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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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125 cheap and easy

After cruising Craigslist for months, I finally found my first large tank for less than the cost of a nice dinner out. Its an older oceanic 125 that was set up as saltwater. I didn't really have a clue how large this was going to be until I saw it in person. My first thought was 'what have I gotten myself into??'.

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Dirt/sand cap substrate.
DIY 55 gallon sump with the XP3 canister that I already have. I really want to drill overflows, but not sure if that's in the budget yet.
Shop lights for lighting- 6 T8 bulbs total, or 5 23 watt CFL's in reflectors
Industrial style stand. I have some GluLam's i'll be using for the main supports, coupled with 4x4 legs. Sot sure if i will skin or leave open.




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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 01:38 PM
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Welcome to the 125g club. I love mine, and love how you can create such a wide aquascape because of the 72" length to work with. Have you tested yours for water leaks?

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I have an old 180G oceanic planted.

Unless you're a tall person with longer-than-average arms, start envisioning an aquascape that won't require you to reach to the bottom middle of the tank.

That's not meant to be a negative comment. I love mine and it truly is a well-built tank. And I bought it used and was formerly SW as well. But the center-brace presents challenges. Being a SW settup, I can pretty much bet you won't get that brace totally clear, so there will be loss of light penetration as well. Again, just something else that you should plan your aquascaping / plant choicesaround.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys, I'm stoked to get it started. It will be at least a few months before i can set it up as the floor needs to be reinforced, I gotta convince the wife it's worthwhile, and the hardwood is in the process of being refinished. In the meantime I'll be accumulating parts and pieces.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 04:40 PM
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That thing needs some serious love and elbow grease
Btw black diamond blasting 'sand' is a great cheap option if you want a black cap found at tractor supply co. $8 for 50lbs (20/40 grit is the fine grain size)
Pool sand is the common go to for lighter colored sand (at low price)
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hosed it out. Not nearly as bad as I was expecting. All the algea came off or will with a little bit of scrubbing, and no major calcium deposits. Aside from the woodgrain trim (black krylon fusion will fox that) I think I scored well.



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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2014, 12:34 AM
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I love the older Oceanics. Heavy as heck! Is that cloudiness on the front not coming off? Try a nice vinegar scrub or hit it with a razor (careful not to scratch the tank). Best of luck w/ the build!


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Agreed. It weighs more than me. At least the 10 lbs of silicone looks great. Everything is coming off with just some light rubbing. Quite happy about it

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-21-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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So the same guy unloaded a sump, 40 breeder, a dozen light fixtures, and an overflow as he was moving. Now to find a pump and build the stand.
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