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Old 08-11-2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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Moving from a 125g to 180g Journey

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 ˝” 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 ˝” 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.






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Nice looking tank and stand! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Anythink going to change live stock wise?
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Wow, great find. I can't wait to see you do it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:58 PM   #5
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Well live stock things will change as well. Especially fish. I have not be able to add any other wrasses, smaller fish or cleaner shrimp because the tobacco wrasse and flameback angel. They are the attack warriors. Even with feeding, turning lights off methods before introducing the new guy have not worked at all. I have found the new fish inside the over hang box or in the sump catch tray, unfortunately dead. I have tried a mystery wasse, possom wrasse, fairy wrasse, leopard wrasse, small gobies even a flame hawk.
Knowing this I need to add some the less aggressive ones first then add what I have. Then that is it! Fish will be done.
I have right now the following:

1. Blue regal tang

3. Flameback angel
4. Tobacco wrasse
5. Christmas /wrasse
6. Pink/ yellow anthias
7. Black Percula
8. Kole Tang
9. Cleaner wrasse
At 180 g I feel I could add a few more fish. What would you guys recommend?And how many more?
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Get another black percula or a regular orange percula.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #7
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wow! great tank!
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:30 AM   #8
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Well went to lfs to take some pics of the sump for my 180g. Learned that the sump is actually more like 70g instead of 50g. Also learned that there is a 65k light that can easily be used for a refugium.
Guess what we will be talking about next. Yep! How can I start one and what materials do I need.
Below are the pics at the lfs of the sump. I will try and get better pics.




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Old 08-21-2009, 03:11 AM   #9
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well it kind of depends on what you are going to use it for.
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:00 AM   #10
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Actually fishmonkey I have no clue! I have heard that people use it for various reasons. I'd like to hear from you guys out there as to why you use a refugium and what materials you use.
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