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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #11
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I can only share what I have not really much experience with them:

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #12
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Bigger is not always better, if your going to have corals I expect you will have to dose calcium and all trace elements regularly on such a large system as water changes will not be enough to keep up with the needs of the corals. That is if your going to have corals. A 50 gallon would be much easier to maintain.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:43 AM   #13
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Would 90 gallons be small enough?
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:35 AM   #14
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I think it would be best to decide what you want in it. Do you want fish only (fowler) or a full blown reef? The only reason I ask is because if you want a reef tank your lighting will be the most expensive thing you buy. If you have your heart set on a particular fish that requires a large tank then go for it! I started with a 55g and almost instantly regretted not starting with a 75g, but wouldn't go any bigger (space issue)
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:44 AM   #15
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I really like eels, and full blown reefs, are there any eels that could live in a reef and not disturb it? or anything similar?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:02 AM   #16
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I really like
Wolf Eel, Carpet Eel Blenny - Congrogadus subducens
Snowflake Eel, Snowflake Moray Eel - Echidna nebulosa
Zebra Eel - Gymnomuraena zebra
Black Ribbon Eel, Black Ribbon Eel - Rhinomuraena quaesita
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Blue Ribbon Eel, Black Ribbon Eel - Rhinomuraena quaesita

Could any of these possibly work with a reef? or reef fish?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:53 AM   #17
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I always say, if you want big get it because you'll end up upgrading anyways. If you do start small, invest in components that will also work or are modular with the tank you want in the future. I've done this, while its pricier upfront, it's much cheaper in the long run.

LEDS are great, they seem expensive but with reduced power consumption and no bulb changes, in 2-3 years the pay for themselves. Many LEDS are modular so if you upgrade, you just add units. The same goes with DC return pumps. They operate way cheaper and if you get a bigger one, you can reduce its power setting to reduce flow. An AC pump runs @ 100% all the time and flow is controlled by a valve.

You can DIY additives and keep cost down, buy salt on Black Friday/Boxing Day for the year etc etc.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:46 AM   #18
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I really like eels, and full blown reefs, are there any eels that could live in a reef and not disturb it? or anything similar?
If you really want an eel in a reef, it is possible, depending on your definition of a reef. Eels are coral safe. However, you will be limited to no small fish, no shrimp or crabs. Also, eels are big waste produces because they eat a lot at once. You would have to stock the tank lightly with larger fish.
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http://z.about.com/d/saltaquarium/1/...0greef_400.JPG

I want the final product to be like this, but not as dense and a different aqua scape.
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