Trev's Peninsula Upgrade (Refurb!)


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So after over 9 years running a relatively successful makeshift reef from an old cichlid tank, I've decided to finally set up my ideal peninsula reef tank.
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No more sketchy screen covering the sump and equipment sitting behind the tank.

This is the second-hand tank that I bought off a fellow reefer.


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Resized the sump to fit under the tank. It was originally sitting on top of a shelf of the stand.
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Went for the Bean Animal style overflow, which is supposed to be super silent. One primary drain controlled by a gate valve, a second Herbie styled overflow and a final emergency drain. As easy as everyone tells you drilling holes through glass is, you still sweat bullets doing it.
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I let me son paint the styrofoam base for fun.
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And for just for kicks I sprayed this Spiderman Logo into two sealed pieces of glass on my sump
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The top chamber is my inlet where I plan to add a Buble Magus Filter Roller, which then flows into the main chamber only on the right-hand side which is where the skimmer and other reactors will go. It then comes to the refugium section in the end and lastly, back around to the return section which also has some space for my filter media.
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I had to grind off the platform under the stand so I can get the sump inside.
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Custom DIY acrylic refugium baffles and overflow cover.
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Probably not the best way to do it but I wanted black trim lines on the edges so I landed spray painting them which probably won't land up lasting too long. I'm thinking if the lines wear away to quickly I can try black silicon.
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I drilled holes into the wall behind where the tank will sit which leads into a laundry room/fish room. So I can at least keep my Auto Top-Up tank hidden and also mix and pump saltwater for water changes direclty from there as well. I've also put a cover over that electrical point to prevent any water from spilling directly onto it.
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Creating a custom DIY refugium light mount using led hydronponic grow lights.
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I can't believe it's taken three full days of my RO filter running non-stop to finally fill the entire tank and sump up with water.
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My solution to not having a cabinet built yet and preventing my three-year old's bath toys floating around in the sump :m28:
 

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nice.

For future idea:
I'm doing water changes from my fishroom as well. The drum is permanently part of the system. Got a standpipe inside to act as overflow. For water changes I close a ball valve and the drum is isolated out of the system. It does have a ball valve for a drain at the bottom, drain it. Fill up with RO, mix salt. When ready a couple of hours later I open the inlet ball valve again. But for this type of setup you would need two pipes, inlet and outlet. The outlet would be 50mm as it is just gravity fed. In your case you need one bigger hole for the return and the current "big" hole would become the feed towards the drum. No more angry other half due to water spillage in the house.
 
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@RiaanP Thanks for that idea. My fish room is at a slightly higher level than where the tank sits so the gravity feed would actually work pretty well there. I'm a bit confused on the outlet for the wastewater that you're replacing. Does this go back into the same drum after the fresh saltwater has gone into the display or do you plumb something from your tank to a drain somewhere?
 

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Looking awesome. Nice upgrade, I remember seeing your tank years ago in person and wondered why you had such a high narrow tank. :lol: The new one is going to make your life so much easier. If the spraypaint comes off, go and look at the pvc angles Leroy Merlin has, they are black, might work to cover the edges. Plus very cheap. Something like this:

 
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Looking awesome. Nice upgrade, I remember seeing your tank years ago in person and wondered why you had such a high narrow tank. :lol: The new one is going to make your life so much easier. If the spraypaint comes off, go and look at the pvc angles Leroy Merlin has, they are black, might work to cover the edges. Plus very cheap. Something like this:

Awesome, might just go ahead and get these anyways!
 
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Update - T5 lighting is in! Just need to move across the Kessils and a new AI Prime with the corals
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Nice looking tank. How are you stopping the siphon when the power goes out on the return?
I found these small pvc vacuum breakers from the Stewarts & Loyds which I was hoping would work since I just recently used something similar when installing my pools solar heating panels. However, I found the pressure of my return wasn't strong enough to close the seal on it so I landed up going with the old trusted holes on the return just before the water line which seems to be working well.
 
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Tank Update
  • All corals are settling in nicely and I'm already seeing better polyp extension on some of my SPS.
  • Engine room chugging along. I added the BM Filter roller to my setup which works like a dream!
  • Added a new AI Prime to the Kessil T5 setup for some extra punch and controllability to the lighting
  • Also just introduced a new gigantic regal tang and an ornate wrasse to the system

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