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Old 05-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #31
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What about the stock list I mentioned, does anyone think that I would be overstocked?
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:54 AM   #32
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The tank is big enough for the Tangs. I never had much luck having anemones mixed with coral. But different strokes. Had a school of Chromis and they are about as benign as damsel fish come. Now have a school of yellow tails and they can be tough customers. But the bio load you described seems like it should be no problems. Just have a lot of variable current available.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:12 PM   #33
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I changed my tank on layaway to a 180, much easier to find equipment for a 6ft. tank. How much am I going to need to scale back my bioload. I have determined after researching that I don't want to keep an anemone, I will just stick with corals and reef safe fish. Perhaps just one Orange shoulder, one regal and the three yellow tangs. Should I be alright with that bioload in a 180? I am researching equipment. I am looking into power heads, lights and pumps now. What size return pump would I need?
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Your return pump depends on what your overflows are capable of and the amount of head(height from pump to water discharge point. There are also other factors that also contribute to the lose in the pumps output like the number of turns(90 or45 degree), shutoff valves, total length of piping among a few other things. There is formulas online that will give you a pumps output and you want to buy a pump that will equal your overflows after all the friction lose and gravity lose is takig into account.
I am also in the process of building a 180 and my over flows are rated.at 1200 gallons per hr and I believe I need a 2100 gallon per hour pump to equal that but I am not completly done with my plumbing so I don't have all my numbers finalized.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:06 PM   #35
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http://www.reefcentral.com/index.php?s=

Use the head lose calculator
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:00 AM   #36
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if you are talking about a reef ready or drilled tank, you don't need a 2400gph pump. you can use whatever pump you want, providing it's capable of feeding the components in the sump. in other words, if you have a skimmer in the sump that has a 500 gph pump, you'll need at least 500 gph fed to it in order for it to work properly.
unless you have a pretty large sump, 2400 gph may give you a micro bubble issue.
as far as the stocking of a 180, i wouldn't put 5 tangs in one. 3 would be the limit in my opinion. i'm not talking bio load...just crowding.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:46 AM   #37
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Thanks as always Mr. X, I will just keep two yellows and one large tang then. I will pm you the fixture I am looking at purchasing. The tank has dual overflows, so I will research how to set up my sump. My current tank only has one, it should be some fun reading for me.
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