My 240 build thread

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Ok here is my story…. Back around 2008 I had a roughly 2000 gallons of saltwater tanks at my house (no tank over 135 gallons) but ended up having to sell it all due to moving to another state. In Dec of 2013 I decided to get back into the hobby and purchased a JBJ AIO 40 gallon and kept that until Aug of 2015 when I had to move again to another state so I broke it all down and sold that.

Now fast forward to Jan of 2019 I decided to get back into the hobby once again… So I purchased a IM 40 to try and duplicate my reef tank from 2013-2015. Well I bought a bunch of high end stuff and got it going but it only lasted until May before I got bit with the “go bigger bug” so I purchased a IM112. Before I could get it set up I found out the house I was renting was going into foreclosure so that pushed us to buy our first house. I moved in to said house in July of 2019 and got the IM112 set up pretty quickly as I had everything in various QT tanks and a frag tank. It didn’t take too long before I realized the IM112 was not the best option for my new house and of course the “go bigger bug” was nipping at my tail also. So I decided to order my new tank an Acrylic 96X24X24 (240G) display tank that I will be doing in the wall, the stand will be 48” tall.

A little about the house / fish room setup. I have a detached building that is 25’X24’ (600 Sqft.). 362 Sqft. of it is finished living space which is where me and my son spend our time playing video games, watching the fish and hanging out. 238 Sqft. is a climate controlled finished garage where the tank and all of the equipment will be housed. I have always wanted an in wall tank and what better time than to do it now!


Equipment for the build:

LifeReef Custom Sump and refugium

LifeReef Skimmer VS3-36 with Mazzei Venturi Driven by Sicce SDC 9.0 pump

LifeReef reactors (3 if / when I need them)

Lifegard Aquatic Pro-MAX 90watt UV

Sicce SDC 9.0 return pump feeding the fuge then running through the chiller then returning directly into the tank.

Jebao DCP-15000 feeding the UV then returning directly into the tank

(4) Maxspect Gyre XF350 driven by Hydro's Wave Engine

(1) Tunze Stream 3

Tradewinds Super 1/3hp chiller remote mounted outside.

Neptune Apex Controller with dual EB832’s

Neptune EB4

Neptune Trident

Neptune LDK

Neptune AFS

Jager Trutemp 300 watt heater

Finnex 500 watt heater

AutoAqua AWC

Seneye Reef monitor (can use during setup for ammonia monitoring)

Dual 75 gallon reservoirs (1 salt, 1 RO) with Reeflo Dart / Snapper hybrid mixing pump.

BRS RODI with water saver upgrade and triple DI saver kit.

Lights 2 Reef Breeders Photon 48-V2+

I really don’t plan on making this a reef tank however I will plan on using what coral I currently have in the IM112 (I may eventually go fish only). What I have is a few pieces of SPS and then mostly Zoas, torches, hammers, Lobo’s, Scoly’s, rock flowers, BTA, Favia, etc.

I have attached a few pictures and one of the floor plan. The 11'X4' area is where I currently have my frag tank, dual 75 gallon reservoirs, and RODI system but I may move all that into the garage area as it will cut down on some plumbing. The tank will be in the wall that divides the garage from the finished area you can see it in one of the pictures. I have already removed all the shelving in preparation for the tank which can be seen in the pictures.
 

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Painting of the back and sides is all done. Well it’s actually plastidip instead of paint that why it can be removed easily if needed. I also got my new lights in today also. Had to reorder some plumbing parts as I didn’t realize schedule 80 bulkheads are larger than schedule 40. The new fittings should be here Friday and we will start the install in the wall on Thursday. So I’m making progress.
 

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Made some good process this evening. More tomorrow.
 

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Well got it all wrapped up today.
 

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Got lights over the tank, got 3/4 of the tank filled with RO water (no picture), did some plumbing today. Got to move the sump over tomorrow and finish the plumbing.
 

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Few new pictures. Got some fish in QT today, got the 75 gallon mixing station reservoirs moved out to the garage got the UV plumbed, got the pump controllers mounted, installed a few shelf’s. Slowly each day I’m getting it cleaned up.
 

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Well I did some work on the sump. The pump I had running the UV took a crap so I purchased a Jebao DCP-15000 to run it. Since I had to change the pump I decided to run all the pumps external to help with keeping the water cooler during the summer months. I had to drill 3 1” holes and install bulk heads, then redo the plumbing to accommodate the changes.

Before the changes the 500 watt heater I had running couldn’t keep up so I had to add a backup 300 watts. It’s crazy the 500 watt heater use to cycle on for about 1 hour then off for 1.5hrs before the changes. Then it took about 1 full day for the 800 watts to get it back up to 77. I think everything turned out good and I’m happy with the end result.

I also finally siliconed around all the trim, then painted the trim and wall. Finally it’s done.

I have a few fish in QT. Redsea Sailfin, Yellow Belly Blue Hippo, Sohal Tang, Purple Tang, Yellow Tang, Blue Spot Puffer. I lost a Blue Line Trigger and Aussie Harlequin Tusk in QT unfortunately.

Also got some Bropsis in the tank unfortunately so I treated the tank with Reef Flux so hopefully that will knock it out.
 

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Small update.

Reef Flux Knocked out the Bropsis in about 2 weeks. Been fighting hair algae, nothing uncommon for the new setup.
Cheato is now dying off though.

Purchased a few fully QT'ed fish from Bay Bridge Aquarium, Just waiting to take delivery. (2) convict tangs, kole eye tang, baby queen angel, copper band butterfly, pair of red sea clowns.
I also just finished QT on a Clown trigger.
So basically I have a buttload of fish waiting to go into the DT.

1 Gyre XF350 stopped working to I had to remove, disassemble and clean it. I also took this time to clean the other one and change the origination from horizontal to vertical.

Left my glass top open after feeding and with in 30 mins my Noako Wrasse committed suicide. RIP little guy.
 

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Early on I had to run water from the house to the game room. This required me to bore under the concrete to do the job. I did this work will replumbing the house with a homerun PEX system.
 

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Hey, @Badilac, NICE!! What was your timeline from start to finish? Sounds like the perfect time and location for your in-wall tank!!
Thanks,

Time line was as below,
12/2/19 tank ordered
12/11/19 tank finished
12/14/19 tank picked up
12/19/19 @ 4pm started the project
12/20/19 tank in-wall construction complete
12/28/19 Transferred all fish and coral from old tank to the new in-wall.
On-going making improvements and changes.

So basically 26 days from the time I placed my order for the tank from the time I had fish in the tank. Or 9 days from the start of the project until fish were swimming.

I think it went pretty darn quick considering the only help I had was one person for a 1/2 day on 12/19 and the full day on 12/20. Plus I did all of this while enjoying the holidays with family.
 
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Very impressive build! Boring under that concrete is no easy task either. In wall tanks are special. You get this surreal feeling watching your fish swimmming - like living art. Your tank looks awesome!

Thanks, me and my son enjoy spending time out there watching them and playing games. Unfortunately the wife doesn't get the same enjoyment as we do, but its ok.

I wish I had some more time during the setup to do some more fancy stuff with the rock work but the fish were on life support since I had to use a lot of the equipment from the IM112 to get this tank up and running. Plus I have ZERO imagination to come up with creative scapes. Overall I am very happy with the turn out and the only time I wish things were different is when I look at other builds.
 

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We are always our own worst critics. Your tank looks great!
Our tanks are always different stages. It is interesting though. Sometimes a certain arch, cave etc that I think could "look" more aesthetically pleasing turns out to be a favorite spot for my fish to dive or zoom through. 🐠
 
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