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Old 06-26-2011, 6:43 PM   #1
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Moeller 227 System Build

I moved into a new house about a year ago and was able to claim what would normally be a study as a fish tank room. The mechanical room will be in the unfinished basement, which will make the wife happy.

I don’t know how people can build a tank and find the time to do a good job logging the progress. The tank arrived in late March and to my amazement I still don’t have it fully up and running. I wanted to share with the club some of my progress.

Tank: 72 / 27 / 27 Perfecto/Marineland tank – Starfire front – since it was a custom anyway and Marineland builds its deep dimension tanks 27in high it supposedly wasn’t too much extra.

Stand: Dave – Grouper Therapy is building the stand




A friend's kids were over and thought it would be a good idea to put them in the tank...after about 15 secs I started to think better of it!



Basement mechanical area.

Below is my 90 gallon that I'll move over


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Old 06-26-2011, 8:26 PM   #2
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Wow, that is a great looking 90 gallon... awesome red monti.

I am looking forward to seeing this upgrade

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Building the sump stand and water storage stand. I found two 50 gallon acrylic tanks that I'll use as a refugium and frag tank. Each will have a dedicated drain line from the main tank. Those will filter into a larger sump below that will house a skimmer.




I put up Georgia Pacific Densguard (tilebacker) on the back wall. Lowes sells this stuff, but not Homedepot. Similar to cement board, but lighter and easier to use. I then painted the wall and stands with a two part epoxy.

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Wow you 90 is real nice can't wait to see how the larger tank looks with those huge corals

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Variable speed fan that can also be controlled by a humidistat.




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Old 07-09-2011, 9:15 PM   #6
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looking good Jeff going weds. and p/u the wood they had to order some in
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I taped out the dimensions of the tank and played around with the rock work. Settled with the two island look. I used Macro rock cement and a few zip ties. to hold things together.




Finally got water in the tank!

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Now that looks good bro, love the final rockwork

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Any updated pics?

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I should have the stand delivered tomorrow and I'll take some pics.

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I should have the stand delivered tomorrow and I'll take some pics.
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Rock work looks very nice.

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Rock work looks very nice.
Yup, rockwork is awsome.

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Rock work looks very nice.
Thanks, I can't wait to move some corals onto it and see how it fills out. One thing I did that I think turned out well was I cemented smaller rocks onto the bottom of two of the large show pieces. Essentially it gives the bigger rocks legs, which gave me a few extra inches height and creates some neat swim areas.

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I don't have the stand yet, so I'll give an update on the basement sump area.

I used two old 55 gallon acrylic tanks for my frag tank and refugium. Each has a dedicated drain from the main tank. I ended up going with Par 38 LED lamps over the frag tank after originally thinking I'd use T5 lights. I still have some work to do on creating some frag stands. Does anyone else run a bare bottom refugium? I have sand to add, but I'm just not sure it is necessary. Most of the pods seem to live in the algae anyway. I may add some rock instead.



The frag tank and refugium drain into the main sump, which holds about 80 gallons. I went with the ATB 1050a v1.5 for my skimmer. I was hoping to be able to try the new ATI Powercone, but the release date keeps getting pushed back.




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Dave did a great job on the stand, couldn't be happier.


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I'm glad you guys liked it. Your tank is well on it's way to awesome. You guys were super nice to work with . Thank you for the work!
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Stand looks awesome. Dave does wonderful work.

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Set up looks great. I like your set up in the basement - giving me some good ideas.

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