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Old 07-04-2006, 01:27 AM   #1
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New 180 setup - pic intense

Well, I decided to bail on my 92gal bowfront corner. Although it was only set up for a couple of months, a few glaring problems kept arising. First, I wasn't happy with the limitations for lighting due to the shape of the tank. Similarly, I didn't like the lack of space underneath. It all came to a head a few weeks ago when my RO reservoir overflowed and dumped 30 gallons onto my living room floor. Unfortunately, I had to tear down the 92gal and move it in order to pull back the carpet and dry it out. Unfortunate but a lesson well learned.

The silver lining is that I decided to upgrade and right all the mistakes I recently made. Therefore, I recently put together the following 180 RR system:

Tank: 180 All Glass RR with corner overflows
Lighting: 2x 400W MH (10,000K), 1 x 250W MH (6500K), 2x 96 W actinic
Sump: 100 Gallon (plumbed into the adjacent laundry room)
Filtration: 350lbs of live rock (300 in tank, 50 in sump), Protein Skimmer #1: Corallife SS220, Skimmer #2: Predator PDFS-1, Kent Phosphate Reactor
Refugium: 15gallon with 2x65W PC (1x 10,000K, 1 x actinic)
Circulation: Iwaki 100RLT, 2 x 3/4 Sea Swirls
Top Off: Pressure dosing pump, JBJ ATO (32gal reservoir)
Misc Equip: Kalk drip doser (DIY)

Current inhabitants: 1 yellow tang, 2 percula clowns, 1x 6 line wrasse, green star polyps, red mushrooms

What a mess (basic life support):

Tank with homemade stand and canopy

Picture of sump:

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Old 07-04-2006, 06:39 AM   #2
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Time for a prayer

Good Lord please keep me from developing the reef addiction seen above. I'd have no time left to do the other important things in life; like eat, sleep and breath. My wife would be happier too if we had food for the kids and enough cash left over to put gas in the car once in awhile.

Lord, you know I love the little fishies, but please keep me from myself.

By the way; Beautiful tank - Good luck with the change-over.

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Old 07-04-2006, 07:14 AM   #3
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:53 AM   #4
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How did you care for your fish and LR while you changed over, and was some of the equipment in use for your bow front?

And........what are you going to do with your smaller tank? I grin because 92 gallons isn't small.

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Old 07-04-2006, 07:58 PM   #5
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Very dreamy setup- love the tank!
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SWEET! Looking forward to see the tank when ur done stocking!
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Old 07-05-2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I have been so preoccupied with getting it running, I am left with the quandry of what to put in it!

As far as keeping everything running while I broke down the 92g, it was rough. I piped together a few 10gal aquariums for the lifestock ( a few fish and a couple of inverts) and ran my skimmer on them. I then put the LR in large rubbermaid garbage cans and ran a powerhead. Everything survived. There was a little die-off on the LR and I lost some snails. However, everything else came out ok.

As far as the 92gal goes, I am looking to get rid of it as it currently resides in my parking space in the garage.

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