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Old 07-19-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Talking Finally: Uprading to 120g Reef - Build Thread

Heya Guys, Long time no see
Was so busy with life, school, new puppy... but I'm back and I brought something GREAT with me!

My boyfriend finally let me get my 120g tank (and payed for it too )
It is work in the making, espacially because most of it is gonna be DIY, but I got the plans in my head - just need to put em to paper (or into the tank for that matter).

Its a 120g pre-drilled
I bought a 55g long tank to go underneath as the sump
Also got myself a RO/DI filtration system because water from the LFS is gonna be waaaay to expansive

Pictures will follow (got em on my phone)

It will be a long road because my boyfriend wants to contribute to it too, but doesnt want to spend ALL the money in one time.... as if I would have done that

Will need help with some questions that will pop up along the way, so I hope you guys can help me

IM SO EXCITED, and I bet my fishies cant wait either
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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Here it is still standing in the garage until we fit the house cleaned out an details figured out
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ok, summer semester is almost over and I'm starting to think about little details I'm gonna do once I got free time in between semesters

I always wanted a deep sand bed bc of it's benefits I read and heard about.
When I look and meassure the display tank, 5 inches is gonna be pretty high up there and prolly wont be too pretty.
So I was thinking, and PLEASE give me your input and ideas, I'm gonna have 3 inches in the display, and 5 inches in the sump...
So, in my pre-layout for the sump, after the first bubble trap, the wall for the incoming water is 7 inches high, with a 5 inch sand bed that would leave 2 inches for water to float over to the next bubble trap to the return section.... is that enough?
Can I put some life rock rubble in top for extra filtration?

how about a 4 inch sand bed in the sump? is that enough for a sufficient deep sand bed nitrate eater?!?!
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So, this is my sump design.
I re-over-thought my deep sand bed issue and decided to go with a 3.5-4 inch sand bed in the DT and life rock rubble in the sump. 5 inch bed in the refugium should add extra help
I still do not know what to do with the protein skimmer. We do not have one yet and so I'm not quiet sure how it will fit. I looked at dimensions in the stores but still... LOL
I may place it in the intake part, Which is 8 x 11 3/4 x 20 or into the life rock part and just add a sponge-thingy to the skimmer-pump....
OR I could take away 2" from the life rock area, add it to the intake, which would give the skimmer more space LOL

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Anybody? Nobody? Would really appreciate some input an advice :,(
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I wish I could help, I just bought a premade sump/refugium since I'm so new at them.

Do you have a section for the skimmer?
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I wish I could help, I just bought a premade sump/refugium since I'm so new at them.

Do you have a section for the skimmer?
Thx Carey
No, thats the problem. I'm not quiet sure how much space I would need. Wondering if I could just place it in the life rock rubble section with a sponge on the skimmer pump.
Doubt the intake part is gonna e pig enough for the filter sock, pipes AND a skimmer
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Got a fish stocking question!
Currently I have a tomato clown in my 30g tank and once they 120g is set up he will be re-homed into the bigger one. I know adding a new clown to an existing tank with clown is a bad idea, but could I use the rehoming as a good opportunity to add a arcing clown? What about adding a black and white clown to a tomato clown? Are they gonna get along at all?
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I have my double input and my skimmer jammed into my first compartment, not the best situation but it's do-able. lol

As far as adding a clown, I think you could, kinda depends on the clowns though. My regular oscellaris pair and my b&w pair didnt get along, but with just 2 clowns you probably stand a better chance. How big and how long have you have your tomato? Is he at all aggressive so far?
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I have my double input and my skimmer jammed into my first compartment, not the best situation but it's do-able. lol

As far as adding a clown, I think you could, kinda depends on the clowns though. My regular oscellaris pair and my b&w pair didnt get along, but with just 2 clowns you probably stand a better chance. How big and how long have you have your tomato? Is he at all aggressive so far?
Well... My boyfriend calls him "A**hole fish " (pardon my language but I'm just quoting LOL) because he is very protective of his fire-torch he is living in and fights over food... But it maybe bc it's just a 30g and space is limited?! So yes, he is aggressive

What are the dimensions of your first compartment? I planned on 8 x 11 3/4 but may make it 10 x 11 3/4 if that'll fit it.

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