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meklo
09/10/2017, 03:49 PM
I've been into reef tanks for quite some time. I think I started around 2005. I've had a few tanks over the years, but there was always a limiting factor. Whether it was space, time, or budget. The last tank I setup was a biocube 29 HQI.

Fast forward to today...
My better half and I bought a house and we decided it was time to setup a decent size reef with some of the options we've always wanted. While I could have chose a wide variety of sizes and shapes, I opted for a standard 180 rimless. It has a good footprint to work with. Big enough, but not too small. Overall, it was just a good fit.

Here are some pictures of the setup, the stand build, and the building of the fish room!

meklo
09/10/2017, 03:53 PM
This is what we had to work with. The garage was in desperate need of attention. It needed a ton of work and still isn't finished. It is however, equipped with a fish room and definitely better than it was.

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:02 PM
Framing....

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:09 PM
I ran three new circuits for the fish room and the tank. Some of the existing plumbing was replaced. It was definitely a hodge podge! The pictures are little disjointed, but I think the overall process comes through.

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:12 PM
more...

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:16 PM
Here are some pics from the painting. Also, you can see my new (to me) sink! I had an old utility sink in storage from a job I did a while ago. I figured it was time to put this good use! A lot of the materials for this build I had on hand; so I was able to save a little bit of money in that area.

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:23 PM
Setting up the storage containers!

I had a hard time finding decent storage containers. Which is why I went with brute trash cans. Shipping was outrageous to this area, so I went with these. Not my ideal setup, but it definitely does a great job so far.

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:26 PM
The stand....

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:28 PM
more stand....

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:30 PM
finishing it up....

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:44 PM
I haven't been overall happy with the way I needed to suspend the light fixture. I had to run two boards perpendicular to the tank to mount the fixture. I think in the near future I will probably do something to cover that up. I haven't exactly made up my mind yet. However, I don't feel it looks bad and no one else has really noticed at all. :)

meklo
09/10/2017, 04:46 PM
I will post some more photos soon. I should have time this afternoon!

Neilth1
09/10/2017, 05:40 PM
Where do you get your coral I live on prince of whales island in southeast ak and can find no sorce to get new coral or fish I have ben kepping a reef tank for over 25 years and it kills me that I am having a hard time finding a good sorce for coral and fish .I lived in Juneau back in 2001-2006 and don't remember a fish shop that sold salt water please get in back with me maybe we can help each other out in the future thanks

Alfrareef
09/10/2017, 06:08 PM
Nice work. You've been busy... :-)
Good luck and mount the tank and start filling it!

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:08 PM
Where do you get your coral I live on prince of whales island in southeast ak and can find no sorce to get new coral or fish I have ben kepping a reef tank for over 25 years and it kills me that I am having a hard time finding a good sorce for coral and fish .I lived in Juneau back in 2001-2006 and don't remember a fish shop that sold salt water please get in back with me maybe we can help each other out in the future thanks

I will shoot you a pm here in a few minutes.

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:08 PM
Nice work. You've been busy... :-)
Good luck and mount the tank and start filling it!

Tank is already mounted and filled. :) I just need to upload some pics.

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:27 PM
Couple pics of the plumbing and sump.

It has a 4' overflow with a bean animal style overflow. The return is a varios 6.

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:37 PM
Sand and Rocks!

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:39 PM
Aquascaping...

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:42 PM
Finished aquascape and trying out the moonlights. I installed the apex moonlights onto the Cebu sun light fixture. So far, I think I came up with a decent way to solve that problem. You can also see that I put tape over the middle led to create more shadows. Also, don't judge the huge cluster of wires around the sump area.

meklo
09/10/2017, 07:42 PM
Why do some of my pictures post sideways?

Neilth1
09/10/2017, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the info how long in transit for each supplier ? I can't pm it tells me I'm to new to the site thanks ps if you ever start to drag let me know

meklo
09/10/2017, 09:16 PM
The one in anchorage will be overnighted. They mail them on Alaska Airlines and you pick the box up at the airport. Usually, Tim or Brandon will let you know when they dropped it off and you can expect when the flight arrives.

The other vendor ships Fedex and it takes 2 days. Fedex's overnight is actually two days shipping. No exception. Last shipment they sent made it to anchorage by 6:00 a.m. It could have been here by noon if they wanted. Instead they left the fish at the facility until the next day before shipping. That was a bummer.

I will be fragging, but it will be a little while before I get there. I will definitely keep you in the loop!

cincyjim
09/11/2017, 09:22 AM
Things have really come along for you! Very nice work and setup!

meklo
09/11/2017, 11:26 AM
Thanks cincyjim!

Reef908
09/11/2017, 09:34 PM
Looking good! I'm just setting up my 180 as well. It looks like you drilled your return line holes into the back of the tank. Do you have anything that prevents a back siphon into your sump in case of return pump power loss or can your sump handle the extra water volume? Maybe I missed this part but figured I'd ask

meklo
09/11/2017, 11:58 PM
There aren't any check valves or anything to prevent a back siphon from the return lines. I took the volume of water that would be draining into consideration when choosing a sump. That is why I chose a 90 gallon sump. I can, however, turn the ball valves on the return lines to prevent them from the display from draining if needed. I don't usually do that, though.

Looks like that's the Georgia Aquarium in your avatar? I've always wanted to go. It's on my bucket list! :)

Reef908
09/12/2017, 09:53 AM
Cool. As long as you looked into the volume amount. I made that mistake with my first tank lol

And yeah it is. The tank is amazing in its sheer size. They also have another note worthy tank in my opinion which is a huge surge zone Hawaiian reef tank.

meklo
09/27/2017, 09:53 PM
I also posted this in the Fish disease and treatment section, but I thought I would post here for added feedback and reference.


I have a few different fish in QT tanks. Some are in the middle of TTM and the others are in an observation period. I've treated them all with one round of prazipro. The TTM tank only did 3 days, but the rest did 4-5 days.

I would like to treat two of the fish with Bifuran+. The reason is because they have small spots.

- A kole tang which I believe hit himself on the live rock. The spot looks like it is doing fine (it never really looked bad), but I figure it would be a safe approach to treat him. He has been eating really well and has shown no signs of any other illnesses. No rapid breathing, no loss of appetite, no lethargy.
- A shallow tail angelfish which had a spot that might have been ich, but the small white spot is gone. However, there is a small brownish spot left. I can't see any lesions or sores, but a slight discoloration remains. The spot is also smooth to the touch. No loss of appetite, no lethargy, no rapid breathing.

Is a freshwater dip of Bifuran better than treating in the tank. This is method I feel like I want to use. Two, or three, days of a freshwater dip. Hikari on their website give directions for both.

Is prazipro, if given as a precautionary method, always better to be dosed twice?

cellingson
09/29/2017, 12:47 AM
Awesome build...will be following
I am here in Anchorage. Just moved here from Arizona. Looking forward to getting things going again.