my new build
by, 04-10-2010 at 06:58 PM (763 Views)
finally starting up my first salt tank. i've had freshwater for years. the last tank i set up was a 120g long with wet dry filter for cichlids. now i'm sick of fresh and going salt. the tank is a 110g high, on a wooden stand. i got a 40g long for the sump. last weekend i finally had a warm dry day so i could drill the tank. it's been sitting in the back of my pickup for 5 weeks waiting. drilled 2-1 1/2" drains, and 4-3/4" returns. i'm going similar to a closed loop, just not using a different pump and taking the intake and splitting it, most to sump, rest to return pump. i figured this way i can run my overflow full open, but not drown my skimmer. i'm am putting a check valve on the returns because the holes are fairly low in the tank. the holes are 8" from the ends, and 8" from the top for the higher pair, 18" for the lower pair. today i drilled the sump for a 1 1/2 return, and built a ref in it. do to the stand i had to drill the sump on the end, but i still wanted a ref in it, so i raised it up off the bottom 4". this will let me have a large return area, and i still fit a 6g ref in. tomorrow i need to put the baffles in, and scrape off some caulk. the wind picked up a bit as i was gluing the glass, and i got it everywhere.lol
hopefully this coming week i can find a return pump, have my ro/di show up and install it. find some plumbing(the only local store that carries it is only open when i'm working so i'm stuck till next friday).
i have 160 lbs of live rock in a rubbermaid curing. the sand i have for my dsb in the tank is here. just need to find some base rock and the acrylic overflow that i ordered which will be ready monday. hopefully next weekend i can get water in the tank. and mabye in about 6 months i'll have a fish.lol