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    Default Pat's 180 Build

    Some of you may know that I have a 180 (72x24x24) on order and hope to receive it in about three weeks or so. I do have a canopy and stand which was built of solid oak for a 180 I had back in 1986. We recently pulled the stand and canopy down from the barn loft and it is in prime condition. I was a rather surprised about that (pictures later).

    The tank will come with a 64 gallon sump (48x18x18) and I have decided on the final design for the sump. It will have a drip plate on the inlet side of the sump and no internal chambers. I will use poret foam to place chambers where I want which allows for maximum customization.

    I have had the tank customized a bit. The tank came with a center overflow and I wanted double overflows in the back corners. The overflow dimensions are 12x6 inches and I asked for the long side of the overflow to be placed on the side vs the back of the tank. A bit ugly from the side and easier to see and maintain.

    I will be ordering a background from Universal Rocks which is the rocky background and I will need to order a custom size. I will also order two extra bits to wrap the overflows so the background will hopefully look seamless.

    The lights will be from buildmyled. Most like the Fish Focus Red, unsure of fixture length. I will be ordering one for the 90 and will use that to guide me on what I will need for the 180. So here are my initial plans.
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    Sounds cool!

    What are your plans for the tank? Will it be BB? Sand? Do you plan on adding Plants or Driftwood?

    I had a 180 reef with a 50G sump and the best thing I ever did was put a door on the right side so I could slide the sump in and out of the stand incase I ever needed to. It was rare when I used it, but I did need it a couple times and I was so grateful I didn't have to take the tank down to get the sump out.

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    do you have any sketches or pictures before it arrives Pat? very exciting !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskey View Post
    Sounds cool!

    What are your plans for the tank? Will it be BB? Sand? Do you plan on adding Plants or Driftwood?

    I had a 180 reef with a 50G sump and the best thing I ever did was put a door on the right side so I could slide the sump in and out of the stand incase I ever needed to. It was rare when I used it, but I did need it a couple times and I was so grateful I didn't have to take the tank down to get the sump out.

    Whiskey
    Whiskey, it will be a biotope for wild Tefe's so sand, nice driftwood, blackwater, and no plants. I think I can unscrew the side panel if needed for sump removal if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musicmarn1 View Post
    do you have any sketches or pictures before it arrives Pat? very exciting !!
    Like this Marnie...



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    And a piece of driftwood....big piece




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    Can't wait to see the pics Pat. I know you've been building up for this one. I wish I had something like this planned, it is always so exciting! Good luck. Any chance some Altums will ever make it to this tank as well?

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    It's possible Ricardo if they outgrow the 90 which they will be in soon. They are getting to tall for the 75.
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    Sounds like a great tank Pat. What will be going in there? I look forward to following the progress here, good luck with it all!
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    Where the heck did you get that driftwood???? Outrageous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disgirl View Post
    Sounds like a great tank Pat. What will be going in there? I look forward to following the progress here, good luck with it all!
    Barb
    Thanks Barb, a wild Tefe biotope so excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Bugg View Post
    Where the heck did you get that driftwood???? Outrageous.
    Isn't it gorgeous Larry and it"s huge...found it on eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Hand Pat View Post
    Isn't it gorgeous Larry and it"s huge...found it on eBay.
    I want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Bugg View Post
    I want it.
    You should see the other piece I got
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    Here's another piece I will be messing with...


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