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my 180 build

Postby jelly on Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:17 pm

So the journey for a new tank has started. The journey started when my girl friend noticed a nice crack in my acrylic 130g tank. Over the next few days Kevin and I began looking for some tanks. The first we looked at was a 300g that needed lots of work and we decided to pass on it. We later found a 180 glass so we took the offer and the project began. The first thing we wanted to do was to get my frag tank up and running so we can support most of my corals in there for a few hours as we switch over. The next step was to get my new 180 ready for a stand. As we all know moving a 180 down into a basement isn’t easy. We tried to carry it down but it was too much for our backs so we ended up cutting all the old bulkheads and sliding it down. Over the next day my girl friend and I cleaned the tank up with some vinegar and razor blades. The back of the tank was painted blue but it looked bad so we scraped it off so it could be repainted. Once Kevin was off work we went out to buy the 2x12 Douglas fir for the stand. We ripped down the 2x12 down to make 2x6 and used it for the entire stand. Everything worked great and with Douglas fir the stand will be able to support more weight than a standard stand made of pine 2x6. We made back panels that can be removed for maintenance and added some electrical boxes so I can plug everything in and keep it net. The sump is made from a 40 breeder and is only a temp and will later be replaced with a larger sump in a different room. The skimmer is a MRC-2 rated to 300g and should be able to run keep my water clean from crap. Pictures are as follows

my 180g after its been cleaned
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you can see how the stand is built, the plumbing, and eletrical
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now you can see the sump and skimmer
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the compleated stand and tank
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and my frag tank
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and the 300g i passed on now you can see y i didnt want it. it was dirty as hell and it had mirrors on 3 sides and all where broken.
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Re: my 180 build

Postby Chyendra on Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:07 pm

Wow, quite the project! It's going to look great when it's done. Is it going into the same spot as your old tank or a different location?
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Re: my 180 build

Postby Conrad25 on Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:08 pm

Looks great so far. Nice job on the stand its very clean which I liked a lot. Can't wait to see it all up and running :D

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Re: my 180 build

Postby jelly on Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:32 pm

we are going to be moving it into place this weekend. it will be sitting in the same spot as my old one but will be 18" from the wall instead of 6" from the wall. 18" will give us room to work on it and will help us when we go to do my final upgrade to my sump in a few months.
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Re: my 180 build

Postby NVCichlids on Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:53 pm

that 300 gallon could have made one heck of a huge sump!
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Re: my 180 build

Postby jelly on Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:17 pm

you want to 300 its still for sale by the owner but it needs a LOT of LTC
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Re: my 180 build

Postby NVCichlids on Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:22 pm

jelly wrote:you want to 300 its still for sale by the owner but it needs a LOT of LTC

i'm pretty sure if I brought that home I would need to find a new place to live.. LOL. It would be an awesome tank for just about anything if you can fix it up.
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Re: my 180 build

Postby jelly on Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:00 am

over the weekend every thing has been moved to the new tank. all i need now is the 250w lights and some more rock. i wont have a cover and hood built for a few more months.
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Re: my 180 build

Postby bradhass87 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:03 pm

wow, that turned out awesome! I love how you split the rock work!
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Re: my 180 build

Postby jelly on Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:53 pm

We are looking for 1 long peace of live rock to go from one side to the other. thinking of making it any suggestion.
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Re: my 180 build

Postby bradhass87 on Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:52 pm

any updates?
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