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The 120 reef ready upgrade

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by Lmmchops, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    A couple weeks ago I picked up a 120g reef ready and am super excited to be moving up from my IM 30L.

    It is a 4x2x2 reef ready with dual overflows I have an Eshopps R-200 sump with a Your Choice Aquatics DC-13 skimmer to start with.

    I am curious as to how to plumb it I did receive the megaflow kits with it but have been looking into running a dual Herbie and then an over the back return any input or help is greatly appreciated.

    I am going to take my ap700 off of my 30L and use it in the canopy and plan to run some retrofit t5 fixtures as well.

    Dont know what return pump I am going to use yet but leaning towards one of the sicce wifi ones.

    This is my first large tank so any tips or recommendations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
    Thanks all




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    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

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  3. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Sorry about the duplicate pictures still figuring out the posting pictures thing lol
     
  4. Dr.DiSilicate

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

    I did a double her bow on a 120 a few years back. I drilled the back for the return. It worked really nicely.

    I have a sicce return, not the WiFi, and really like it! It’s “is that thing on” quiet!


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  5. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Would you happen to have any pictures of how you set up the overflows?

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  6. Dr.DiSilicate

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

    Unfortunately no. I’d go on reef central and look up herbie overflow. I used the smaller hole for the main on each with a gate valve and the larger as the emergency I think. It’s been at least 5 years since I had the tank... 7 or so since I plumbed it. Where do you live?


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  7. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ok no worries I've done quite a bit of searching so I have to general idea. But more info is always better lol and I'm in Westminster

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  8. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Bean animal is the best herbie is good. I currently run im gonna call it a modified herbie.

    If you have the holes drilled for it go bean animal.
     
  9. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have seen that but from what I have seen you then have issues with 1 overflow being full of stagnant water

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  10. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I wouldn't bother with double bean since you have dual overflows. Way too many pipes and you lose the KISS principle. I would do a total of 4 pipes and either make it dual Herbie or make it a separated bean with an extra emergency (Herbie in one pipe, durso in the other, and emergencies in both).

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  11. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    At this point I'm pretty positive I'm doing dual Herbie. Like you said KISS principle it's the easiest with my set up and makes me feel the best with the emergencies

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  12. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    You could also consider doing Herbie in one, durso in the other, and instead of an emergency in the durso side, use that hole to route the return. That gives you a separated bean and you don't need to run the return on the back.

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  13. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I hadn't really thought about that

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  14. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Started painting the inside of the stand today. 20180807_130655.jpg 20180807_130705.jpg
     
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  15. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Looks good, you'll like the inside white like that when you go to hunt for something in the cabinet at night.
     
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  16. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yeah lol I'm doing the same to the canopy so it reflects all the light back down into the tank

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  17. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Planning on doing the dual Herbie and drilling the back for a bulkhead for the return this will be my first time drilling a tank anybody willing to help me next Wednesday or thursday?

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

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    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

  20. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Going to be drilling the back for a return on Wednesday or thursday is anybody free to help?

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