Kman's 180 Gallon in wall Reef

Discussion in 'Member Tanks' started by Kman237, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Hello, everyone, I'm starting another build thread for my new tank and my new home.:) I bought a house back in October and I'm working on building a 180-gallon tank into the wall at my place along with closing off an area to make a small fish room. I have another build thread of an 85 gallon I had on here. Currently, I have a 110 tank but never posted a thread for that one.

    Heres the list
    Tank - Planet Aquarium Starfire custom 180-gallon tank 72x24x24 perimeter glass bracing w/ ghost overflow.
    Stand - Custom built for tank/wall
    Sump - Bashsea 48x15x16 (black & white)
    Lights - 2x 36" Hybrid T5HO 4x39W fixture with LED mounting from Aquatic Life. I currently have three Hydra HD 52's for this hybrid build but may add a fourth.
    Skimmer - Nyos 160
    Power Heads - 2x MP 40's (will add more if needed)
    Refugium Lighting - H380 Halo II LED Algae Grow Light - Kessil
    Heater - 2x 500W Finnex TH Deluxe Titanium Heater
    Controller- WiFi Apex Controller System. (New)


    I hope you enjoy following along with the process of this one. I will be taking a ton of photos and videos of the process. I will continue to add to the list as I pick out more equipment. Cheers!
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2017 at 11:46 PM
    Tags:

  2. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    To start things off here are a few pictures of where the tank will go. The tank is going in the wall where the arrow is. I'm going to close the room off with a door. The tank will be as far to the right as possible(viewing from the front) as I'm going to cut a nice circle on the side wall for looking down the tank long way. I think it will look really neat. I wasn't able to put the tank fully on the corner due to some wall supports for the upstairs but I was set on having the viewing angle of the tank the long way. The plus is I'll be able to see the tank from the living room, dinning room and kitchen.


    There are pictures before I bought the place.
    IMG_4028.PNG
    IMG_4029.PNG
     
  3. cilyjr

    cilyjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    388
    Likes Received:
    265
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    If you're open to advice, may I suggest having some way to access the tank from the front. This was suggested to me when I built my 180 in and am so glad for it. Trying to work in the tank from back to front exclusively would be a pain. The other thing I would suggest is rather than having the back of the tank painted building some sort of panel that can be removed to easily see into the tank when working. For me I just got a couple of sheets of black acrylic and use magnets in the corner to hold them in place. So when I do work from the back I can pull that off and see inside easily
     
    S-t-r-e-t-c-h and Kman237 like this.
  4. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas

    Great advice! I have been told about the from access to the tank and trying to work out a decent cabinet door or doors look above the tank to allow for that. Never ever thought about the back of the tank not being painted black. I may contact my guy tomorrow and see if it's to late to change that. That's a great idea being able to see in from the back. Thank you very much for sharing that information with me.
     
  5. cilyjr

    cilyjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    388
    Likes Received:
    265
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Here's my doors. Maybe it will give you an idea for your situation. Oh and by the way absolutely do cut in a little porthole you were talking about for side viewing. I wish I had allowed myself a way to see the side of the tank
    20171108_190820.jpg
     
    Kman237 likes this.
  6. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Awesome, thank you very much! I've looked at your build thread several times! Great looking setup by the way! I definitely need to build access to the front of the tank like you did. I think that looks really nice.
     
  7. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Small update I have some rock curing. My 105-gallon tank has rock in it that's a few years old but I'm going to need more. I bought 60 pounds of rock from BRS this is the Pukani dry rock. It came in excellent condition with some really good sizes. I have placed the rock in a brute trash can to get the curing process going. I'm feeding the brute can and adding some good bacteria to it to help kick start it. I will probably add a small rock from my tank to help seed it. I have another 50 pounds of rock on the way.

    IMG_4135.JPG
    IMG_4139.JPG
     
  8. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    A few goodies :). I like to have two heaters in the tank one for back up if the other happens to go out on me.

    IMG_4129.JPG IMG_4405.JPG
     
  9. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    The fun stuff keeps coming in. This is the Aquamaxx Pukani dry rock I ordered this from Marine Depot. This is the rock I currently have the most of in my 105 tank. It's looks just like the BRS Pukani Dry Rock. I only got one rock I wasn't to happy about but maybe it will be a nice base rock. You'll notice in the pictures below. Bassicly one solid Rock came in the shipment. I need to grab another Brute Trash and get this rock cycling.

