Got my 180 Gallon Crystal Dynamics Tank Today

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  1. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Guest

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    Thats the route I took, just did it and didnt even have to ask for forgiveness when she saw how awesome it was
     
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  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    Well to be fair, you need to tell her "I'm thinking I need to change tanks" but don't go with any specifics, if she pressures you no need to lie just say "Yeah I think I need a bit bigger" then if you want to get crafty say "I could probably give a good chunk of change selling the old one too so it won't be as expensive"
     
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  3. Gablami

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    Lol sounds like a plan :)


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  4. Flagg37

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    I remember when I came home with my 30 gallon and spent $300. She was pissed. She was thinking more along the lines of $60. Now she just understands that lighting is just going to be $1600 or that coral she thinks is pretty is $60/polyp.
     
  5. Coral reefer

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    As long as you are taking care of the fam and not spending money you shouldn't be on it then all good really. Just make it look awesome and you're golden.
     
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    I perfer the old " what are ya talkin bout its always been there." Im trying to get $10K out of mine for that monster tank in Auburn ( 900 G ) now that would be sweet
     
  7. Julius Chen

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    Looks like the two center doors are hinged in the middle. So why not add a vertical beam in the font center just behind the hinges to support the cross beam?

    I know u have two 2x8" criss beams glued together in the front. Would u have done 1 only knowing u could add a center support now?
     
  8. Sduvall81

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    Yea they are hinged in the middle, but the piece they are hinged on can be easily removed if need be. It is just pocket screwed into the plywood face. I did it that way so I can easily remove the sump or whatever down the road if i need to.
     
  9. Julius Chen

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    Sduvall81,

    How much water change do you do monthly?

    I am in market for a bigger tank but scared if having to do tons of water change.
     
  10. Flagg37

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    When I switched from my 30 gallon to my 125 I stopped doing normal water changes. I actually set up an auto water change system because I didn’t want to deal with the maintenance. After having it run a couple months I shut it off and monitored it. The refugium has been able to keep up with the nutrient export; enough so that I even turned off my skimmer. :eek: The chaeto is now my sole means of nutrient export. I do add the Red Sea trace elements but that’s much easier than doing water changes.
     
  11. Julius Chen

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    My old setup was 120g dt, but i guess my refugium in sump was too small (4-5” wide compartment), and my skimmer was not working at its best. I ended up lots of algae in tank and some hardy soft corals died. I had to do water change 15% every 10 days. Lots of salt down the drain.

    I guess if i have with a larger sump with a monster chaeto section, i may save on water change. Still debating....
     
  12. scuzy

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    I haven't changed water in 3 months. Everything looking good. I only do massive water change to remove unwanted like chloramine.


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    Hah! If it were only that easy!
     

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