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Old 07-21-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Carey's Final Reef Upgrade- 180g

It's finally time! I need to upgrade my 125g reef to a larger tank. I've been tossing around the 180g vs a 210g but I think it will be the 180g. So much easier to get into and clean etc...

So far I bought a 6 foot by 2 foot black stand from an LFS that is upgrading, got a super deal for $125!! The stand is a RJ one which retails for over $600! It has some cracked wood on the inside floor but thats' easy enough to cut out and replace. It's also 3 feet tall so it will give people a great view as you wont have to look down to admire it!

here she is, just waiting for me in the garage!




I also have a mag 18 brand new that I bought a year or two ago in anticipation of the eventual upgrade so the return pump should be done as well.

I have the 12 bulb nova extreme pro light fixture if my thoughts of getting led's isnt do-able right away. That remains to be seen if I can swing that kinda $$ right away.

But onto the sump. I currently have an RS-200 from eshopps under my 125g. It is rated for a 200g tank so I could use it BUT I am thinking of getting a new regular ole Berlin sump. The rs-200 is a refugium sump and I will not be going with one for this build. I also HATE how the intake is with the filter socks, it takes rectangular bags which is a pain. lol I can jam a 7" round sock in there but it falls out and just stinks overall.

What do you guys think? Should I go for the new sump or make do with what I have? The same LFS that sold me the stand has berlin sumps that are huge and were $375 retail that he will sell for $150 as they are used. ( he used his equipment for a year so it's all relatively new)
The only upside is that the skimmer section is huge, I mean HUGE and it is a bit bigger than the RS-200 that I currently have.

What should I do? Use the money for the sump or for other stuff? I was going to get the sump this week so let me know what y'all think!

Thanks everyone for reading! For those that don't know me I tend to ramble in my threads and they turn out pretty long so just bear with me.
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I think I have the 300 sump, same stupid rectangle filter bag.. my only concern with you sump would be finding a skimmer that fits.. I had to put mine in diagonally to fit, I assume you're upgrading the skimmer too?

Carey your one of the people I trust on here lol, you're not allowed to ask questions you are the one with answers

I am still working on filling out my 220 with coral and I am already dreaming of an 8 foot tank. It never ends does it
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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Congrats on new build.

Sounds like its a win-win with the Berlin sump. Only thing that would be better would be a 75g that you put baffles in yourself.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:10 AM   #4
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I'm not going to mess with baffles, lol. I am at the point of buying most of my stuff rather than try to stumble through a diy type deal. lol

Just getting peoples opinions, it helps alot. I hate building a setup and then not taking some minor point into consideration and then regret it. Since this will be the biggest tank that I will have (most likely) I don't want any do-overs. lol What i put in there is gonna stay in there.

I'm trying to put all the experience I have with all my setups into this build so it's perfect or as close to perfect as can be. lol
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I understand that. It is easier to buy everything that already done. Do you already have a source for the 180? If not, you may want to wait on the sump because someone may want to sell their entire setup.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:13 AM   #7
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Yep, I intend to keep watching craigslist for an awesome deal. You never know.....

But I'd still like to cherry pick the equipment I am gonna use, if I find a 180 or 210 setup I will just use the other parts in my different setups and keep the tank for this one. lol

I've been pricing tanks and that is probably going to be the last item I buy. This build isn't gonna be as quick as my usual ones. lol Partly cause I dont' have all the $$ I need right now and cause I want to make sure I get the best possible option for each piece of equipment.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:37 PM   #9
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Hehe you people following, feel free to post your opinions. I always take peoples thoughts into account while doing a build, I like to make you guys a part of the build!

So, I'm thinking the bigger sump will be the way to go. Its probably six inches longer and 6 inches back to front bigger. It will take up a huge chunk of undercabinet space, I still want to have at least a 10g reservoir for the ATO as well as have enough room for reactors and my controller. Silly controller has 3 power bars so it takes up a good amount of space under there. lol But this stand is alot taller than my current one so hopefully it will be easy to work in.
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I think all of us love craigslist.

Since this is an upgrade are you just transferring sand, rocks, power heads and livestock?

Do you have any livestock in mind once the transfer is over?
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