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180 gallon with all the bells and whistles

I’m in the process of setting up a 180 that will be enclosed in a custom cabinet I am building. All you will see is the front glass of the aquarium. It will have two independent wet/ dry filters with separate pumps. It will also have a dedicated pump for the co2 reactor. There will be a drain to the basement along with a water supply for water changes. It will also have a float valve for evaporation and the sumps will have an emergency overflow Incase anything ever went wrong. I will keep you updated with pics from time to time. I’m pretty far along with the build so here’s some pics for your enjoyment
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post #2 of 115 (permalink) Old 04-12-2018, 10:22 PM
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Reckon I'll follow along.
Looks nice so far!
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This is the spray bar setup. All you will see eventually is the nozzles which will be just above the 4 inch aqua soil substrate level. I did the formula for calculating the number of holes and diameter of holes to achieve equal flow out each nozzle. I ordered a universal rocks 3d background which will surround the whole interior of the tank. There will be absolutely no plumbing etc visible from inside the tank. The 90degree elbow you see is for water changes and if I ever need to drain the tank. This will be behind the rock wall
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50 lb co2 tank in the basement. The regulator and pinpoint controller is from my last big tank setup 10 years ago. ( been out of the hobby for awhile) I was thinking about upgrading to a dual stage regulator but I have more important things to allocate the funds to right now.
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Well you've got my attention.

Has the makings to be something special.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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Wow.... I'm not sure why others aren't more impressed. That plumbing is art... the cabinet and stand look fantastic... wow... any thoughts on stocking yet??
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Agreed Dude, this seems more like a commercial setup rather than residential. Wowee. Yeah, what are your plans?


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Nice work... Following
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are you a plumber or cabinet maker by trade?

curious to see how the spray bar works out with it being so low. it wont blow away the substrate will it?


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Thanks for all the compliments. I’m an aircraft mechanic by trade with a bad case of perfectionism. I applied the finish to the cabinet yesterday and did a test run on all the plumbing while the cabinet was outside. The spray bar flow worked perfect. I’ve had spray bars at substrate level before and haven’t had an issue with it blowing the substrate forward. Plus this substrate will have a serious slope from back of tank to the front. I’m not happy with these life guard pumps at the moment. Flow is great, but they are loud. I wanted to put in EcoTech dc pumps but they are big bucks. I might have to bite the bullet if they are still loud with the cabinet in place. No plans on stocking yet. I’m a huge discus lover and this is why the tank is so over filtered and setup for easy water changes but I’m not sure I will be stocking with discus right now. All I really care about is the plants, it will be a wanna be Dutch style.
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Jebao/Jecod makes some DC pumps and they're pretty cheap compared to EcoTech.

I run a DCT 6000 (got in 2016) for my CO2 reactor and Jebao/Jecod DCP 8000 (got in 2017) for my main. DCT (older model) has a small hum but the DCP (newest one) is dead silent.
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i will check them out, thanks
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I dont see discus in a dutch. Honestly, an Amano Style nature aquarium would be stunning in this.

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Jebao/Jecod makes some DC pumps and they're pretty cheap compared to EcoTech.

I run a DCT 6000 (got in 2016) for my CO2 reactor and Jebao/Jecod DCP 8000 (got in 2017) for my main. DCT (older model) has a small hum but the DCP (newest one) is dead silent.
I cant believe how cheap these pumps are. All the reefers seem to be happy with them and everyone says they are silent and reliable. I ordered a DCP6500 for the reactor and 2 DCP10000 for the returns from amazon. They sould be here tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendation!

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I dont see discus in a dutch. Honestly, an Amano Style nature aquarium would be stunning in this.
Yeah I'm setting up the tank as if I was going to stock it with discus because that is what I really love, but like I said, I'm probably not going that route right now. Just want it heavily filtered with the ease of water changes by turning valves just in case. The way I have it I could actually have a constant water change going on by cracking the drain valve and let the float valve control the level. I like Amano's style and Dutch too. Just not sure yet. I'm in no rush to get this thing planted and stocked and want to take my time coming up with a good plan.
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Man this looks awesome, can't wait to see it come along. Great build quality!

Jebao pumps are great btw, good purchase
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