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Old 07-31-2012, 12:41 PM   #61
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So awesome. Do you know how you are going to stock it yet?

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Old 07-31-2012, 6:16 PM   #62
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Your tank is going to be stellar.

I think all newbies should pay attention to the amount of thought and planning you have done....not to mention the patience. As a relatively young reefer myself, I know it's hard to take the amount of time needed to properly setup a tank. It's very tempting to take short cuts and race to the finish only to realize all the mistake one made along the way.

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Old 08-01-2012, 7:07 PM   #63
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Looks amazing! I wouldn't call that a tank and a sump, more like a mini ocean!!

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Old 08-03-2012, 2:44 PM   #64
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Found a potential problem with the manifold configuration. First pic is as it was, and I realized later looking at it that if one of the first two ball valve feeds ever leaked, they'd be dripping right onto the Hammerhead pump electrics. Not a good thing for a $400 pump. So the second pic is the manifold reconfigured so they will drip onto the floor if that ever does happen.
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Old 08-03-2012, 3:34 PM   #65
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You can't ever plan too much! Good thinking!

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Old 08-03-2012, 7:57 PM   #66
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LOL.. this thing is RIDICULOUS! And totally awesome! Go big or go home, and brother, you went BIG! I love it...
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:15 PM   #67
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Latest update. I filled the tank and got the water going through the overflow and sump. I must have done 45 PCV solvent weld connections with all the pipework and not a single one leaked. Overflow is good, sump holds water, tank holds water. I had the Hammerhead dialed back a good bit, but it really pumps. So I check it tonight and there is a small brownish puddle (read rust I guess) right under the volute of the Hammerhead. 45 watertight PVC connections and the pump leaks. So I disconnected it, and I'll call Reeflo on Monday. What a PIA. I had read some stuff about their QC not being the best lately, but many, many reefers use these. Oh well, I'll have them send me another. Their Customer Service is supposed to be very good.

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Old 08-04-2012, 11:07 PM   #68
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+1 on the customer service! A bearing went out in my dart and they sent me a refurbished pump next day air, no questions asked. great folks to deal with. I'll buy from them again if I ever need to go bigger!

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Old 08-09-2012, 8:03 PM   #69
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Reeflo sent me a replacement seal next day air, so I have had the pump back up and running for a couple days now. Everything is working well, and I am satisfied there are no leaks in the pump. I installed the Barracuda impeller, as it has a slightly lower flow than the hammerhead and uses about 100 watts less than the Hammerhead setup. I can actually run this pump full open and the overflow keeps up with it, but barely. I plan on running this as a middle-lower flow setup. I am currently draining the tank and sump.

Next up: I have 150# of Marcorocks Key Largo rock, 20# of Prime Cuts flat cut Marcorocks, and 10# of their aquascaping mortar coming to do a skeleton aquascape on the 465 gallon. I am going to do this dry. Then the plan is to fill the tank with RODI, make up the salt water, do a series of water transfers back and forth between the 300 and the 465, then when all is ready, transfer the corals and lights and live rock over in one swoop. I want to have open swimming space front, back and sides, and maybe do a series of bridge connected islands with the corals on the islands.

Finally, a couple other purchases for the new system: a 20 liter bucket of Seachem Matrix and an aquariumplants.com electric CO2 regulator. Supposedly the most accurate one out there. The Matrix should fill the bio chamber up to the 8.5" water level in the skimmer section of the sump. Pics below.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #70
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Dave just use 2 maxie jets one running water from the 300 to the 400 and vise versa save your self sum labor
Have you got a snorkel yet to reach the back parts of the tank

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Cureous if Bechtel will be floating in a barge to assit them while building the bridges? May be a little tight but I think the tank is big enough. :-)
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Old 08-18-2012, 4:34 PM   #72
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Update: as of right now, I have a water exchange system going between the 465 gallon and the 300 gallon reef. I am pumping water from the 300 into the 465, then siphoning water from the 465 to the 300. Small rate, maybe 25 gallons an hour or so.

Got the initital rockwork done. This is just a base to put all the other established LR and corals from the 300 on. Pic of the tank filling with RODI. Took 3.5 days to fill the tank/sump.

Next pic is a base for my reactors. Made this with some aluminum angle and some spare wood. The Vertex UF-20 reactors are a bit tall, and I was concerned about them tipping over. These bases allow them to slide into the holder and not be tipped over. Last pic is the reactors in position.

I have a temporary controller (RKL) hooked up, and will switch over to the RKE after the corals and fish get moved over.

Oh yea, made the decision to set the tank up bare bottom initially. I want to see the effect of massive water movement on the corals for a while, without the accompanying movement of substrate a shallow sand bed gives.

The bottom doesn't look too bad with a dark gray PVC bottom vs a glass bottom.

Also, I have a small cube tank plumbed into the sump as well. When I move the corals to the 465, I am going to stuff this cube full of extra LR from the 300 to act as a biofilter while the matrix is getting seeded. I'll either take it down after, or move the frag tank from the 300 system over to the new system later.
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Old 08-18-2012, 6:23 PM   #73
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:10 AM   #74
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amazing looking tank! and massive, i love it! wow!

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #75
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Been doing water exchanges between the old system and the new system over the weekend. I'll be moving the corals over today. I know I will have to remove most/all the LR to get the fish. They'll come after that.

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Old 09-01-2012, 5:49 PM   #76
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Dave's new monster tank video

I was a Dave's this afternoon to view his new monster 465 gallon tank. He has done a masterful job building the rock work out and adding some new corals.


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Enjoy! It's beautiful!

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Love it! It's missing something though....lol.
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Based on what I saw of your tank Joe, this is high praise indeed. :-) And based on the vid, I would have to agree with you. By the way, all those frags you gave me are doing great and I love them.

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I was a Dave's this afternoon to view his new monster 465 gallon tank. He has done a masterful job building the rock work out and adding some new corals.


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That is the nicest rock work I've seen in awhile!

Dave, you have to let me come see it in person some time. Or better yet, replicate it in my tank!

Nice work!
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That is the nicest rock work I've seen in awhile!

Dave, you have to let me come see it in person some time. Or better yet, replicate it in my tank!

Nice work!
Yup, I agree.....love it!
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