View Full Version : Dream tank in the works!

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 04:22 PM
I have been gathering parts and peices for a big tank for over a year now and never thought I would end up with one so soon, but I have a 180 RR sitting in the garage just waiting on somewhere to put it! Its 6x2x2 oceanic. For all who pmed earlier about my 80 bowfront it was traded for the 180 so sorry about that. My dad is gonna try to have a stand/canopy built by May 10th when they come down for the baby and hopefully the den will be finnished soon thereafter if not by then.

Planning mostly softies, not much luck with stonies and some nice big fish. Hopefully a reef safe queen angel! I am sure I will have lots of questions when the time comes as I am clueless as to how the pipes/plumming goes down the overflows (it has none now). And I was wanting a 55 gallon tank for a sump if anyone has one laying around. I may just do a rubbermade deal from tracter supply though.

My skimmer is rated for 240 gallons (a plus) and I have 2, 1,200 GPH pumps for it and a SCWD (sp) for it already. I plan on duel 250 MH's in the center (gotta buy from Charles in East TN) and 2 175 I already have on either end. Trying to stay away from a chiller.

I am gonna sell the stand it came with, pickled (whitewashed) oak with 4 raised panel doors. You can see what it looks like on oceanic's website. It has some water damage but mostly cosmetic, it needs re-finnishing. Its 6x2'x32" tall.

Sorry for the book length post, just wanted to share :) Just wish I was putting water in it tommorow!

04/11/2006, 04:45 PM
Sweet! You know you want to post pics of the empty tank so lets see it.

04/11/2006, 04:46 PM

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 04:47 PM
Sorry no USB cord thingy for my camera, lost. Its just big and empty and in my hubby's parking spot in the garage :lol: We know he loves that!!

04/11/2006, 06:50 PM
Congrats!!! How long have you been using the USB excuse though? ;) Am I going to have to buy a USB cord for you? If you need any help with the plumbing let me know. I think I have the home depot plumbing department memorized now.

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 06:54 PM
Correction, its 7 feet long! No wonder it lookes so darn big! Cory and I were measuring it to maskin tape a layout for where it will sit and it is 7 feet long. That will make some tangs happier!

So I now wonder if it is 180? I wonder how much volume the 2 big overflow boxes subtract from the total volume of width x length x highth volume calculater?

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 07:00 PM
Thanks Titan, I am gonna try and get one tommorow from radio shack. Dad needs some pics with a drawing.

04/11/2006, 07:43 PM
Angela, are you sure it's 7 feet long? I could have sworn it was 6 feet.

04/11/2006, 07:44 PM
Congrats on your new tank Angela!!! I would like to see some pictures when it's up and running! :)

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 08:21 PM
Yea Phu, I just went and double checked for myself. 7 FT

I just did the RC calculater
84" x 24" x 24" = 209.5 gallons
(-) the 2, 8" x 11" x 24" overflow boxes for 18.2 gallons
= 191.3 gallons (-) the thickness of the glass (1/2') all the way around if you go off the inside measurements = rouphly 180 gallons I would say.

04/11/2006, 08:35 PM
To find gallons, find volume (lxwxh) and divide by 231...

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 08:40 PM
How much does a gallon weigh? 8.33?

04/11/2006, 10:19 PM
I think Phu is right, if it is 2 ft tall and 2 ft deep, it can only be 6 feet long to get a 180gallon, I think he is???Either that or you mgiht have a 210 gallon tank, regadless, it will be a nice tank for softies....:rollface:

Angela Short
04/11/2006, 10:36 PM
Nope, Just walked downstairs and put the tape on it for the 3rd time, its 7'. The math works out right on the RC calculater I did earlier. Either my fish will be glad its longer!