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Old 02/14/2017, 02:43 PM   #1
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125mph's 180G Miracle upgrade

Starting a new journey, today!!

Been keeping reefs for 7 years now. First tank was a 29 gallon nano tank, and quickly upgraded to a 60G cube within 2 months.. Quickly upgraded the 60G to a 120G 6 months thereafter .... and have hung onto the 120 for about 6 years.

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The tank is a LeeMar custom rimless 48"x24"x24" with 3/4" starphire glass and internal overflow. I custom built the stand using California walnut wood that I picked up a local Rockler store.

Shortly after setting up the 120g, I had mystery water quality issue. It actually coincided with when I started using BRS's RODI system instead of buying the water from the LFS. I never was able to resolve the water issue and that caused numerous failed coral additions, which discouraged me from really enjoying the hobby. I basically turned the tank into a fish and nem tank with some zoas.

Well, recently, I was able to properly diagnosis the issue and realized it was a chloramine problem. After resolving that, corals started to thrive and so did my interest into the hobby again!!

I just ordered a new custom 180G tank. It's rimless and dimensions are 72"x24"x24". It will be with 3/4" starphire glass and has a synergy 16" phantom overflow. I put the deposit as of today (2/14) and they estimate 7 weeks. It's from Miracles in Canada!

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Old 02/14/2017, 03:14 PM   #2
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Selling old tank and stand? pm me!


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Old 02/14/2017, 03:15 PM   #3
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Selling old tank and stand? pm me!
Yes I am. I'll PM you


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Old 02/14/2017, 09:21 PM   #4
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ok that is the DT side... What are you going to do under the hood?


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Old 02/14/2017, 09:25 PM   #5
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125mph's 180G Miracle upgrade

Still working on it, but probably for now will be transferring over everything as is -- see my sig for existing equip. Dome minor changes though.

The tank and stand, more rock/sand/plumbing and some new fish additions is going to empty the wallet!

I will need to add more hydra 52s too.. looking into a higher skimmer, maybe the vertex 200i!

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Old 02/16/2017, 12:31 PM   #6
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Okay finally got some more time... here's my current equipment:

- Trigger Systems 34" Emerald Sump
- AI Hydra 52 x 2
- Vertex Omega 150 Skimmer
- Eheim 1262 return pump
- Ecotech MP40wQD x 2
- Neptune Apex Controller
- GEO 612 Calcium Reactor

Also have a few NextReef reactors not in use right now!...

Potential Upgrades:
- Adding an extra Hydra 52, or replacing the lights altogehter
- Replace Ehiem 1262 with Vectra M1
- Replace Vertex Omega 150 with Vertex 200i


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Old 02/17/2017, 01:20 PM   #7
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Congrats!!! Will be nice!


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Old 02/18/2017, 10:00 PM   #8
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125mph's 180G Miracle upgrade

Just built a transition stand. I'm planning to use this stand to move the 180 into the right location and to assist with putting the new tank on the real stand. I put some heavy duty casters rated at 240lbs per caster.

Wondering if I should add 2 more casters in the middle to even the load on that long 2x4.



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Old 02/18/2017, 10:08 PM   #9
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Personally I would especially for getting over any bumps and cracks on the floor. The tank is not going to bow downward, but you want it supported. If you already have them I would use them.


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Old 02/24/2017, 01:48 PM   #10
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Picked up a chaeto reactor today for the new build... here's what it will look like (from lfs):




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Old 03/02/2017, 12:10 AM   #11
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The old stand is beautiful, looking forward to the new build.


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Old 03/03/2017, 09:45 PM   #12
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Got the plumbing laid out!... picked up a vectra m1 too.




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Old 03/17/2017, 06:18 PM   #13
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My hood is ready for some stain. Planning fir three radion xr15 and 4 60" t5 retro.






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Just built a transition stand. I'm planning to use this stand to move the 180 into the right location and to assist with putting the new tank on the real stand. I put some heavy duty casters rated at 240lbs per caster.

Wondering if I should add 2 more casters in the middle to even the load on that long 2x4.



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If you haven't, add another pair in the middle like others suggested. I'll be doing something similar with my 240. Either that or I will rent a computer server hoist/forklift unit. If I go the route of a temporary stand I was going to use casters on the corners and middle since the tank is about 400 lbs empty.


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Old 03/19/2017, 09:04 AM   #15
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Look very nice


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Old 03/20/2017, 05:24 PM   #16
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125mph's 180G Miracle upgrade

Yep I added the middle casters.

Tank stand just arrived. Looks pretty good. Color hard to tell from the dark garage






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Old 03/21/2017, 07:46 AM   #17
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Old 04/03/2017, 01:50 PM   #18
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Sump arrived.. Synergy Reef CL-44.

Looks great! Fits in the stand perfectly




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Old 04/03/2017, 02:11 PM   #19
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awesome sump!! what is under the sock holders? looks like a ledge unless its just a reflection.


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Old 04/26/2017, 11:39 AM   #20
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Finally arrived. First impression is the seams are much better than my current LeeMar tank.. will have to take closer look with better lights.






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Old 04/26/2017, 12:41 PM   #21
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Very nice looking build, quality on the tank looks good.
Keep up the good work.


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Old 04/26/2017, 02:15 PM   #22
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Nice looking tank!! Congrats!


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Old 04/29/2017, 04:16 PM   #23
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125mph's 180G Miracle upgrade

Been exhausting 3 days. I think I out over 15 hours of work to swap the tanks out. Still have other things...








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Old 05/02/2017, 06:06 PM   #24
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i am going with a 300+ from miracles....

i love the rimless!
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