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Old 02-27-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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180 gal tank build... Day 1

OK, just picked this beast up from a guy selling it on Craigslist for $250.... Gonna get to work on a stand first.

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Old 02-27-2015, 08:57 PM   #2
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Nice pick up! Around me they ask $500+ for a tank that size.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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sump suggested?

Yeah, I was only looking for a 120 gal, but when he asked for 250 I couldn't help but grab it.
Not sure what size tank I should use for a sump.... any suggestions?
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:13 PM   #5
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I don't know saltwater much but maybe a 55?


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Old 02-27-2015, 09:16 PM   #6
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Its freshwater, I was thinking around there... I may try 40gal plus a canister filter
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:25 PM   #7
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180 gal tank build... Day 1

It's rare to use a sump on freshwater. Just doesn't seem practical to me, in saltwater it houses all your extra stuff like protein skimmers and stuff I just don't see the need for a sump in freshwater unless it's a massive like 400+ gallon tank.

I would stick to canisters. Fluval, Cascade, and SunSun are good brands.


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Old 02-27-2015, 09:36 PM   #8
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It's rare to use a sump on freshwater. Just doesn't seem practical to me, in saltwater it houses all your extra stuff like protein skimmers and stuff I just don't see the need for a sump in freshwater unless it's a massive like 400+ gallon tank.

I would stick to canisters. Fluval, Cascade, and SunSun are good brands.


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Really depends on what your stock is going to be. If he/she is keeping Oscars as I seen in another thread a sump is the way to go. You can run massive amounts of bio media and keep live plants in it to help with the nitrates. also hide the heater in there.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:41 PM   #9
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Really depends on what your stock is going to be. If he/she is keeping Oscars as I seen in another thread a sump is the way to go. You can run massive amounts of bio media and keep live plants in it to help with the nitrates. also hide the heater in there.

Hmm good to know! I just have never really heard of them used on freshwater unless the tank was huge.


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Hmm good to know! I just have never really heard of them used on freshwater unless the tank was huge.


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Well, it is a 180gal... for me THAT IS HUGE lol
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Well, it is a 180gal... for me THAT IS HUGE lol

Well that would be huge for me too lol my biggest is 75. But like Mike said unless you have some big messy fish like oscars or Red belly piraŮas or Pacu I don't see a need for it.


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I have a 180 with a sump and canisters and I wish I had only went with canisters 1 because it's loud having the overflow. 2 because it's loud and really not the best choice for freshwater IMO. I have 2 Fluval 405 canisters and an eshopp 200 wd sump with a mag nine pump and it is more then I need. The only reason I used a sump was my tank had overflows. Yours doesn't so I would stick with the quiet setup if I was u. Good luck!


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Thank you Lostinfish... I have heard arguments both ways as far as the noise from a sump... I think I will experiment and see how it goes. I know I will definitely be getting the canisters. Gonna try one canister/sump first and see how it works out... Those things are costly lol.

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What are the dimensions? It looks thin for 180.


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Its 18"wide and 6ft long... 27" tall

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What are you doing for stocking?
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That's a 150


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Yup it's a 150... The guy thought it was a 180... But I'm happy with it.


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Stand and canopy coming along...

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Yup it's a 150... The guy thought it was a 180... But I'm happy with it.


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Yeah definitely. That's the size I have and I love it. I like the extra width of the 180 but the height of 150's is awesome for viewing. Looking good!


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