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Aurora Quest 450 Gallon Classroom Rebuild

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by MuralReef, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    It is that time. The new tank and stand has arrived. I don’t think I will officially start the rebuild until July since I have plans to leave town for a bit and would like to be able to check in daily once the new tank is up and running. Today the new 450 gallon monster donated by CORAL and manufactured by Planet Aquarium arrived. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    My plans are already changing since the stand is different than what I have and my current sump won’t fit under the stand.
     
  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I am thinking I will either put the sump under the raised platform behind the tank or reconfigure the sump and fuge from the old library tank so everything will be contained beneath the stand.
     
  4. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    My concern is that the sump from the library an ADHI sump that is 42” x 18” won’t be big enough during a power outage.
     
  5. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    WOW! What a generous gift!!! This is goona be awesome!
     
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  6. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I’ll never be able to retire!
     
  7. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

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    What are the dimensions of the tank again? 4’x8’? How many gallons are anticipating surplus in a power failure?
     
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  8. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    4’x6’. I haven’t calculated the surplus but that is why I’m leaning towards a little more space behind the tank and the bigger sump. Plus that would leave more space under the tank for other equipment.
     
  9. halmus

    halmus Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Roughly 15 gal per inch depth.

    If you’ve got the floor space, outside of the tank would be awsome.

    Just kick a few kids out of school and free up the front row of chairs.
     
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  10. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Can you use the old stand? Or is that a no-no?
     
  11. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Amazing!
     
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  12. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    We weren't sure if it was just old acrylic or if that was why the tank failed. Either way the new stand is nicer and fully powder coated. I plan to use it and repurpose half of the old stand to use as a platform for accessing the tank from behind.
     
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  13. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Jetman also helped out and had two new 20 amp quadplex outlets installed so I will have all the power that is needed. IMG_2519.jpeg
     
  14. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I am also thinking about changing my lighting. I recently obtained 3-400 watt MH ballasts but only 2 pendants. I am thinking about losing the 72" fixture. It weighs a ton and isn't as bright as my 2-250 watt pendants. I have two other 250 watt pendants at home. So I am thinking of doing 2-250 watts in the back, 2-400 watts in the middle, and 2-250 watts in the front. I will probably keep the T-5's running down the center between the MH pendants.
     
  15. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    If you set at least one of the return lines so it skims the top of the water and can easily break siphon, you won't lose much to the sump when the return turns off. The way I have my tank configured, Only 1.25 gallons goes into the sump from my 3'×18" 65g. That corresponds to a 1/2" drop in display level. If you set yours up in a similar way, you only need 7 gallons of reserve to prevent a flood. That would be 2.25" of reserve in your sump.

    Sent from my SM-G965U using MASC mobile app
     
  16. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Awesome! What’s the plan for moving livestock into the new tank? Are you going to try to avoid adding some of the corals back that became pests (yellow polyps, etc.)? You’d probably have to start with new rock then, right?
     
  17. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I have been thinking a lot about that. I’ve thought about removing those yellow polyps since the grow everywhere and replacing the rock. I’m thinking about the same thing with some of the palys since they are everywhere too. The only problem is if I do that the tank may need more time to cycle than I have to leave fish and corals sitting around.
     
  18. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Yep. That would be tough. Do you have any of the marine pure blocks in your sump?
     
  19. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Marine pure blocks are great actually... also, anyone around with cheep live rock? I think Charlie may have some.
     
  20. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I currently have 3 marine pure blocks in the sump and can get some dry rock so that’s not the issue.
     

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