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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:20 pm

Second tank in, just waiting for glue to dry to water test tank #2!
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:10 pm

Got my lights up under the stand:

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some 12v LED's
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:38 pm

well, freshwater draining out of everything, time to make saltwater!
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:46 pm

First batch of saltwater being mixed.

This was added to the biocube for safe keeping-

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:45 pm

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Time to get salty!!
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:56 pm

Filled! Now in complete sandstorm mode as I have the return pump on 5/6, but better than I anticipated.

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Now I wait- this rock had been cycled for about a year prior to the freshwater dip it took, time to see if any good bacteria made it over or I'm starting fresh.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:09 pm

Got some filter floss in place in the bubble trap in the sump this afternoon, starting to clear nicely now:

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:11 am

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby DIZZER » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:37 pm

Sometimes I wish reef rock would stay that white, it's so bright and is a nice contrast to all the color that gets added. Looks great! Are you getting a little antsy yet?
"Good things happen to those who wait" so I'm gonna continue to kick back, put my feet up and wait. Should I happen to get the urge to do otherwise I'll close my eyes and wait for the feeling to pass. :)
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:41 pm

DIZZER wrote:Sometimes I wish reef rock would stay that white, it's so bright and is a nice contrast to all the color that gets added. Looks great! Are you getting a little antsy yet?


after over two years of waiting nawww...

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so ready to have this thing full of fish and coral

Elves were making deliveries here!

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:42 pm

May have to alter my return just a little bit, not sure yet, just watching and waiting now :)
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:32 pm

Starting the skinning/finishing this weekend.

So far I've cut R7 1.5 inch rigid insulation for the gaps in the stand on the bottom and inserted them, and skinned the big side. Now to cut and skin the small ends. After that I'll use 1x4's to finish the corners, bottom and up over the trim on the tank and down to the skin, and vertical braces. When it's done it'll get painted. Should help keep the office quiet and look nice.

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Also added a snail to see how it goes, lots of Diatoms/Algae starting up, so hopefully it's about time for a little CUC
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:06 pm

Test installed a chunk of blue Background to see if I wanted this or black.. I am leaning blue, as is the wife, but it's a tough choice.

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Black, for comparison

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby kevine9723 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:28 pm

I always like the black personally
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby SoDak » Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:55 pm

I went with black for mine but the blue looks pretty good
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:38 pm

I bucked the trend I guess, the wife voted blue, so I let her have blue ;)

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Have to do the ends yet, but that won't take much, got done what I needed the wife's help with :)
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:29 am

Well, added two princess anthias (3 more to be added if these do well). The ran strait into the rock and are still there.. Very nervous for them to make an appearance. Also another hand full of snails to start mowing algae.<br/>
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:13 am

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:10 pm

Been feeding the one that survived LRS Reef Frenzy about twice a day, she's been eating but not a ton. Today she's finally cruising the whole tank, and hitting the food pretty good:


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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Dakota Reef » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:02 pm

Looks good Chris. A little late but my vote is for the blue background. The blue feels like you're in shallow water, which I prefer.

Good luck on the smithvanizi. Very pretty and you don't see many around. I've never kept that type of anthias but as I recall they are found in deeper water. So it may help them acclimate a little easier to reduce the lighting for a while. Hopefully your other one will come back out.

One other thing I've noticed with anthias is when first introduced the smaller the food the better. Glad to hear he's taking LRS, thats a great food. Might be worthwhile to chop it up into tiny pieces. That helped with my bartlett's and lyretails....although they're both easier to acclimate.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Thanks Phil, I appreciate the input. The far right side of the tank has no light over it, and this little girl has taken to hiding out over there naturally. They are 200+ ft deep fish, so I am taking the opportunity of an empty tank to bring the lights up VERY slowly on them, kept it a little cooler, etc. So far I have no problem with LRS being eaten, and I am chopping any bigger pieces up. I am at work getting the skimmer going tonight so I can start skimming as I have been very... Aggressive on the feeding. Today I backed it down a little and she cleaned up pretty good. Reef Frenzy is like crack, my other tank loves it. Tonight for her 2nd feeding I'm going to slip a few 1mm NLS pellets in- hoping to get her eating them so I can use an autofeeder.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:41 pm

plumbing is mocked up, now to cut the last of the PVC and glue everything together. I think that will wait until tomorrow morning.

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:28 pm

Let the great break in period begin!

