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Old 05-21-2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Looking for bigger tank, looking for advice

I was checking the local classified ads in the paper and found 2 great deals. 1 is a 90 gal reef tank with stand and the other is a 135 tank with stand. The reef ready tank has the internal skimmer while the 135 does not. They are both the same price (asking $300).

Seeing as I have a FOWLR setup today but eventually want to get a full reef going would you recommend the 90 or the 135? Do you take size over function? I know I can get a HOB skimmer, but have read that there are potential issues with them.

Advice please and thanks in advance!!
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:23 AM   #2
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hehehe hows ur budget.....(get both) :P
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:25 AM   #3
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I have the $$ for one, not both. Keep in mind that which ever tank I get I have to buy lights, so both is not an option (that what my wife said).
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bigger = more $

(ouch)

...please get one that is reef ready and has all the goodies!

awesome!

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Old 05-22-2005, 07:08 AM   #5
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It always seems to come down to what the wife says
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Old 05-22-2005, 11:43 AM   #6
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Can the 135 be Drilled? If it can, it would not take that much to make it reef ready and you would not be in the same situation that you are now in 2 years -- looking for an upgrade. I just made the jump from a 60 to a 175, so I know what you are going through.
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Old 05-22-2005, 01:51 PM   #7
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i would get the reef ready that u way u have more money to spend on a good lighting set up.
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Old 05-22-2005, 09:18 PM   #8
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Today is (was) my lucky day. I went and checked out the 135, the tank was nice but the stand was very 1970's. They would not consider a lower price so I passed. The guy with the 90 reef called but I was on my way out the door to a family gathering. While eating dinner with family I was talking to my wife about the 135 and my cousin that I dont see much says "Hey I just took down a 120 that you can have if you want it. We are moving and I dont want to deal with it." I should have bought a lottery ticket.

Thanks for all the advice!!
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2 Yellow Tail Damsels
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1 Emerald Crab
3 Peppermint Shrimp
4 Scarlet Hermit Crabs
1 Blue Knuckle Hermit Crab
1 Large Turbo Snail
Hitchhickers: 3 Purple sea urchins, lots of rock crabs, pistol shrimp, brittle stars, snails, worms, etc.
and aiptasia, aiptasia, aiptasia (it was free $$)
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WOW nice catch on the Kam, That will be a very nice setup. What are the tank demensions so we can help you out on the lighting aspect?
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:11 PM   #10
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I was told the tank is 48 W 24 T and 24 D. I will pick it up next weekend.
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2 Yellow Tail Damsels
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1 Emerald Crab
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4 Scarlet Hermit Crabs
1 Blue Knuckle Hermit Crab
1 Large Turbo Snail
Hitchhickers: 3 Purple sea urchins, lots of rock crabs, pistol shrimp, brittle stars, snails, worms, etc.
and aiptasia, aiptasia, aiptasia (it was free $$)
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