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Offline guynamedfleck

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2019, 19:44:16 »
ughh, this is a sad day.  I got so caught up in the DT build and the holidays that I slacked on water changes in the transfer system.  Got around to it tonight and found my purple tang floating.  I am a little upset that I let this happen.

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2019, 19:47:24 »



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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2019, 18:59:24 »
Almost ready to start filling the tank for cycling.  Had a go at what I find to be the most difficult and critical part of thew build... the rockscape. All input is absolutely welcome. 
I have a pair of really large toadstool corals (~6" and 10"), so kept the rock work a bit lower than I normally would thinking they will want to move upward.







What are we thinking? Thoughts? Recommendations?

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2019, 19:01:37 »
You gonna put sand in there?

Also, those sound pretty small for toadstools....




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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2019, 19:31:41 »
Yes, sand is the plan. And after seeing your toads the last time, yes, I am planning for their growth!

You gonna put sand in there?

Also, those sound pretty small for toadstools....




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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2019, 21:33:49 »


  Great looking Toadstools - they do grow quick! I got a really nice one from Lazy back in the summer and it has doubled in size already. One point of interest, maybe cut the egg crate in rectangles that fit under each rock island and get rid of the rest - detritus catcher?

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 17:50:29 »
Got a another evening of work in of the tank last night.  The stones are cemented into place (where needed), so the structure won't shift about once the inhabitants move in.  Added about 7 gallons of dry sand as well.  If all goes according to plan, I will add a few bags of live sand and a kick start culture by end of week and start the cycling process!

For those wondering why my wall is made of plywood, this wall will eventually be fished off as tudor wood panel. this is just the quick foundation underneath the nice wood so i could section off the two rooms and get the tank up and running. I will never complain about drywalling again, lol!

I am fairly happy with the rock work. plenty of ledges for coral as well as open space for the tangs.



More work finished on the sump. it will run right to left.  the 1st and 2nd chambers are split in half (front and back).  Chamber 1 receives the main return line from the DT in the back and hold bio-blocks in the front. Chamber 2 receives secondary return for the DT in the back and cheato in the front. Chamber 3 is a fully open space for frag grow out. The external sump will sit behind this chamber and feed in and out here.  Chamber 4 will hold the heaters and feed the return pump.
The last two chambers are independent of the sump and will house an ATO reservoir (chamber 5) and a quarantine tank (chamber 6).



I also broke out the dremmel and took the top off of the 2nd 55gallon barrel along with plumbing in a shut off valve and the T split for the water line (thank you guys for the recommendation!) I've got both filled in preparation for the tank flooding later this week.




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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2019, 17:50:00 »
Question for the group.

I picked up an external skimmer at a swap ages ago.  I am not 100% confident that i know how to connect it up.  See my photo below.  Am I headed in the right direction? I am thinking now that i don't need to supply air via pump, only the inlet? Help!  :alas:




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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2019, 17:56:19 »
That looks like a Beckett style skimmer.  It will take a fairly large pump to run it if so.  For the output that you are not sure on, that's just a skimmate drain so you don't have to empty the cup as often. 

Did it come with a pump?

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2019, 17:29:02 »
Thank you for the ID.  looks like I have some reading to do.  It did not come with a pump, but I got it at a steal. looks like I  am investing in another pump...

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Re: 130g in-wall tank build
« Reply #25 on: Yesterday at 12:59:49 »
Make sure you get one with enough head pressure to run this skimmer.  I would try to find out exactly which model it is and match what it came with from the manufacturer.  You may have a hard time finding info, tho.  These were popular about 15 to 20 years ago, but fell off pretty quick around 2006 as needlewheels started taking over.  :)

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