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    Clint's 120 to 280 gallon in wall tank upgrade build thread

    I think this thread is a little over due. My ~10 year 120 gallon mixed reef has served me well over the past 10 years. It is the largest tank I have ever kept and with the exception of the leak it sprung a few years back, has served me well. The tank is an Oceanic eurobraced tank that I purchased used on MARSH. It is mounted in our living room wall and has a ~ 200 sqft "fish room" behind it.


    Picture from March 19, 2006


    Picture of 120 during its peak about 6 years ago

    As for the upgrade, I have ordered a 72"X30"X30" tank from Reef Savvy. The lead time when I ordered was ~6 months so I don't expect the tank until around May/April time frame. The tank will be eurobraced like my current tank, starphire on the front panel and blacked out on the other three. I have specified two ghost overflows but am not 100% set on this and may submit a change request. Let me know what your thoughts on the overflow are.

    My most recent project in anticipation of the build was to install a fresh air exchanger. I have always had a problem with low pH and I think this may have be caused by elevated CO2 levels. To reduce the CO2 levels, I purchase a Panasonic FV-04VE1 WhisperComfortTM Spot ERV. Out of fear of it pumping in chemicals from outside (such as the mosquito sprayer), I connected a Airbox 1 Stealth Edition 500 CFM 4" flanges HT4496 to the air inlet.
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    The install ended up being much more work than I expected but it is all behind me with the exception of mounting a nice grill/vent for the 4" air intake under one of my attic soffits.

    Many more posts to come!
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    It may be difficult managing 2 independent overflows, especially if you plan on running a full siphon. I had Felix build me a 5 foot external overflow box with 2 20 inch weirs cut into the back panel on an 8 foot tank. I'm extremely happy with the results.
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    Billw, thanks for the feedback. Do you have a picture of the back of the tank after the install? How many drain lines do you have connected to the overflow?

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    Thanks for the "like" FJW. The 440 pounds of sand I purchased from you will be the first thing that goes in it!

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    I can get you some pictures. I plumbed it in a standard 3 drain beananimal configuration. Inch bulkheads and inch and a half pipe. I'll see if i can dig up some pictures, if not I'll take some.

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    Amazing tank, that 120!

    Looking forward to your build.

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    overflow2.jpg

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    Sorry about the dust. Picture was taken during construction . It's a bit tough to get the gist of the overflow from these pictures but you may get the general idea. The plumbing you see in the first picture is the return.

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    Thanks for the quick reply and pictures. I will call Felix and see what he recommends.

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    I would do one ghost with 2 drains and 1 emergency.

    External is the way to go.

    Ive had low, moderate, and high flow through my sumps. IMO a moderate flow works well.

    I have a 225/G with Mag 18 and it's just about right.

    In the tank is where the high flow needs to be.
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    Speaking of sump flow, I picked up a variable speed pump with 10V Apex controller interface over Black Friday weekend. I plan on using it as my primary return pump.

    I also got a bunch of 1" red PVC from BRS for the plumbing. I plan on taking my time with the plumbing and making it look as nice as possible.


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