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    Talking 400 gallons of saltwater running through my house.

    Hello Gang,

    My name is Devon. I live in Missoula, Montana. I've been keeping saltwater tanks for around 6 years. My better half, Shelby, has been there all along the way helping me attain my degree from Bend Over University.

    Currently we have a 270 gallon reef display tank that's been up for a little over 3 years. Under the display is a 40 gallon sump, 1/3 hp chiller, 2 - Mag Drive 24s (returns), Mag Drive 18 (refugium) and a Prizm Pro Skimmer. To the right of my display tank is a 90 gallon refugium with a deep sand bed. I grow a bunch of Chaetomorpha macroalgae in the fuge for nutrient export.

    For lighting I run a Current 3X150W MH w/ LEDS & 3 - 2' 96W T5 Tek lights on the display & a 4' 324W T5 Tek light on the refuge.

    I have kept two threads going at Reefland:

    Because We Like Pictures... (http://www.reefland.com/forum/northw...-pictures.html)

    90 Gallon Refugium... (http://www.reefland.com/forum/northw...-refugium.html)

    and a blog at: www.DevonMorton.com - Devon Morton's Reef Tank Blog

    I hope to meet new and old friends here on Reef Frontiers!


    Full tank by devonmorton, on Flickr


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    Refugium Setup by devonmorton, on Flickr
    Last edited by DevonM; 11-17-2010 at 09:28 PM.

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    Bend Over University?????????????????????????????

    I like that
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    Beautiful tank!! Any shots of your filtration??
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    Quote Originally Posted by krish75 View Post
    Beautiful tank!! Any shots of your filtration??
    I guess I should start with some of the first building pictures and work my way forward. I built my tank and sump under the supervision of Mike at Tropical World in Missoula.


    Building by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Before molding.


    Overflow Covers by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Over flow covers.


    Bottom by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Bottom of tank, installing bulk heads.


    Return in overflow upsidedown by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Installing return PVC in overflows.


    Empty without overflow covers by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Setting up


    Left side of Sump with auto top off by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Left side of Sump, Return Pumps, Auto Top-Off


    Right Side Sump by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Right side of Sump, Returns & Filter pads.


    Mag 24s by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Mag 24s for returns.


    Right End Sump and Skimmer by devonmorton, on Flickr

    Right side of sump with skimmer (filter pads behind).


    90 Gallon RO &amp; Saltwater by devonmorton, on Flickr

    90 gallon RO tank and Saltwater tank in the basement. I have drilled my sump and do automatic 5% saltwater changes twice a week. ATO pulls from the RO tank.


    Devon & Shelby by devonmorton, on Flickr
    Last edited by DevonM; 11-17-2010 at 09:52 PM.

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    I love Missoula! Will be there (briefly) this Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danno14 View Post
    I love Missoula! Will be there (briefly) this Saturday.

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    Go Griz! Thanks!
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    Awesome set up. welcome to RF
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    Hi Devon...I did not know that you had built your display & sump yourself. I feel like such an inadequate piker now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostCreekReefer View Post
    Hi Devon...I did not know that you had built your display & sump yourself. I feel like such an inadequate piker now.
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    Hey Devon, a BIG welcome aboard and what a great build to share with us all. There are some really tallented DIY'ers on this site to share ideas & experience with.

    Todd

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJL View Post
    Hey Devon, a BIG welcome aboard and what a great build to share with us all. There are some really tallented DIY'ers on this site to share ideas & experience with.

    Todd
    Thanks Todd! I can't wait to build a bigger one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevonM View Post
    Thanks Todd! I can't wait to build a bigger one.
    You are gonna need a bigger house first.
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    Really nice setup!! Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie View Post
    You are gonna need a bigger house first.
    but if his house is smaller - won't his tank look bigger???

    I am strong believer is a positive water to house ratio

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    I am strong believer is a positive water to house ratio

    It took a while to come up with that.......................................... didn't it?
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