My first solo tank, 180 gallon build thread

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hey how did you get that deal at Lowes? Can you just call them up and ask if they have any damaged cabinets?

That is a great idea to get some doors for cheap.
 
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hey how did you get that deal at Lowes? Can you just call them up and ask if they have any damaged cabinets?

That is a great idea to get some doors for cheap.
I had seen them in the store before and was in the area so I stopped by to check. They weren't the size I would have gone for if I was paying full price but I couldn't pass them up for that price.
 
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The stand is complete, I need to touch up a few areas and it's not perfect but close enough. I have to say, for the money and time invested in this I won't ever build another stand again. I'll just buy next time.
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Next up, drilling for the overflow and plumbing. Hopefully I'll have time to do it today.
 
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So I didn't have a chance to start drilling until today. It took what seemed like an eternity and I was sweating it the whole time since this is the first time I've drilled a tank. I think it came out pretty decent even though the inside is a little rough. I'll sand it down and drill the return lines tomorrow. I'm tired and going to bed.
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The stand is complete, I need to touch up a few areas and it's not perfect but close enough. I have to say, for the money and time invested in this I won't ever build another stand again. I'll just buy next time.
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Next up, drilling for the overflow and plumbing. Hopefully I'll have time to do it today.
Really the like door from Lowe’s idea. Never thought of that.
 
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Update! Return holes have been drilled and the first coat of paint(well plati-dip really) is on the back.
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The plasti-dip looks terrible right now but as long as it looks good from the front I don't care. Tomorrow it will go on the stand and plumbing will commence!:)
 
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Thanks, it was a lot of work but I think it looks better than most premade stands. I still have to do a makeover on the canopy but I have a couple weeks before I'll need lights on it.
 
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Small update, sorry no pics I'm tired and going to bed. The tank is full, everything is hooked up except the lights and the ATK which I am returning for a V2 next week. My salinity is a little low right now but I'll work it out tomorrow and then start cycling.
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Small update, sorry no pics I'm tired and going to bed. The tank is full, everything is hooked up except the lights and the ATK which I am returning for a V2 next week. My salinity is a little low right now but I'll work it out tomorrow and then start cycling.
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I really like how you are approaching your first reef tank. Most people start with a nice 10/20 gallon. Then say eh, I need some LEDs. Then go hmmm ATO is a must. Later they are like wow, a controller, I need one. Finally they say, yea I need a bigger tank.

You just said ehhh screw it. First tank:
180 gallons
Custom stand
Sump
Custom plumbing and overflow
Drilled it
Controller
ATO

Alright, now I’ll get it wet.

Cracks me up, but I like it. Nice work.
 
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I really like how you are approaching your first reef tank. Most people start with a nice 10/20 gallon. Then say eh, I need some LEDs. Then go hmmm ATO is a must. Later they are like wow, a controller, I need one. Finally they say, yea I need a bigger tank.

You just said ehhh screw it. First tank:
180 gallons
Custom stand
Sump
Custom plumbing and overflow
Drilled it
Controller
ATO

Alright, now I’ll get it wet.

Cracks me up, but I like it. Nice work.
I see my girlfriends tank every day and it just looks so small. I wanted to go big so I just went crazy. Just wish I could have had it together sooner so I could have gotten those fish from you. I'll find another nice pair though. After tomorrow I have 9 days off work do I should have the canopy up soon. :D
 
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I see my girlfriends tank every day and it just looks so small. I wanted to go big so I just went crazy. Just wish I could have had it together sooner so I could have gotten those fish from you. I'll find another nice pair though. After tomorrow I have 9 days off work do I should have the canopy up soon. :D
Fish are actually still for sale so get the tank ready and we can make it happen.

I wish I could get 9 straight days off.
 
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So my apex is still stuck and I can't figure out why. I calibrated the probe and everything went fine but it's still reading around 29. Any ideas? Should I just go to the neptune forums and bug them? Lol
 
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