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:23 pm

A little better picture of the lone tank inhabitant:

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Wife has decided since we're going to (hopefully) have 5 of them, she's going to name them after the disney princesses, whoever turns male is Prince Charming. :facepalm:
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Dakota Reef » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:24 am

iced98lx wrote:Wife has decided since we're going to (hopefully) have 5 of them, she's going to name them after the disney princesses, whoever turns male is Prince Charming. :facepalm:


Ha! our 3 yr old grandaughter just decided my Regal Angel should be named Elsa and her brother says the damselfish are definitely Michelangelo and Donatello. So we've got Frozen and TMNT covered.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:13 pm

Dakota Reef wrote:
iced98lx wrote:Wife has decided since we're going to (hopefully) have 5 of them, she's going to name them after the disney princesses, whoever turns male is Prince Charming. :facepalm:


Ha! our 3 yr old grandaughter just decided my Regal Angel should be named Elsa and her brother says the damselfish are definitely Michelangelo and Donatello. So we've got Frozen and TMNT covered.


I think she's going to let our niece and nephew pick the princesses (and a prince, hopefully) names- will be cute to let them have "their own" fish.

Skimmer plumbing finished this morning, appears to be leak free and no micro-bubbles in the DT.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:18 pm

what was I doing now, oh yea just tossing together this controller....

where did that part I needed go..

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:32 pm

some times requirements get in the way of natural progress. I had worked to get the temperature reporting properly, only to discover I wasn't possibly going to have time to finish the entire controller prior to leaving for a work trip tomorrow.

Temperature and heater control are not important, as I have some backup Jager's with temp control built in that I can use (and am). What was important was minimizing the number of tasks my wife needs to do daily while I was gone. One thing I thought I could get taken care of was the ATO at least.

I present the super temporary not-cat-safe ATO:

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So far it works fine, as I'm using the same logic as my biocube (working great for well over a year) so as long as the discharge hose is secured it hopefully won't be an issue.

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Willy » Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:56 pm

Chris one thing I would suggest from that picture is..... get a small tub or bucket(something like that) to put your skimmer in. things seem fine now, but once you get the tank running and introduce new frags, glue frags, new fish, possible fish death or corals.... skimmers tend to go crazy and overflow.. just changes in the tank. Will stop a big mess to clean up.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:02 pm

Willy wrote:Chris one thing I would suggest from that picture is..... get a small tub or bucket(something like that) to put your skimmer in. things seem fine now, but once you get the tank running and introduce new frags, glue frags, new fish, possible fish death or corals.... skimmers tend to go crazy and overflow.. just changes in the tank. Will stop a big mess to clean up.

Yea, its going to have a little different setup when it's done, there will be a locker with s shutoff valve below, as well as a catch basin should the need arise.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby SoDak » Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:31 am

Where did you buy your background material?
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:53 am

Matt sold it me
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:34 pm

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A few more fishes for the tank, thanks Matt!
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:56 am

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a couple new arrivals peaking out this morning.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:57 pm

terrible quality, but here is all six of them (2 saddles, 4 princess) out tonight:

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Dakota Reef » Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:05 pm

They look good Chris. I'm curious did they form two groups or one intermixed? Red Saddles look amazing, hope they settle in and do well for you.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:20 pm

Dakota Reef wrote:They look good Chris. I'm curious did they form two groups or one intermixed? Red Saddles look amazing, hope they settle in and do well for you.


One big group thus far, though no sign of one of the princesses at feed time this morning, hope that changes by this afternoon.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:07 am

Update on the tank: None of the anthias made it. I didn't catch whatever was killing them fast enough for treatment. Tank sat fallow for the needed time, and is now basically complete and running:


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All 3 LED pendants up and going:

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On the controller and running great.


I've moved the clowns and began cutting/dipping/moving the coral into the tank. In the biocube for QT is a red-strip hogfish, a yellow watchman goby and my blood red shrimp that I didn't bother catching when I caught the clowns.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby DIZZER » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:59 pm

Love your tank, especially the way the leds skimmer on the blue background! I've had both blue and black backgrounds now and I have to say that love blue Way more! Makes the tank seem larger. Let see the tank with some corals in it.
"Good things happen to those who wait" so I'm gonna continue to kick back, put my feet up and wait. Should I happen to get the urge to do otherwise I'll close my eyes and wait for the feeling to pass. :)
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:30 am

Some algae blooming, some receding, still in that wonderful first year of life lol

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby DIZZER » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:31 pm

Looking great! Love the clowns. I see you got some Coraline algae started too.
"Good things happen to those who wait" so I'm gonna continue to kick back, put my feet up and wait. Should I happen to get the urge to do otherwise I'll close my eyes and wait for the feeling to pass. :)
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:27 am

DIZZER wrote:Looking great! Love the clowns. I see you got some Coraline algae started too.


