500 gallon reef tank build

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  1. reef_guru

    reef_guru Finback Whale

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    well the time has come to design a 500 gallon system for sps corals. i have way to much to list for the first post but will add later. the dimensions are 72Lx54Wx30H with a coast to coast overflow. the drawings will help describe the plan to be completed. due to its size acrylic is chosen, glass would be to heavy. schedule 80 heavy duty bulkheads for the system. the tank will have 1 1/4" sides with eurobracing the red is the tank borders, the pencil is the rock formation.

    pumps: 2 closed loop, 1 chiller, 1 system
    drains: 6
    intake: 5 on the overflow, 5 along the ridge towards the front
    sump: 90
    refuge: 70
    rock: nuked
    sand: nuked, may go bb
    tubines: tunze 6200x4 with controller
    reactor: my creation
    PO4/Si: reactor
    skimmer: probably life reef but have a 5' cs8-5-rc on standby
    lights: 6' 3 mh 400w 6 actinic with 4' 2 mh 400w 4 actinic

    enough for now

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  3. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    wow is this yours or are you building it for someone? you're gonna post pics, right?
  4. ssgheislerswife

    ssgheislerswife Ritteri Anemone

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    That is AWESOME!!! We can't wait to see it go up!

    Gin
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    WOW cool. Look forward to seeing more and getting details

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  6. bmshehan

    bmshehan Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    Amen! Good luck!
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    reef_guru Finback Whale

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    the tank is going to go in my living room, and your worse than luna, i just posted two pics and already your demanding more, wow.

    regarding this tank build, if anyone has any input good bad or indifferent please feel free to chime in.
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  9. geekdafied

    geekdafied 3reef Sponsor

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    That so0o0o0o0o0o needs to be viewable on 3 sides!
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    reef_guru Finback Whale

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    yup sure does, wouldnt do it justice if you couldnt. the half wall seperating the kitchen and living romm that its going against is 12'x5' so your not only going to be able to see it from the sides but also from the top.
  11. KOgle

    KOgle Zoanthid

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    What kind of pumps are you going to use guru? That's A LOT of water to move... ;D

    Can't wait to see this get going.
  12. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    In reality, the pics that you posted dont count. Paper drawings dont count as pics, plz refer to ORD. 66-15. If that was allowed, then instead of taking pics with my camera, I'll just have my 5 yr old daughter draw how she sees the tank.:hehe: But seriously, cant wait to see this dream set up, set up and running. I hope you will be taking pics as you go and posting them.;D A list of equipment would be nice too. lol I live fearlessly through you my friend.....lol Keep us posted. Luna
  13. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Nice. Graph paper should count for something. :)

    GURU -

    How will you handle evaporation? Humidity?
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    Otty Giant Squid

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    About time we see you back posting again. Glad work has calmed down a bit so you can indulge in your hobby more.
  16. jbaker

    jbaker Feather Duster

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    That's awesome guru. Tell me how you convinced your wife to let you do it. My wife said I can't have a bigger tank until we get in another house and we are nowhere near that. Something about setting it up and then having to tear it down and blah blah blah blah. Her mouth kept moving but I could't hear anything anymore. Karma to you man.
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    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    LMAO..........I almost pissed in my pants. Reminds me of Charlie Brown's teacher.......blah....blah....blah. Luna
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    reef_guru Finback Whale

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    closed loop pumps: 2 reef flo
    system pump: 1 reef flo
    chiller: 1 gen-x

    there will be plenty of pics to satisfy your inner desire, and the list of equipment is in the process of being collected, this project is in the real early stages. rome wasnt built in a day.

    yea, what he said.....luna,lol
    2 ro/di systems already in place in the basement

    yea you aint kiddin, with winter coming things have slowed down a little

    ah, see, me no wife, me single. can we say FREEDOM
  19. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    sounds like an awesome project, looking forward to to seeing it come together
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  21. wastemanagement

    wastemanagement Eyelash Blennie

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    Im hoping that your little frag tank is going/growing crazy that baby will take some filling if its going to look anythink near your last tank
    cant wait to see to progress .good luck:)
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    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    You lucky dog, "freedom", that word has a nice ring to it. Luna
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    Iraf Snowflake Eel

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    someone doing a William Wallace impression somewhere?
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    Godbert Montipora Capricornis

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    wow, i cannot wait to see this baby up and running...... im sure it will be gorgeous
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