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Old 03-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Carl's 180 reef build

It's picked up a used aga reef ready tank and 3 250 watt mh an 72" dual vho hood for 300$ gotta build a stand/canopy. Pics to come!
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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I need some thoughts on transfer. I need to put the tank in where the 75 is.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:05 PM   #4
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Here's the tank
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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The lighting I got was a retro style light. The guy who I fit this from is a fish store owner. He has 3 mogul 250 watt metal halides 2 72" vho actinics. The ballast is a hamilton unit that controls all the lights and 2 fans in 1 unit. Sucker is heavy! I think I'll save the hardware and mount it in the canopy I'm going to build. I've got about 100lbs of live rock in my dt and another 50 in the sump/refugium. And another 30-50 in a can be processed. So I think I'll be ok as far as that's concerned maybe another 20-30 lbs in the future. I have a aquac ev-180 already running on my current system if need be I'll add another in the future.

So for now I'm soaking the tank right now in some city treated water tomorrow I'll drain half and mix in some vinegar and top off.

I'm going to build the stand out of 2x6 for the perimeter and support it with 4x4 posts notched to fit. I plan on building it with an overall dimension of 8'6" x 2'4" and 40 inches tall incase I go bigger in the future. It will fit my current sump a 55 custom drilled and baffled.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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Tank scrub down vinegar mix tomorrow it will get pressure washed

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Bottom of stand
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:48 PM   #8
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Started thinking of stocking.
I have already the following

4 inch naso tang
2 inch blue hippo
4 inch tommini
2 tomato clowns
2 false percs
Flame angle
Engineere goby

Assorted cuc

What else do you guys think?
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Look in to all of the different flashing wrasse's there are some very cool ones like the carpenter wrasse.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:03 PM   #10
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Thanks I'll check into those.

I still need some thoughts about transfer and such. Like I stated before this tank will be going where my existing tank is now. My sump is in a different room so I can disconnect the tank and run in closed loop with itself. I do have a hob skimmer but it's a pos.

I'll be taking all the lr out an putting it in the new tank. So should I be okay with the cycle is my main concern? Just moving everything other in a day?

Or should I setup the new tank put sand and water in let it set overnight then put all the lr and critters in?

I suppose I could leave the 75 temporally setup but I have to move it well out of the way.
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