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Old 02/27/2007, 06:34 PM   #1
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180 gallon SPS reef

I have followed along tons of build threads here on RC so I thought I would document my upcoming upgrade. I’m going from my current 90g inwall to a 180g.

The Tank:
Inwall 48X36X24 Tank
Starfire front glass
PVC bottom
Euro brace
External 3 foot overflow with three 1.5 inch holes.

Sump:
120g 60X18X24

Refugium:
80g 48X16X24

Equipment:
Tunze steam 2X6000 and 2X6100
Deltc PF600 CA Reactor
Deltec AP1004 Skimmer
American Marines pH Controller
AquaZone Ozone Generator 100mg/h
Via Aqua CC25 chiller

Lighting:
4X250w 10k XM
4x110w VHO actinics

Thanks to Richard( i2ik ) for all the help with my new project.


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Old 02/27/2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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pics?


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Old 02/27/2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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Dying to see!


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Old 03/13/2007, 08:33 AM   #4
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I ordered my TANK!! Aquadan will be building it and I should have it here in about two weeks time!.
I made some (allot) of changes in order to keep cost down. The tank will be inwall so I'm not really concerned with finished and polished edges. I also removed the coast-to-coast overflow and the PVC bottom. I did keep the front glass starfire. Now I have to start taking down my 90 and preparing the area for my new 180. I don't really know how I'm going to do this right now. I'm stumped....Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Ohh I’m also putting in a closed loop, which I hadn’t planned. I got a great price on two seaswirls so Ill be plumbing them into a closed loop.

I made some progress today with the stand it’s about half done. I should have it completed tomorrow.

I thought id post a final FTS before I tear this thing down. This shot was taken under only 1 110w VHO actinic.



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Old 03/13/2007, 07:08 PM   #5
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tagging along...looking great! That 180 will sure help with extra space!


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Old 03/13/2007, 07:31 PM   #6
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hey hey my aquarium will be build by aquadan (not 100% sure)
I need to see youre sump and stand
Personnaly i care about the edge, specialy the eurobrace it can cut youre skin very easly when youre playing in the tank !


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Old 03/14/2007, 08:20 PM   #7
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Stand is still not finished. I have some reinforcing to do but I’m pretty much almost done. I’m going to be taking my refugium offline next and redoing it. I hope I don’t come across any problems because of this.

I had some bad luck this morning. I walked into my fish room and found the floor soaked. A small PVC fitting on my Ca reactor had magically cracked. I have absolutely no clue how this could have happened all on it’s own. I have not touched my reactor in over a week. I was Lucky enough to have the guys at World Fish hunt down a replacement part for it right away.


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Old 03/15/2007, 12:16 AM   #8
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Hey bro! Keep up the good work! Your tank will look amazing!


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Old 03/15/2007, 10:10 PM   #9
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Thanks Richard.
Update:
I’m now going to be taking apart the stand and removing all the pressure treated wood. I was told that it was in my best interest to remove the pressure treated wood. I didn’t ask to many questions and I’m now removing it while it’s still early and easy to do.

I picked up some goodies from World Fish tonight and also made another change to my plans. I picked up two reeflo Darts and a double 250 watt PFO ballast. I’m going to be using one Dart to power two seaswirls and the other one is going on a closed loop.



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Old 03/19/2007, 11:06 PM   #10
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Even though it doesn’t seem like to many people are interested in my boring thread I still like to keep it updated. Hopefully it will start getting interesting after my tank comes in.
I finally found it in me to start removing the pressure treated wood and install the new wood.
I also took another FTS to show just how bad my tank is starting to look as I slowly pull out my corals. Tomorrow I will be pulling out almost all of what’s left in the tank. The corals will be going up for sale at my LFS world fish.




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Old 03/20/2007, 12:34 AM   #11
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Is the tank here yet? Hurry it up already!


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Old 03/20/2007, 08:27 PM   #12
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Is the tank here yet? Hurry it up already!
Soon very soon.

Final FTS for my 90.



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Old 03/24/2007, 08:23 PM   #13
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My 90 has finally been moved out; the refugium is empty, the stand is build and I’m ready for my new TANK!!
I was looking through some of my old pics tonight from before my tank crash and thought I might share them with all of you.

pics before my tank crash.










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Old 03/25/2007, 09:15 AM   #14
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That first picture is awesome, how did your boxfish behave? model citizen?


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Old 03/26/2007, 07:22 PM   #15
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Yup he was until he mysteriously died…

WoW I had no idea this upgrade was going to be SO much work!
After pulling out the tank I really didn’t like what I saw looking at the sand bed! WHAT A SMELL! Now I’m back to rethinking the hole SBB thing…..
I still have ALLOT to do in the “sump room” but I’m slowly getting there. I’m a little stumped on what to do about my canopy. I’m looking for an easy way to lift it when I have to service the tank. Maybe ill just install door hinges and add a little wedge on the front…..any ideas?



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Old 03/26/2007, 07:59 PM   #16
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Try going to a sporting goods store a use the pulley system they use for bikes and kayaks


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Old 03/27/2007, 06:45 PM   #17
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pulley system kayaks? how does that work? got any pics?


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Old 03/27/2007, 07:57 PM   #18
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On my 300 I used Pullies from West Marine that I mounted above the tank in the ceeling. To cover the holes that the lines come out of, I used the caps that are used on boats to cover the hole that the anchor line drops in. When I need the line I just open the caps and lower the line. The winch is just a small hand winch from a tool place. The setup works great if you have enough clearance above the tank to lift the hood.


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Old 03/29/2007, 09:37 PM   #19
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Cbabcock, I finally decided that I’m going go with a pulley system.
Here is a pic another member posted of what he had done. I’m going to be installing one that’s similar.


New update: I was very unhappy with the stand I build (for many reasons), so I decided to tear it out and start from scratch tomorrow. I also cleaned out and removed my refugium. It’s now ready for me to add the new baffles.

MAN I can’t wait till this is all over!! It’s really starting to take a toll on me. It seems like the never-ending project!


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Old 03/30/2007, 10:05 AM   #20
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I'll keep an eye on this thread. Best of luck.


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Old 04/01/2007, 07:12 PM   #21
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My project looks like it’s finally ready to get off the ground. I picked up the wood, Styrofoam and rails from home depot today and I also siliconed my baffles for my refugium last night. Even though it may seem like I’m going backwards to allot of you out there. I’m actually happy with how things are starting to move along for me now. I have changed allot of things along the way and I think these are the things that are going to make all the difference in the end. Here are some pics.

Rails that I’m going to DIY….


Live rock in garbage cans.



Refugium baffles


Full Tank Shot!



And finally HELL!!



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Old 04/02/2007, 08:19 AM   #22
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Is the third bubble trap baffle going to be the water level in the fuge?


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Old 04/02/2007, 08:30 PM   #23
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I love the size of the 180 that you are using! Can't wait to see more!


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Old 04/03/2007, 12:27 AM   #24
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Does that hole in your garage floor lead to the fiery underground? What's that for?


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Old 04/03/2007, 03:23 AM   #25
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Does that hole in your garage floor lead to the fiery underground? What's that for?
It's just a drain.

It usually has a cover on it.

I have the same thing in my garage.


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