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Old 05-18-2009, 11:14 PM   #1
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I'm having a nervous break down and finally decided to start a 75G reef tank. Instead of starting from scratch, I'll be starting with someone's complete setup.. picking it up next saturday..

I have some questions to master reefers here..

Roughly how much LRs would I need? It comes with only 20lb, and I have some in my 12G, and few dead rock pieces standing by. I would like some larger pieces to build up lots of hiding places for fishes.

If I mix base rocks /w live rocks, would it take a while to complete cycling process? Or they should be good enough as long as bio load is low?

Also, I'll be going with all T5s. Not having a good success with MH at the moment on my nano, and I don't really care much about shimmer anymore. This setup has 4 T5s (retro) and it already fills up canopy. It would be tight fit to add two more on this canopy. I'm hoping I could get by with 4 T5s for a while... would this be risky on SPS?

Sump comes with wet/dry filter which uses bio balls. I plan to keep it as is.

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Old 05-19-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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I think you'd need to go with at least a 6-bulb T5 set up for SPS, and they need to be fan cooled for optimal operation temp.

I'm excited to see this build. I went over my finances coming up for the next 6 months or so...and a tank is definitely not in the budget any time soon
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:23 AM   #3
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Well, if I were you I'd be happy as is but that's just me. You do have a very nice setup, fully optimized in terms of use of space in both inside and outside of your tank. Things growing like crazy, and your SPS garden is shaping up nicely!

Anyway, the LRs I'll be getting have some green bubble algae. I heard Emerald crab takes care of them. Does anyone have experience with emerald crabs and the bubble algae?

On the way back from Kitchener, I dropped by at Burc's place. Oh my god! Frag tank full of new frags!! I simply couldn't resist and picked up 5 frags... so far so good in my nano..
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Haha, I know, when I went out there I couldn't resist and came home with way more than I thought I would have.

My reef is nice........but small......really small.....
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congrats on the new tank!

cant wait to see some new pics.

I was wondering how long till you upgraded...lol

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congrats on the new tank!

cant wait to see some new pics.

I was wondering how long till you upgraded...lol

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Thanks. I will post the picture of the tank once I have it in place. I need to get a sump reconfigured first. I don't like the way it is currently.
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Well if you are in need of a new sump.
I know this guy up the road that builds custom acrylic sumps.....


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Well if you are in need of a new sump.
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Yes of course. I'm getting a 25G sump in this setup which is currently part of the system. However, I don't like the way things are arranged in this sump, so I may need to reconfigure baffles/dividers.
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I have 4 t5s on a 55 and the growth is okay; some as fast as my fingernails and some slower. The colours are great, but I've found that some frags I get 'colour up' to a bit more brownish after a while. They could be bleached to start with, but I don't know..

However, I don't run cooling fans or have single reflectors. If you have them and cooling fans imo it wouldn't hurt to try
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Picked up the tank today. Here's some pictures of dirty tank.

Tanks being cleaned..



Sump tank before cleaning. A little too much salt deposits.



Most difficult part to clean. Those white stuff is tough to get rid of. The space between two plastic pieces in overflow is impossible to clean. Just rinsed that area with lots of water.



Tank cleaned and moved to inside. T5 retro reflectors sitting on the tank. two more will completely fill up the top of the tank, would it be worth the effort and cost?



I think I also need to redo plumbing. I'd like to obtain additional parts too, in order to add a useable refugium section in the sump.
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