think. Required heat gun or gas stove to get really flexy.
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Buy the black stuff at Ewing irrigation. Like 25% the price of depot.
  7. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    they're far from where i live. with gas and or shipping HD is cheap enough for the couple of feet i need :p
  8. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Final adapter for return pump has arrived today and i'll start filling it with RO water this evening. Cross your fingers for no leaks. :D
  9. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    First 40 gallons of ro in!

  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I just meant other people. You've already obviously done a great job!
  11. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    This build, as any is not without minor setbacks. After 40 gallons of RO in the display i found a small leak going into the internal overflow. No big deal, per manufacturer's suggestion, i added some more silicone to the area and now i wait for it to set 48 hrs..
  12. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Canopy looks good! Will hang after rocks go in. [​IMG]
  13. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Whatd you make the canopy out of?

    Light material since its hanging?
  14. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    No, it's made out of the same material as the stand. 3/4" maple hardwood and 1/2" maple ply Without the lights it's under 40lbs.
  15. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Looking sleek and sexy!
  16. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    So an update and a rather drastic change of events.
    We've decided to postpone setting up the tank due to house hunt. Doesnt make any sense to fill this thing up and start it up if i have to break it down and move it in a few months.

    Stay tuned...
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  17. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Enjoy the house hunt! Make sure to keep an eye out for the perfect tank location in the new places you explore!
  18. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Good luck with finding a house!
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  19. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    I am sure the empty tank will sit there and bother him....it would bother me. Fill me, fill me : )
  20. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Well, finally some movement.

    We've had our offer accepted on a house and are now going through escrow and inspections. Assuming things move without huge speed-bumps we'll be moving in October. I have an inspection with a structural engineer today to look at the house and also scope out a spot for the tank and any necessary upgrades to accommodate it.
    We will also be having an electrician install a separate circuit for the tank.

    stay tuned!
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