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Old 03-29-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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175g DSA build


Picked up the tank yesterday. I had this same tank in my previous house (2 yrs ago) but built my own stand and had it built into my living room wall. Last year I decided to downsize both living arrangements and tanks and sold both the house and tank. Moved into a 2nd floor apartment and had a 75g reef tank. When I decided that place wasn't working out I found a new place and decided to go with a first floor so I could go back to a larger tank...and another planted tank...so far best decision I could have made. The tank prior to the original 175g was a 120g planted. I ordered the stand and hood for it this time. The build quality on these are great! I'm loving this setup. I've set it up to sorta separate my computer desk and living room area.

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Tank - DSA 175g (72"L x 27 1/2"W x 21 1/2"H)
Sump - TBD
Lights - 2x 60" BML XB Dutch 6300k...should be ready for pickup next week...one advantage to living in the Austin metro area :-)
Return pump - Mag 18
Injected Co2
Substrate - still trying to finalize plans but leaning toward PFS.
Everything controlled with my existing Apex
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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is it drilled with overflow?
i'm working on setting up a 140 DSA
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #3
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oh yeah...i knew i wanted to do a sump so it's got 3 drains and 2 returns which is standard for this tank. it's hard to see in the pic the the overflow box is there against the wall.
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:32 PM   #4
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I'm gonna be watchin' this.
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:56 PM   #5
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interested to see where this tank goes! such potential
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:36 PM   #6
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interested to see where this tank goes! such potential
I'm hoping it goes in the right direction!
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:32 PM   #7
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oh yeah...i knew i wanted to do a sump so it's got 3 drains and 2 returns which is standard for this tank. it's hard to see in the pic the the overflow box is there against the wall.

do you know how much flow you are going for?
i am thinking for a planted tank i won't need a lot...searching threads and will be watching your build.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:41 PM   #8
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I've got a mag 18 which is 1800gph from my old reef tank. I'm going to see how that works and whether I need something smaller or larger. I've got two MP40's from the old tank too that I'll use on a low speed to circulate water from one end to the other.

This is my tentative sump plan for a 40b.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:47 PM   #9
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oh yeah...i knew i wanted to do a sump so it's got 3 drains and 2 returns which is standard for this tank. it's hard to see in the pic the the overflow box is there against the wall.

do you know how much flow you are going for?
i am thinking for a planted tank i won't need a lot...searching threads and will be watching your build.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:05 AM   #10
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i have a mag 12, it seems loud. it is split to two supplies with a Y. contemplating buying two smaller pumps and running them direct to the supplies and undoing the Y plumbing.

its going to be planted, so i don't know that i need a ton of water flow anyway.

Bump: u r using a 40 breeder for your sump?
the setup i got came with a an acylic sump with 3 chambers already designed its about 35 gallons i think.

Bump: mp40s, just looked them up.

they are cool techy wise, but i do not want to see any tech in the tank this time.
just plants and fish

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Old 03-31-2015, 01:26 AM   #11
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I think I'll probably go with the 40b since it's a little wider and I've got the room in the stand. The way the tank is set up they won't be very visible. The end of the tank has black vinyl backing and a black over flow so they blend in pretty well. I'm going to test them because I'm concerned that with just the return pump I won't get any flow at all at the other end. I had most of the stuff left from the reef tank so I thought why not put the stuff to use.

I'll be doing a Y on my return also. That's how i had it on the reef tank which was actually the same 175g with the over flow centered on the back.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:11 AM   #12
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I love the stand and canopy. Do you have any shots of the inside of the cabinet? I'm thinking of redoing my 125g stand & canopy and I like how they did your canopy.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:23 AM   #13
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yeah, that actually does blend nicely being all black.

makes sense to use what you have. this tank came with mag 12, so would make sense to use it as well, it is just noisy.

what did you do to quiet down the mag 18? this mag 12 i have drones.
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I love the stand and canopy. Do you have any shots of the inside of the cabinet? I'm thinking of redoing my 125g stand & canopy and I like how they did your canopy.
hard to get a good pic because it's so dark inside. Yeah, I really like the canopy. I expected two doors on the sides...this gives you so much more access into the tank.

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yeah, that actually does blend nicely being all black.

makes sense to use what you have. this tank came with mag 12, so would make sense to use it as well, it is just noisy.

what did you do to quiet down the mag 18? this mag 12 i have drones.
I just used the foam pad that came with the pump. You can still hear a hum but it just blends in with background noise.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:11 PM   #15
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Really nice stand. How are you going to be organizing the wiring/controller/electronics etc if you're accessing the tank from two sides? Curious.
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