REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
I love that you’re getting to add a 180 tank to your newly built home as my wife and I will be starting the build process this summer with me throwing a fish room behind the study and the tank (180 gallons) in there like how the #BRS160 is set up. I too have been planning to go about using the Triton method and know that the wife is going to lose her mind when I start buying gear. I’m shopping around right now for my tank and have also found that I like CustomAquariums.com for a tank that’s 48” by 30” by 30” but don’t care so much for their sump or stand/canopy options. Their overflow system and returns however is very top notch and ahead of the game in my view.
From looking over your livestock list though, it does look like you will have some very expensive snack potential for some of your trigger. That’s not to say that he will eat your shrimp or other invertebrates but it is a good chance.
1. Go as big as you can in terms of gallons
2. Plan for your lines plumbing, outside air, WC, etc... for automation before hand
3. Large sump with lots of space for any upcoming upgrades or new technologies
4. Use APEX, and plan a clean wiring
5. Create a dramatic aquascape that you really really like and fish/coral friendly before moving to any other step. Look for inspiration in others builds.
6. Think about the methods you'll plan on using in order to plan for your equipment needs, eg. Triton, Zeovit, RedSea, etc...
7. Try to go +1 and/or very good quality in certain things, UV, skimmer, lights, pumps, refugium, reactors
8. Not using small grain salt, looks good but it's a mess
9. Plan to create areas where you will place your coral depending on their needs, eg. High flow, low flow, high/low light
10. Plan quarantine space
11. Shy fish first
12. If you want multiple Tangs plan to add them at the same time and as juveniles
And last but not least Bulk Reef Supply TV has a serie in Youtube about a 160g built - they go through every mayor aspect with a very good logic and sequence. I would strongly recommend you add much as possible. Is called 52 weeks of reefing.
Reef Tank Guide: 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBaMLrfToJyybUT18OE3fMomFb9XU0ffC
Hope is useful, and again it's my personal view, I certainly have lots to learn.
Enjoy your new built.
- BRS 160 Update #2: Is this the single most cost effective way to increase coral growth?, Dec 9, 2016