Those poor clowns are so lonely lol Some coraline in there, lot of other types lol

The normal algae blooms so I'm not worried but it's not as much fun to have that cluttering up the tank.

Well well, look what arrived today:

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More fun to come.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Railcar79 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:24 pm

You going to be around this weekend?
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:05 am

Railcar79 wrote:You going to be around this weekend?


nope, home for a couple days here after a visit to Tulsa earlier this week then gone again
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:16 pm

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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:18 pm

Update: I've got the stenner pump hooked up in a proof of concept mode, and have changed about 50 gallons of water with it:

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To change water all I do is ensure there is properly mixed salt water in the bin, and flip the switch on the pump, come back later and turn it off.

So far there has been zero salinity drift, seems everything is working properly and I'm getting ready to move it to it's final home.

In the end, both it and the mixing pump will be on relays and a water change initiated by the controller will do the following:

  • Turn on the mixing pump
  • wait 30 minutes
  • turn on water change pump
  • Wait # of min to complete desired water change (doing about 6gph right now)
  • turn off both pumps

This requires there is proper salt water in the bin, and that the mixing station valves are turned properly so I'm not adding fresh to the salt bin or blocking re-circulation, but having things in a 'normal' state is easy enough. Like my ATO I can temporarily disable it via software should the need arise to not have it run one or multiple days.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby cheezybuda » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:46 pm

iced98lx wrote:Update: I've got the stenner pump hooked up in a proof of concept mode, and have changed about 50 gallons of water with it:

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To change water all I do is ensure there is properly mixed salt water in the bin, and flip the switch on the pump, come back later and turn it off.

So far there has been zero salinity drift, seems everything is working properly and I'm getting ready to move it to it's final home.

In the end, both it and the mixing pump will be on relays and a water change initiated by the controller will do the following:

  • Turn on the mixing pump
  • wait 30 minutes
  • turn on water change pump
  • Wait # of min to complete desired water change (doing about 6gph right now)
  • turn off both pumps

This requires there is proper salt water in the bin, and that the mixing station valves are turned properly so I'm not adding fresh to the salt bin or blocking re-circulation, but having things in a 'normal' state is easy enough. Like my ATO I can temporarily disable it via software should the need arise to not have it run one or multiple days.

I have the dual headed stenner as well. I did a trial with a pump loop setup with 2 containers of water. Mine did have a small difference in volume dispacement, comparatively. Maybe 200 ml per 30 minutes. I'm intrigued to hear how it works in the long run.
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby iced98lx » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:32 am

cheezybuda wrote:
iced98lx wrote:Update: I've got the stenner pump hooked up in a proof of concept mode, and have changed about 50 gallons of water with it:

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To change water all I do is ensure there is properly mixed salt water in the bin, and flip the switch on the pump, come back later and turn it off.

So far there has been zero salinity drift, seems everything is working properly and I'm getting ready to move it to it's final home.

In the end, both it and the mixing pump will be on relays and a water change initiated by the controller will do the following:

  • Turn on the mixing pump
  • wait 30 minutes
  • turn on water change pump
  • Wait # of min to complete desired water change (doing about 6gph right now)
  • turn off both pumps

This requires there is proper salt water in the bin, and that the mixing station valves are turned properly so I'm not adding fresh to the salt bin or blocking re-circulation, but having things in a 'normal' state is easy enough. Like my ATO I can temporarily disable it via software should the need arise to not have it run one or multiple days.

I have the dual headed stenner as well. I did a trial with a pump loop setup with 2 containers of water. Mine did have a small difference in volume dispacement, comparatively. Maybe 200 ml per 30 minutes. I'm intrigued to hear how it works in the long run.

So do you still use yours? I didn't see any measurable difference thru 3 cups of water during testing but long term will be more telling
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Re: Chris' 180 Gallon In Wall Build

Postby Railcar79 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:50 am

So you around this weekend?
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