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Ok, after much thinking and planning, stalling and just being lazy, all major hurdles have finally now been cleared and I am back in bidness!

My old thread was unceremoniously wiped from the internet, so I will begin this new thread with just a short recap of what the thread was originally. For those new folks here, this was perhaps one of the longest build threads of LARC record - and never got to the adding water part. :) So, let me begin again. Those that have read through this stuff many times before, please bare with me. :)

The tank is an Oceanic 140 RR and it was purchased in December 2005 (no, that's not a misprint) from Fintastic Aquarium. I brought what was left of my stinky 75 gallon Rita tank to Lonny for him to sell for me, which he did in fairly short order. I am going to use the money I got from that sale to stock the new tank with some nice rock.

I had a custom stand and canopy built by a cabinet shop, also through Fintastic. The sump and 20 gallon refugium were custom made to my specs by LifeReef. I had originally planned on building the sump and refugium myself, but thought it might be faster to order ready built. Ha! Guess I was wrong there. Because of space limitations, I went with the LifeReef skimmer. I am still not completely sold on this skimmer, but will at least give it a try. I had Jeff at LifeReef build the sump with this skimmer in mind. I have a LifeReef calcium reactor and a GEO kalk reactor. These probably won't be pressed into service for a while.

I will have a closed loop system, utilizing the OceansMotions 4Way and a Sequence Reeflo Dart pump. My return pump is a Mag 12 for now, but I may even step down to a Mag 9.5, or a smaller Eheim pump. Will give this a try first, but it is probably going to be more flow through the sump than I really want or need.

Lighting will be two 250 watt MH AB 12k bulbs, supplemented by 4 URI Super Actinic 03 bulbs. Also a dimmable Lebos moon light system. I am planning on using a Premium Aquatics Lighthouse controller (which has now been updated since I bought mine over a year ago :()

Anyway, that pretty much sums up the important stuff that was in the original long lived thread. Hopefully this one will move a little quicker! :) Here are some pics from the past - and present.

Here is the tank and stand sitting dry - as it has for the last 16 months. That plumbing sitting on the bottom of the tank is about to be reworked. You can also see the tile that was installed under the tank (and most of the rest of the house).
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The custom made LifeReef sump and refugium.
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The canopy just after finishing the wiring. The actinic tubes are not in place yet, but you can see the lamp holders. Moon lights are also not completely installed.
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The OM 4Way is plumbed to the top of the back of the tank. Two returns go to the top of the front of the tank and two more will run along the bottom of the sandbed to the front of the tank, pointed upward at a 45 (or maybe a 22.5) degree angle.
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The LifeReef skimmer. It's no DelTec, so I know I am not wowing anyone here. :)
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1st update: I had the two 20 amp dedicated circuits run yesterday. I thought I got a decent deal from a licensed electrician at $324. That gives me three independent circuits behind the tank. The two new ones are not GFCI. I will connect all submerged equipment to the GFCI outlet that was already there. Lights and other pumps and equipment not in close contact with water will be plugged into the standard 20 amp outlets.

If anyone needs some electrical work done here in Lake Charles, my experience with "Mr. Electric" (337-436-9322) was pretty good. The owner has fresh water aquariums, so he didn't think I was nuts going to all this trouble to hook up a fish tank.

I have not touched the tank in months, so now I can get started again. I want to rework the two closed loop returns that are on the bottom of the tank. I am taking the Lok-Line out and will just use a couple of 45s pointed upward instead. Hopefully I can get on that this weekend and get some sand and water in it anyway.
 

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Gooo Gary!!! Progress is good!!!
Yeah, but I ain't gonna believe anything 'till I see water, sand, and rocks in there.

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haha thats true!! Gary you have the RO unit running as we type right?
 

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i see water in the sump!

by my calculations...we will see water in the tank by 2010

if not then...it;ll have to be when hell freezes over

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Wow... does this mean that there will be flow before Christmas?? we can only hope that there is a cure for procrastination! Good job so far Gary!
 

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Glad to see some progress!!! I'll host a meeting when Gary gets some SW in the tank,LMAO
 

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Hey Gary-
I've been looking for a used 140g- and to save you the trouble- I'll take all that outdated stuff you have hanging on there to.

Hey guys-
what is a good $ for a 1 1/2 year old 140g stand canopy- in fairly good shape?

I would certainly want to give Gary a fair price for all that old stuff.
 
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AS long as you know that whatever you get from him will have to be dusted! HAHAHAHAHAA J/K Gary, I am really glad to see you moving on this project again. Be nice to have someone else in town that we can get some frags from!!
 

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I am not sure if you can call this project moving, that might be pushing it a bit.
 

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hey I feel for you Gary! It is taking me a long time to set my 120 up... That is why I haven't posted any pics yet.... You post one, then everyong wants an update everyday.lol
I'm going to post everything at the end!!! but then again you can't have anyone help you as you go... I love build threads..
 
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HEY EVERYONE!!! Leave him alone about the build.... we need positive reinforcement on this one... GOOD JOB GARY!!
 

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That's what I ment to type-

Great Job Gary :!: :!: :!:
 

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3333ch , Good Job Gary. Now get to work and fill that sucker up :D
 

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Well, nothing new has been done yet - except starting the thread over (and getting a couple of new receptacles). :) I know all you guys missed digging it up every now and then to razz me about it. Ha!

It will start to come together now though. I want to get that one bit of plumbing done inside of the tank and then start working on the base of the aquascape with my old rock. Still hoping I can reach the bottom. :)
 

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I decided not to split that closed loop return that goes under the sandbed. I was getting great flow from the other two outlets that are single 1" pipes.

With the ones on the bottom, I was trying to return both to the bottom back side and the bottom front with the same line. I think I will go with single 1" retuns in the bottom front instead.

I should be getting better surface movement from those returns than what I saw in the two fresh water runs. I think I will stick a couple of Nano Streams on the back wall somewhere out of sight (with some creative aquascaping I hope) to move the water from back to front instead.
 
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