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Postby AMDGamer » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:49 am

Well got the oceanic tech 120 gallon home safe, was a very cold move think the high was 1F.

Over the next few months I will be cleaning filling and getting this tank filled with fish rock and coral:)

I will update as I go so all of you guys can see it.

What is the best way to clean this thing without filling it? Currently I'm scrubbing with a scrub/sponge and vinegar.

Tank will have two mp40's one old one new quiet drive

Eco tech vectra m1 return pump

Coralife 2x 150w metal halide with two kessil 160's

And a 40 breeder sump

Thanks guys for following and I will answer any questions that anyone has :)

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:12 pm

Nice! Good size and some sweet equipment going into it.
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby KJoFan » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:24 pm

I used a spray bottle with a vinegar/water mix to clean it as far as I got. I also tried a razor blade on a few spots to make sure the residue would come off and it cleaned it nicely. It's a tedious job, but you could easily razor all the glass panels and the back. As for the overflow, might just have to use a plastic scraper on that and then wipe as best you can.
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:12 pm

Razor the glass and just brush off the back imho, no need to get it spotless lol
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:32 pm

Yupp lol after getting all the gunk from inside the overflow I called this ok haha, I want it up so bad lol

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:39 pm

AMDGamer wrote:Yupp lol after getting all the gunk from inside the overflow I called this ok haha, I want it up so bad lol

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honestly, nothing hurt leaving it, it'll fill back in eventually anyway.
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:14 pm

Yeah that's what I was hoping you would say :)


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:40 pm

Well finally got it plumbed well dry fitted anyways,

Dual Durso, bulkhead 1in and Durso all 1-1/4 in

One 1 in emergency drain above sump level for noise so I know if something goes wrong.

And gonna play with the vectra m1 to see how much I'll get hoping for 1200-1500 gph,

Any input would be greatly appreciated I'm new to this plumbing thing lol Image

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby mikembe » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:01 pm

Looking like it should be a nice setup.
Are the durso drains the same height? If so you may run into issues with one wanting to full siphon. That could probably be solved with a gate valve or ball valve IF you can't get the flow dialed in on that sweet looking return pump.
What kind of skimmer you gonna run?
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120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:37 pm

No the drains are different heights, couldn't make them fit other wise lol thanks :)

And for the skimmer is a reef octopus nwb 150 classic, we'll see how that handles it haha it's on my 40breeder now


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby mikembe » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:55 pm

Looks like you got everything covered. Should make for a nice setup. Keep us updated and stay patient.
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:51 pm

Oh yes I have learned with the 55 and the 40 breeder, you rush things and bad things happen, gonna make a goal of late May to have the tank up and cycled to transfer livestock, gives me some time.



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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:24 pm

Well beginning the filling stage:) man this 75gpd is taking forever lol Image


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby domination2580 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:49 pm

I like my 150 gpd membrane

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:11 am

domination2580 wrote:I like my 150 gpd membrane

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Yeah I can understand why lol


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby domination2580 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:47 am

AMDGamer wrote:
domination2580 wrote:I like my 150 gpd membrane

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Yeah I can understand why lol


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:59 pm

Well tonight I figured I would do a light test with the metal halides, wow these get hot but I'm also used to the kessil LEDs lol Image


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby Railcar79 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:54 pm

Lol, I run 3 filter elements, dual 150gpd RO membranes, and dual DI.

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120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:06 pm

Well got the sand in on Friday and it finally cleared up:) got the temp up and a little peice of live rock for now in there, mp40 controller decided to cook it's self so sending that back (fingers crossed all goes well, only a month old) hoping for about two - three weeks and I'll be adding livestock from 40breeder :)

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby mikembe » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:32 pm

Almost there! Setting up tanks & scaping is my favorite part. Stay patient b/c someone has to - lol
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:01 am

mikembe wrote:Almost there! Setting up tanks & scaping is my favorite part. Stay patient b/c someone has to - lol


Yeah I agree I like this part too, seeing a little piece of ocean come together is great:) and yes patients is great but man it sucks lol


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:50 am

Well here's another update,

Got the livestock moved (kinda fast but had live rock for a week and half lol) but figured with all the live rock I would be ok, fish and coral are doin great :) loving the vectra m1 pump tho:) would recommend that everyone that has a reef tank they care about get one or the vectra l1.

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby mikembe » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:21 pm

Tell me about the Vectra.
I looked into it for a short while but didn't think it was worth the cost/better than my current variable DC pump AS a return pump. Using it as a closed-loop pump would be a different story though.
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120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:24 pm

mikembe wrote:Tell me about the Vectra.
I looked into it for a short while but didn't think it was worth the cost/better than my current variable DC pump AS a return pump. Using it as a closed-loop pump would be a different story though.


Oh man where do I start, well if you have a ecotech pump of any kind then you know the quality and oh man this thing is no different, from the feed mode to the auto shut down float switch. It's great. Dead silent from a trickle to 2000gph the pump seems dead till it ramps up to full power and the pipes start flowing you don't hear it at all.

What do u have now for a return pump, as the $350.00 is a pricy pump, but hell its the heart beat of my tank why go cheap. :)

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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby mikembe » Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:38 pm

I have a Coralvue Diablo 10500 pump (~2800 gph) which is pretty similar to yours but only has 6 speeds & no float switch. Feed mode is nice but I don't really use it since I have my controller to handle that.
Maybe when this eventually craps out I'd consider an Ecotech.
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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:29 pm

Yeah lol that's what I would do as well


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Re: 120 gallon build

Postby AMDGamer » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:18 am

Thought might as well do a update while I have some downtime :)

Tank is doing good got a nice green frogspawn, he seems to enjoy the tank and the fish are liking the room now. Just would like a different reactor well two of them for carbon and gfo, I have the brs dual now just would like to do something different.

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