Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 450g Build Update


I finally made some progress on the new tank build.

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Comments for this article (42)

  • Rick Irwin says:

    Thanks for the update Mark. Can’t wait to see the Tank.

  • Mike J. says:

    Very impressed, you’ve come a long way. Super nice fish room.

  • Jason Reynolds says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS EPISODE!!! This was very informative particularly in regards to how you prepped the room with the raised floor and the special drywall!!

  • Kevin says:

    Great update. Would love to see a diagram of the apex connections, you described what was hooked where pretty quickly. Also, how do you handle the wire spaghetti? Did you rewire custom lengths between devices and the controller (something I’ve always contemplated) or is there a storage place for wire coils that you didn’t show? Thanks!

  • Chris Dexter says:

    Great video Mark! Will you send me the specs on your AC/dehumidifier unit? I am building a fishroom as well and have been looking to add something like this for moisture control. Thx!

  • Mark H. says:

    Pretty sweet Mark, let’s see the tank… 🙂

  • Russell coleman says:

    looking good, keep up the good work

  • Helen says:

    These are some great ideas for when we get ready to build our retirement home later this year. I love that floor: not slippery and with a drain. How do you prevent bacteria build up on the floor? I assume you would not want to use standard disinfectants in there.

  • Matt says:

    Hey Mark,
    Just curious as to why you no longer use the BRS media reactors?

  • Jim says:

    Awesome man. Quality in = Quality out.
    Do it right the first time.

  • M says:

    Hey Mark,
    Everyone that has ever worked around floor drains is really jealous right now. I see that you went with aluminum for your sump stand and to raise the floor. Why not FRP (like Aitkinstrut)? I have seen aluminum corrode around saltwater just like (almost) any other metal, FRP is 100% water resistant.

  • M…aluminium corroding isn’t a problem. When it corrodes, the aluminium oxide forms a protective outer coating.

  • Kyle O says:

    Outstanding planning and follow-through……….love it!!!

  • Matt…the BRS reactors won’t hold enough media for my tank size. I also get better tumble out of the MRC reactors as well as better plumbing connections

  • Helen…the floor stays dry which prevents bacteria scum from building up.

  • Chris says:

    I can’t even afford 1 apex and you’ve got them on your quarantine tanks! I’m super jealous. Looks amazing. Giving me something to aspire towards. Can’t wait to see the rest of it.

  • Mike says:

    Very cool, but almost a little to industrial looking for my taste. Your website seems to cater to more of the beginner/intermediate reefer and this could be kind of a turn off because it looks like a public aquarium set up more then a hobiest.
    Am I jelous? Of course.

  • Tim K says:

    Mark – Is there any concern with the raised floor bending or sagging with the weight from the sump and quarantine tanks, especially since they are sitting on stands with legs versus dispersing the weight over a larger area?

  • Tim K…no. The fiberglass grating is rated to take a lot more weight than the sump/QT tanks

  • Matt says:

    You probably already know this but you are allowed to look a bit smug when filming your Sump Room … I know I bloody would!

    You worked hard chap and deserve it … don’t forget the reviews on new gear as you go 😉

  • Andy says:

    When are you moving again?

    Looks real nice Mark and about time you settled and got sorted, love your work keep it up….

  • ANDY! If you say the “M” word one more time I’m going to put Xenia in your tank.

  • dave says:

    WOW mark talk about beautiful, I have been torn apart thinking about giving up the hobby and guy’s like you pull me right back in. question what is the white round piece to the left of the tunze wave cont. dosing pump?

  • Mark says:

    Didn’t look like the electrical outlets are GFI?

  • John Yarosh says:

    how do I set up a saltwater tank.

  • Jim McNulty says:

    I do like your fiberglass grating. $$$$ Very nice. Why do you have all your apex components out in the open, including your two apex DC8 powerstrips, but have their two power outlets in a waterproof enclosure? Wouldn’t you want all of it in a waterproof enclosure, like industrial control panels are, to prevent splashing on that as well? Seems like you are defeating the purpose with your power strips.

  • Larry Waughon says:

    Very nice setup! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mike says:

    You mother f’er…… how could you?

    Your fish room is beautiful and brings a tear to my eye. I am selling my 120 due to a promotion and possible move. It’s fully automated (Apex of course), with all top of the line equipment. I am so sad, but will continue to live vicariously through your builds! Keep up the great work and some day…… maybe I can build again!

  • John M says:

    Mark very good. Only saying this to help as you needed do have got a dual hose portable ac unit as single hose waste money and electric. Watch this video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlKEzlAeSWU

  • Todd says:

    Loved the video. Where did you get the containers you are using for your water mixing?

  • Bruce (Beetle) Bailey says:

    I AM SOOOOOOO FREAKIN” JEALOUS , did you die and go to aquarium heaven ?

  • Dan says:

    Mark love the room…. where did you get your water tanks? Exactly what i need for mine.

  • Matt says:

    Ummmm…. (wait let me pick my jaw up off the floor)… THAT IS AWESOME in every sense of the word!!!

  • Mike M says:

    Very nice build Mark!! I really like how you designed the room. Since you mentioned the “Wife’s Freezer downstairs…” what structural support was added to the flooring to support and distribute the weight that has been added?

    Keep up the AWESOME build!!

  • John m says:

    I like to talk to the people who you did jobs for and ask questions how it is going.after Mark set tanks up.

  • Josh says:

    WOW!! You literally thought of everything! All you need are a few speakers for some tunes while your running tests or working back there!

  • Francesco says:

    Definitely a “want to have for” for the most of us! (I think…). All about your design is perfect. What I miss is an approximately indication of the costs. I live in Switzerland and here all your gear would cost a fortune (like everything… 🙂 ).

  • Vish says:

    Hey mark.
    What size my reef creations fluidized media chambers are you using.
    Thanks…

  • Bruce says:

    Mark,
    Love the “Fish Room” What kind of waterproof membrane did you use?

    thanks in avance
    Bruce

  • Adam Waring says:

    You mention a calcium reactor, if you don’t mind me asking what reactor do you use and where would you put it?

    Looking at the viability of me getting a large tank like yours – yes you’ve helped create a monster ;-P

  • Adam…I use an My Reef Creations MR-6 reactor. It sits on the floor next to my sump

  • Michael Spears says:

    Hey Mark Where Did You Get That Waterproof Membrane From/What Kind Did You Use?

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