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The misplaced Texans New 180 Gallon Tank


Vernon Saunders
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Hi all, I know I have been silent for the past few months. I had moved to Florida, and after a short delay of getting situated I picked up this beautiful thing. I am currently In the process of getting it set up and ready to go and decided to make a build thread on here as part of my return to the forum. So far I have got the RODI system set up, the overflow holes in the stand drilled and started painting the back of the tank black.
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Nice Vernon! Glad you're back on here and you got situated in Florida fine.
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Ok so with the help of the club I got the tank off my table and onto the stand. On that note I have a small issue and could use some advice on how to fix it. It seems that the tank is very slightly off level.... not sure if I should shim it or if there is a better option to do to get this thing level. What do y'all think?

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Hey!  Welcome back.  For me, 180g + near WWC = going broke

Also agree with shimming the stand.  Now's the time; you can't do it later.  After you get the corners where you want them, make sure you shim down the length until you can't fit a shim so you maintain support all the way across the stand.

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Was our thoughts on it too... I will add that a 180gallon tank with about 40-45 gallons of water in it is heavy cause (though some trial and error) a couple of times had to lift the whole system to pull the shims out and start over. Even with the weight the carpet and foam was causing some issues and had to stack some shims to level the tank.... two guesses who was the one picking up the heavy beast and who pulled the shims out.

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I got 2 icecap 3k gyre pumps and placed them on opposite sides of the tank and got them working to create random chaotic flow. I will say I am very please with the lack of noise and the amount of water they are pushing around. Also pleased to report that my QT tank has kept a small birds nest colony and this gorgeous frag alive. The second pic is of the birds nest while I was playing with the polyplabs coral view lens for smartphones. 

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