Smtwinn

300DD Planet Aquarium Build #2

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Around September 1st this year, I finally gave in.  Started the plans for another 300g tank.  Ever since I got rid of my previous 300 I have not been happy with a smaller tank.  Beginning of September I started planning my next 300.  Went back and forth on which manufacture I wanted to use....Had my mind on a Marineland 300dd even with all the horror stories to save some pennies.  About few weeks went by, jump on here and yet again seen another failure. scared the hell out of me.  So I went ahead pulled the trigger on a planet 300dd.  Ordered the tank on Nov. 19, due to me in 4 weeks.  Tank came in on Dec. 20th, I've been working it with all my spare time between the holidays.....I prepped as much as I could prior to tank arrival.  Built the stand, bought what equipment I needed, and  made 400g of RO water to give an idea of my prepping.  See tank details below.

 

300g deep dimension from planet aquariums 36x72x27 center overflow drilled for 5 1" bulkheads. armored seams, euro braced and center braced.  bottom of tank is 1/4" glass cut so the bulkhead sit flush agains the 1/2" expanded pvc bottom. running bean animal overflow

 

1.25" x .125 wall steel tube stand wrapped in wood. major panels are magnetic and removable. stand is 36.75x80x42

 

125g standard tank is the sump. bought glass, siliconed in baffles.  learned something new with this.  how to cut glass with a water jet since I had the glass cut .1875" too thick...

 

Vectra L2 return pump....this thing seems so much more powerful than the L1

Aqua UV 57 watt sterilizer

Reef Octopus Regal 300-int skimmer

Avast Marine K1 Kalkwasser Reactor

Apex

2 DOS

3 FMM

1 Onelink

Bob

Trident

Atk

Wxm

Ald

5 optical sensors

1 MP60

2 MP40

2 Wavs

800w primary heater

300w secondary heater

2 xr30 radions

2 xr15 radions

Vectra S1 for manifold

 

Whew I know theres more but my fingers are cramping haha.  Will post photos and more information later...

 

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WOW!  Steve, you've got some MAD skills...makes me feel like a total amateur.  What are armored seams ( you mentioned this in tank specs)?

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2 hours ago, kirk_m said:

WOW!  Steve, you've got some MAD skills...makes me feel like a total amateur.  What are armored seams ( you mentioned this in tank specs)?

 

Thanks Kirk! you have skills as well....I've seen your tanks. Armored seams are simply a 3/8" x 1/4" strip of glass they silicone into the corners to stiffen the joints as well as protect them from scraper blades.

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On 2/19/2020 at 10:54 PM, arab said:

I Haven’t been on the forum in a while . This is a Sweet build ! Awesome work 

 

Thanks dude! I rarely get on myself.

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22 hours ago, RedStickReefer said:

Man, you are talented!  This build is sick!

 

Thanks Jenson!

22 hours ago, RedStickReefer said:

I think you said 3 xr30s and 3xr15s for lighting?  What are all of the cut outs in the canopy for?  Can you show me how your modules mount in your canopy?

 

Well the bracket I built can accommodate either 3 30s or 4 15s not all 7.  The cutouts are solely for weight reductions. the lights mount via hole patterns on actual light using 10x32 screws. I'm using 3 ecotech radion hanging kits to suspend the lights and ecotech couldn't give me a weight rating for the cables.  I've actually have removed the canopy,  I was just too big, made it difficult to get into the tank.  I'm currently in process of building new light mount as I preordered 6 radion xr15 gen5 for better coverage since the tank is 36" deep.

 

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