Flippers reef 125 gallon

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  1. FREAKINRICAN69

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    Should i take the lenses off the MARS lights when i purchase them? And if so what height should they be at? MFG suggestion or should i go about it differently? I'll be re-modifying my canopy to accommodate for height if necessary. I'm already going to be restoring the stand because i don't have enough clearance for my skimmer.
     

  2. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    I'll answer when I get home. I'm at work.
     
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    Okay here's my advice for your 180 gallon you plan on setting up.

    Lights, you could get by with 3 black box units, running them length wise, but may need 4 for coverage running their length from front to back.
    This depends on how you aquascape the tank. If aquascaped with your rock structures in the center, you could get by with 3.

    Removing the lenses will help with light distribution and blending. I personally have mine hung around 12" above the water line. 60-70% blues and 20-30% whites.

    With a 180, I would want to have two overflows, one in each back corner. I personally have a stock Marineland reef ready with the corner overflows. Each overflow has a "Durso" drains. The stock configuration had the returns coming up the overflows and exiting at the top of the overflow box. I converted these to emergency drains.
    You don't need emergency drains, they are just a assurance in case of one of the drains gets clogged. So the DT doesn't overflow. (Wife, living room tank..... assurance! Lol)

    In your case, I would at least have two overflows draining into your sump. Each needs a "Durso" to keep it from "toilet flushing" and keep the noise down. The way your tank's overflow is now, water will drop down the glass overflow (making a waterfall sound and then "gurgle" down the bulkhead into the sump.
     
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    When they custom built this tank they didnt really think about all that unfortunately . I might have to drill another hole for backup drain and roll with that. Praying it wont crack...:(
     
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    The less noise the better but if it's just cascading sound i'm ok with it... Thanks for your feed back chief. Wifey is willing to splurge on the lights now so now i'm kinda scratching my head and wondering which way i should go. i will always need a back in case any other fails anyhow so we'll see how this goes. LOL
     
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    Heading to a birthday party..... IMG_20190316_165922.jpg
     
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    Beautiful combo piece there.
     
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    It's just over ran by palythoas and I can stand that! Lol

    Finally got my weekend water change done tonight. Yes, been just that busy! Lol.
     
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