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Mitchell's 180 Reef Build


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After four years I am finally setting up my 180 gallon Truvu. Step one is removing the scratches that the previous owner's kid had put into the tank with a mag-float.

 

I bought a 6" polisher along with a bottle of Novus 2 and 3 and after 2 hours of polishing here are the results, I was pretty impressed. There is one scratch that didn't come out completely, so I will try buffing it out with some automotive sandpaper later on this week.

 

Before:

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After:

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I drew up a couple diagrams on possible plumbing options. I'd like opinions on how to make them better and what to change. The first one is using the sump and holes I already have and the second one is using new holes and a new 55 gallon tank for a sump.

 

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I think you would be much happier with the second drawing and an overflow box, much better surface skimming. I would move the check valve down to just above the ball valve, have you looked at Loc Line, you can make some nice return nozzles

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You might want to skip the check valves. Just drill a 1/8" hole in the return pipe about a 1/2" below the water surface for the siphon break.

 

I would GO withe the check valves, did the 1/8" holes, they plugged with algae and just about overflowed my sump once, if I hadn't been standing right there watching the water level in the sump during a water change I would have been screwed! When I plumb my new sump in with my frag tank I will be using a check valve, Bulk reef supply has some nice ones at a nice price too.

 

BTW, I would also go with your second drawing! You will be most happy with it and have better flow in your tank.

 

Beth

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You might want to skip the check valves. Just drill a 1/8" hole in the return pipe about a 1/2" below the water surface for the siphon break.

 

I would GO withe the check valves, did the 1/8" holes, they plugged with algae and just about overflowed my sump once, if I hadn't been standing right there watching the water level in the sump during a water change I would have been screwed! When I plumb my new sump in with my frag tank I will be using a check valve, Bulk reef supply has some nice ones at a nice price too.

 

BTW, I would also go with your second drawing! You will be most happy with it and have better flow in your tank.

 

Beth

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Today I moved the 250 lbs stand frame up the stairs, which sucked haha. I now have to figure out how I am going to skin it and help deaden the sound. If you guys have any tips let me know! Here is a picture of the frame:

 

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I also picked up the lighting and protein skimmer for the tank this week. I'm still looking for a return pump and large powerheads, so if you have any for sale let me know.

 

Here is the protein skimmer next to a 5 gallon jug:

 

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And here are the lights:

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