View Full Version : Brian's 240g build

07-07-2008, 9:43 PM
been a week since construction started. this tanks former owner was HumaHuma, he made it all possible :)

Im being rather anal about everything, havent even started plumbing everything, but the electrical is done, finished the closet with drywall, took down the drywall in front, painted and sealed everything, tank is in its place. I laid out the piping tonight and noted the missing peices I have to pick up tomorrow.

anyway, heres my electrical solution, I added a second jumper box off the first, 2 20amp breakers for the tank; each wired to a dual 20amp GFCI outlet.

moving back to the front room, its in the main basement room, with the bar and such. utilizing a small closet under the stairs for equipment.

overview of where things are

the tank, needs a scrubbing, dried algea and salt gunk.

the sump, it was a wet/dry sump full of plastic bioballs, I removed those, opened up the top with a router, and added 2 more baffles for a bubble trap out of 1/4" cast acrylic.

this is all of the equipment that came with the tank, from left to right, D&D skimmer, skimmate collector, phosban reactor, nitrate reactor. Im going to run my current skimmer in the sump as well to help out.

2 little giant 3 pumps, 1 for the return, 1 for the equipment.

another angle of everything. plan is to build the wall around the tank, including a canopy over the tank up to the ceiling, which will obviously cover the large hole in the wall that will let me have limited access to the back of the tank, between the beams anyway. wall is load bearing, so it cant go. youll notice 2 different carpets there, this was formerly 2 seperate rooms, the wall had to go :p. hardwoods are coming soon.

all said and done, I expect a total volume of 240g display, 75g fuge, 55g auxilary water change reservior, 30? gallon sump. for a total of around 400gallons.

07-08-2008, 7:47 AM
Wow! Looks like this is going to be a great setup.

07-11-2008, 4:47 PM
what a time to get strep throaght(cant even spell it...)

and Ive also reached the stage where you need the little things you cant plan for.

waiting on a saddle for a drain pipe in the ceiling so I can hook into that. and unfortunatly my plans of using an eheim external hard plummed have fallen through when I found out its all metric...

so another pump is needed, what the hell its only money right?

07-11-2008, 5:56 PM
Ares, that is one hell'a build. Im tagging along on this thread. Pleazzz keep us posted with some pics. thanks

07-11-2008, 5:57 PM
are you gonna build or keep contaiers for tolp off and mixing? where are you gonna keep them? a seperate unbuilt closet perhaps?

07-14-2008, 9:59 AM
the rubbermaid you see on the top right shelf in the closet is a salt mixing loop. plumbed directly to the sump. it has a standpipe in it to the sump, then it has a 2nd bulkhead in the bottom which connects to a dual function pump. it either suck from sump and over the side, or it sucks from the 2nd bulkhead in the container, pumps to the drain. day to day it does the first setup, water change day I swap the valves and let it empty the container to the drain. fill it back up, mix salt(if you managed to understand the valve setup without a pic, youd see I can operate it a a closed loop to mix it as well.) then when mixed, loop it back to the sump and makes for a nice gradual water change. sump/display/fuge never affected, no water levels changed. hopefully easy to do also; the pump Im using is a mag 9 from my current tank though; and I need a saddle on its way in the mail for the drain. till that comes I cant plumb that, so no pics to help you see it.

anyway, there is also a 2nd rubbermaid on the floor out of sight, that is the fresh water ATO supply.

I need to get a pump with some huevos though, minijet 402 or whatever cant even pump 6 feet horizontal lol.

07-14-2008, 10:30 PM
ughhh refinishing this stand is going to be the death of me...

the doors are murder... so much cherry oak in the basement, it was either refinish this or refinish about 8 things.

no rush, the tank is still filling. 24 hours and I got the 5" of sand and a good 6" of water on top of that. only ummm 13" to go; wednesday maybe. filled the sump before, soon as the tank is done I can kick it on and get it running.

got the drain fittings in the mail today as well.

Im thinking this tank will get cycled by fish unfortunatly. lawnmower blenny thats got to go somewhere, Im guessing a 4" lawnmower blenny wont be able to make much of a dent in 400g as far as ammonia goes though.

07-16-2008, 6:11 PM
my wiring leaves much to be desired. 2 koralias are dead thanks to a 240v incident... still figuring out how the outlet is running 240v...

07-16-2008, 9:18 PM
update: finished the stand tonight, well almost, I have to put some polyurethane over it still, but its stripped and stained. tank is almost full of water, sand is in. the back room is about 80% plumbed. I also polished the tank inside and out with the ol portercable random orbital and some merzerna polish lol. did an insane job on it. I just got right into the tank and sat there for the best angle. quite roomy in there infact.

