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180 Gallon Build

Hey everyone I am currently working on building a 180 gallon planted tank. Upgrading a very crappy designed 75 gallon. Just finshed the stand the other day and thought i would start a build thread as i plan on getting it filled this week. Below is some of the specs:

180 gallon 6 x 2 x2
Custom stand : Pull out drawers for dual FX5 canister filters
Black Diamond blasting coal slag as substrate
Lighting Medium light but unknown wanna go with LED just trying to figure out a good color spectrum
CO2

This will be my first attempt at planted Keep you all posted.
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ID:	285706 Got the tank on the stand a back painted. Also got my DIY spray bar installed. Runs full length of the tank and will have two FX5 filters hooked up. Still gotta finish the plumbing for the in takes. Haven't quite decided on the canopy or lighting. Let me know what y'all think.

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Very nice stand! I'm impressed.

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Awesome !
There are a few of the stemmed plants which get about 20" tall and Crypt Ballanese
also. Can picture a forest of either in a tank this size.

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Subscribed, looking forward to seeing your progress!

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Nice work, following.
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That's awesome! How are you plumbing the filter intakes? Are they drilled into the glass or hang over the back?

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That's awesome! How are you plumbing the filter intakes? Are they drilled into the glass or hang over the back?
1in Flex hose attached to PVC pipe hanging over the back. Didn't feel like drilling the tank and install over flow boxes plus this way keep the spray bar up towards the top and more hidden.
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Awesome !
There are a few of the stemmed plants which get about 20" tall and Crypt Ballanese
also. Can picture a forest of either in a tank this size.
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Canopy finished plumbing almost done got busy with work so this went on the side lines

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Love the stand/setup so far. Great work.

temporary tanks for the time being...
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Just got the lights in the mail today!!! I know got to move the plants around had the fixture off my 75 on them so just grouped them together also got some bba growing but with the new light and me hooking the co2 up tomorrow hopefully it will go away. Anyway just thought I would post an update

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OK guys this is what I am now fighting just got co2 hooked up yesterday the drop checker is green. Also put in my first dose of ei today. Should I just let it run through or should I try to fight this?

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Initial algae blooms are par for the course with a new tank setup.

Personally, I'd dose the tank with Excel to kill it.

Do you have an algae-eating crew yet?





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