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Old 07-02-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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Mike's 180 build

Well so only a few short months ago my wife gave me the go ahead to upgrade our 60 cube to a 180. The plan was to take our time and have this tank finished around the first of the year. But the next thing I knew, I was selling a riding lawn mower I didn't really need and she sold a couch that was taking the spot of the new tank.

So I ordered the stand and canopy and would receive it a month after ordering it. In the mean time I found a 40 breeder in savannah that i would be using for the sump. So i Headed there to get it only to find out, I lacked 1/2" of getting it in the trunk of my car. So what did we do? Yes that's right red neck reefing all the way back to Warner robins.

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The stand came in about a month ago.

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Well after seeing the stand sitting there collecting dust we couldn't wait to buy the tank.

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Old 07-02-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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So the pictures of us bringing the sump back did not attach. Here they are. Ok so I just had to put it out there my wife had to go to wet willies. Lol. Pic of the sump.

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So then came the plan to wait a week to do the plumping. Well I was wrong, it happened the next day getting back with the tank

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As I was just about to finish the plumbing my wife got the bright idea to go ahead and put the rock in. Now mind you it's 930pm and I have to be at work the next morning at 545am!!! But there was no telling her NO.

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So I am now at work, tired as all get out and still lacked a bunch of water. I have the last batch of water mixing now and when I get home this evening, the tank should be full. For last night I had the ph's running to keep the rock and sand alive.


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Old 07-02-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Nice!! Can't wait to see it with water in it!

haha... didn't have to wait long! =)
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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Man, I love this stage. I know exactly what you mean about not being able to wait on things

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Old 07-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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Great story and the tank and stand are very nice. I love your rock work. I kind of miss all the planning and putting things together when I upgraded to the 125. :-)

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #6
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Very nice setup Mike

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:35 PM   #7
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I kind of miss all the planning and putting things together when I upgraded to the 125. :-)
Well you could always start planning for the next upgrade!!

But seriously, everything looks very nice!! You are pretty much building my dream tank!

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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Love the storyline have had those nights with the wife but I keep her up lol. this tank setup and aquascape is nice tuned in.

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Old 07-02-2012, 1:41 PM   #9
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Looking good Mike!

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Old 07-02-2012, 3:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments guys.

I will be trying my hand at a slow movement through my sump.

Return pump: eheim 1200

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Old 07-08-2012, 9:45 AM   #11
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So I am now at 5 days and still no cycle. I was hoping for a 3 day cycle but it looks as if I may not have a cycle at all. I am still waiting and checking to ensure the tank does not take a slow take off. I am using using MicroBacter7 for the first month of this upgrade.

SG - 1.026
PH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

I have have a few purple zoa's 1 green mushroom that was still attached to the rock when I put the rock in the tank. I have also seen 4 crabs that were hidding in the rock also. All are still alive and kicking. So far so good and hope things stay this way.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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Looks good Mike. Glad to see you kept the rock from your 60g...that stuff is awesome. I cant tell from the pictures, but it looks like you have a small fuge area in your sump. If you need some cheato for it, let me know.

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Very nice. I like the arches.

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Looks good Mike. Glad to see you kept the rock from your 60g...that stuff is awesome. I cant tell from the pictures, but it looks like you have a small fuge area in your sump. If you need some cheato for it, let me know.
No, just more rock acting as a filter. And that is what I will bust up when I need frag plugs for coral.


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Very nice. I like the arches.
That is the only thing the wife likes. She has done all the Rock work in any tank we have had. If I do it, I get yelled at. Lol.


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She has done all the Rock work in any tank we have had. If I do it, I get yelled at. Lol.
Know your role! Let her have at it. She had the 60g looking great and is on her way to a repeat performance! That girl has skilz. lol

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She did a wonderful job with the rock. No the only thing I need for the setup is one center light in the canopy, a 300w heater and the 2 doors for the stand.

I hopefully will have the heater and doors next week. The light will be bought with our tax return. Right now I am using 2, 250w MH. And at tax time I will add 3 radions to the setup.




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Old 07-08-2012, 8:43 PM   #18
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Haha! awesome story!

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #19
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Looks absolutely awesome, Mike...I gotta get over there and see this beast in person.

sDn, since I know you routinely read over Mike's shoulder, you did a great job with the rockwork! My only critique would be in post #11 picture #5...you need to shave your toes...lol

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That is so great. She's gonna love that one j.b.

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