I need to finish the plumbing, build the top of the stand, aquascape the rockwork for it, and hook up the lighting.

its getting there though...

07-17-2008, 6:36 PM
the hits keep coming lol.

seems the return lines dont stay over the water level. so as Im running RODI into the display all night wondering why the tank isnt full, its actually trickling backwards into the sump the whole time.

well, return pump is on now, which keeps the flood at bay temporarily.

Big D
07-21-2008, 9:33 PM
Can't really tell where your returns are, but an easy fix for that would be to drill a small syphon break hole in the bottom side of the elbows on the top of your return pipes. That way when the water drains down to that point, it will suck air and stop the syphon from pulling anymore water from the tank.


07-22-2008, 9:53 AM
yeah, it wasnt really a syphon, basicly the existing syphon hole was a good 3-4" under the water line. equates to a good 40gallons of water waiting to flow back, syphon or no syphon. its just 40g of water that can happily go downhill.

I plugged up that hole and bent the locline to get it out of the water.

things are coming along, some bulkheads were leaking but they seem to have sealed themselves at this point, Im not going to question it. I have to plumb the drain still, Im building the canopy, which is 50% done, and I have to order some lift mechanisms for the doors. hook up lighting... add salt... 3, maybe 4 years and it should be ready.

10-07-2008, 4:47 PM
here it is today

needs more light on it, to be corrected very shortly. no algea problems*knock on wood*. havent had anything leak today... its the most hassle free and best looking tank Ive ever managed to have.

heres the fuge with a 120$ light off ebay, it sucks, but it gets the job done.

10-07-2008, 4:50 PM
I like how its looking! Keep us updated!

10-07-2008, 4:54 PM
THat foxface looks like a tiny dot in that huge thing.

10-07-2008, 5:15 PM
It looks really small! I like how the LR is split in the middle also. I suck at aquascaping!

10-15-2008, 2:44 PM
here it is, the final product.

took a few months, conservative estimate of around 4grand, maybe 5. 1000 for most of what you see, the little things I added are where the money went.

full tank shot in its present form. hard to get a clear shot, I pulled out the tripod and all, but the lighting makes it freakin impossible. if anyone has some tips on how to shoot a dark room when the sand is reflecting so much, let me know. canon rebel is what Im using.

assorted corals, blue on the right is an unnamed SPS, next over is an ORA Red Planet SPS, then an ORA orange/yellow/purple birdsnest, then an unknown green SPS.

heres a pic of a unnamed two tone *firetip, not sure that name is quite accurate, but I love it anyway* anenome with my picasso clown fish who lives in there. waiting for him to let my other clownfish in with him... he's being an *** about it.

full shot of the right side island. from the left, ORA green birdsnest, green digitada, and another ORA coral that I cant remember the name of, maybe one of you recognize it. below is a green galaxy(they tell me it stings like a *****, I have not touched it), pink **** to the bottom right is pom pom xenia. grew like a weed in my old disgusting tank, it took a while to perk up to the new clean water, but its starting to come back

close up of the red planet, I love this one.
green birdsnest, same thing
another one... you can see how the ORA stuff has alot of vibrant colors, tim is gonna bankrupt me with this stuff. all this ORA stuff went into the tank an hour ago.
1900watts of light, 4 250w MHs, 8 48" 110w VHO bulbs.
my skimmer, got this badboy off ebay. I got it used for 650 OTD.
me misusing photoshop.

10-15-2008, 2:54 PM
sweet man, looking good!

10-15-2008, 3:07 PM
where did you get the clown fish from? very nice tank

10-15-2008, 3:29 PM
that is a nice skimmer :D

10-15-2008, 3:40 PM
where did you get the clown fish from? very nice tank

tim at keens reef. thats the picasso, the snowflake didnt make an appearance there

this skimmer is a beast tito! I think its still breaking in for me, its getting lots of foam, lots of skimmate, but its not getting over into the cup, or when it does it pours over. needs to settle down a bit.

10-15-2008, 4:05 PM
COOL AMN! I love how your tank is looking and coming along. Where you at the meeting? I would have loved to meet you.

10-15-2008, 4:21 PM
unfortunatly not, never been to one actually. I work late hours on odd days. and then I end up with days off, like today. so I can go spend my whole paycheck at tims.

10-15-2008, 4:48 PM
Well maybe I will meet you at Keen Reef's someday!