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120 Gallon Rimless in Lake Jackson

blfuller123

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Been lurking here on the MARSH forum since we moved down here from Dallas about 4 years ago. I have had multiple tanks over the last 20+ years. Its been almost 8 since my last one and after a couple of moves, we decided to get another tank. I was originally looking at doing another larger tank but ultimately decided on a rimless 120 for now. The tank will be a mixed reef and i'll be posting here as I get it together.

The tank is a Planet Aquarium, the stand is being built and will be painted the same color as the trim and molding in my house. The stand will be 40 inches tall and will have a compartment on the side with it own door to keep electronics away from the other equipment. I should have the tank and stand delivered in about two weeks. I picked up about 90 pounds of base rock and sand for the tank yesterday. Ill pick up some live rock once I get water in the tank.

The last tank I had in my living room used big reeflo pumps that were loud and generated a lot of heat. I an trying to keep this tank as quiet as possible and not needing chiller so I am using all DC pumps and LEDs Did some on line shopping and got most of the equipment ordered and it should have it here by the end of the week. I will have 3 Kessil A360s for lighting, a reef octopus 202 classic skimmer, eshops sump with a Neptune COR 20 return pump, Apex system and ATO. I also have a lot of misc. things coming needed to get everything going (RODI, test kits etc.)

Its amazing how much equipment has changed since I had my last tank. I did have an Apex on my last tank when they first came out. It looks like they have changed a lot since then but it looks like changes that make things easier.

I do have a CNC router and have built most of my sumps/skimmers/reactors in the past. This time I have purchased the sump and skimmer out of convenience. I am sure at some point I will be building pieces again.

My wife and I are really looking forward to having a tank in the house again.
 

sneezebeetle

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Welcome, we are glad your not lurking anymore and have come out to share your plans with us!

So what are your stocking plans for fish and coral?

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blfuller123

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Welcome, we are glad your not lurking anymore and have come out to share your plans with us!

So what are your stocking plans for fish and coral?

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As far as corals, will be more LPS than anything. Fish will do some anthais, a tang or two and will be looking for a pair of maroon clowns. I have had a pair of maroons in every tank I've had and will do it with this one too.

Spent the day getting a water line run from the laundry room, to where the tank is going to be. Was hot in the attic but it's done now.


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blfuller123

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I picked up this mixing station today and got it put into the laundry room.

I always wanted a way to do a continuous water change system. Is anyone using the apex dosing pumps as an AWC? If so, will they pull/push water with about 10ft of head pressure? If the will, I could run the lines through the wall and attic back to my laundry room.



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blfuller123

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Most of my equipment arrived this week. The stand is finished and it and the tank will be delivered this week. I decided to pull tubing through the walls for the continuous water change so a couple more misc fittings and that will be ready to go. I started making up water. The dry rock I have is now in saltwater with bacteria. I dont have a lot left I can do until the tank gets here but I'll be busy next weekend.


 

steveb

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I picked up this mixing station today and got it put into the laundry room.

I always wanted a way to do a continuous water change system. Is anyone using the apex dosing pumps as an AWC? If so, will they pull/push water with about 10ft of head pressure? If the will, I could run the lines through the wall and attic back to my laundry room.



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I'm not sure on the Neptune dosing pumps. They should have posted specs for the push/pull distance, vertical lift etc.

A lot of folk use the dual head Stenner pumps. You would just plug it to your APEX power bar with an oscillate command.


 
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blfuller123

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Thanks for the info Steve. I have the DOS and will give it a try. If it doesnt work like I want then I will probably go with one of the Stenner Pumps, those look really nice.
 

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It’s all looking good!

Nice equipment choices.


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blfuller123

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The only piece of equipment left to arrive is the kalk stirrer. Spent the day yesterday getting most of the apex programmed and the pumps and switches configured.

I may see if I can pickup the tank and stand tomorrow. If I can, I just need to connect the drains to the sump and the return lines and it will be ready for water.

I got some bulkhead type JG fittings for the fresh water top off and continius water change. They are now in a blank wall plate all connected up. Here is how they come through the wall behind the tank.


 

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Wow. That looks great.


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blfuller123

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Picked up the tank yesterday and got all the wiring and most of the plumbing in. After that got the sand and base rock in and got it filled. Spent the day finishing things up, the only thing to get connected is the water lines for the continuous water change. The water has pretty much cleared up now.






 
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blfuller123

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Found out the hard way the Tunze Osmolator can and will create a siphon if the reservoir is higher than the sump. Came home to an empty freshwater reservoir and an overflowed sump.

Got that mess cleaned up and added a high sump level switch to the apex. Did some research and found if the reservoir is higher than the sump, to put the top off line to the tank overflow above the waterline so it cannot create a siphon.

I had added ammonia the day before but after the infusion of the entire freshwater top off, that kinda screws up my benchmark. I checked ammonia last night and it was down. Once it zeros out I'll bump it to 2 again and start over.

We added another 20 pounds of live rock yesterday. Today I added magnetic door switches to the stand so the refigium light turns on when the doors are opened. My uniseals came in for the water barrels so I'll probably start getting those lines today for the continuous water change setup. Once that's done, I will look for some type of cable management for all the wiring electronics side of the stand.

I pretty much have the light and wave maker programs set the way I like them. Here is the tank as of this morning.

 

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ugh I know that feeling. Had the same thing happen on my frag tank.
 
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blfuller123

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Got the continuous water change up and running. I'll keep a close eye on it the next couple of days. The DOS is the loudest piece of equipment I have.

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