I am the proud owner of a new-to-me 178G Oceanic tank that I picked up yesterday from CL. The tank is ~ 60" x 24.5" x 29". I lot of real estate for sure. Thats a 20 cu ft refrigerator next to the unit for perspective.
The stand and hood need a light sanding and fresh coat of varnish, but otherwise it all looks to be in good shape. One 6" scratch on the inside of the tank on the front glass, but should be invisible when full.
So here is the plan - per the wife, I need to build 2 new built-in cabinets / bookcases that I have procrastinated over for 3 years (woodworking is another hobby!) BEFORE I can work on this tank. Talk about motivation!
This will be a medium / high light tank w/ CO2. I'd like to eventually minimize maintenance and plant trimming (as it stands, I'll need a stepladder to reach into the tank, and am 6'1").
I plan to do T5 lighting (will start a thread) and am planning on drilling this tank for sump-based filtration. I'm going to seek input on options - (1)back-drilling and using a glass-holes.com box (2) bottom drilling (assuming I can confirm it isn't tempered
) and converting the back right-side to a "corner" box system. I like (2) as it would allow me to keep this tight to the back wall, but I can build some moulding to hide things from the side-view if I must go with (1).
Well, that's it for now. I need to start procuring some mega driftwood and hardscape elements, and find some great deals on plants, substrate and all the other bits.