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Old 01-25-2011, 04:24 PM   #11
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I would definitely reconsider the lighting and get some T5 HO. I would go with at least a 48 inch 6 bulb fixture. That is what I currently have on my 120 gallon. But I also have LED moonlight effects from reefkeeper. If you plan on keeping corals the power compact will not do what you want it to. I would also recommend a sump system instead of canister filters. Definitely want a protein skimmer for a 120 gallon. And yes i would sell about 60 pounds of that LR, give you the cash to buy a skimmer :P I would keep about 170 lbs of LR in you DT and the other 30lbs in your sump. That is my opinion anyways. maybe because that is how i have it set up haha.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:21 PM   #12
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in all honesty i really dont see many if any dead spots. when i feed the food seems to run through the tank before getting sucked up by any f my filters. i really dont see any spots where it builds more less the rock higher up is just acting as a background and really isnt as big as it seems. ive got 3 skimmers for sale i just cant bring myself to trust one..

the canisters are just to catch the waste eventually it will be 2 canisters running pure mech and the phosbands runing mech and activated carbon. is there any way to test for bad flow besides watching food travel through the tank?.

also i changed one of my smaller PHs out for a magnum 4 and do have the option to add more high power PHs if thats what it would take... as for a sump its kinda out of my league its another thing that ive never really trusted myself with
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:29 PM   #13
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what would you not trust about a sump or a skimmer

those are some main requirements for a tank that size

i would not trust myself without them lol
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well, if it's just piled up against the back wall and there is still plenty of swimming room in the front, then i'd probably use a pair of koralia 4's attached to the sides of the tank, facing each other. that should do a nice job.
i would also suggest a protein skimmer over a cannister filter.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:00 PM   #15
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its mostly that the skimmer can overflow that sketchs me out
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:30 AM   #16
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in sump skimmer cannot overflow anywhere except into your sump, but in sump skimmers do not overflow

only HOB models can overflow from the collection cup onto the floor, that is not the case with in sump skimmer
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I kinda like the look of all that rock. I would be interested to see a side view.
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I kinda like the look of all that rock. I would be interested to see a side view.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:07 PM   #19
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update added a compact flourecent light fixture

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:46 PM   #20
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Nice light is much better looking. Tank looks good!
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