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    Trichome's 400g System

    400+ gallon system
    180 gallon Starfire tank - Mixed Reef 4x2x25 (1st Floor)
    118 gallon in wall tank - Non-photosynthetic 3x2x31 (2nd Floor)
    125 gallon Sump (Basement)
    75 gallon Frag Tank (Basement)
    29 gallon Quarantine (Basement)

    180g Mixed Reef
    Lighting
    2 - 250 watt IceCap ballast (New Version)
    2 HQI Reflectors
    2 Pheonix 250 watt HQI 14,000 K double ended MH bulbs
    IceCap 660 Ballast
    4 - 48" T5 actinic bulbs and end caps
    4 - 48'' Reflectors with clips
    Flow
    2x VorTech MP40w ES Propeller Pump
    Reeflo Hammerhead Pump (Return)

    118g Non-photosynthetic
    Lighting
    Undecided for now
    Flow
    VorTech MP40w ES Propeller Pump
    Reeflo Hammerhead Pump (Return)

    125g Sump
    Neptune Apex Controller
    2x LifeReef Skimmer w/ Mag 9 SVS2-24----250 Gal.
    Turf Scrubbers
    Ranco duel stage thermostat
    3 - American DJ 8 switch power strips
    300w Heater &250w Heater
    Coralife Pure-Flo II RO/DI Unit 4 stage 50 gpd
    Last edited by Trichome; 09-24-2011 at 09:08 PM.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    180g Mixed Reef Stock List
    Fish
    Coral
    Inverts


    180g Mixed Reef wanted List
    Fish
    Blue Spot Jawfish (Opistognathus rosenblatti)
    1 Male 3 Female McCosker's Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus mccoskeri)
    Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse (Wetmorella tanakai)
    2x Pink Margin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus)
    Pair Red Mandarin (Pterosynchiropus splendidus var.)
    5x Anthias (Pseudanthias bartlettorum)
    Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acanthops)
    Gold Assessor Basslet (Assessor flavissimus)
    Ember Blenny (Cirripectes stigmaticus)
    5x Barnacle Blenny (Acanthemblemaria sp.)
    Tail Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura) MAYBE
    Court Jester Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)
    Blue Striped Tamarin Wrasse, (Anampses femininus)
    Coral
    Heteropsammia cochlea, the “walking dendro”
    Inverts

    118g Non-photosynthetic Stock List
    Fish
    Pair Hawaiian Flame Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus jordani) 8-16-11
    Matted Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus)

    Coral
    Rhizotrochus
    West African Colangia (Colangia sp.)
    West African Red Polyp Pink Sea Fan (Echinogorgia sp.)
    Dendrophyllia arbuscula
    Dendrophyllia coarctata
    Dendrophyllia gracilis
    Balanophyllia (Balanophyllia sp.)
    Sun coral (Tubastrea coccinea)
    Yellow Tube Coral (Tubastrea aurea)
    Florida cup coral (Phyllangia americana)

    Inverts
    2x Porcelain Crab (Petrolisthes sp.)
    Bullseye Snapping Shrimp (Alpheus soror)

    118g Non-photosynthetic wanted List
    Fish
    3x Carberryi Anthias (Nemanthias carberryi)
    or
    3x Sunset Anthias (Pseudanthias parvirostris)
    or
    3x Dispar Anthias (Pseudanthias dispar)
    3x Yellow Spotted Anthias(Pseudanthias flavoguttatus) Drool!
    Coral
    Caribbean Orange Tree Gorgonia [Expert Only] (Swiftia exserta)
    Archohelia Redivia
    Monomyces
    Cyathelia axillaris sp.
    Cirrhipathes spiralis
    Inverts
    Double Sea Star (Iconaster longimanus)
    Last edited by Trichome; 12-03-2012 at 06:38 PM.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    The Build

    I bought a house in April of 2010 and it gave me a good reason to build a nice big fish system. Little did i know it would be as labor intensive as it has been. After having a couple years keeping saltwater reef tanks under my belt and going to several meeting to see everyone's systems i took several ideas and made my own reef system. I decided i wanted a sump in the basement for several reasons. From there i choose to have a 180g starfire mixed reef in my living room and a 118g in wall non-photosynthetic tank in my bedroom on the second floor. I have all these tanks linked together via in wall plumbing. I will have a Reeflo Hammerhead pump pushing water from my basement 22.5 feet up to my 118g in wall non-photosynthetic tank. From there the water will overflow down ten feet to my 180g mixed reef and that will overflow down to a turf scrubber and then into the sump.

    One of the first projects was to knock out the wall in my bedroom for the 118g tank. Kevin was a huge help in this part of the project. Thanks Kevin!


    The tank sits between two closets in my bedroom.




    Next i had to build a stand for the tank to sit on.







    Then i put a 3/4 inch plywood down and laid 1 inch thick foam on it.
    Last edited by Trichome; 10-15-2011 at 09:00 PM.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Here is a picture of the new 180g tank and a stand i built for it. The stand and tank are sitting on a melamine 3/4 inch particle board to catch and water spillage.


    Kevin also helped my run my plumbing from my basement to my bedroom though the wall. At this point we where tearing my house apart.

    This is the hole we made in my closet for the plumbing.

    This is a hole we had to make in the stairwell to clear some wood out of the way.

    After a lot of work in the basement here is a couple pictures of the sump, top-off cans, and the frag tank.

    Sump and top-off cans


    Frag tank and the canyon my dad put in the floor. The canyon is where i i will have a one inch pipe running from the frag tank into my sump via gravity power. Gravity is free and should be used whenever possible if your trying to build a energy star fish system!

    Frag tank

    This is where my 29g quarantine tank will be, right next to the frag tank.
    Last edited by Trichome; 10-15-2011 at 09:01 PM.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Man that guy who hacked into the wall did a great job!
    Kevin

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Need more action shots! Are you going strictly turf filter, or will you have a big skimmer as well?
    - Matthew

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Quote Originally Posted by KGERBUS
    Man that guy who hacked into the wall did a great job!
    You sure did. Thank you for your help Kevin. I really hate working with the plaster walls but i cant be picky about it i guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by drimo
    Need more action shots! Are you going strictly turf filter, or will you have a big skimmer as well?
    I am still in the process of building this system. I am not going strictly turf scrubber. I have a couple LifeReef Skimmer w/ Mag 9 SVS2-24----250 Gal. i plan on using. I know using two skimmers is not the best of setup but i don't have the money right now to buy a big one. That will have to be taken care of later down the line.

    I will be updating this thread as i keep building this system. My next big project is to drill both of the tanks for external overflows. It should be a challenging project.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Your new 180g tank looks fantastic, Eric! I am really looking forward to this build thread and can't wait to see your dedicated non-photosynthetic coral tank once it is up and running.

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    Today I worked on plumbing for my RO/DI water filter.

    These are the tools I needed to get the project going.
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    Here is where the new hook-up will be going in.

    There is the new addition. First i cut the pipe so i could add the T. Then i soldered it in place. Next i added a short piece of copper tubing and connected that to the ball valve. Then i added another piece of copper tube and connected that to a 1/2 inch to 3/8 female threaded copper piece and from there i screwed in the 3/8 male threaded plastic piece which has a 1/4 push tube connector.

    Here is the finished project with the RO/DI.
    Eric
    400 Gallon System
    118g Non-photosynthetic DT
    180g Reef DT
    125g Sump
    75g Frag

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    Re: Trichome's 400g System

    I don't know of any other hobby that people will completely alter there home, rip down walls and so on for reef tank.... It's awesome!
    What a huge upgrade Eric. Can't wait to see more photos!

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