Our DSA Neo 105 Build

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  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Post a close up of the sump lid handle

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  2. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I've used both and as long as it's not delicate work, the right angle grinder works wonders and is fast. Otherwise, a carbide disc on the dremel works well.
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  3. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Love the rock structure. Makes we want to redo some of mine.
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  4. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    By request "Sump Lid Handles".

    Possibly overkill. ;)
    Each handle is 5 layers of plastic laminated together. I attached the handles with stainless hardware in case I ever needed to remover them to allow something to sit on top of the lids. :)

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  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Out of curiosity how "stainless" is it really? I mean if you put a SS screw into a tank it will corrode eventually. Does the occasionally "spritz" of saltwater not corrode them... or is it one of those "when it corrodes I'll replace them" situations?
  6. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Well Vertex and Bubble King use stainless screws on their skimmers. I've not had any of their screws corrode. I know it is possible for stainless to Corrode but at least they will resist corrosion much more than other screws. Only time will tell. We'll see how it goes. I have a box of them, so replacement won't be a problem. :p

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  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    I was pretty sure vertex and bubble king used titanium screws. I went with titanium bolts for in my sump but that was for my adjustable baffle that is submerged in the water. Chances are if the grade of stainless steel was not listed it is likely 304 which is most common. It should hold up quite a while under those conditions but will eventually rust. 316 is considered Marine grade and what is used on boats. It will last much longer but will eventually rust too.
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  8. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    The one manufacturer that I recall to use ss screws is Danner on their Mag Drive and Pondmaster pumps, never had a rusting issue with them, maybe in the longer long run?
  9. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

    Just picked up the exact same tank with a bean animal drain into a sump below BUT I will likely connect it to my 187g sump. Since it will have a little distance (4 feet), I am thinking of just using the durso and capping the other two. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    BTW your build is getting me excited to pick up mine - June after Cancun family vacation.

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  10. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    I have successfully ran tanks with a durso as the only drain. When properly tuned the bean animal will run quieter than the durso alone. I also like having piece of mind that there is a backup drain in case something goes wrong with one of the drains since it sits in my living room. When I bought the tank it had two drains and two returns. In my re-plumb I gave it three drains and one return that tees after it gets back into the overflow chamber. I'd keep the bean animal if possible. @Vhuang168 should chime in, he has a lot of experience with bean animal and durso drains.
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  11. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

    Small world, the DSA 105 I am purched includes a sump and skimmer traded from @Vhuang168. I purchased Wilson's set up with similar red plumbing as yours! Thanks for your advice. Maybe I should just run flex from this bean animal to my main sump?


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  12. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Nice, I saw that tank on CL. I believe that tank is slightly different than mine. Looks like the back wall is drilled. Mine has the bottom drilled. You'll get more real estate inside which would be nice to have!

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  13. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

    Yes, I picked that up. Ghost drain on the back. Just love the shallow dimensions for SPS.
  14. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Should be a great tank for you. If you need any help setting it up feel free to reach out.

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  15. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

    Thanks...that would be awesome as I need to replumb to my 187g and sump. Going for a 300g system. Are you East Bay?
  16. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Live in Milpitas work in Mountain View. Where are you?

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  17. livingwaterplanet

    livingwaterplanet Reef Zen Monk/Supporting Member

    Not too far depending on 680 traffic...I'm in Livermore.
  18. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    PM me when you get back from Cancun and need a hand.

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  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I can probably help you out as well
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  20. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Started Aquascaping again last Friday after work. Built up this base from two rocks and gave it a nice footing for stability.
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    Earlier in the week I made this top section from three pieces of rock. Here I am test fitting it to the base Saturday morning.
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    Back side of test fit
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    @Ashalye and I decided we liked this fit better. It gives more of a one piece look, instead of two pieces balanced on one and other.
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    It reminds me of a wishbone.
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    All cured and ready to go
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    Into the tank with it.
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