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Old 07-01-2010, 02:20 AM   #1
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Finally my own build thread!!!!

After looking for a year and being beaten to the punch on craigslist twice I finally found it!!!!! A 60x18x25 115 reef ready tank. Here is a picture of my 55 that I am upgrading and the setup that I got for $525. It is the tank, stand, canopy, return pump, and oceanic 150 trickle filter. The first problem is that it is not black That will be my first "upgrade" The first thing I am going to need is some advice about the oceanic 150 trickle filter. I know to not run the bio balls but should I use this tank and remove the baffles (there is not enough space for a good size skimmer with the exitsting baffles) or just sell it and get a different sump. If it is a different sump what size should I get.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:09 AM   #2
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I'm not sure one the oceanic. You can usually get decent money for those sumps though. Tagging along, good luck!
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:23 AM   #3
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Looking good. Good size tank.

As for the sump, Sell it. Make your own.
Include a DSB (Good way of removing nitrates if set up right - Needs flow.)
Macro Algae (Good way to harvast nitrate out of your tank)
And a good sized/brand skimmer. Also a couple of baffles to get rid of them bubbles.
Make the sump as big as you can, The bigger the better. If you want to get full into reef, Make a Frag section too. But before you make the sump, Make sure you take into account equipment storage. Chiller, Reactors, Ballast and what not.
Great start, Will tag along.
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o.k. I decided I am going to use my current 55 as the sump for my 120....back to painting
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:12 PM   #5
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That will endup being a good size tank. I'll be tagging along on this one....
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Has anyone used blackout window tint instead of paint on the back of their tank? I was thinking it would be a "shiney" instead of the flat look that paint gives you. what are your thoughts.
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Has anyone used blackout window tint instead of paint on the back of their tank? I was thinking it would be a "shiney" instead of the flat look that paint gives you. what are your thoughts.
Do it. You know you want to.
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I think I am going to order it on monday. I can't find any minuses to doing it that way.

Next on the agenda is lighting. Here is my plan.

2 x 250 MH - what is the difference between Mogul and double ended
4 x 60 inch T5HO Actinics - is this enough or too much
5 x Led moon lights - (1 per foot)

That will give me 820w of lighting. should I reduce the T5's to 2?
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I know That build threads tend to have alot of pictures and this one will as well but I need some advice. I don't want to seem like I am whining but could I get some help on the lighting?

Next question. What size return pump do I need for this tank (2 x 1" overflows) should I go with something around 1200 GPH and throttle it down with a Gate valve?

Please give me some input. I got the stand and tank painted and will post pictures tomorrow.
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Your lighting is spot on, 250w is great for a 2ft deep tank.

The T5HO will be good too, 4 will be fine.
For a return, I'd prob go something 3500LPH. (Dont know GPH, but im sure you can convert it.)

Make sure you get the single ended fixture though, The double ended ones arnt as good as the single. Or so ive heard.
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