Victoria Music's Custom 180 Rebuild

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    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    180 gallon Midwest Custom Aquariums. Everything else done DIY :)
    5 ft long, 30 inches high, 24 inches deep. A complete reboot is underway.

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    After the sad loss of my fish, some 11 years old, I am starting over from scratch. This is going to take all winter, I am sure. I removed all the coral and placed them in a 40B. Removed all the sand and LR. Then I ran bleach thru the whole system. I took down and cleaned all the equipment and sump. Now I am running vinegar thru a pump to clean the walls of the tank. This is what I rigged up to disolve the coraline algae from the walls of the aqarium. I almost bought 50 gallons of vinegar. Imagine that!
    The house smells like salt and vinegar chips. LOL
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    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    SOME OF THE FISH WE HOPE TO HAVE

    1 pink streaked wrasse
    1 Convict tang,
    **female Lamarck Angel
    :) 1 yellow eyed kole tang,
    1 Purple tang *
    1 yellow wrasse
    :) 1 starry blennie,
    :) 1 yellow tail damsel
    1 yellow watchman goby
    :) 1 red hawkfish,

    :) pair of clown fish
    :) school of azure damsels
    Pair of green mandarin dragonets
    **Bicolor Blenny
    1 Molly Miller Blenny

    ** in QT currently
    *purple tang to go in last

    SOME OF THE CORALS WE HOPE TO HAVE
    neon green toadstool
    regular toadstool in honor of my first corals. Orange mushrooms,
    green stripe mushroons,
    neon yellow sinularia.
    blastomussa pink and green
    acanth
    scoly
    -I would like one of each in the future for their fascinating feeding behavior and color.

    Most of the zoas I want are around $10 a head.
    I will add to my list as I think about it. I had to go back in the thread and edit so I could easily find my wish list. :)

     
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    I love this for water changes. I added the larger section of the python to the drain hose. This has been the best investment, and I have had it for about 13 years now. Wow!


    The tempory tank is looking kinda pretty. Here are some quick little shots.

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    The plastic back ground was a clearance item and is my #reefgoals. gotta laugh or I would just sit down and cry
     
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    How my aquarium looked before from my favorite seat in the house.
     
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    How it looks today. I finally got all the coraline off, and picked the kitchen back up. Hopefully the house will stop smelling so bad! IMG_2730.JPG
     
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    IMG_2732.JPG IMG_2731.JPG And here are a few close ups of the damaged acrylic.
     
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    Just a picture of the brute can with the LR just soaking in saltwater with a power head.
    I did a water change on that too.
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    Sorry for your losses, looks like you have been doing a lot of hard work to get it all cleaned up.
     
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    Thank you for your kind words.
     
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    I'm sure we are going to enjoy following your build.
     
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    Thank you for the kind sentiment. It will be slow and steady.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this one develop!
     
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    Thank you. That is such an encouaging thing to say.
     
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    For the first time in my 10+ years of reefing I am dealing with moving BTAs. They are not liking something in the tank.
     
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    Hope everything goes great on your rebuild, I also have a 180 Acrylic & see some scratches that will have to be repaired if I ever have to take it down.
     
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    I got one of those for my fresh tank, game changer for sure! Can't even imagine that I used to lug around buckets! Love the python ;Smug
     
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    I love mine! I need to get a long hose for my sons axolotl tank. maybe not a python as it will empty directly to the toilet not to the sink.
     
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    Thank you! you know some scratches can be fixed while the tank is up and running?
     
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