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Rich42082 08-09-2013 12:13 PM

Future 180 Gallon Upgrade
Help me with this so I can do it right the first time.

I'm planning on 180 gallon but not sure if I should go with glass or Acrylic? I'm going to go with a new tank since I have no luck with CL and build my stand and canopy.

For my sump/Refugium I'm going with either a custom 55 build or if someone can suggest a good prebuilt brand.

This will be my first stand build so If someone can provide me with a good blueprint it would be greatly appreciated.

JonathanG 08-09-2013 12:21 PM

I'm really happy with my trigger systems sump and they can custom make one to your specs.

Rich42082 08-09-2013 04:01 PM

Ok can I get some votes? Acrylic or Glass

Fishdude3233 08-09-2013 04:44 PM

Acrylic if you can afford it

mr_X 08-09-2013 05:49 PM

I like glass. I would scratch acrylic to death.

ivan_dalmatia 08-09-2013 06:22 PM

Safire glass! Last a long time with no scratches, acrylic wont last

mr_X 08-09-2013 06:23 PM


ivan_dalmatia 08-09-2013 06:28 PM


Originally Posted by mr_X (Post 2602934)

Ya my phone likes to correct me :)

AquaShark 08-09-2013 08:28 PM

I prefer glass over acrylic. I have always heard they scratch easier than glass. But I do have a 1 gallon acrylic aquarium that doesnt seem to have any scratches and its a couple years old. But if it were to be me I would go with low iron glass (i believe its low iron. Its the clearer glass)

Rich42082 08-09-2013 08:49 PM

Ok thanks. I guess I'll go with glass then. I heard the Acrylic is clearer and lighter so it's easier to move around.

ivan_dalmatia 08-09-2013 09:01 PM


Originally Posted by Rich42082 (Post 2603181)
Ok thanks. I guess I'll go with glass then. I heard the Acrylic is clearer and lighter so it's easier to move around.

It is a lot easier to move but more clear I don't think so

Rich42082 08-10-2013 05:28 AM

Are those trigger systems big enough for a 180+ size tank?

JustinKBreen 08-10-2013 05:33 AM

I have both and acrylic does scratch much easier. I have the low iron/starfire glass which I personally like better.

As for buying used, have the buyer fill it with water to leak test it.. if it leaks I would move on it another, don't bother trying to fix it.

Rich42082 08-10-2013 06:07 AM

I'm planning on buying it new. I was going with but I've decided to go with since they offer free shipping. I'm probably going to go with a 200 gallon instead because its cheaper for some reason.

The overflow is in the back center with 3 drains and 2 returns. They don't have the option for starphire online so I have to wait to call them on Monday. The anticipation is killing me.

mr_X 08-10-2013 03:27 PM

Have your returns come over the top and save the money on those holes. I would want 2 overflows instead of just one, unless it was a very long one. 3 drains are unnecessary. 2 one and a half inch drains is plenty. I have 4 on my 300 (2 per overflow), but I don't even use a quarter of that.

Aquamandan 08-10-2013 04:42 PM


Originally Posted by Ivanthegod (Post 2602931)
Safire glass! Last a long time with no scratches, acrylic wont last

Why won't acrylic last?

carey 08-10-2013 04:47 PM

I was looking at the tank you have in mind, it is only 4 feet long though? Just my opinion, but if getting such a large tank why not go for one with the length? You can have more fish and larger ones since you have the 6 foot length for them to swim. Never saw much need to have a tall tank vs a long one. lol

Just a thought

mr_X 08-10-2013 05:18 PM

I just re-read this thread. Glass cages is tremendously cheaper than fish tanks direct, free shipping or not. Roughly 2 grand for a 200?I paid 1800 for my 300, with custom overflows and bulkheads, plus them shipping it to a central location about an hour away....

Rich42082 08-10-2013 06:17 PM

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Carey, the tank I'm looking at is not 4 ft it's 6 ft.

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JonathanG 08-10-2013 08:06 PM

The standard trigger systems sumps are 36 gallon which is probably not enough for a 200. You can have them custom make one to the size you need.

Also if your looking for something unique check out Aqua vim aquariums

I have a half cylinder from them and love it. They are a bit pricey but they do have a specials area which has some good deals. One of the reasons I went with them is their custom stands and canopies made of hardwood. I got an un-finished one as my wife wanted to customize it to match the room it is in.

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