Jose's 180 Final Build!

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I'll start off by introducing myself. I am in the Athens area and have been keeping saltwater tanks for 15+ years. I am fairly new to ARC although I have been lurking for sometime. I have enjoyed getting to know others in the area with similar interest so figured I would post out a thread on my latest project. In the past I have had a 20L, 46 bow front, 54 corner, 60, 75 and a few nano AIO. Over the years I have been more obsessed with setups and continual change but latest project I am hoping is the beginning of a steady reef system that incorporates all that I know into a simple to maintain system. This will be the 'biggest' tank I have setup to date and don't think I will have an appetite for bigger.

This will be a 180 reef build with a standard 6x2x2 footprint reef ready glass tank. Having the 2 foot depth and 6 foot length I am looking to replicate the lagoon and back reef zones of a reef. I would have liked to have stuck with a biotope focus from the Carribean / Atlantic but many of the corals and fish I have are from years in the hobby and would hate to see them go. Ex: my maroon clown is over 15 years old and from one of my first tanks.

Ok.. enough talking here are some pictures

Here is the setup when I first acquired it.
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I originally did some repairs to the bottom of the stand because it had some holes for other project intentions from previous owner. On s the bottom was repaired. I then sealed the bottom using silicone and bar glazing to create a waterproof stand bottom.
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After a few weeks and convincing family to help with the move...tank and stand were placed inside. The tank will go where I previously had my 60 & 75 in my living room.

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Now on to the fun stuff..after I broke down my existing tanks I moved everything into 2 60 gallon tanks for temporary holding..
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I will continue to update the thread with additional details on equipment, coral/fish list, build progress and more pictures..


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matt7

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that hammer colony is amazing jose! Looks like an exciting build
 

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Matt7;1113136 wrote: that hammer colony is amazing jose! Looks like an exciting build


Thanks Matt.. picked that up from another member and fragged it down..as I go through the build I will pick and choose corals from the collection for the 180 and then probably unload the rest or keep a few for backup.


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Let me know if you sell some more of that hammer, I'd be interested in a few heads.
 

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It looks really good. Nice job on the stand. Do you have a sump and an AC HOB?
 

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Danh;1113158 wrote: It looks really good. Nice job on the stand. Do you have a sump and an AC HOB?

Thanks Dan. In my temporary tank setups I have a sump/skimmer running (inside a Rubbermaid). I have a small hang on back breeder box running some miracle mud just to help. Everything in the temp tanks did just fine with a couple day breakdown and move/re-setup.

In the 180 setup I will be running only a sump. I will post some pictures and list of planned equipment later in the week.


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Looks good man! You finally took the plunge into 100+ tanks.
 

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Trizzino;1113217 wrote: Looks good man! You finally took the plunge into 100+ tanks.

Thanks Austin! I did have a 65+75 plumbed together with about 160 total gallons ... but agree finally bought a single big tank. I will be using the sump I got from you in this new setup!


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Here is an update on the 180 build.

Under the tank basic equipment.
- Eshopps sump older style-36x14x16
- ATO container is an old sea clear acrylic aquarium. 20x10x20h and holds about 15+ gal.
- Refugium/Frag tank. 18x18x12 on a small stand.

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For the refugium/frag tank. I built a 18x18x7 3 sided stand to raise up the tank and allow for room underneath for storing all my electrical.
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I stained it and added holes in the back to route all the wires. I will add pictures once I plumb it to the sump and run all the wires.
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Hello ARC!! I am back..Good to see my build thread is still here. Crazy to think it has been over 2 years since I started the 180 build out. Let's start out the update with a few pictures of how the initial setup process went.

First step place your sand and skimmer in the main tank..lol
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Next add your live rock
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Third add all the coral from holdings tanks
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after hours -> days of organizing rocks / corals I landed on my layout for the far right side which would represent the reef zone with montipora and SPS colonies.
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Here is a view of what the early tank setup looked once I completed all the live rock setup, coral placement. This was from about August 2017. I decided to place all my live rock at no higher than half the tank height. Coral colonies were also placed at about that height to allow from room to grow.

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Close up of red montipora and green cats paw colonies
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Looks great man!!! Love the wood!

And good call with the rockwork height! I’ve always thought the rocks should go no higher than 35-50% to allow for coral growth; especially on a beautiful tank like this!

Haha... and while I wouldn’t choose Cats Paw or Monti Cap; that’s the great thing about this hobby, everybody has different things that they love! It’s keeps each new tank looking unique.

Looking forward to seeing a 2019 photo!
 

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Thank you ActiveAngel.. I will get some more recent pictures soon and details of my electronics and control panel.


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