Got my 180 Gallon Crystal Dynamics Tank Today

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Sduvall81, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    The guys from California Reef Company just delivered my new tank. I have to say dealing with Matt over there was a great experience and I would recommend them to everyone. I ordered a 180 gallon tank (72x24x24) a few weeks ago and their builder, Crystal Dynamics, delivered it to them yesterday. I am very impressed with the tank, the build quality is great and I can't wait to get this thing going. I am waiting on the Synergy Reef Overflow I ordered with it, should be here by the end of the week. I still have to figure out what sump I'm going to go with, but I have pretty much everything else from my old 90 gallon.
     

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  2. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    sweet!
     
  3. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Nice! Congrats! Is that top front piece in your stand a 2X8?
     
  4. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    Thanks! Yea, well it's actually two 2x8's glued and screwed together. Probably overkill, but I would rather overbuild than have a problem down the road.
     
  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Did you do that on all the top pieces?
     
  6. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    No, i just did it along the front because of the span, I didnt want to use a center support. I have supports along the back so I just used 1 2x8 on the back and sides
     
  7. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Sweet! Congrats!


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  8. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    That tank design looks awefully familiar! ;)
     
  9. Tandypham

    Tandypham Guest

    I'm planning to get the same tank as yours and try to copy your stand built style. Do you have any idea how to paint and wrap up the stand?
     
  10. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Skin it with some thin ply, sand then paint


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  11. Tandypham

    Tandypham Guest

    Can you upload some pictures when you have it done plz
     
  12. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    scuzy said it right, thats what i did. I went to kelly moore and told them what i was painting and they gave me a durable paint and i did three coats. tanks been up and running for 7 months and its been good.
     
  13. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Very cool! I'd love to have a 180 with those dimensions. You had your 90 for 7 months and upgrading to 180 already? Nice! :)


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  14. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    Here are the latest pics, took them this morning
     

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  15. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    Ha, yea Gablami, i caught the bug hard
     
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  16. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    lol sounds like something I would do.

    I just asked my wife how long before I upgrade. She said 5 years. Doh!

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  17. Sduvall81

    Sduvall81 Supporting Member

    Ouch! well at least there is hope
     
  18. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    5 years will go by quickly.
     
  19. Tandypham

    Tandypham Guest

    Lol, I asked my wife about 5 years ago, and now it's time
     
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  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Y'all are making a mistake by asking. There are really two options here, telling, or just doing (and possibly asking for forgiveness afterwards).
     

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