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#1 Sacrifice

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

After many many weeks of blood sweat and tears I've finally managed to finish building my stand and plumbing my very first SW setup. I'll try my best to update this thread on a regular basis along with pictures and findings.

I'll begin by listing my equipment that's running on the current setup.


*40g Breeder tank Drilled with custom built overflow box made by yours truly
*Overflow uses the Herbie design which utilizes an emergency overflow. (So far this is dead silent and is working well)
*Custom built stand with 3 doors to allow access to sump. My beautiful wife did an amazing job painting it as well.
*20g Long sump with 3 different section. (Return pump, Refugium, Filter Sock & Skimmer)
*Hydor Seltz L40 Return Pump
*SCA 302 Protein Skimmer
*Filter sock
*Maxi jet 1200 powerhead (temporary)
*Aqueon Pro 100w heater
*About 15lbs of Live Rock
*About 25lbs of Dry Reef Saver Rock
*Dry Sand Oolite (sugar fine)
*36" Quad T5HO Light Fixture from Fishneedit.com. (2 Actinic & 2 14k)



And now the pictures.

Feel free to leave some comments and suggestions.

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All 4 bulbs are running here.

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Running only the 2 Actinics

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I didn't put the skimmer in until last night.

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Ignore the blue tape I was checking if I had any leaks when I unplugged the return pump.

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#2 eatfood

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

perfect - get a bunch of socks and change them out often. check out glass holes.com - they have a 1/2" return kit that would make this even cleaner than it already is (I used it on my reef if you want to see pictures).

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

I'm currently using 5/8" hose that runs into one of these. It's fairly clean looking but I understand that drilling the tank for a return would be a better option, but so far I'm happy with this. Since these pictures I've also moved it and it now lays flat on the rim of the tank instead of standing up like it is in those pictures. LOL, also just realized that in the pictures I had a piece of tubing holding it up higher. I was doing that for a fail safe until I could get around to drilling a hole in it to break the siphon in a case of power outage.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

yeah those are nice returns too. did you build the acrylic overflow? - super nice

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

nice man! as bright as a football stadium!lol j/k
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

nice build Sacrifice :D keep it up
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

Great work man, looks good!

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

Thanks guys. I did build the overflow myself. I purchases a sheet of acrylic and made the bends using a torch then I used a table saw to cut the teeth in it.


Also wanted to mention that I'm only about 1/2 a week in and I'm already really seeing the need for an Auto Top off system. I'm amazed at how much RO I have to add every single day. I'm adding about 3/4 of a gallon per day at the moment, does that sound right?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

autotopoff.com is who I used - best money spent on the reef

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Wow that is an amazing setup. :) cant wait to see what sorta stock you put in it.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

autotopoff.com is who I used - best money spent on the reef


I agree. Thought i suggest taping up all the electrical components in bags as water got on and fried my first relay.

Your setup looks nice and clean. I look forward to its progression. I also like your sump design as it will allow plenty of room for a big skimmer later. So far it looks like your planning for the future and not cutting corners now which is good. Do you have the skimmer yet or are you running a refuge down there for a bit?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

I purchased a SCA 302 skimmer with the sump...at the time I was told that it was a Bubble Magus....not paying attention I bought it anyway. I set it up last night and it's running great, or at least to my knowledge it's working.

Cluster you mentioned taping up the electrical components, are you referring to the plugs and power strips?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

from what I have read those SCA skimmers are basically Bubble Magus, same pump just cost less :thumbsup:. nice choice - I love my BM

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

SCA are supposed to be great skimmers for their price.

I am talking about primarily taping up the back relay box if you get a kit from autotopoff.com.

For taping you dont need to do the powerbar if you can locate it where it wont get spashed but the relay on the ato is about 1ft from the float so it hangs down the back of my sump which means water could drip down the chord onto it. IMO it should have a longer lead cord to locate it in a better place but will be fine to just tape a bag over. I use a fish bag cut in height then taped tight with electrical tape. I currently have all my electricals taped up this way as my electricals are all under the tank. The wires were not long enough for a drip loop so I didnt want anything getting fried if water got spilled down the back as the power bar is on the floor. Ideally you should elevate the powerbar and do drip loops.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

never had any problems with my relay getting wet - but probably not a bad idea to take extra precautions

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

Looks great so far.

And I have the same ato. Alls youd have to do is get some speaker wire and add some length to the wires. That way you could put the box where ever
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Another ato option is avast marine and aquahub for ATOs

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:16 AM

I picked up an ATO from autotopoff.com and so far I'm loving it. Man not sure how I lived without one of these things.

Updated pix coming this weekend. I believe that I'm starting to get some red slime algae near some of of my lower current areas.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:01 PM

Ya ATOs are great to limit work and don't cost too much anyways. Check phosphates and nitrates if you are getting algae problems. Where you making your own RODI water?

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:50 PM

Very nice clean looking set up. If you are looking for supplies try Bulk Reef Supply. I used to use them all the time when I had my reef set up. All the hardcore guys a reefcentral use them. Good prices. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/
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