James180 A New Beginning.

Discussion in 'Saltwater Aquarium Builds' started by JamesS, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. JamesS

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    Taxes are done.
    Let the build begin.

    Few items to take care of before I order the 6', 180 gallon reef ready aquarium...
    1) Move both, the 75 and 45 into another room.
    2) Pull up the 40 year old carpeting.
    a) 105 year old house, let's hope it's nice hardwood under there...
    3) fix up the flooring, stain or paint or something.
    4) buy lumber and build the stand.

    Each step of the way will be documented. For the most part...

    I did buy the new skimmer, it's an Aqua Excel ae-ec20
    I will be reusing the (3) 16" wifi SB Reef lights.
    I will need to re-think sump. Petco $1/Gallon tank sale and build my own.
    Existing sump under the 75 is ok but it can be better.

    Stay tuned.
    This will be a slow... I'm in no rush. but yeah, it begins!!
  2. Culprit

    CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Awesome! Sounds like a great build under way. SB Reef lights are quality. Your reef will be happy! Will you be drilling your tank or will it be predrilled, or suction overflow?
  3. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    pre-drilled. i was contemplating drilling it but I'm not the handiest when it come to that. plus the pre-drilled comes with what i need. i would have to get bulk heads, overflows, etc... so for a little more i have a better sense of security knowing I'm not going to shatter the glass of a brand new (6 foot long) piece of glass......
    in May i'll be running the SB lights for 2 years. No regrets, no issues.

  4. Aqua Hands

    Aqua HandsWell Known MemberMember


  5. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    Awesome!! We don't mind being patient, and this is going to be a truly awesome build! :D

    So glad to see another SB Reef Lights user here. I just got mine about a week ago, (yay for tax time!) It's an Ultra 22 and I've got it programmed according to SB's example, but at half the recommended percentages because this is the first LED over our little reef. It did pretty well under florescent lighting, but I'm loving the pops of color I can get now.:D
  6. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    April 20, 2018

    Walk into Exotic Pets and Fish.......
    Hi Joel, it's time.
    Hi James, that's good.
    Clicking away on his computer...
    James, bad news. I can't get you the 180. My supplier is out and the backup supplier doesn't have them on sale. Good news, for 5 more inches of water i can get you a 210 for only $190 more than the cost of the 180. Oh wait, i can take $100 off that. So it's only going to be an extra $90.
    What shall i do???
    Yep. I did it. 210 will be delivered May 4.

    Aqueon 210, dual overflow. 72.5" x 24.5" x 29.625"

    We also chatted about him taking some of my bubble tips for store credit. This will probably be an even swap for sand and rock.

    However, i only purchased the tank because the sale ended Friday.
    When it gets delivered on May 4 it will sit empty for a bit. Need to clean up the basement and build a support wall. Also need to build the stand. Now that i know the tank size i can get started on the stand.

    One step closer.

  7. Wild Bill

    Wild BillWell Known MemberMember

  8. Culprit

    CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Oh no that's horrible :p

    Looks like great dimensions!

    Glad you'll get the rock and sand free, that stuff's expensive for a big tank!
  9. Lorekeeper

    LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    Looking forward to seeing this one progress!
  10. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    This... is going to be EPIC!!! So, so, so awesome!!! :D:D:D

    Bahahaha... oh no, you had to get a bigger tank? Congratulations!!!

    Isn't store credit the best? I just experienced that for the very first time today. :)

    So, I just checked out your info and see that you currently have a 75 and a 45. Pics?;) Will the 75 sump the 210? Any thoughts on keeping the 45? Seems like it might make a great qt. :)
  11. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    Yep. Oh darn.
    The sump for the 75 will stay with the 75.
    I'm going to grab a 40 breeder from petcos dollar a gallon sale.
    I made the sump for the 75 out of a 30 and the return section isn't big enough for the new return pump.

    The 45 will be given to my daughter and converted to fresh water.
    The 75 may go to my other daughter but she and her husband live in the 3rd floor apartment. They're looking at houses but they already said it's too big for them right now. We'll see...

    And it won't be too much rock. I'll be combining the rock from the 75 and 45. I want to get some base rock that i can stack the old rock on to of. I'll also have ceramic bio balls or whatever they're called in the sump so i don't have to fill the display with rock.

    Lots of swimming room for the fish. And the 120 pounds ish if existing rock should provide enough hiding places. I'll add more dry rock as needed little bit at a time. Probably glue coral to it...

    It'll be fun.
  12. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    Great dimensions indeed, except for the 30" one...
    My arms aren't long enough to reach the bottom...
    Let's hope i don't have to do much on the sand.
  13. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    The 210 was to be delivered today............
    Nope. Distributor emailed pet store. Bottom panel has a crack.
    And we wait another week.
    (not like it's not going to sit in my basement for a month till I'm ready for it...)
  14. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    Glad you're not to down about it. A similar situation recently happened to me... but it was with a 7.5g cube for a betta, lol. Not as exciting as 210 reef but I was still a little annoyed. At least it happened before the tanks got to us, and very good of the stores not to pass on flawed tanks. The little cube was chipped, not cracked, and was being shipped to me. So, I didn't like the wait, but was impressed with the retailers attention.
  15. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    Yes, I am quite happy that it didn't get past the distributor.
    Imagine 210 gallons or sea water, sand, rock, coral, and fish crashing through the bottom one it gave way...
  16. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    :nailbiting: Nooooo!:nailbiting: I don't want to imagine that...
  17. OP

    JamesSNew MemberMember

    Nope. Me either.

    But, next Friday i pick up the monster and get to store it in my basement till i finish other renovations.... and then build a stand. And a wall in the basement so it doesn't go crashing through the floor.
  18. Aqua Hands

    Aqua HandsWell Known MemberMember

    this gives me anxiety just reading it :p
  19. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    Well... I'm in this for the long haul. Patience is key of course, but according to some friends, I am the most patient reefer ever, lol... because I didn't spend the grocery money on the light I wanted for months and months. Had to save those pennies.;)
  20. Aqua Hands

    Aqua HandsWell Known MemberMember

    Wait, we aren't suppose to spend all the money we get?

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