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Old 09-20-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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Doc's 180 Gallon Tropheus Tank Build

I recently picked up a reef-ready 180-gallon tank with stand and 90-gallon sump for an absolute steal.

When complete this will be home to my colony of 34 F1 Tropheus sp. Bulu Point "Cherry Spots". I will be adding 20 F1 Tropheus from a separate blood line and 8 F0/F1 Tanganyikan Goby Cichlids.

Gonna journal the process....


Here is my stand (1.5" steel tubing) after it got sand-blasted to bare metal and received an awesome gloss white powder coat.


My tank.


Another look at the tank.


Completely removed the black, plastic top trim.


For anyone that has struggled removing trim, this worked like a charm.


Did I mention that the blade is really sharp? What is a DIY project with no blood-shed?


This is as it sits right now. I have completely removed the center brace and euro-bracing to ease installation of the background.

Needless to say, all the trim and glass removal (combined with the residual substrate left by the previous owner) has resulted in a huge mess inside the tank. The clean-up comes next. More pics to come once I make some relevant progress.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:31 AM   #2
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Looks good so far, I like the powder coating! Never seen a gloss white but I really like it. Keep the pictures coming!
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:52 PM   #4
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One heck of a first post! Are you going to buy new trim or just replace the glass that was already there? All tanks must have blood... Welcome to AA!
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Thanks for the compliments.

Once my background is in place, I will be re-installing my center brace and adding custom perimeter (euro) bracing.
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After literally hours of scrubbing the tank is finally clean. I used acetone, pro-strength glass cleaner and about 75 razor blades.




The odd lines on the right portion of this shot are silicone stain on the inner overflow glass. It is no issue as I will be covering it with black acrylic.

The grungy part of this project is finally done......on to the fun stuff.
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Wow looks amazing! I feel ya on the 75 razor blades... haha. It is amazing what a couple hours and some elbow grease can do! It is a night and day difference. Good work and keep the pics coming!
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most definitely, the latest pictures look like a completely different and brand new tank! thats probably the framing being gone though lol
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Well, things got slightly delayed due to business travel. Gotta hate it when your job interferes with your DIY tank project.
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