My 180gal underwater adventure

Discussion in 'Connecticut Area Reef Society' started by tank o tang, Jan 20, 2018.

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    tank o tang Active Member

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    Set up the 180gal in January 2017 after not having a tank for a while since moving. Tank started with 75gal under stand sump. Day before Thanksgiving I connected a 125gal basement sump with 40gal breeder frag tank (no frags yet). Both bulkheads plumbed into 1-1/2" pipe on each side with 1-1/2 into 2 1" returns over the back of tank. In tank flow from 4 mp40's. Lit by 2 reefbreeders 32 v1. Mag 12 for return, soon to be upgraded to a mag18. Old asm skimmer (still works great). Brs ato with brute can for reservoir. Brs dosers. Controlled by a reefkeeper elite. Fuge lit by lowes hanging light with led bulb. Frag tank and carbon reactor run off mag7. Frag tank has mp10 for circulation and lit by coralife led for now. Plans are to replace lights (one not functioning right, why tank looks different on the right side.) with 2 32 reefbreeders aquasarise lights and move the good v1 to my frag tank. Plans are mixed reef with mostly lps and zoas with some sps. 20171127_112402.jpg 20171125_124019.jpg 20171127_112402.jpg 20171125_124019.jpg 20171125_124007.jpg
     
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    fastest302 Active Member CTARS Member

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    Looks great
     
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    kgstei Active Member CTARS Member

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    Nice looking setup. I like the open rock work. Are the rocks just stacked or did you epoxy them together.
     
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    Sweet setup! Looking forward to seeing it full of frags and colonies!
     
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    Chrisfish Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2018

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    Looks great, looking forward to seeing more:)
     
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    That’s a pretty elaborate setup, I like it. Very nice
     
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    Thanks
    No epoxy on the rocks, just stacked together. Can't wait either, already have my 4yo son working on the wife for ffm. He's really into the tank and many times he stares in the tank instead of the tv which makes me happy.
     
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    Sweet set up! Looking forward to your updates. FFM is a must...great deals to be had
     
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    Cool setup! I really like the rock work....nice job stacking it like that and creating all those caves/tunnels.
     
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    Excellent rockwork!!!! Looking great.
     
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    Went ahead and upgraded the lighting. Took the reefbreeders out and replaced them with 3 kessil ap700's. Starting them at 30%. Loving the new lights. Also picked up a bunch of frags at ffm this past weekend. The few corals and gems I had seem to have responded very well to the new lights and colors look great.
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    Awesome lights!!!
    I have 3 A360WE’s coming.
     
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    Looks great.

    What was your decision for switching lights?
     
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    Switched lights due to most of the blue primary optics were browned out and one string of the blues on the right side were out (replaced driver but wasn't the problem). Also could never get the tank to look the same on each side. Even when looking at the lights on they looked 2 different shades of blue. And last when the wife agrees and actually picked the kessil after watching the difference between them on YouTube I've learned to run with it.
     
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    Upgraded the mag 12 to mag18 and added another mp40 to the display. Some update pics
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