Welcome to my tank thread! A long journey of ups and downs, successes and mistakes, but most importantly a whole lot of fun. This thread started out, in 2007, as the build thread for an old 125 that I purchased. That original post can be seen below in Post #2. It has grown into much more than that, so I'm going to take over this first post to document my history in the hobby and breakdown the thread into easier to find pages.
A Brief History - How we arrived at the 180
My family had small aquariums of one form or another basically my whole life. I setup my very own community freshwater in high school when I got a job. After high school when that turned into a better job I got a 29 gallon community freshwater around the Christmas of 2005. Since I then had an empty 10 gallon I tried my hand at saltwater. That didn't go so well with no live rock and zero knowledge, so I just focused on the freshwater. Then I found Nano-Reef! I read for a few months and started keeping my eye out for used systems.
I found a 46 Bowfront in late June of 2006. I bought it and finally joined N-R and started posting. That lasted for awhile, and I started a 20 high nano to go with it. I've had a ton of nano's throughout the years and there isn't enough room in this thread, so I'll focus on the big tanks. The 46 was upgraded to a 54 Corner in the spring of 2007. The 54 was swapped out for a 40 breeder in the winter of 2007 when I bought the 125 pictured below. The 125 stayed in storage until late spring of 2008. You can see it setup and running in Post #9.
After two moves and lots of those ups and downs I mentioned I started getting serious around Post 87. I bought the 180 at Post 124. After another move I start completely rebuilding the 180 at Post 315 into what it is today!
- Display Tank - 72x24x24 180 Gallon Dual Corner-Flo Manufactured by Perfecto
- Lighting 3x250w Metal Halides in LumenBright Mini reflectors hung from my Custom Low Budget Light Rack/Canopy,
- Stand Homemade 2x4s and 2x6s
- Sump 30x12x16 30 gallon long All-Glass Aquarium, 24x12x16 All-Glass Refugium
- Skimmer Reef Octopus Extreme 200
- Heater Eheim Jager 300w
- Return Pump Mag18 rated at 1800 GPH draining through a modifed BeanAnimal overflow
- Circulation Pumps 2x Tunze 6045s
- ATO - autotopoff.com Double Float Switch and Pump in a standard 20 gallon aquarium reservoir
- RO/DI - SpectraPure 90 GPD unit filling a 32 gallon Rubbermaid Brute trash can
- Quarantine - 30x12x18 Aqueon 29 gallon, 50/50 NO T8 lighting, Tunze 6015 circulation, BioSystems35 HOB w/ Surface Skimmer filter
- Water Changes - 30 gallon water change using NSW every 2 to 3 weeks
- Filter Socks - 200 Micron socks changed every 3 days
- Mag-Float - The big one, as needed
- Skimmer Maintenance - Weekly Collection Cup/Neck cleanings, twice yearly skimmer body scrub
- Testing - Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium Salifert tests every day while I'm learning my dosing. Nitrate and Phosphates with Red Sea kits any time I sense a problem. Salinity with a Coralife Hydrometer weekly, Double Checked and calibrated with my Refractometer monthly
- Reef Supplements - Brightwell Aquatics Reef Code A & B and Magnesium, manually dosing every day. I'm planning a switch to BRS 2-part and Mag when these run out
- Food - 1/2 sheet of green nori every day, Instant Ocean Marine Chips Auto-Fed 4x daily, along with a huge variety of frozen foods fed at least every other day. LRS's Fish, Herbivore, and Reef Frenzy, PE Mysis, Hikari Spirulina Brine, and Sally's krill for the anemone.
Current Stock List:
- Fish -
Black Ocellaris Clown x2
Yellow Tang x3
Blue Hippo Tang
Desjardini Sailfin Tang
Blonde Naso Tang
Blue/green chromis x9
Cherub Pygmy Angel
Rose Bulb Anemone
Sand Sifting Star
Various Cerith, Astrea, and Turbo snails
2x Feather Dusters
A few leathers, a branching hammer, 2 wall hammers, a couple branching and one wall frogspawn, a short tentacle torch, a sweet Australian gold torch, a Duncan, a trach brain, maze brain, orange fungia, purple fungia, a couple candy canes, a trumpet, various zoas/palys, mushrooms, and GSP, along with some of Lalani's famous pink yumas.
Summary and Future Plans:
I'm very happy with this setup for right now. Despite the losses this year the tank is doing well and I've put a lot of work into it. We'll be buying a house later this year or early next year so I don't want to go too crazy with livestock purchases until then. For now my focus is on getting my husbandry and maintenance dialed in and really finalize my hardware choices. I figure with one final move in this tanks future I have one more chance to get it all exactly right. Until then I'm perfectly content with where this tank sits. It only took 5 years to get here!
UPDATE: Finally bought a house, so check out post 510 for details!
Thanks for looking!
Edited by fewskillz, 07 November 2013 - 11:32 AM.