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Old 08-14-2014, 7:41 PM   #1
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Legalreefer's 180g build

Well here goes another one. Over the years I've learned a lot and now I'm ready to take on a larger challenge! Bought a house with a basement so I can put all the filtration system down there. Found a 180g. Going to pick it up maybe next week. Waiting for it to be broken down and cleaned. I'm still trying to figure out what lighting I'm going to use. T5 or LEDs. Probably T5s bc cheaper start up cost. Then upgrade to LEDs.

So far I have a AquaC EV 400 skimmer, need to get either a mag 18 or 24 for it, troughft for the sump, reeflow hammerhead/barracuda hybrid return pump, Jebao and korila power heads, JBJ heater controller, heaters and some few other odds and ends. Been trying diy rock but might just suck it up and buy it dry and alive. Not really worth the time invested.

Only thing I've done so far is built the frame for the stand. Sadly funds are an issue so buying things when it's a deal

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Old 08-14-2014, 9:29 PM   #2
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Im running the reeflo dart and its dialed back more than 1/2 way running 2 reactors off the manifold as well.

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Old 08-16-2014, 1:38 AM   #3
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It should be good w 16' head and a manifold. Or at least I hope so!

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Legal - I can't profess to know much but after a year in the hobby, I dove head first into a build that sounds somewhat similar to yours... 120G w/ 30G frag tank.. Sump room in basement w/ DT upstairs. I am using a Hammerhead/Barracuda as well and man does that pump put out some flow. I have mine dialed WAY back and I probably need to put the Barracuda impeller in.

One thing I wish I would have done was buy my dry rock at the start of my build and started the process of curing it. Right now I have a 120 w/ about 70 lbs of rock and I am in limbo waiting on the dry rock to cure...

Let me know if you have any other questions. I am by no means an expert but I just completed a similar project and more than happy to help.

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I'm planning in running the barracuda but more for energy reasons

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Let me know how you do switching the impeller. I tried everything I could think of and I think I need a strap wrench because I couldn't get it to budge

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So far all I have done is this for the stand. Need it complete by Sunday. Not lifting the tank more than I have to.

Any suggestions how to level the stand/tank once it's in place without scratching the hardwood floors?

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Also tinkered with dry rock. Need to get epoxy... Click image for larger version

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Looks great but if that tape represents the dimensions if the tank which it likely does. Your rock is awfully close and will impede partially or fully of completely cleaning the glass.
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It's the opening to lower it in the tank. Didn't want to make it too big and it not fit

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It's the opening to lower it in the tank. Didn't want to make it too big and it not fit
Ah, then leave it.... Looks good!
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Looks nice' however I'm wondering what the flown pattern inside the tank could be thus affecting or benefit the corals, since normally you'll place the powerheads on the side and the return nozzle to midle or lower section of the tank. I'll be following along!
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Flow pattern should be perfect. Should turn over about 10x per hour. Accompanied by two RW-15s and a couple korilas

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What do you use to protect the hardwood floors from getting scratched by the stand? Keep in mind I might have to out shims under to level the stand.

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I'm picking the tank, sump and skimmer tomorrow. This is as far as I've gotten in the stand...

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I put ball latches on the side panels for easy removal. Wanted to use magnets but going to try this instead to see how well, or not well, it works

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Picked up the tank and sump yesterday. Wasn't as heavy as I had thought. Ran into a little big problem.... Was going to put the tank in the foyer at the front door. Before going to get the tank, I sat the stand in it's "final" resting spot. I measured earlier but once I put the stand in place I quickly realized the system would be WAY too big. While I went to get the tank I left the stand there for when Cathy got home. She wasn't happy about its size either. So I decided I will put it in the basement... Man cave?! Kegerator?! I will decide which room I will put it as I plan to do the electrical work Thursday if I don't work.

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Here it is water test/vinegar bath. Put one if my RW-15s in the. Was really surprised how much water it can move.

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Nice rock work!

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Nice rock work!
Sadly it tumbled over te other day. I didn't have epoxy... I'm sure I will get it close to what I had

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Got the RO/DI hooked up today. Also put the 150gpd upgrade with all new filters. Runs at 72psi! Unreal what a difference than when I last had it setup only running 50psi without the upgrade. It flows out now!

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Haven't done much for the display. At a stand still until we figure out what part and when we are going to finish off rooms in the basement. I'm getting a bunch of free fish and rock from a friend. Got this up and going to hold me over until the DT is operational Click image for larger version

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