ZeroInverse 150 gallon tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by zeroinverse, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    In case people want to see my 150 gallon tank setup.

    I've been 8+ years out of saltwater reefs and back in September 2011, I got back into the hobby. First with a 90 gallon and shortly upgraded to a 150 gal. It was all because I saw people with 120 gal tanks that had a 48"x24" footprint. I really liked the depth.

    Slideshow showing my tank build.
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    150gal tank setup

    Here is the plumbing. A bit overkill, but will simplify in a future round.
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    Reef DIY sump plumbing

    Here is my custom SUMP design made from a 40 gallon breeder (from Petco's $1/gallon sale).
    You can see my 2x4 wood stand with plywood siding.
    You can also see my DIY crawlspace floor supports to support the joists under my tank
    (150gal tank + 40gal sump=190 gallons) @ 8lbs/gal water = 1520lbs.
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    Reef Tank DIY


    Thought I'd share the tank and the related build of my multi-purpose sump.

    Sump will be a 40+ gallon tank split into
    1) display refugium (18" wide x 5" deep x 15" high) to host microfauna
    2) frag tank & remote deep sand bed (18" wide x 10" deep x 12" high) to avoid ugly frag racks in display tank & also provide some additional nitrate conversion
    3) macroalgae (chaeto) growout section (18" wide x 5" deep x 12" high) to remove excess phosphates & nitrates
    4) protein skimmer (older generation Euroreef model)
    5) return pump

    It's set up so you can look at the sump and see the fuge & frag tank.

    SEE BELOW POSTS for detailed info.
  2. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    In case people curious, I got this a few months back and decided to use it as my profile pictures.
  3. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Awesome job on the plumbing! I really like the internal, coast to coast, overflow as well as the custom sump. Nice work!
  4. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    I really like your sump design. I was thinking of something somewhat similar but I really like your layout. How is it working for you?

    Would love to pull that off in my 20L TruVu sump-fuge system but not quite sure there's enough space.
  5. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    Actually, the original coast to coast was already there (from when I bought the tank). I ultimately rebuild a acrylic "box" that was narrower.

    [img width=160 height=160][/img]Coast to coast DIY overflow

    I made it a bit "taller" so that I would get a "deadzone" refugium area. The thought was to use it as a macroalgae growout area. Instead, it's kind of become a detritus collector, which I don't really siphon out. I occasionally use a turkey baster to agitate it and have it run down to my sump with mechanical filtration (filter sock or foam/sponger filters).

    In future, I should make it out of black plastic. Actually, it doesn't really matter since now coralline algae has entirely encrusted the surface so you can't see it anyways.
  6. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Nice setup !
  7. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Very nice plumbing.
    Smart decision to use gate valves.
    Ball valves seem to get sticky more often than not.
    I will keep an eye on this thread.
    Worth watching when DIY is done with careful thought. :)
  8. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I love the crazy tangle of pipes.
    Getting all that to fit, be accessible, and so on, is HARD.
    I have been dealing with the same thing lately - finally fixing my "temporary" mess.
  9. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    Tank looks good ron
  10. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    The gate valves were used for the return lines so I could fine-tune & control flow going back to the two return outlets.

    The drain lines I used ball valves. In retrospect, for the SIPHON drain of my "2-pipe beananimal", I should have used a gate-valve so I could fine-tune the siphon flowrate. You can get by with a ball-valve, but it can get sensitive.
  11. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    In case anyone wants to help me with coral IDs... ^_^
  12. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Ahh, but are you using quality ball-valves, or Home Depot/Ace/Osh/Lows type?

    Asahi America, can't go wrong and they never sieve up on me... and you can replace the ball on the true union versions :) Handles on any of them can be replaced, true union or not.
  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    First one looks like what I've seen called mystic monti
  14. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

  15. Piper

    Piper Guppy

    That LED setup looks very cool. Is the lift manual or do you have plans to mechanize it?

    Very nice tank by the way! I really like the size.

  16. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    Charlie, no plans to mechanize it. Just that many more things that can fail with rusting...
    Plus manual is enough. Designed to slide out of the way while still illuminating the tank so you can dO work. I have a 2-story ceiling so didn't want to hang wires from 2nd floor.
  17. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Nice solution. How much room will that create for you to work around?
  18. zeroinverse

    zeroinverse Guest

    Depending on how you measure distance/gap, it will give you a bit more than 1/2 the tank depth.
  19. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Hi Zero............ killer looking corals man! Happy and healthy, congrats. Do you have a FTS with the coral in there??

  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Why do you have two algae mags?

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