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Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:50 am

Here goes!!!!!

I placed an order for a 270 gallon acrylic tank and a 90 gallon acrylic sump from Midwest Custom Aquariums up in Starbuck, Mn. The tank and sump should be done beginning of February. I'm really looking forward to that road trip.

Specs on the tank are as follows

6' long by 3' wide by 2' tall
3/4" acrylic front and sides
5/8" acrylic top and bottom (I believe)
3 access holes on top
one trapezoid shaped internal overflow box centered on back wall
two 1 1/2" drains
two 1" returns drilled in top rear corners
black painted back panel

Specs on the sump are as follows

4' long by 2' wide by 18" tall (basically a 90 gallon laid on its side)
1/2" acrylic
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:53 am

Go ahead and start razzing me about my fuge draining into my skimmer section. I'll go into more detail with my reasoning later.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:57 am

I'll go into more detail on my building, equipment, stocking, planning this weekend but this is a good start. It is too exciting not to start this thread tonight.
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Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby hoover86 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:39 am

Awesome! Always exciting to see new builds come!

Any reason you went with 1 overflow?
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Postby wichers » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:13 am

Awesome excitement!

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby black hills tj » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:13 am

Looking forward to your Build!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Willy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:59 pm

hey Dustin... looks good .... I would make the sump skimmer baffle 1/2" to 1" taller than the return baffle..... it will flow better
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:04 am

Thanks guys

Willy wrote:hey Dustin... looks good .... I would make the sump skimmer baffle 1/2" to 1" taller than the return baffle..... it will flow better


Not sure if I am totally clear. I assume you are referring to the three baffles between the skimmer and the return area? I have the middle baffle an inch higher than the outer 2. Are you saying to lower the baffle on the return side a little more yet?

I didn't show it accurately on my drawing but I will set the water level in the return area an inch or so lower than the 9" water level in my skimmer area (with my auto top off). I drew the water at the same height, but it will be less in the return area.

Or is it better to let the water flow out gently into the return area and not spill over the last wall?

Thanks for any clarification. If I make any changes I better get the info to them asap.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Willy » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:41 pm

yes that is what I was saying.... helps to have a gradual flow.. .nick told me that when I built mine
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:32 am

Very exciting Dustin. Can't wait to see it all come together for ya. No pressure but the expectations are high!! :)
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Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby SoDak » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:59 am

Congratulations! Will it be built into a wall?
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:41 pm

SoDak wrote:Congratulations! Will it be built into a wall?


Yes it will. It is replacing my old 75 gallon which is empty but still in the wall.

I did get my final baffle lowered by 1.5 inches. This makes a lot of sense. They haven't started on it so plenty of time. Thanks willy for the tip.

Going to work on removing old tank from wall tonight and tomorrow. I also have to move my ro/di system and all water storage and mixing containers. They are in the way of the new sump.

Next phase electrical and stand construction.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Korrine » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:49 pm

Cool. Am really excited to see this develop
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:10 am

Here are some pictures to start of the build



Old 75 gallon in the wall. The new tank will be in exactly the same spot and height but of course longer wider and taller. This new tank will have access doors above so I can work on the tank and see what I am doing from the front side (big improvement from before). I'm planning on doing woodwork to match the rest of the basement. Thinking about doing some woodwork underneath too to tie things together and have a couple of doors under the tank for storage.

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Here is behind the scenes in the fish room

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Tank will come back to within a foot of the wall on right. So it will accessible from three sides. 2 out in front and from 1 side in the fish room.

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Sump will sit here where the trash cans are. Going to move water making/mixing station to the other side of the wall to the left.

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Tangdiver » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:56 am

Very nice. great build.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby SoDak » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:58 am

Wish I had room for an inwall like this!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby black hills tj » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:02 am

I wish my "fish room" looked that clean :/
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Saltwater Saloon » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:31 pm

nice
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Bosch » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:40 pm

This looks great. Do you think having a foot behind your tank will be enough room to do any maintenance? I'm going to be in the same boat. Sounds like you will be using your access doors from the front.

