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Old 03-15-2005, 03:57 PM   #1
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90 Gal Dream, Please Help

I am waiting on getting my custom cabinets done on my 90. In the mean time I am looking for suggestions for the rest. I have 384 W PC and MH retrofits for the canopy, the heaters, and plumbing w/powerhead. The plan is a reef set up. I am looking for suggestions on filtration, rock, and anything else I maybe forgetting. Whatever you have seen that works well please let me know!
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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Make sure you get a skimmer. God blessed us when man created the skimmer in my opinion. I would build a sump/refuge as well.

I would get at least 90 lbs of LR, I think the more the better. To save some money you might get half as LR and half as Dead (Base) rock.

Once the live rock has cycled for about a year, then I would move on to getting fish. I might start once the first cycle has completed with some inverts, snails and hermits, to keep it clean.
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:23 PM   #3
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a year? There's no reason a cycle should take that long.

i second the comment on setting up a refuge/sump and a skimmer. if you can plan on putting some minimal lighting on the refuge you can add some macro algaes to it and the fuge/LR/LS/Skimmer should be all the filtering you need.
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I thought a year was the best amount of time to wait. I think I read it on this website even... I honestly only waited 3 weeks.

Then again... I used water from the ocean, so it didnt need to cycle too much.
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hmm I think you might be refering to the "rule of thumb" about aging a tank before adding anenome's. Most recommend a tank be given at least a year to mature before attempting an anenome.

the Cycle, in terms of this hobby, refers specifically to establishing the de-nitrifying bacteria in the substrate and rocks of your aquarium necessary to process fish/food waste in your tank. Even if you use NSW to start your tank, unless you used pre-cured LR/LS you likely still went through a cycle (perhaps a short one). Check our Articles Section for some very helpful articles that explain what the cycle is and how to cycle your tank WITHOUT the use of fish.
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I will check out the cycle information. This is not the first tank I have done. I have a 10 gal and a 20 gal reef. Both do suprising well (fightin Cyno right now). I was going to do the sump with a 20 gal long, but not sure if the skimmer would work well in it. I guess I am asking how well it does??? I think we would be hard pressed to find someone who truly cycles for a year, maybe I am wrong on that. Also any thoughts on reverse osmosis?? Anyone doing it????
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Billy, you are right, I am thinking of amenome cycling!

I would use RO water for sure! If you dont have an RO system, you could use distilled.

I would give up my UV filter and all my fish if someone could take me back in time and tell me the first things I needed were a sump and skimmer. I swear to God that skimmers really are the best filtration for a tank. I fought Cyano for a long time (in fact I am winning the battle right now!!!) and have found the most helpful item I was able to purchase in this fight was a skimmer. I love that stupid, expensive thing!

Are you on the winning end of the battle with cyano right now? If not, read this link, its written by me. http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=46295
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i am currently cycling my 90 right now. i started almost two weeks ago and everything is at zero. i will wait one more week (testing every night) before i put any fish in. then only one at a time every couple of weeks to a month. started with 65 lbs of live rock, 65 lbs of base, have a sump/fuge with chaetomrpha and calerpa and 15lbs live rock, protein skimmer in sump, 300w hydor heater in fuge.
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