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Old 03-03-2014, 7:55 PM   #1
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Russ' Build Thread (220 Display and Sump Room)

I had a tank years ago, spent a lot of money, but never got it setup how I wanted it. When the economy tanked, my pump died so I shut it down.

Now I am in the process of setting it up correctly. This weekend I was in stalling a ceiling fan an noticed an issue that will set me back about a month and cost me some serious $$$.


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YEP TERMITES!!!


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Old 03-04-2014, 7:25 AM   #2
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that sucks man but im glad you're getting to set up the tank right this time good luck
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Old 03-04-2014, 9:29 AM   #3
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Since I discovered termites, and have to go back to ground zero, I will document the construction as I go. The pest control service comes a week from Friday 3/14/2014 and will drill through the slab and into the dirt every 12" for 10' from the point of infestation to apply chemicals. Once this is complete, I will take time to re-paint the room and Epoxy the floor before I install any equipment. This will delay putting water in the tank, but I think it will benefit me in the long run. After all the only thing that happens quick in this hobby is death.

My Sump room is hidden behind my bar located in my basement approximately 16' below the top of my display tank and 40' away. This required extensive plumbing before the basement was finished. In this picture you can see the entry door, but in person it is much less visible. Actually, people have been in my Bar/Theater many times and never knew it was there until I showed it to them.



The entry wall is double framed, which allowed me to seal the room off with an exterior door behind the hidden entry doors.


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Old 03-04-2014, 9:32 AM   #4
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Space is an issue for me right now, especially since I need to move a lot of equipment out of the room. Currently my rock is laid out in my garage floor so to make some much needed space, tomorrow I am going to Aquascape my tank.


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Looking pretty good. I love the hidden door for the sump room.

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The rock is stacked and the Epoxy is drying.









Now a good vacuum and the inside of the tank will be complete (well, I will need to add some sand, but not until it cycles)


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Really nice rock scape, very random and original, lots of facets for corals and area for fish to be interesting swimming around, well done!

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Really nice rock scape, very random and original, lots of facets for corals and area for fish to be interesting swimming around, well done!
Thanks man. Too bad it will be a LONG time before I get water & fish in it. I'm sick that I have to tear everything out of my sump room and start over.

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I had a bitter sweet weekend. I had to tear out all the work I have done over the past couple months and tear out the bottom 15" of wall so the termite company can treat.

While tearing out the wall, I noticed one of the 2.4 studs was eaten and weak so I cut it out and replaced it with PT. Thankfully the wall was not load bearing. I only cut out 23" of the 2x4 and wedged the new one in.

This is a picture of the wall removed and you can see the floor sump and sink plumbing. The thing that looks like a dryer vent allows fresh air to enter the room from outside. I am not sure the science of how it works, but it does.


Here you can see the termite eaten 2x4 I had to replace... UGH!!!


The PT 2x4 on the right is wedged so tight it will never allow the upper plate to sag.


The 2x4 on the left is the nailer to keep everything in place and give me a straight plane to replace my wall.

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This has been a VERY FRUSTRATING 6 week. I have been working on the build, but the termites have created a HUGE setback.

Last week I removed everything from my sump room, including the huge 650lb sump. You wont believe how I moved it.

I filled all the nail holes in the walls, sanded all the walls prepping them for paint... Monday I used a hand grinder to grind the pealing/chipping paint off the concrete floor and Wednesday I epoxy coated it.

Moving my sump seemed like an impossible task. It is tightly set between two walls, sets flush to the floor, and weighs about 600lbs. A friend and I tried to get it to budge, but it did not want to cooperate. So, I got an Idea.

I had a friend come and help, but quickly realized, I could do it on my own.

First I cut 2x4's to set flush to the inside edge of the sump.




Then I strapped the 2x4's to another 2x4 I placed between the ceiling joists




Finally I ratcheted it up set it on furniture dollies and wheeled it out of the sump room.




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After I got everything out I ground down the floor, painted the floor with Epoxy Coat

You can see the original floors in the pictures above, here they are ground and painted.




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thats your sump?!? how tall is that thing? looks around 4' or so.

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thats your sump?!? how tall is that thing? looks around 4' or so.
Yes, it is 4' x 8' x 2'

The size is RIDICULOUS!!! I have regret :-)

I have another Topoff/mix tank that is 4' x 4' x 2'

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I painted the room from a yellow/cream white to a more pure white and I started to paint the cabinets.

Below are a few pictures of the painted room and floor before I moved stuff back in and a picture of one cabinets moved back in. The tank on top of that tall cabinet will be my QT tank. I am not 100% how I will maintain it, but that is a topic for another day.






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Any specific reasons for the sump being that big? I saw that the sump room is a good distance down and away from the tank. Is that the reason perhaps? I'll be interested to see how the build comes along!

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Im totally confused about the sump too. How are you going to reach the bottom? Are you going to use your standard equipment in it? (skimmer, reactors, etc) or do you have other plans?

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I made the sump big because I had space and money. It does help with water stability (heat and salinity).

The skimmer and pumps are external so the sump only holds water probes and float valves. The display is a very long ways from the sump so I have a large pump. My skimmer is 6' tall and I have a chiller that sits outside under some stairs.

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Wow..this thing is already sounding impressive. I can't imagine a skimmer that I'd need a ladder to service it..I'll definitely be tagging along on this thread

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I made the sump big because I had space and money. It does help with water stability (heat and salinity).

The skimmer and pumps are external so the sump only holds water probes and float valves. The display is a very long ways from the sump so I have a large pump. My skimmer is 6' tall and I have a chiller that sits outside under some stairs.

That makes perfect sense!

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That makes perfect sense!

LOL!!! I guess it does.

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