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Quest Library 180 gallon Gorgonian/Caribbean Biotope Build

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by MuralReef, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    So this past weekend a new adventure began! Thanks to Jake Adams for graciously donating this 180 gallon super tall tank and giving me the idea of building it as a Gorgonian Concept tank. View attachment 22914
     
  2. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Tank: 180 Gallon 48" x 24" x 36"h

    Lightning: Aquamedic 2 x 250 watt 1 x 150 watt MH 48" fixture
    T-5 2 x 54 watt fixture

    Skimmer: Aquamedic unknown model may upgrade or use my Bullet 3
    View attachment 22915

    Sump: TBD or built

    Return Pump: Reeflo Snapper or TBD

    Circulation: Hoping for 2 Ecotech MP40 quiet drives

    More to come as this develops.

    Definitely looking for any suggestions/help you may be willing to offer.
     

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  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    To Do List:
    Leak test/vinegar soak
    Build center brace if need be? Looks like someone eurobraced the tank with glass and silicone but the center brace they made appears to have broken.
    Reseal maybe
    Drill for overflow
    Build overflow
    Build or have a sump built (hopefully a donation from one of our lovely sponsors)
    Plumb it
    Leak test it again
    Move it to school
    Fill with pretty living things
    Teach kids to care for and clean it
    Sit back relax and watch it grow
     
  4. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    That will be awsome!! I just spent all of last week on some of the reefs in the Caribbean and took lots of pictures of the different corals, gorgonians, and marine life. Id be more than happy to share my pictures and observations if it would help.
     
  5. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Any ideas/pics would be great. Just went to Mexico in October so I've got some good ideas.
     
  6. jahmic

    jahmic Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nice! Future home for that gorgonian I have for you? ;)
     
  7. FinsUp

    FinsUp According to my watch, the time is now. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome concept, and especially good 'to do' list. Watching this come together.
     
  8. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    :stoked:
     
  9. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have a ton of muriatic acid if you want a good extremely thorough clean
     
  10. Walter White

    Walter White Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    +1 muriatic acid works 100x better than vinegar. Just need to be careful and use goggles gloves and a vapor mask to be safe. I don't even bother with vinegar anymore.
     
  11. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Are you guys talking about using it to soak or just spray on, soak, and scrub off? I know its HCl so it's a lot stronger than vinegar. Will this damage silicone or acrylic?
     
  12. Walter White

    Walter White Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I dilute it 50/50 with tap water and soak what I can. Home depot sells two strengths. Full strength is usually kept with their outdoor garden supply stuff which might need to be diluted even further. I have only used the "eco friendly" stuff which is weaker but it works great and is usually with some of the paint supply stuff. I soak pumps, skimmers, and anything else that needs a good bath for like 10 minutes then rinse. Comes out super clean with almost no rubbing or scraping at all.

    you could spray it too but be careful doing that make sure you are well protected it will eat through concrete and other stuff and does some weird stuff to aluminum and other metals but I have not had any issues with plastics, acrylic, or silicone.
     
  13. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I think I'll be able to knock out my skimmer project for the 360 and clean the 180 at the same time. I've already got a gallon of the stuff.
     
  14. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I won't do 50/50 on a 180 gallon tank but if I do a couple of gallons and soak it over night so you think that would work? Or be too long?
     
  15. just_tim

    just_tim Amphipod

    A friend of mine just used Muratic for cleaning rocks. He said that it took 4 gallons to clean roughly 50 lbs. The acid burns itself out with dirtier objects.
     
  16. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

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  17. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Used 3 gallons of 31% HCl muriatic acid in ~180 gallons of water. Do you guys think that's enough?
     
  18. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Doubtful. Most people use 5%-10% muriatic acid, which would be a dilution rate of 1 part muriatic acid to 5 parts water in your case. Im sure slightly less concentration would still work, but not 0.5% like you have done.
     
  19. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Actually I've added a 4th gallon and even before that the coralline algae on the skimmer was dissolving in sheets as is much of the organics that were left on the glass of the aquarium. I'm thinking it will be sufficient especially with an over night soak.
     
  20. FishTV

    FishTV Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking good, I like the dimensions, that's a cool size tank!
     

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