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Hey fellow michigan-reefers. Many of you may remember me from over the past 7 years. I've been out of the hobby for a little less than a year due to some ups and many downs in my personal life. Well I'm jumping back in feet first. I found a killer deal from a reefer an hour and a half away on a 110g breakdown. I ended up picking up his entire setup minus lighting and skimmer for $375!! That included probably 200 lbs of rock that had been in the tank for 10 years.

This tank will be set up in one of the doorways into my living room as a peninsula tank. I'm currently refinishing the stand in an antique white to better fit the room. I also had the pulls the bottom trim off the tank because it was disintegrating. Luckily my lfs had a replacement piece and I am only waiting on a top trim piece. The tank also needs to be drilled since he was previously using an overflow box and im not a fan. Planning on doing a 1.5in drain and 2 3/4in returns all on one end of the tank. The tank will also be getting the beastly led fixture I built a few years over it after I do some work on it. I will be cutting the heatsink in half and re-wiring the strings so that I half 2 smaller pendants instead of one large pendant.

Door way the tank is going


View from the hall to the front door. Tank will be flush with this wall


Sump that came with the tank, basically the size of a 20high


New 29g getting ready for baffles, much better.


Stand after a coat of primer


Stand after a coat of heirloom white, store only had one can and that only covered part of the stand and it needs a second coat. Going to add seashell or starfish bronze knobs to the doors.
 

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Lotta reefers coming back, glad to have u, good luck with setup....
 

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Did a little work yesterday. Put the stand in the doorway to see how it will fit up. Still need to find 2 more cans of the paint I'm using so I can finish painting it tonight. Also added all the baffles to the 29g sump. Turned out pretty well for the first full sump I've ever built.



 

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So I should have payed more attention to the instructions on the can of paint for the stand. I tossed a second coat on where I could see some primer poking through. Apparently I needed to wait 48 hours in between coats because the paint started to crackle in a few spots. So I have to sand those spots down and repaint to patch it up. Overall the stand looks darn good in heirloom white.

Also just bit the bullet on a glass holes 1500 overflow kit and 2 3/4in loc-line return kits. I need to figure out how I'm going to configure the overflow and returns. I'm thinking the overflow on one of the short sides of the tank and the 2 returns on the other short side of the tank. I think that along with a couple wp-40s should provide great flow.
 

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Welcome back!

Let me know when the tank is ready for coral. I'll hook you up.

Tom
Will do Tom. I have to replace the RKL that I sold to you awhile back now lol. I also started a Nuvo 8 nano build a week before getting this beast going. Diving right back into the game.
 

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Welcome back to the addiction. Once you get saltwater in your veins you can never stay away for long.

The new build looks like a lot of fun. Nice job on the sump. Bummer about the stand, but you will get there. I know we all get impatient trying to get water in our new systems, but it seems if we rush things too much we pay for it for a long time afterwards. Keep plugging along, it will be up and running soon enough.

Looking forward to watching this come together.
 

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Will do Tom. I have to replace the RKL that I sold to you awhile back now lol. I also started a Nuvo 8 nano build a week before getting this beast going. Diving right back into the game.
Yes, you will. It is faithfully keeping my dad's FW tank running smooth. However, I highly recommend going APEX. I made the switch and am very happy. Preuss one carries the line.

Tom
 

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Welcome back to the addiction. Once you get saltwater in your veins you can never stay away for long.

The new build looks like a lot of fun. Nice job on the sump. Bummer about the stand, but you will get there. I know we all get impatient trying to get water in our new systems, but it seems if we rush things too much we pay for it for a long time afterwards. Keep plugging along, it will be up and running soon enough.

Looking forward to watching this come together.
Haha you are right on everyone getting impatient to get our tanks wet. I'm trying not to do that so much with this tank lol. The overflow kit should be coming in the mail tomorrow so hopefully I will be drilling her this weekend. I need to decide where I want to drill the returns. The stand had to have a little sanding last night to get rid of the crackled paint. I will be touching up the paint this evening and we should be good to go on the stand. I will also have to drill some holes in the ends to run the plumbing when I get that going.

So I'm trying to figure out how I want to light this bad boy. I've got my old Diy 52 led fixture that I plan on reusing but it needs a modification. I'm torn whether I should cut it in half length wise to have 2 pendent style fixtures or width wise to have 2 strip style fixtures. Since this tank will have a tall column of rock down the middle with corals going up both rock faces in leaning towards making it into 2 strips. That would allow me to add another strip down the middle eventually as well. The fixture is roughly 8.5wx32l. Thoughts?

Here's the pictures of the light when I first built it fit reference.




And this is the tank I'm pulling inspiration from.
 

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Got to work tonight cleaning up the 110g and drilled the overflow holes tonight. I still need to drill the dual returns.

How the tank has looked at my house


Got dem holes drilled. 1/2" glass takes awhile to drill through


Test fitting the glass-holes 1500 overflow. Looks pretty good to me. Its offset to one side due to proximity of the wall where this tank is going. Had to offset it to clear the wall.


 

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Lookin good man! Do u plan on paintng the background? I did with black... Makes corals and fish pop!
 

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Last holes drilled and I got the 110g up on the stand by my lonesome last night. Should be working on the plumbing tonight.

 

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Well I bit the bullet and picked up an apex controller for this tank. I need to pick up a board to mount it to along with some zip ties and a label maker to keep everything organized. I also had to replace all the files in the ro/di system that I got. I went from 180 on the tds to 0 in a matter of minutes. The wife was unimpressed lol. I'm hoping to get the rest of the water in the tank so I can toss the salt in and get it mixed up and sand put in by this weekend.
 
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