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Old 04-29-2011, 11:30 AM   #1
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Long story short, there is a large wholesale aquarium store in Lakeland, FL. I was just browsing and stumbled across a 250 gallon with stand and canopy for 1400 bucks, I put it on lay away! I also placed a 5 stage RODI system on hold with it. I hope to get it in two months, but now I am trying to plan for the new monster. I have a few questions about it.

1) It only has one overflow, is that acceptable for a tank of that size if I intend to keep a reef?

2) What size and how many power heads should I need?

3) The largest tank I have kept is my current 65 gallon fowlr. I have never kept any particularly large fish. I am planning on a couple of Orange shoulder and a regal blue tang in the new tank. If I purchased them relatively small, would my 65 gallon be sufficient for QT purposes?

4) What kind of lighting would I need to keep corals and anemones in a tank of that size?

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Old 04-29-2011, 11:31 AM   #2
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Umm I am directionally challenged but where is lakeland from say orlando?

I know I added nothing to the thread but you got me excited, wholesale aquariums in Florida and not in Miami? WOOT
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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Nolans Aquarium in lakeland, lakeland is between Tampa and Orlando off of interstate 4.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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He has some larger aquariums for cheap. Even for a custom order it wasn't bad, he priced a 180 gallon with dual overflows and furniture for 1300.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Wow some good deals to be had. That's be like a 2 hour drive I think maybe a tad more. lol I'm just in the market for a 125g.

Thanks for the response.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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I believe I saw a 125 with stand and canopy for 899, don't quote me on that.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:44 AM   #7
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aww, I can't do the canopy, limited space. I just need a tank and decent stand.

Is the tank a 6 foot long one that you're getting? I know I;ve been looking for 72" lights and for a reef they are not cheap! I've been eyeing these

Aquarium Lighting for Reef Systems: Current Nova Extreme Pro Saltwater T-5 Fixtures

No moonlights though. :-( that seems to be the price range for the basics on lights.
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I believe it was 8x2x2.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:55 AM   #9
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Wow that is gonna be something! Guess you'll be hanging lights or going with multiple sets. i can't wait to see this build thread!
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My wife is getting it for me, lol. I knew putting her through nursing school would pay off one day. My mind is racing with livestock options! I know for a fact that I want a pair of Orange shoulder tangs, and I am thinking I will end up hanging metal halides because I want to keep a clam and some anemones. I know this build will take years not months.
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