180gal Tank Project that did not push through

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180gal Tank Project that did not push through

Postby shandy_say » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:06 am

Hi! Im currently planning to setup a 180gal reef tank (6ft X 2ft X 2ft). I am wondering if anyone can suggest the best design and blueprint for the main tank and sump that will not overflow when the electricity goes out (just in case)? I also don't want to use a chiller as much as possible for the reef since I heard that those consume a lot of electricity.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Postby TubaLytz77 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:09 pm

read some of the members thread here most of them they have large tanks and with blue prints:D the first thing you need to consider though is what type of reef you want

would it be a sps domintaed, LPS or softies?

I also don't want to use a chiller as much as possible for the reef since I heard that those consume a lot of electricity.


i think if you get a higher HP than the recommended one. like instead of getting just a 1/2 HP why not get a 1HP chiller. so that it wont turn on as much to get the desired temp as the smaller HP rating.

and i think a chiller wont be an issue in electricity as much compared to the lights..:D

just my 2 cents worth of opinions
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Postby jackryan » Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:14 pm

1. try to use 1/2 inch glass
2. go for euro bracing
3. insist on a very reliable tank maker (search for "Mang Ramon" in this forum and his contact info)
4. make sure that the sealants seal properly before you put water in
5. if you can make it longer and then the height lower, that would be best since you don't need to spend more on extra powerful lights (such as MH), your width is basic miminum
6. ensure you have a reliable cab maker (search for "Vin" in this forum and his contact info)
7. location, location, location --- map and visualize where you want to put your tank, check for vicinity of nearest window, does sunlight hit that area directly, do you electrical outlets conveniently near it, etc
8. calculate in advance your electrical consumption --- remember, a bigger tank at the end of the day, will cost more to operate
9. plan ahead on what kind of biotape you are targetting
10. be patient and do a lot of research more... :roll:
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Postby shandy_say » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:53 am

Thanks for the advice! I appreciate the help! I hope I can finish this by the end of this year! Thank you again!
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Postby Mabisyo » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:35 pm

Do you have the tank already? Would be cool if you could take pics...
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Postby shandy_say » Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:45 pm

Not yet! Im still unsure of the filtration system design. I want to have the blueprints first before I have the tank and sump made. Medyo mahal kasi sya and I want it done right.
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Postby Mabisyo » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:39 pm

How much are you estimates for the tank na?? sayang i know meron sila binbenta dati sa Aquarium related. Na temp ako! hehe
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Postby shandy_say » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:15 am

The tank pa lang would cost me around 9,200 already. 1/2 yung thickness nung glass kasi. The sump wala pa quotation. The stand I have now I had it made in a metal works shop for 3,500. However, I think I need to reinforce it with additional bars in the middle kasi parang hindi nun kakayanin saltwater tank especially if madaming bato and sand. So far yun pa lang info na nakuha ko. I plan to use salt mix instead of sea water talaga para 0 kaagad nitrates and ammonia.
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Postby dahcmed » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:18 am

shandy_say wrote: I plan to use salt mix instead of sea water talaga para 0 kaagad nitrates and ammonia.


I also use saltmix, but I don't think it would help quicken the cycling process.
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Postby shandy_say » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:26 am

I also plan to use ammovec to condition the water. I used the same in my the 29gal nano tank I have now, I cycled it for about 3 weeks before I started putting fish and anemone's in it. So far I have had only 1 death which was a cleaner shrimp (due to shock because I did not use the drip method). About a week ago I added a new shrimp using the drip method and now ok na sya. So far everything seems ok and stable.
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Postby shandy_say » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:35 am

here are some pictures of my 29gal nano tank. I know maraming violent reactions sa tank ko kasi I have several species of tangs in my tank which is actually the main reason why I plan to build the 180gal tank. hehe!


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Postby obet_carlos » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:09 am

bro although those additives will help lessen amonia, it is wiser that you let the natural process take its place.. first of all, when ammonia rises, your bacteria that turns ammonia into nitrites would start to multiply, when you add something to your tank, your not letting your bacteria grow.. someone correct me if im wrong.. i have no experience w/ this additives..:D so when you add new fish baka magka spike ka na mas mataas, compared to when you cycled your tank properly.. even though your fish can survive, it does not mean they are living good conditions.. plus w/o any fish, your hitchhikers (worms, etc) will grow more.. i

just my 2 cents..

and bro, your tangs will grow out your tank in just a short time..:D
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Postby shandy_say » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:20 am

I checked the water using test kits before and after adding the fish. Until now I have 0 readings for nitrates and ammonia. So far so good. The first 2 fishes (african clownfish and sailfin tang) have been in the tank for about 1.5 months already and they seem ok. hehe! Thanks for the advice though.

As for the fishes, I hope i can finish the 180gal tank before they grow too big so I can transfer them there. Thanks again sir obet! Appreciate your suggestions/opinions/recommendations. :D
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Postby obet_carlos » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:31 am

btw, where did you buy you ammovec??
a few months ago, we tried culturing rotifers.. they multiplied so fast that the ammonia levels were so high.. so more often than not, crash lahat ng cultures.. this is what can make culturing rotifers a succes..:D
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Postby shandy_say » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:39 am

I bought it from tropical brew (eddy sy) in del monte ave.
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