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240 Gal reef tank build - New Camera = New pictures

Postby bubblewood on Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:20 am

After reading many forums and watching Reef tanks come alive...It was time to get back into a passion I have had for many years. I started off with a 55 gal reef tank then moved on to a 125 gal tank. Then the kiddos came along which absorbed all my time. So I have been out of the "Tanks" for many years. Now the kiddos are getting older it was time to sneak my way back into it again. I have always wanted to have a "built in reef tank" Also the bigger the better right? There is where my challenged started. After a little persuading with my wife (Kiddos were on my side) we won! HeHe... My wife and I were in Mexico last October doing some snorkeling and the rest is history as they say. So we currently have a 75 gal reef tank setup which is full of fish, SPS,LPS etc. It is max out...We need room to grow! So my day started at 3am to head to Rochester, MN to pick up my new baby.

Please feel free to give any ideas or input for my build. All ideas welcome!
So here is the run down on the hardware that will be on the 240 gal.

All glass 60" x 36" x 25" - Starphire 3 sides w/ dual overflows
75 gal refugium sump with (3) filter socks with auto top off system.
(3) 250 watt halide,(2) 65 watt, (2) 96 watt PWR compact with 8 LED moon lights
(2) Reef Brite 60" LED strip light (Blue)
My reef creations CR-2 dual calcium reactor
NextReef MR1 XL Media reactor / phosphate
RLSS R8-I Protein skimmer w/ DC5000
300 watt heater
Corallife 1 hp chiller
Complete RO/DI system plumbed for water changes. Turn a few valves and boom...water is done....bye..bye homer buckets!
Wish list (2) (Vortech MP-40)

This the main items. Still need to get a return pump from my sump. Any thoughts?
So here some pictures of the progress.....
Ok....what's the secret to post pictures to the post together? Thanks
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240 Gal reef tank build

Postby ithk21620 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:28 am

You thinking about going with an in sump pump or external pump? If you want quiet and a lot of flow I would go with a reeflo pump. Low watt draw and lots of flow. I actually have a brand new dart / snapper hybrid I can't use and couldn't return I would sell for less than retail. Also have the bulkhead, strainer and true union valve for before the pump too. I had to go with the hammerhead because of my head height (sump in the basement) and I love it! It's supper quiet and uses less energy than my old iwaki.
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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby MadCityReefer on Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:35 pm

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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:07 pm

The dart snapper is a phenomenal pump and I highly recommend it. I have my pump down in the basement and it pumps up 10ft vertical and spans the entire 6 foot tank with 4 loc-line outlets and there is plenty of flow. Virtually silent as well. The customer service for reeflo is top notch.

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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:09 pm

The dart snapper is a phenomenal pump and I highly recommend it. I have my pump down in the basement and it pumps up 10ft vertical and spans the entire 6 foot tank with 4 loc-line outlets and there is plenty of flow. Virtually silent as well. The customer service for reeflo is top notch.

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Postby bubblewood on Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:17 pm

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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby bubblewood on Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:47 am

ithk21620 wrote:You thinking about going with an in sump pump or external pump? If you want quiet and a lot of flow I would go with a reeflo pump. Low watt draw and lots of flow. I actually have a brand new dart / snapper hybrid I can't use and couldn't return I would sell for less than retail. Also have the bulkhead, strainer and true union valve for before the pump too. I had to go with the hammerhead because of my head height (sump in the basement) and I love it! It's supper quiet and uses less energy than my old iwaki.



I was planning on using a sump pump for the system. The way everything is set up it would be a much easier plumbing setup. Do you have anything in the range of 1300 to 1500 gph?
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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby bubblewood on Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:50 am

tickle wrote:The dart snapper is a phenomenal pump and I highly recommend it. I have my pump down in the basement and it pumps up 10ft vertical and spans the entire 6 foot tank with 4 loc-line outlets and there is plenty of flow. Virtually silent as well. The customer service for reeflo is top notch.

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This looks like a awesome pump! A bit overkill for my setup. I was using a sump pump under my tank with 2 returns to the tank. Recommend anything?
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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:16 am

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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:17 am

This looks like a awesome pump! A bit overkill for my setup. I was using a sump pump under my tank with 2 returns to the tank. Recommend anything?


You mean a in sump pump? Maybe look into the mag drive pumps. I used one on my 40 breeder. Then just buy a cheap $40 pond pump off eBay to toss on the shelf as a backup.

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Postby ithk21620 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:49 am

I have not used an in sump pump in years so I'm not sure what would be a good pump. I used a mag when I had one but I have heard good things about the quiet one pumps.
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Postby bubblewood on Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:14 pm

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300lbs of reef substrate ready to start going in! Getting closer!
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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:58 pm

Where did you get the substrate from? I'm looking to make a purchase in the next month here.

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Re: 240 Gal reef tank build

Postby tickle on Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:00 pm

Where did you get the substrate from? I'm looking to make a purchase in the next month here.

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240 Gal reef tank build

Postby bubblewood on Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:00 pm

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It's show time !!!
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