My build is a lot like yours so we may need to share some ideas. However, I think I will have less room to work with than you. (jealous)

Keep it coming and good luck!
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Postby wichers » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:20 pm

Sure did clean up nice.

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:11 pm

Thanks for the compliments. This is exciting. I stayed up until 2:00 last night just staring at the wall in the fish room, laying out electrical outlets and plumbing in my head. Didn't accomplish a whole lot more than that. I did remove my ro unit and ro reservoir. One more garbage can of live rock to go.

Bosch wrote:This looks great. Do you think having a foot behind your tank will be enough room to do any maintenance? I'm going to be in the same boat. Sounds like you will be using your access doors from the front.


I'm not really counting on any maintenance behind the tank. The space behind is actually less then a foot. And the back wall of the aquarium is painted black. Probably not going to scrape this panel at all.

I am counting on full access from the other three sides. Above and below the tank. There will be nothing underneath except for a few pipes from the overflow and a stray towel or bucket. So I should be able to crawl under there as well or pass things through.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:16 pm

Looking at those first two pictures, that wall just cries for a bigger tank. Think I told you that last spring when you mentioned you were thinking about doing this!! Really looking forward to watching it come together.
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Postby Raggamuffin » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:18 pm

next time you sit there thinking about plumbing and outlets have a sketch pad handy... that has saved me MANY times from having to reroute as I see the conflict beforehand!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:22 pm

Here are the drawings for my stand that I will follow. Going to be 2x4s and 2x6s. Excited about this and might get started on it this weekend if the stars align.
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Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:40 pm

As far as having room to work from that back side.........You'd probably only need to get back there when you're setting up your rockwork and placing/fragging corals. As long as you had a small stand or stepstool that would fit back there you should be able to work pretty easy once you're up a little higher.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby DIZZER » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:08 am

So envious of your in wall. Have been wanting to do the same thing forever, but you know how it is when your renting....
Looking good love the before, progress and after pics.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Bosch » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:34 pm

I have a 75 in the wall and do all my work from the back side. I can't get at it from the front right now. Once my larger tank is in, I think I'll have to build access doors like you. It's always nice to have done things once and then have the opportunity to fix and improve on all of your learnings and pains from your old setup. Looks like you have got a lot of fun ahead of you. More time spent thinking than building I'm sure!
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Postby Bosch » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:41 pm

Your stand looks solid and well designed. Good job not counting on the screws to support the cross braces. I might suggest placing cross braces perpendicular to your "H" beams to minimize flexing. I hope that makes sense in words....
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:23 pm

Well, my weekend plans changed. I was going to build stand and such but I talked to Chris at MCA yesterday and he told me that my tank and sump were pretty much done. Was not expecting that, especially this much ahead of schedule. So going to road trip up there early tomorrow morning to pick up.

Anyone around tomorrow could help me get this tank hauled into my basement around 5:00 or so? Not exactly sure when I will be back home. Planning on meeting him 10:00 in the morning and then loading and a 4 hour ride home.

All of a sudden I feel like I'm behind on my build. Definitely not ready for tank yet. But that is a good problem to have.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby black hills tj » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:41 pm

Shoot me a text and my wife and I may be able to help out! 605-484-6453

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Postby Pallan » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:59 pm

give me a text when your almost home Dustin... ill be home
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby wichers » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:47 pm

Will be out there to help out.

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Postby Saltwater Saloon » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:54 pm

i can help give me a call 605-310-1976 if you need more
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Postby wichers » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:33 pm

All done quick and too EASY!

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Postby Bosch » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:54 pm

Pics!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:41 pm

Bosch wrote:Pics!


Here they are!!! Thanks to those for help unloading. Tank was lighter than I though it would be. Sump is heavier. Now that I got so much work cut out for me, does anyone have a suggestion on how to get out of work for a week?

