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Old 03-03-2007, 07:29 PM   #1
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Big tank finally!

Well,

I have had the 75 gal running for over 3 years now. I ran many different frag tanks with this setup but the 75 has always been as big as I could go. I am finishing out my basement so I have been looking for a 125 or 180. LFS near me called today to tell me that their vendor is having a sale on 180's. Well, I could wait no more

Current system is:
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33L frag tank
20 gal refugium in a 75 gal stock tank/sump
Red Sea skimmer/mag 7
GenX55 running the two tanks
2x250 MH w/ 2x54 T5 actinics

Upgrade plan:
180 gal
33L frag tank or maybe a 90 gal(72x24x12)
75 stock tank for sump with same refugium or might go bigger
same lights but I will add another 250 MH
Everything ran on a Sequence Dart
Planning on running 4-5 outlets off the pump into the tank to avoid PH's or more than I already own
Might look at a Octopus NW200 for a skimmer - current one is too small

I will be starting the stand tonight or tomorrow to get the base started. Hopefully pick up the tank next weekend!

Any ideas/thoughts, lets hear them
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Awesome!! Congrats on the upgrade! AS you know we all can't wait to see pics! You should document every step of the way!!!!
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:30 PM   #3
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I have always wanted to do that but never had a chance

My sump and equipment will be behind the tank in a different room. SO I get to cut some holes in the wall!

I have my QT set up as well so I need to decide on some new fish. I currently have:
5-6" Yellow Tang
3" Royal Gramma
3" Percula clown
2 1.5" YT damsels
2" yellow watchman goby

I have a Flame angel in my frag system to see if he has a taste for corals.

I definitely want another Tang. I like Powder browns or a Naso but not sure yet. Something different would be cool. I also want a wrasse. I had a leopard wrasse on hold at the LFS but it did not make it. They are poor shippers.

I will get some pics as I start getting some stuff.
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!!!!!
This sounds like such fun....
Please post pictures on the progress!
And CONGRATULATIONS!
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I have a powder brown and love it. One of the prettiest fish I think. I've had mine for almost a month now and it has taken to the tank nicely. Everyone said that they are ich magnets but I've never had ich in any of my tanks. I love the fish!!!
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I to say poweder blue! congrats this sounds Awesome! I would love to have such a big tank! the biggest ( in a store- thats not filled) is a 150 and it was huge (lol) I cant wait to see how this goes!
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I to say poweder blue! congrats this sounds Awesome! I would love to have such a big tank! the biggest ( in a store- thats not filled) is a 150 and it was huge (lol) I cant wait to see how this goes!
LOL, I used to think my 75 was huge I had figured on a 125 since the LFS wanted $800 for a 180! I went in to the store to look at the 125 and it looked so small.

I love the powder brown for some reason. The powder blue look more fragile.

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Wortth noting... My friend has a 180 and laments the type of tank he chose because it has two support bars across the top that cause shadows in the tank... If he had different lighting or a different style tank (apparently not all of them are like that)... Then he wouldn't have this problem..

Just something to be aware of... Good Luck! Sounds fun!
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I have a powder brown and love it. One of the prettiest fish I think. I've had mine for almost a month now and it has taken to the tank nicely. Everyone said that they are ich magnets but I've never had ich in any of my tanks. I love the fish!!!
Hey Ziggy, Did you QT the PBT?

LiveAquaria Has the Powder Blue Tang's on sail again, I'm thinking of getting him...

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