Posted: 2006.11.12(Sun)18:56 Post subject: 180 gallon fish tank journal! Woohoo done! 1/23
Hi, I just bought a used 180 gallon tank yesterday.
sand down all stained wood and re-stain it.
Re silicone the tank, it is a 2 peice bottom,
remove the backround, repaint it blue, maybe black
The tank came with a cherry finish, very nice looking but because the tank is old I decided that I should sand it down, and put a oak finish onto it.
The tanks deminsions are 80L, 24W, 29H with .5inch glass.
So far, I have a week electric sander, with wossy grit paper, so it takes a very long time to get very little done. I got a little bit done, but not near where I was hoping to be. I am going to get ahold of a new sander so that I can get it done sometime this year.
not to far along in the project, but I love what I see so far.
Sanding the stain off the tank
sanding the stand
My question to you people of AquaHobby is, what would you suggest for filtration and substrate??
The tank has some sort of a filter in the back of the tank, but I have no clue how to use it or what I need to get it working
Tanks inside filter, What would I need to run this puppy?
Here is another thing, the tank can not have a hang on filter because there is a top to the tank, the lights go under it so it looks all sealed off.
There are 2 holes through the glass and the wood that I could possibly do something with.
Holes in the back of the tank
If someone has any ideas, I wouldnt mind something very powerful for a filtration system, I want the water clear at all times.
As far as substrate, I was thinking of going with a mix of pool filter sand and gravel. Let me know what you think!
I will give this page an update asap
All comments, questions, and answers are GREATLY appreciated
Thanks for looking-
P.S. if you could please post links of filter medias if you suggest them. Looking for something that will keep my fish healthy, water clean, and decently priced.
Last edited by Zeppelin on 2007.01.23(Tue)8:48; edited 6 times in total
400 bucks for a filteration system , that's a bit too much for a fresh water aquarium IMO! Dude, I can build a reef tank with 400$
Look for a nice big canister filter..You can even connect more than one.
By the way, I like your tank! it has a very bright future. I'll be watching the progress and hopefully give a good advice.
Talked to my local fish store, the guy reccomended me to a filter system. Ocean Clear is the brand, I need to buy that and then a pump, so this will cost me about 400 bucks.
what kind of heater should I get? and what size?
I was thinking maybe 2 200W heaters
1 300 watt heater
I figure I will have a big powerhead in there to circulate the water good. But it still is a big tank, so I think 200W's will do the trick
all comments welcome!
at 400 bucks its most likely a wet/dry filter. They can be a bit "loud" from the dripping water, but thats compared to a canister which is silent. I prefer two filters over a single large filter. I'm running two fluval 404s and one Magnum 350 canister with a micron cartridge (for extra clarity) in my 125 gallon, and its always crystal clear.
That is a scary looking tank...what brand is it? have you ever re-sealed a tank before? One that old is going to need a complete disassembly and proper sealing. I would definately water test it for a few months in a safe place before I put it in my home. 180 gallons will ruin a home. _________________ Out on the road today...I saw a DeadHead sticker on a Cadillac...
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