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My 125 SPS reef build now that I'm done tinkering

its been a long process that started 6/15/15 getting this tank to this point. No where close to being done with coral. Also need some more fish. Thought I would should my build pics so that it might help someone out with a build of their own.

To those interested on equipment list you might wanna sit down

125g tank DIY drilled with bean animal land style drain topped off with a custom acrylic overflow box made by melev's reef
36" tall black stand hand built
Black canopy hand built
150 lbs of pukani live rock (roughly)
200 lbs mixture of crushed coral and fiji pink aragonite live sand (roughly)
ATI Sunpower 6x80W T5HO fixture
LED Actinic blue reefbar moonlight (retrofitted to the ATI, controlled by reefkeeper 0-10V port)
TWO Ecotech Vortech mp40QD's
1" flexible drain hoses for 3 drains
CPR duel drain hose 7" filter sock holder
50g long DIY sump
Reef Octopus SRO2000 internal protein skimmer
200W aqueon pro heater
250W aqueon pro heater
refugium has a 6" deep sand bed and cheato
Ecotech Vectra M1 DC return pump
two 1" spears true union check valves on return
3/4" loc-line in the tanker the return
Bubble Magus dosing pump BM-T01
Bubble Magus 4 head slave pump BM-T02
Vertex 3 hole dosing line holder
Avast Marine 4 hole dosing line/probe holder
Triton Aquatics Bluefin GFO/Biopellet reactor (feed by manifold off return pump)
MyNextReef MR1 media reactor
Ultra life Ultrazone Mini 200mg/hr bulb type ozonizer
Coralife luft pump
Avast Marine Mutiny ozone reactor
Sicce Syncra 2.0 (to feed ozone reactor)
Tom's aqualifter pump with hang on the side mount (ATO Pump)
Reef keeper Elite Net complete controller
the things with the controller are as follows:
4 PB4's
pH probe
ORP probe
Temp probe
float switches and too many modules to list here. More then ill ever need!

Well thats a rundown of the tank! now for some pictures!

Some notes on the build I ended up putting triangle knotchs into all the corners of the stand which stopped all the wobbles in the stand. I also started off with a 20g draining into a 35g tank for the sumps I end up changing to one 50g sump tank because the water draining sound was way too loud. At the very end I replum the return outlets from the center to the end of the tank because I was getting a build up of oil in the corners with the returns in the center.
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125g SPS only reef tank
w/50g sump

40 gallon anemone tank
w/20g long sump

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Re: My 125 SPS reef build not that I'm done tinkering

Starting the aqascape and plumbing now that the tank is in place. Fish go right into the tank because I had 80 lbs of live rock and 80lbs of live sand that was a year old I transferred from my 75g. Then I paint the stand and start working on the canopy. while this was happening I got the opportunity to purchase a Walt Disney Tenius that was grown from a piece of Mike Bigger's original colony and couldn't stop myself. Even though the picture does it absolutely no jus ill post it anyway.
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Time to fit the canopy and paint it. As I do this the tank starts to mini cycle with diatoms which was expected. After its all together i retro a reefbar to the ATI fixture. Time to let things settle down. Then the day finally comes that it all clears up. Only for the water to get cloudy from algae blooms. I never found out why when parameters were perfect but long story short I had enough of that and ordered ozone
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All the pieces are together and hooked up not the best i will admit but I was playing the cards I dealt myself. its gets much better after I install the new sump. And apparently thats where I run out of pictures until this recent weekend when I replumbed the returns from the center to the ends. Its ok though not much of anything at all has changed from the new pump install until last weekend pics. So here is the most recent pictures. Time to start packing it with coral.The pictures go what the sump looks like now, a good picture before a thorough clean and WC, returns still in the center. Then a side by side of the tank a mess inlets moved with the sump underneath. The color difference is I normally take pictures with either 2 bulbs on or all 6 bulbs. The last picture is just 4 bulbs and you can see where the fiji purple starts to show and change the color.
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Additional notes the controllers for the jebao DC return pumps don't like saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image I ended up frying the pump. Thats when i decided to open the wallet for the ecotech vector M1. Well worth the money if you were thinking about it. This thing makes the jebao sound like a magdrive, no eggeration.

To get under the tank I wanted something that would allow me to have unobstructed access. So the entire front of the stand comes off. Its held on by magnets and a couple screen door latches I painted black so you would never know they were there unless I told you. Its constructed of 1x2's and the thinnest plywood I could buy. So the entire front doesn't weigh much of anything. My 5'6" girlfriend petite built moves its around the room with ease. Same with the canopy same materials and the entire front is on hinges and just list right up with ease and I have unobstructed access into the tank.

The stand height i believe is perfect for the actual tanks height. For me anyways. To view the tank i never have to lean way down to see things. At the same time I can easily reach the sand bed standing flat footed (tippy toes to reach the very back). The stand height also allowed me to raise the sump level that extra few inches without having to fight to take off the skimmer cup.

There are 4 120mm fans in the canopy (2 on each side) because the ATI fixtures isn't supposed to be enclosed in a canopy as it says in the owners manual (fans solved this problem). The ATI exhaust is only inches away from 2 120mm fans drawing more air then the ATI exhaust is pump out. Don't get me wrong I love this fixture but it does put off some serious heat will all 6 bulbs on. It heats up my entire bedroom and conjoining brothers bedroom to an uncomfortable 85 degrees. So I when Im in my room with all 6 bulbs on I had to crank the AC. Luckily its getting colder now and can just open the windows. If I had the money at the time for 2 kessil ap700's I would have gotten those in a heart beat. Surprisingly as much heat as this fixture puts off I have zero issue with tank temp I haven't seen my tank temp raise more then 0.3 degrees.

Those are the only things I can think of worth mentioning at this point. Feel free to ask questions or comment what you think!
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Thanks for such a thorough breakdown. I'm no saltie but I do love seeing them.

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Thank you everyone! Hope it helps others with ideas on their build's and answers some questions about stand building and placement in the house. On this stand the only thing holding up my 1500lbs DT tank (yes I calculated it haha, entire system weighing roughly 2000lbs) are 4 vertical 2x4's and no vertical center brace on a 6ft long tank. As much fun as I had building this tank, I wouldn't want to do it again! I can't tell you how many trips to lowes I made because of mistakes or forgetting something.

For those wondering how the floor is holding up. My attic is fully finished into 2 room so my tank is on the 3rd floor and the floor hasn't sagged any noticeable amount and doesn't budge if you jump up and down in front of the tank. When the tank was freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image it was in my brothers room. I wasn't smart in placement and set up the tank in line with the chimney where the beams are attached to a face board. Even with the tank perpendicular to the beams, just walking by the tank you could feel the entire floor moving under your feet. Now its in my room haha the beams in my house are also a full 2.5"x12" set 12" apart from each other. I could probably get away with a 180g tank if I wanted.

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40 gallon anemone tank
w/20g long sump

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