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Old 04-15-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Need to make a decision 120/90/75

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I have been given permission to put together another SW tank if I get rid of all the FW tanks I have...Here's the thing...I have room for a 4' tank, it will be an in-wall install so the stand isn't important. What I am trying to decide is whether to get a 120 (4') 90 or 75g tank. I can fit any one of the 3 in the space. I know that the 120 would be awesome but I'm also looking at the cost of lighting the tank. LR and Sand aren't a problem as I will probably seed the new tank with my old and buy a lot of base rock.

To be able to house corals (SPS nut here) I will need pretty intense lighting. I have 570watts on my 72 which would be enough for the 90 and probably work on the 120 as well but I want to make sure that I am getting to the bottom as I will have clams and probably a lot of SPS corals in the new tank.

Any thoughts here would be great....
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:11 PM   #2
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If it was me, a 120 is the only way to go. The 120 is 24" deep vs 18" deep. Make the tank look a lot bigger. As for lighting, I think either of the tank will/can use the same lighting. Not sure what lights you have but if halides, a 2x250 set up will work on the 75, 90 or 120. I am using a 2x250 on my 75 right now.
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I have a dual 175 on my 72 and 2x110 VHO =570 (7.9wpg)....If I did the same setup on the 120 it would be 4.75wpg....If I get a dual 250 it would be 6wpg on the 120....I know that would probabely be enough for any and all corals I want to put in there.....Just batting the ideas around...I want to go with a 120 with the dual megaflows....
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The 120 sounds like a good idea. I think the dual 250 would be a excellent choice. Cant wait to see this unfold.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:54 PM   #5
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I'm trying to find a 120 RR tank now...they aren't easy to find...I email Animal Jungle in VA Beach...they seem to have a good supply of tanks.....
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This is true...and I do agree...just looking at the overall cost picture.....flow I'm not concerened with as I will be using the Nano Streams by Tunze....that with the return/closed loop will keep the water moving....Im more concerned with the lighting as that is a major expense both starting up and running.....
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Well I do admit, it takes time to save up for lighting, but in the long run, a 120 excels over 90 and 75.
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I totally agree...I would go larger then that but this as I said before is going to be a wall mount...and I only have enough room to put a 4' tank...The more I look the better I like the idea of the 120....again the only thing that worries me is the height...24" is a deep tank and will require intense lighting to get to the bottom.....any 120 owners that read this I would love to hear about your lighting....
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I check with my LFS Ziggy and see if I can find one. Maybe I can save you some miles. I get back with you.
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