    IMG_4427.JPG IMG_4426.JPG IMG_4422.JPG
    Here the real solid odd rock compared to the others that came with the shipment.
     
  10. cilyjr

    cilyjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    388
    Likes Received:
    265
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    Man skimmers sure look fancy compared to what I bought 10 years ago. But I love my Franken-Asm skimmer. As I have modded the thing to barely recognizable from out of the box. I can't see myself ever buying another one unless I break this somehow
     
    Kman237 likes this.
  11. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Yes, they have changed a lot. I needed to upgrade as the one in my 105 gallon wouldn't be able to handle the 180.
     
  12. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    I hope everyone had a great Holiday! Just a quick update of some more goodies coming in. I got my sump in pictures to come! I must say this sump is absolutely beautiful and the hand work is incredible. It has tons of bells and whistles. Over the Holiday break I was able to get some more rock cooking and did a water change on the other brute can with the waste water I changed from my current tank. My two T5 hybrid led light fixtures came in today :). Sand and sand and more sand coming. I have been using the special grade arage live sand for years in all my tanks.

    My lady got her first saltwater tank! She's super excited and ready to fill it up lol. I got her a Red Sea Reefer 250 during Black Friday. It was a display tank at a LFS close by that I have been visiting for years. It needs a little cleaning but that's easy. She's already planning her fish list and Coral list. The tank will be running a curve 5 skimmer and two Hydra 26's. I'll be helping her out with the tank.

    2B0F4051-6FE1-4B5E-8E44-6BD6A4F81F0C.jpeg
    2663C260-BA60-40B5-9DB9-186E1815FF53.jpeg
    76F6B514-B1F5-49C5-A64E-57CBBE4DA12C.jpeg
    0AD18739-2980-41CF-9856-B8C31DB5EEBA.jpeg
    A5F34EDD-1066-424C-82FF-5B11CC44ECAA.jpeg
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2017
    S-t-r-e-t-c-h likes this.
  13. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Progress update. More to come.


    70D7A550-B53F-4185-9F76-2BD5E3EF8082.jpeg
    7EBFF852-475A-4BF4-9EE9-E1A0DF040284.jpeg
     
  14. cilyjr

    cilyjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    388
    Likes Received:
    265
    Location:
    Rhode Island
    How wide is that arch? Those sistered 2x6 are likely load bearing. Do you need to move one?
     
    S-t-r-e-t-c-h likes this.
  15. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    No need to move one lucky. They are staying in place.
     
  16. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Or are you talking about the 3 together? I'll upload more photos
     
  17. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    More pictures. The corner post are staying in place. The arch is about 47 inch wide.

    C35F2816-DCBA-4460-9D7E-B18C8F1B1E62.jpeg 94EE6458-CE00-4B2E-888C-D0083D96D028.jpeg
    21082E5D-687D-4DCC-ADF2-BEE15171E145.jpeg
     
  18. xaflatoonx

    xaflatoonx Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2015
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Another texan here - love your plans... looking forward to this.
    also placing an order with planet soon.
    can you share your ordering experience with them? did you give them any renderings?
    what about your stand? getting from them or DIY?
     
  19. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Hey fellow Texan! :) I highly recommend planet. This is my 5th tank from them and my second custom tank. They do an amazing job and there work is absolutely beautiful. I just got the tank and will upload pictures. They can pretty much do what ever you like. I did perimeter bracing so water wouldn't splash on my wall. The last 4 tanks from them I had them build the stand. The stands look great you can get them in mutiple colors and as expensive as you want. They really do look good. The stand for this tank is a DYI because it's going to be build to fit the wall with the tank. I felt it was beast to do that here at the house. The guys who are working the wall are building the stand also. They are aquiuam guys so they are fit for the job and have done this many times.
     
    xaflatoonx likes this.
  20. Kman237

    Kman237 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2015
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    166
    Location:
    Dallas, Texas
    Pictures of the tank! 180 gallon all Starfire glass. Perimeter bracing and ghost overflow. It's beautiful :)
    11F6CD27-DAFE-4A79-A5FF-25537ED76B51.jpeg BA5145DE-9F7D-41A8-8ABB-8CFF73F38D71.jpeg
    3CFF5B7E-99CE-4FF8-A7D0-F76B9AA657D4.jpeg
    6CD38A07-EE3D-4992-AEF7-BF6E57F79524.jpeg
    3D5E5467-A791-49C5-A6F2-D9214394C76E.jpeg
     
    Jimmy Lee likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

Loading...