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Postby Bosch » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:25 am

Yep, call in dead. Or have a baby...
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Postby THills » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:39 am

I have a few suggestions but you might be out of work for a lot longer than a week ;)
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Postby hoover86 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:50 am

That flu has really been going around... ;)
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Postby mike » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:20 pm

sweet man! havent been on for a bit and looks like iv got alot to catch up on! lol
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Postby DIZZER » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:51 pm

hoover86 wrote:That flu has really been going around... ;)


Second the flu bug. I'm a nurse at the Watertown hospital and it is definitely going around! Would "take you out" for about a week and no questions asked. Trust me they would probably pay you to stay home and not pass what you don't even have around :lol:

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:44 am

Its a little slow going. I have been doing some prep work in the fish room. I removed some old electrical outlets. I had to move my door way, header and all, so I wouldn't walk into the new 6 foot tank. Basically had to move it over 18" Good news is the house didn't collapse. Also it created more space for a quarantine tank and/or a separate fuge tank to the right of the door way.

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I also finally moved my ro system, and got all water storage tanks in place. Go the water changed in my live rock during the move. I am going to install electrical outlets and a shelf above these brute cans.

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Next project is going to be to whip out a stand. Going to have to build this somewhat in place. To minimize the a big hole in the wall for an extended period of time, I was going to do as much prep work as possible and then swap out the tanks all at once.
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Postby nature boy » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:57 am

A couple of items I'd like to throw out there that if have learned that might help someone else in the future. Just some FYI

1. Make sure your ro/di unit has as short supply line as possible. Mine was too long before I moved my ro unit. I cut the distance by more than half and after the move and pressure went up over 10 psi. It also makes water twice as fast as it did before, and the automatic shut off valve works better too. Had too much pressure loss before in the 1/4" supply line.

3. A great way to clean out old tanks is a shop vac. I learned this tip when we moved chucks tanks to the butterfly house. Fast and clean, and you don't have to worry about scooping sand, scratching your tank, water mess. And if it is just water you can get them bone dry. I use a wet/dry vac every time now.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Bosch » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:06 pm

Both great tips and so true. Water has been cold and I thought about running my ro feed water in a heated bucket. Cold water is not very efficient. I think the coil was 100 feet of 1/4 in tube and it dropped my PSI from 55 to
35. That wasn't going to work...and I'm not going to worry about my cold water anymore.

However, I'm pretty sure I'm going to up my tubing to 3/8 inch now to up my pressure. 1/4 in can cause quite a pressure drop!

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Postby Korrine » Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:53 pm

definitely great tips. This is quite a build in progress :)
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:37 pm

A couple of quick update shots. Got the stand mostly built. I will add some blocking yet between joists, and then of course plywood. I had to build it in this narrow area where my sump will sit, because it would have been too big to move into place from anywhere else. Old tank is gone as well.

Not sure about staining/sealing my stand. Thinking that it won't really get wet, if so rarely and should dry out right away. Any thoughts on skipping this step? My sump is not under the tank anymore. That is where I always had the water mess before (in and around sump) That area will be more protected this time around.

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby black hills tj » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:05 am

Hey Dustin,

Not sure if you noticed, but there's a hole in your wall, bud.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby SoDak » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:50 am

Glad the stand came together for you, looks good! I would say you will be alright not sealing the stand. Your sump is going to be a ways away from your tank and you would have to put a lot of water on the floor to get it seriously wet.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:42 am

black hills tj wrote:Hey Dustin,

Not sure if you noticed, but there's a hole in your wall, bud.



Yeah, you'll have that. Wife hasn't complained yet. And she is considering getting in the new tank for the mermaid photo. Still up in the air though. Might just end up being the kids.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:45 am

SoDak wrote:Glad the stand came together for you, looks good! I would say you will be alright not sealing the stand. Your sump is going to be a ways away from your tank and you would have to put a lot of water on the floor to get it seriously wet.



I don't think I am going to sheet the sides. It is going to have sheet rock/cabinet doors on two sides. And the stand will be so close to wall studs on the back that I can just brace it to there. Thanks again for you help in this.
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