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    jgillards 150gal Tank Build

    I finally got mystand and tank moved into my living room.
    The tank:
    150 gallon 5' x 2' x 2' glass with dual 1 1/2" Durso overflows.
    The stand:
    Custom made 41" tall cabinet with solid maple doors.
    The canopy:
    3x250w PFO mini HQI pendants driven by ICECAP HQI ballasts with giesemann 14500K Megachrome Coral bulbs
    2x54w T5HO aquascience 22000K bulbs with Tek reflectors
    2xICECAP multi speed fans
    The Sump:
    75 gallon custom designed Sump with external return pump. Will utilize duplex system containing chaeto fuge & benthic zone.
    Equipment:
    2xVortech MP40w powerheads
    Poseidon P4 external return pump
    ASM G3 Modded Skimmer
    Substrate:
    This is going to be a bare bottom design.
    Location:
    My living room. I have reinforced the floor beneath tank for peace of mind.
    I had to drill the sump for the external pump. I used a 1" bulkhead. I had glass baffles cut at a glass shop and siliconed them in. I created the bethenic zone out of eggcrate. My lighting is not complete yet since my other two pendants are running on my current 75. They will be moved over to the new tank when the tank is ready.
    I am currently running the system with freshwater to make sure there are no leaks.

    Plumbing
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    I wanted to make sure that my plumbing was done right. I had the plumbing done by Tyler from BWI (Blue Water Irrigation)
    Not only was the service fast and professional but he did a fantastic job. I have added some pics of the plumbing to this post. If you are not sure of doing the plumbing yourself this is a fantastic way to make sure things get done right. There are no leaks and things work just as I wanted.

    My next step is to hook up my vortechs to make sure they work ok. Then I have to drain the tank and look into getting my liverock.

    I will try and keep this updated over time.
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    Equipment: 150 Gallon glass 60"x24"x24" | 75 Gallon Sump / duplex | 150lbs Indo live rock | MSX200 on order | 3x250w HQI Giesmann 14500K & 2x54w T5HO Aquascience 22K | 2 vortech WWDRO/DI

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    I installed the vortech pumps on my tank. They actually have a smaller footprint then I thought. I love how they take up so little space and are so controllable.

    The only issue I have is figuring out how best to mount the pump drivers as the controllers have such small mounting holes.

    The tank has passed my leak tests, so now it's time to drain the tank.
    Need to find some good quality liverock.
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    Equipment: 150 Gallon glass 60"x24"x24" | 75 Gallon Sump / duplex | 150lbs Indo live rock | MSX200 on order | 3x250w HQI Giesmann 14500K & 2x54w T5HO Aquascience 22K | 2 vortech WWDRO/DI

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    Those are nice pumps.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    looks good jeremy! Would you hurry up and get the LR, i want to see this tank running! hahahaha its going to be very nice when it is.

    Building Quality not Quantity

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    Looks good Jeremy.

    Can't wait to see the finished product.
    100G Reef
    Purple,Blue,Yellow and Sailfin Tangs.Damsel,Clown and Coral Beauty,Fosters Hawkfish.
    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgillard View Post
    I installed the vortech pumps on my tank. They actually have a smaller footprint then I thought. I love how they take up so little space and are so controllable.

    The only issue I have is figuring out how best to mount the pump drivers as the controllers have such small mounting holes.

    The tank has passed my leak tests, so now it's time to drain the tank.
    Need to find some good quality liverock.
    Coolest powerhead innovation I've seen in a long time. A little on the pricey side, but very neat.

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    The Vortechs are cheaper than the tunze units and I like them better. The wireless wave controller is pretty neat. (in my limited testing when I had some water in the tank)
    Equipment: 150 Gallon glass 60"x24"x24" | 75 Gallon Sump / duplex | 150lbs Indo live rock | MSX200 on order | 3x250w HQI Giesmann 14500K & 2x54w T5HO Aquascience 22K | 2 vortech WWDRO/DI

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    sounds like this is going to be a nice set up.


    keep the pics coming :b7:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    I love my vortech and I plan to buy another one.

    Keep the pics coming!!! :b2:

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