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125mph
02/14/2017, 03:43 PM
Starting a new journey, today!!

Been keeping reefs for 7 years now. First tank was a 29 gallon nano tank, and quickly upgraded to a 60G cube within 2 months.. Quickly upgraded the 60G to a 120G 6 months thereafter .... and have hung onto the 120 for about 6 years.

Here's a shot of the 120G:

https://s21.postimg.org/6u6iy0fsn/DSC_5977.jpg

https://s23.postimg.org/t1kov6d2j/DSC_5980.jpg

The tank is a LeeMar custom rimless 48"x24"x24" with 3/4" starphire glass and internal overflow. I custom built the stand using California walnut wood that I picked up a local Rockler store.

Shortly after setting up the 120g, I had mystery water quality issue. It actually coincided with when I started using BRS's RODI system instead of buying the water from the LFS. I never was able to resolve the water issue and that caused numerous failed coral additions, which discouraged me from really enjoying the hobby. I basically turned the tank into a fish and nem tank with some zoas.

Well, recently, I was able to properly diagnosis the issue and realized it was a chloramine problem. After resolving that, corals started to thrive and so did my interest into the hobby again!!

I just ordered a new custom 180G tank. It's rimless and dimensions are 72"x24"x24". It will be with 3/4" starphire glass and has a synergy 16" phantom overflow. I put the deposit as of today (2/14) and they estimate 7 weeks. It's from Miracles in Canada!

Here's the diagram of the plans:
https://s12.postimg.org/b4z78k55p/tank_schetch.jpg

gveng
02/14/2017, 04:14 PM
Selling old tank and stand? pm me!

125mph
02/14/2017, 04:15 PM
Selling old tank and stand? pm me!

Yes I am. I'll PM you :)

worm5406
02/14/2017, 10:21 PM
ok that is the DT side... What are you going to do under the hood?

125mph
02/14/2017, 10:25 PM
Still working on it, but probably for now will be transferring over everything as is -- see my sig for existing equip. Dome minor changes though.

The tank and stand, more rock/sand/plumbing and some new fish additions is going to empty the wallet!

I will need to add more hydra 52s too.. looking into a higher skimmer, maybe the vertex 200i!

More to come ;$


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125mph
02/16/2017, 01:31 PM
Okay finally got some more time... here's my current equipment:

- Trigger Systems 34" Emerald Sump
- AI Hydra 52 x 2
- Vertex Omega 150 Skimmer
- Eheim 1262 return pump
- Ecotech MP40wQD x 2
- Neptune Apex Controller
- GEO 612 Calcium Reactor

Also have a few NextReef reactors not in use right now!...

Potential Upgrades:
- Adding an extra Hydra 52, or replacing the lights altogehter
- Replace Ehiem 1262 with Vectra M1
- Replace Vertex Omega 150 with Vertex 200i

this is me
02/17/2017, 02:20 PM
Congrats!!! Will be nice!

125mph
02/18/2017, 11:00 PM
Just built a transition stand. I'm planning to use this stand to move the 180 into the right location and to assist with putting the new tank on the real stand. I put some heavy duty casters rated at 240lbs per caster.

Wondering if I should add 2 more casters in the middle to even the load on that long 2x4.

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worm5406
02/18/2017, 11:08 PM
Personally I would especially for getting over any bumps and cracks on the floor. The tank is not going to bow downward, but you want it supported. If you already have them I would use them.

125mph
02/24/2017, 02:48 PM
Picked up a chaeto reactor today for the new build... here's what it will look like (from lfs):

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moondoggy4
03/02/2017, 01:10 AM
The old stand is beautiful, looking forward to the new build.

125mph
03/03/2017, 10:45 PM
Got the plumbing laid out!... picked up a vectra m1 too.

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125mph
03/17/2017, 07:18 PM
My hood is ready for some stain. Planning fir three radion xr15 and 4 60" t5 retro.

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saf1
03/18/2017, 11:53 AM
Just built a transition stand. I'm planning to use this stand to move the 180 into the right location and to assist with putting the new tank on the real stand. I put some heavy duty casters rated at 240lbs per caster.

Wondering if I should add 2 more casters in the middle to even the load on that long 2x4.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170219/6af559164153565a5676547ae81e13dc.jpg

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If you haven't, add another pair in the middle like others suggested. I'll be doing something similar with my 240. Either that or I will rent a computer server hoist/forklift unit. If I go the route of a temporary stand I was going to use casters on the corners and middle since the tank is about 400 lbs empty.

Dragon1979
03/19/2017, 10:04 AM
Look very nice

125mph
03/20/2017, 06:24 PM
Yep I added the middle casters.

Tank stand just arrived. Looks pretty good. Color hard to tell from the dark garage ;)

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Malign Reefer
03/21/2017, 08:46 AM
Awesome work.

125mph
04/03/2017, 02:50 PM
Sump arrived.. Synergy Reef CL-44.

Looks great! Fits in the stand perfectly :)

https://s2.postimg.org/hmio56ymh/IMG_2349.jpg

Darthv247
04/03/2017, 03:11 PM
awesome sump!! what is under the sock holders? looks like a ledge unless its just a reflection.

125mph
04/26/2017, 12:39 PM
Finally arrived. First impression is the seams are much better than my current LeeMar tank.. will have to take closer look with better lights.

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FernandesReef
04/26/2017, 01:41 PM
Very nice looking build, quality on the tank looks good.
Keep up the good work.


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this is me
04/26/2017, 03:15 PM
Nice looking tank!! Congrats!

125mph
04/29/2017, 05:16 PM
Been exhausting 3 days. I think I out over 15 hours of work to swap the tanks out. Still have other things...

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Rene Obergfell
05/02/2017, 07:06 PM
i am going with a 300+ from miracles....

i love the rimless!
grat tank

125mph
06/27/2017, 05:52 PM
Alright. Just got some fish in, installed a fan on top of the tank and got a lid from artfully acrylic. Looks great!

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