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PostSubject: 180 Gallon   Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:18 pm

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Getting ready to move my African Cichlids over to a new bigger tank. I have only purchased the background so far. But I am going with a 180 gallon tank. Any advice would be great! I love to save money to.

Background - RockyBackground This matches my local creek rock I use for aquascape.

Tank- 180 gallon Found one at PAWS for around $1,100.00 including stand and top.

Lighting - I am still working on this. I would think two 36" T5 lights with the bulbs that make the colors pop. One blue one white I think?

Filter - I really like the Fluval FX6 for around $339.00. I will be overstocking so this would give me enough filtration. Later on may add a few over hang filters.

Heater - I have a 300 watt Fluval already.

Substrate- i wish I could just do the white play sand. But I may have to splurge, and get the Caribsea all white sand for the PH boost. Not sure how many bags. Just need enough to cover the egg crate. As these fish tend to make a mess with to much.

Trying to decide whether to leave my Mbuna in my 55 and just take the peacocks and haps. They all get along as well as you would expect. But the Peacocks and Haps are just so beautiful!
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:34 am

Thanks. We are actually in Farmville right now, on a quick trip to the coast then kgtropicals tomorrow. Wife wants to stop at a couple of the furniture stores.

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:15 pm

Welcome to Farmville! Only nine buildings of Furniture. So you might see KG by next week. Smile (If you have any money left)
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:50 pm

@Fward wrote:
I am jut paranoid about putting rock on glass. If you want you can use styrofoam under your rocks. That would not be bad to add.
Do you mean regular rigid foam like we might use to pack a computer, or is there a special kind?

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:11 pm



This is what some people have used on youTube.
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:15 am



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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:18 am



Added some sand. Going to do more rocks from my old tank to add some height to left side.
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:07 am

Tank looks great - your fish are going to ne very happy.

Looking forward to seeing it with a bunch of colored up Haps & Peacocks!

Great job!....

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:13 am

Thanks Tracey Smile Here are the guys in there new home!
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:15 am

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:17 am

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:04 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:32 pm

awesome!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:51 pm

excellent stetup!!!! beautiful !!!!
Nice mix of haps, peacocks and mbuna.

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:31 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:41 pm

Nice video and good choice in music. I've seen aquariums with alot of rock and have am curious as to how much weight a glass-bottom tank can hold. Have you updated your fish/tank list yet with the 180 addition?

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:27 am

I need to do a Fish tank list still. I have seen on youTube grown men standing in ten gallon tanks. The key is not to have a sharp point on the glass to cause a crack.
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:34 am

I see. You want to avoid having the weight concentrated at one point. Egg crate not only protects the bottom it also helps disperse the weight.

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:08 am

Yeah. That is why I use it. So far so good. I am surprised I did not have any deaths from all the moving and shaking these fish have been through. Such hardy fish. (Knock on wood) Tomorrow they will all be belly up lol. I used all my filters from the two tanks they were in, so I would not have any Ammonia spikes. Seem to be okay. I have the Fluval FX6, Fluval 406, Marineland Canister 350, Marineland Overhang 300 and 400 all running on it. I may put the Marineland Canister 350, back on my 55 gallon as soon as the FX6 is seeded. Not sure how long that will take. Fish are starting to dig in to there territory. The Electric Blue Johanni is the most aggressive. A little chasing here and there. And my Bumblee is digging a hole right next door. So we will see how that goes. Wish my phone took better pictures and video. Amazing to see them when they all school together. I walk in the room, and thirty minutes later, I catch myself, and try to remember what I was doing lol.
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:30 am

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:01 pm

Fish going strong. One of my peacocks has one eye that appears slightly cloudy. Anyone know what I should treat it with? Or just let it play out? Yesterday I noticed my Dragon Blood, which I thought was male, because it was so colorful, was holding. Not sure who the daddy is. I stripped her, and now have two tumblers going. As well as 18 fry in a 30 gallon already. Mixed peacock tanks galore. Fward's Fish house may have to open soon.I am attached to these fish, and do not want to get rid of any, just because they are female. And I hate to let them spit in the tank, just to watch the fry get ate. Something will have to give soon I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:20 pm

Congratulations. I know what you mean. My wife wants to keep all the Red Jewel fry.  Very Happy .

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: 180 Gallon   Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:10 pm

Looking good

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