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My 220 Build

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    I have decided that i have outgrown my 90 gallon with 40 breeder sump. I am going with a new tank. This one will be upstairs in my living room where we can enjoy it daily. Here is the current list of what I am thinking. As you might suspect, I am a fan of BRS. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/

    I am making my own stand based on this design


    Marineland 220 - 72 x 24 x 30
    http://www.fishtanksdirect.com/mari...24wx30h-reef-ready-glass-fish-tank-97014.aspx

    Return Pump
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/ecotech-vectra-l1-dc.html
    There will be no sand bottom. This is my first tank without it and I don't want the hassle of keeping it up or having to buy sand sift snails either. Also just want to keep all the detritus up in the water column and I believe this is the easiest way.

    Salt - I usually like tropic marin but i have done my homework and this salt has really come up to snuff
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/red-sea-coral-pro-salt.html
    I will be adding about 440 lbs of live rock to this build but have not figured out the aquascape yet. Looking for ideas on cool designs.

    Skimmer - I am going with a recirc skimmer and powering it off the return pump. I went with this because I don't want to have to worry about the level of water in the sump.
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-octopus-10-regal-250ext-recirculating-protein-skimmer.html

    Neck cleaner for skimmer
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-octopus-automatic-protein-skimmer-neck-cleaner-lid.html
    Skim collector
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-octopus-6-waste-collector-with-auto-shut-off.html
    No controller yet - I have the apex gold on my current tank that I might use. Ecotech's return, lights, and vortech's have an integrated controller already so I may go this way. With so many devices with their own control, I just don't know.

    Lights - Going with 3 of these to cover the entire tank
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/hydra-fiftytwo-hd-black-aqua-illumination.html
    Waves and circulation - Like I said, not sure if I am going with 4 MP60's or the gyre's. If its the gyre, i would go with 2. Obviously there is a cost savings and cutting edge factor here with the gyre's so I just dont know yet.
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/xf280-gyre-pump-with-controller-6000-gph-maxspect.html
    or
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/vortech-mp60wqd-ecotech-marine.html

    Dosing
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bubble-magus-dosing-pump-bmt01.html

    Heaters - I went with 3 of these
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/finnex-hmo-heater-w-digital-led-controller.html

    That is all I know for now unless some ideas come out in this thread. I will also be posting pictures along the way.

    I am going with the biggest tank that I think could fit in the stand which is a 75 gallon tank.
     
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    20161017_202252.jpg 20161020_181803.jpg 20161017_202336.jpg Here are the first photos. Another coat on the back of the tank and maybe the uprights on the stand for this weekend. Still have a couple of questions. Do I paint the bottom of the tank? Also, since I am going with a 75 gallon sump, it will barely fit in the stand so do I make the front braces removable or do I put the sump in through the end?
     
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    I am putting a question out there looking for thoughts. I want do away with the center brace in the front of the tank. I thought about putting a 1.5" steel tube underneath the 2x6 in the front and increases the uprights to 2x8's or 2x10's to spread the weight. Does anyone know if this will work or have any experience with this?
     
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    What is the length you are working with? Sounds like it could work with the right reinforcement.
     
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    The tank is 72" so if there is a 2x6 upright on each end of that the open space is 62". I am not sure I need a metal tube, that was just 1 option. The tank, water, and rock is about 2,760lbs and round up to 3k lbs for safety measure. I could go to a 2x8 for the header too or 2x8's for the uprights if needed. Not sure what I need to do if anything.
     
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    I think a 2x8 would do it. Just my opinion.... Think about your floor in your house. Your floor joists are longer the 5'. And it is holding up your tank and more. Just make sure your crown on your lumber is on the top.
     
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    What exactly do you mean by make sure the crown on the lumber is on the top. I have never heard that phrase before :)
     
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    If you hold the 2x8 from the end, with one side up, and then the other, and compare, there will be a slight"bow" in the wood. Not on the flat,but on the side. This is the crown. All lumber as it dries will bend a little because of the grain pattern. So if you put the crown up, as the pressure of the tank weight sits on it, it will kinda flatten out. If you put it crown down, you will end up with a bow, downward in the middle, causing a lack of support as it settles. Does that make sense?
     
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    That makes sense. So if I go with a 2x8 for the piece going across, are you also saying that I don't have to change the uprights that support it, or should I make those 2x8's as well?
     
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    I would beef up the corner uprights. Not sure you have to go that big, but i would add something.
     
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    So if you watch that youtube video, and I just change the front header and take out the bottom cross piece and the middle upright, would that be beefy enough?
     
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    I did not watch the video, just giving you my opinion.
     
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    Ok. Thanks for your input. It is very helpful. Onto lighting. I have watch some reviews and I am now trying to figure out if I should go with the AI hydra 52 HD's or the Kessil AP700's. Any comments or experience with either one of these?
     
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    Both good lights, but i don't have personal experience with either one.
     
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    More stuff done. Stand is built, foam on there. Tank up on stand. Got the 75 gallon sump laid out also. However, I do have a question. I have an 18" baffle going in just to the right of the marine pure blocks at around 9-10 inches and an 8" baffle going in just to the left of the skimmer. This puts the return zone in the middle. My question is, should I have more refugium or more return zone?

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    Its all about having enough room for your equipment at each end and enough room for whatever you have planned for the middle. That's the good part about building your own, you can decide what fits where the best.
     
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    I've been following your build, how's it going? Have you add water?

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