Chels & Joe's 180 bankrupting beauty!

ChelseaBidwell

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
192
Reaction score
402
Sooooooooooo, I always start out expecting an epic failure when doing a new tank, but I feel pretty darn good about this one! Not only because of our decisions on equipment, but mainly because we are actually planning this one out and taking our time (as opposed to our spur of the moment, impulse buys, and erratic decision making with our previous tanks)

PSA: this is hard for me. I'm impatient and buy whatever looks good at the time instead of putting in the effort to research and make educated decisions. I'm an adult, I know. Blows my mind too! ;Hilarious That being said, bare with me through this disastrous/miraculous (unsure of which yet) adventure and pray we can get through it with full heads of hair! LOL!

To start things off, we decided we didn't want to get a brand new tank - where's the fun in that?! This is how we test the strength and boundaries of our love for each other! Haha!

So, we started looking for a used tank. Something for us to bring back to life! We've searched for weeks and weeks! Yesterday, we FINALLY found our tank. It's a 180, it included the stand and canopy. Trashed this canopy though, we're going build a floating one. We picked it up this morning, cleaned the filthy mess up (4 DAGGUM HOURS BTW), and just finished the 3rd coat of black paint on the back. By the grace of God, there's only ONE TINY scratch on the whole tank. WIN! We're going to be sanding and restaining the stand and probably redo the doors on it. Anywho, here are some pictures of before/after my deep cleaning. And, of course, my predictable shenanigans. ;Wacky
Btw, go ahead and note how hubs is a minuscule contributor. Had to notate that in case he tries to take credit for my hardwork and effort.
Love you babe! ;Smuggrin @Omgitsjoe

20200104_235531.jpg

20200104_235551.jpg

20200104_235605.jpg

20200104_235617.jpg

20200104_235627.jpg

Resized_20200104_235758.jpeg

20200104_235324.jpg

20200104_235419.jpg

20200104_235432.jpg

20200104_235242.jpg

Resized_20200104_235839.jpeg

Resized_20200104_235907.jpeg

20200105_000205.jpg


I'll update as we go along and hopefully we will have some huge progress in the very near future!
Oh, if you have any funny build pics, send them my way! This hobby is a headache majority of the time, so might as well have a little fun with it, right?! Happy reefing everyone!
 
Aquarium Specialty - dry goods & marine livestock
OP
ChelseaBidwell

ChelseaBidwell

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
192
Reaction score
402
Wow! You all did a wonder on cleaning that thing up! It looks brand new.
I don't mean to be a Debby downer; but, is this part missing silicone?
Looking forward to the rest of the build!

pic.jpg
Thanks! It took forever! Thankfully, no. It pushed all the dirt and gunk to one side of the tank and it covered up the silicone in that corner! Lol
 
Top Shelf Aquatics
Top Shelf Aquatics
OP
ChelseaBidwell

ChelseaBidwell

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
192
Reaction score
402
Is it not drilled? If not, is it not drill-able?
It's not drilled. It was a freshwater tank before. We didn't know if it was tempered cause there wasn't a sticker, so we used some polarized sunglasses. Only the bottom is tempered, so thankfully we will be able to drill the holes we need for the overflow/return! We drilled our last tank, so we should be good!
 

Complaining about the cost of aquarium equipment when you pay large sums of money for coral & fish..

  • is Fair

    Votes: 159 49.8%
  • is Not Fair

    Votes: 132 41.4%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 28 8.8%

Online statistics

Members online
2,259
Guests online
4,831
Total visitors
7,090
Tunze
Top