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PostSubject: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptySat Oct 12, 2013 9:22 am

Well, at the request of another member here, I am putting up my tank build. I was originally going to wait until the tank was set up in its entirety before putting my build thread together, but here goes.
The end result will be a 50 gal Rimless starfire display, draining through wall into a 55 gal sump, with a 8 gal frag tank, and a 20 gal ATO.  The 55 gal will have a Very large Fuge, part of the reason for buying the tank.
Equipment list right now is
Radion Light(display)
Apex(full) for control, with  DC8, EB8, BOB, WXM
MP10WES
Tunze and Eheim pump for water movement from tank to tank
Bubble Magnus NAC6 Skimmer
BRS carbon/gfo reactor
BRS dosing pump, running Kalk, separate from the ATO so I can control how much kalk I am putting in the tank.
2 heaters
OK, so on to the pictures:
The first week and a half after the move the tank was set up like this in a 55 gal drum:
DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) 20130926_202459_zpsb24126be

The hole in the tank lines up with the one in the wall:
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What the hole looks like without the tank in front of it:
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Some of the wiring and one pipe running in, I still have to get the rest of them run:
DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) 20131008_111118_zpsb11d7214
All of the electrical is mounted to the wall inside the fish closet, but I don’t have a picture of that right this second. More to come on that.

As the tank sits right now, it’s only about 70-80% full. I am going to top it off and run the sump that came with the tank for the next few weeks while I wait for the baffles for my sump. I was going to order them yesterday, but my Mom works for a guy who has sheets of plastic, so I am going to try and get them from her, but she doesn’t go in until Wednesday.  I’m putting the skimmer in the sump and running that so I have some sort of filtration until I finish the sump and plumbing.


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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptyThu Nov 07, 2013 3:13 pm

What's the EcoTech box on the shelf?
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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptyThu Nov 07, 2013 6:39 pm

Thats the ballast for the radion. Now its sitting in the fish room/closet. I'll be mounting it down the road. I actually have 4 things to mount now. I bought 2 BRS dosing pumps and I still need to mount the netgear wireless adapter and radion ballast.
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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptyTue Dec 31, 2013 1:55 pm

So I am finally getting around to updating my build. After I got the 50 nearly all set up, my wife gave me the green light to buy a bigger tank, partly because she wanted at least one tang and that was a no go in a 50 gal.
Upgraded my RO to a dual membrane setup:
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On which I am pulling nearly 90PSI!!
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First I moved the 50 over(drained about half the water first)
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Filled the First half of the tank with saltwater from my mixing barrel
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Then moved everything over after it was filled up(the process of filling it up, then running it by itself was also in there)
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The fish closet went something like this:
Empty 55 gal tank, and some of the equipment mounted on a board, which was mounted on the wall:
DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) 20131017_203012_zps8742ed57
Add some plumbing:
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And the skimmer, reactor, and dosing pumps:
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A picture of the skimmer(my Christmas present) while I had it on the 50(waiting to set up the 90 at the time)
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And of course my helper checking out the local fish store:
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Here is a few pictures of stuff when I first got it. It was delayed a day because the shipper crushed the box, bursting a plastic bag, leaking saltwater. So the pilot didn’t want to fly with a leaking box:
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Frogspawn:
Arrived(September 8th)
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Now:
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Hammer and Duncan:
Arrived(September 8th)
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Now:
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Arrived:
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Now:
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Here is a current picture of one of the other corals in my tank
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As it sits right now.
90 Main plumbed through the wall to a 55 gal DIY sump. 4 BRS dosers, only one used right now(Kalk), DIY ATO through APEX, 2 Radions-2: Gen 1’s-One with the TIR wide angle lens, 3 MP10WES, Eheim 1260(1262 volute on the shelf) throttled back for sending water to the fuge and ractor, Eheim Return pump, 2- 100w eheim heaters, Aquamaxx Cone 2 skimmer, 2 fish-Clown and a Blue Chromis, and 20 gal ATO reservoir with a direct line from the RODI-with an electrically controlled valve and mechanical valve as failsafes.
Plans/Stuff yet to do:
I have an EB4 on the way, and will start vodka dosing, and 2 part dosing. I am going to switch out the volute on my eheim and make it into a 1262, and drive my reactor, return, and fuge. I am thinking about replacing it all together with a DC pump instead. I am also going to order a cleanup crew for the new tank.
Eventually I will also buy a neck cleaner for the skimmer and buy window tint for the back wall(as I didn’t paint the tank) I didn’t paint the tank because the wife said it was fine with a clear background, then later said she wanted it blacked out. I have heard of using tint before, so I am going to go down that road. I only have to pull the back wall mp 10 off. I also need to program my apex for the solenoid on the ATO. It will be programmed to come on once a week for just enough time to fill the ato reservoir. This should prevent it from overfilling if the mechanical float valve breaks. I also intend to put a electronic float switch in the ato reservoir to cut power to the solenoid. Maybe also one to signal its empty. Also kicking around putting one in the skimmer lid so I know if it is overfull. Well that’s it for now. I will put up more pictures down the road.
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So recap, went from the 50(apartment) to the barrel to the 50 to the 90 in about 4 Months. I am ready to stop moving tanks!!!
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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptyFri Jan 03, 2014 10:16 am

Do you need more dosing containers? I got a couple of the slim ones from BRS that I'm not using anymore you can have.
What fish store was the pictures at?
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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptyFri Jan 03, 2014 10:37 am

Jeff,
I was just at petco. Was near by and swung in. I'm good for containers, but if you have one(for a spare), that would be great! I still have to mix up Ca/alk, set those dosers up, and set up the vodka doser. I'm not in too much hurry, since I have a low bio load and within capabilities of kalk.
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Did you ever get your Apex upgraded to Fusion?
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No not yet, I looked a few weeks ago and they are still beta testing. I want to wait a little longer. I'll probably do it the end of April, when I have a bigger break again.
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Dwo, how about an update with pictures? I would like to see the progress..
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I'll try and snap a few pictures tonight and post them tomorrow. I've been very busy lately!
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PostSubject: Re: DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal)   DWOlson's Rebuild of the 50 gal(now 90 gal) EmptySat Apr 05, 2014 12:42 pm

Ok, here's some pictures.
Here is a lawnmower blenny, he held still for the photo for a long time!
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Frogspawn and Hammerhead
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Duncans:
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Bought a feather duster for the Mrs:
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Picked up some zoas and mushrooms from another local. The mushrooms will end up in the tank at work
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Whole tank shot:
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Side shot, almost all the fish came up and were in this picture! They were hungry I guess:
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My larger than life clown:
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Still haven't painted my bar, but here is how everything is mounted:
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I haven't cleaned my skimmer in almost 2 months(14th will be 2 months) This is the level in my 5 gal bucket. I do plug the air intake every week and a half or so, to flush the hose though:
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My fuge is still growing:
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The fish room is getting a little cleaner:
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You can see the growth on the coral more on the side. I still have cyano, and ordered a Nitrite and Nitrate test kit that should be in next week. Looking at going from carbon dosing to a denitrator.
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Favia starting to color up. Most of the pictures past the least one are a bit hazy because my camera lens on my phone was dirty:
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The berghia are still in the tank and have cleaned off half the rock. Plus almost 2 other complete spots:
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Another FTS
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Hard to see, but here is the GSP growth; about 2 months (4/4/2014).
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On 1/28/14 This is what it started growing on the glass at:
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