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Old 11-17-2004, 09:55 PM   #1
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I might have a lead on a FREE 110H...

...for my first saltwater tank. I've been running two smaller FW tanks for a year or so and my wife, of all people, thought we should get a big SW tank. So as I'm reading here, there, and eveywhere I can to learn about saltwater, I get a call from my little brother tonight saying that he might have found an entire SW setup that I could have for free.

Yes, that's right, for free. 8O

I'm still waiting on the full system details, but as near as I can tell it's probably a 110 high (48" x 18" x 30") that appears to be drilled. The whole package would include the tank, stand, sump, pumps, etc.

Believe me, I know exactly how lucky I might be here.

My question is, although I was planning to start a 75 or 90 as a FOWLR and eventually convert to a reef, are there any pitfalls with the higher tanks? Cleaning and aquascaping come to mind, as does getting sufficient light to the bottom.

Any help is appreciated since I'm a complete noob to SW.

Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:13 PM   #2
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Ya you might want to start with my 75g and give me the 110!!
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:35 PM   #3
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I have a tall 150, Sometimes it's a strech to get to the bottom of the tank and I have LONG arms. With a tank that size make sure you have plenty of water flow to all areas (something I lack right now). And of course get us some pictures.
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Old 11-18-2004, 05:29 PM   #4
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Also remember that if you are going to use a DSB or something similar, it can take up a lot of the space on the bottom and make a 30" tank more like a 24" tank. The other suggestion I have heard is to use PVC cuttings as Rock stands rather than putting them all the way into the sand. This can be just a sturdy and helps to expose more rock surface for bacteria to colonize. Good luck
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Old 11-18-2004, 07:11 PM   #5
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I dont want to sound like im not excited for you cause I am. Its not offten folks come across large tanks that are FREE!!! But I can tell you that the 18" width you describe above is going to be a challenge when it comes to aquascaping anything other than a clif wall.

Good luck and please keep us updated as to how this deal works out.
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Old 11-18-2004, 07:43 PM   #7
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But I can tell you that the 18" width you describe above is going to be a challenge when it comes to aquascaping anything other than a clif wall.
Thanks...that's exactly the kind of advice I was looking for. I was trying to do some careful planning for pumps, recirc, sump, etc. before this landed in my lap. Now, I'll just have to expedite things a bit---like the new carpets I promised the wife. "I'm sorry hon, but now that the tank is in place, it's too much work to tear it down for the carpet guys..." 8)

There are a LOT of aquariums with 18" widths (55, 75, 90, etc.), so what have people done besides a rock wall? I'm assuming that a two-sided wall is possible, but I'll probably need some kind of bridging structure to keep things interesting.

Does anyone out there own one of these tall 110's, or even a 90 that's 'scaped to the top? I'd like to see pictures of what people have done.

Thanks for all the help and keep the tips coming. I'll post updates as things progress. I feel like a 7-year-old about to go to his first Yankees game.
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55g is actually 12-13". And its a pain to aquascape. I just gave up on the rule of not letting rock touch the glass in the back. The snails due a fine and dandy job.
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Im sorry, I had a mind lapse. 18" is not to bad to aquascape. For some reason I thought that was the width of a 55 and 45H.
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That's a bit of a relief...although the height still worries me. If there are pics around, I would love to see them.

I've got a slew of other questions, but I'll start slow and post separate threads.
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