I see that a lot of aquarists start a thread to document their journey as they build or setup their systems. I currently have a 125g reef. This tanks’ aquascape has gotten mixed reviews because of my decision to use PVC
For quite some time, even before this years’ renovation, I’ve wanted to upgrade to a larger tank. But because of size restrictions in my living room I could not go with my original plan of a 250 g. Then on one of my visits to an lfs
, a fantastic opportunity landed on my lap. I have been able to purchase a three month old 180g glass tank w/stand, canopy, 50g acrylic sump w/ an ATO, a genx pump, 2 koralia pumps, all hosing, pvc
, and bulkhead fittings.
Most hobbyists I spoke with say that this is a great size tank. It measures 72x24x24. Length wise it works since my current 125g is 6 ft long also, so it basically fits in the same spot as the curent one. The added height and width will be a welcomed addition. The stand measures 25 ½” wide by 36” tall, it has 4 doors that open like French doors. Getting things in and out will be good and easy as well.
The canopy is another 10 ½” tall by 72” long. I will be using my current lighting system which consists of three, 250 wt 20k radium mhs. Each with a LumenMax reflector and Galaxy ballasts. For actinics I will be using four sets of three SuperBrite LED
’s in blue. You can bet that I will add more! LOL!
Nothing has been delivered yet as I am waiting to clear my schedule. I have a lot to plan! I will also need to finish painting the wall behind the tank and finish the flooring where the 125g tank sits now.
I will work in stages but don’t want to go over 72 hrs before transferring the animals. So my plans will be done on a three day schedule.
Here is a picture of the tank, canopy and genx pump.