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    Default Cliff’s 180 gallon reef


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    That’s right, I’m up-grading
    I just found a deal on a 180 gallon tank that I just can’t pass up. This might be considered a little early for a journal, but what the heck, here we go. Up until today, I thought a 180 would not fir down my staircase but I got a quote from a mover stating it could (with only a little drywall damage).

    I’m going to be up-grading my 90 gallon reef to a 180 gallon reef. I just put the down payment down on the tank tonight and the guy at the SW LFS will place the order with his vendor in the morning. I should have the tank delivered sometime in mid-August. I can hardly wait

    The tank will have an external overflow drilled for two 1.5” drain lines placed at the center of the back panel of the tank, and two 1 inch return lines drilled near each top-back corner of the tank. It will also have a black acrylic sheet attached to the out of the glass at the back as well as sides so I don’t have to worry about a background

    I will be placing this tank in my basement right were the TV in the below pic sits. I will sell that TV and place the tank where it sits. The opening is about 12 inches longer than the tank so it will just fit. I will build the stand only 24” tall so I can place a newer (and lighter) TV on top of the canopy for this tank. The sump will go in the closet the is behind the wall just behind the TV



    I already took some of the rock out of my 90 gallon to re-cure it to get rid of some flat worms, so I guess I will just leave it there until I’m ready to add SW to the 180.

    As for the stocking plan, I’m thinking I will move all the fish and carpet anemone over into the 180 and the corals into my 120. I am thinking I want to add one or two more carpet anemones and maybe a single angel center pc fish. But I have not researched SW angels fish enough yet to make an informed decision Another option I’m also considering is a larger school of blue eyed cardinal fish (like 20 or so) as these guys really seem to be the tetras of the marine world. Lot of options I still need to read up on and learn about before making up my mind. Just some thoughts so far.

    As for the hardware, I should have most everything that I need. I have a skimmer rated for a 400 gallon tank. If I add an algae scrubber on the sump I should be good to go. The 55 gallon sump from the 90 gallon should fit the bill for this set-up once I drill it for an external pump and upgrade my existing return pump. I have a few spare power heads so I should be OK for flow. Lighting will be a mixture of LEDs and T5Hos until I can afford some more LEDs but to start with it will be enough for the planned anemones.

    I still have a lot more details to verify / look into, but I thought I might start the journal now to capture all of that.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    What's a little drywall damage when it means a new 180g! Can't wait to see it Cliff.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    I'm excited for you!!!! Sounds like you are going to have one heck of a set up. I like the sump being in the closet behind the wall and the tv above the tank.
    72 gallon saltwater

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    Wonderful news and no wonder you're excited. Not having a stairway that goes straight down is more scarey. Yikes. Don't know how they will get it around the bend but they know what they're doing, I suppose. Wow. I can hardly wait to see that baby all set up.

    I guess this means you will also be keeping the 90. LOL

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    Well cliff your tanks always look amazing as is, so I can't wiat to see your mega-quarium
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Thanks guys.

    The wife and I are still tossing around ideas on what to do with the 90 gallon if we keep it. If we do not sell it, it would be either a: FOWLR set-up with a mantis, a SPS reef, or a FW set-up with a oscar.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Can you toss a link up ( or message me) of that red cfl that u are using or a model number. I've been trying to get algae to grow on my scrubber for a long time with no luck. The LFS just told me that the red hue helps alot. TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoWild View Post
    Can you toss a link up ( or message me) of that red cfl that u are using or a model number. I've been trying to get algae to grow on my scrubber for a long time with no luck. The LFS just told me that the red hue helps alot. TX
    You can get them at Home depot, they are made by Philips but they are not listed on there website.

    I am getting better growth on the side of the screen with the 42 watt warm white CLF bulb. I will actually be removing the red bulb as it seam not to be bright enough for the lower color temp to have a big enough difference.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Just realized I have not posted any pics here in a while. Here is a few of the newest additions

    Birdnest SPS frag



    Horn SPS frag



    pink star polyps



    and the newest fish, a royal gramma

    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I like the SPS corals Cliff. Great pictures.

    I have been looking at them but so far I've shied away from them.

    Do you add calcium for yours?

    The Royal Gramma has always been a species I've really liked. I haven't come across one yet that looked healthy enough to introduce. I had one back in the '80's which hooked me big time.
    Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..

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