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Old 03-12-2013, 03:31 AM   #41
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24 inch lights on a 90 gallon? I feel like I'm missing something
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:34 AM   #42
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Yeah the biggest one i have is a 75 but that has my Oscar and dempseys in it and id be so sad letting them go. That would probably be the easiest and cheapest way for me to go cause then all i need is the lights and skimmer. But yeah ill probably go with the 55 then. But them I'm just starring from scratch. All the more fun
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:58 AM   #43
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You cant by regular flourescents and use those bulbs. Simply wont work. A 36 inch t5 isnt really 36 inches at all, its really about 34 1/2 inches. And they are ho. These bulbs need to be driven really hard with strong ballasts. A 36 inch regular flourescent is less powerful, has different shaped ends, and just simply wont work at all if your going with a 40 breeder or bigger, honestly 200 is low to spend on lights. And for the tank, i wouldnt use anything smaller then a 75 if i had to start over and get new tanks
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:36 AM   #44
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Okay and what's your reason for not wanting anything smaller than a 75? I'm sorry i just really want to make the right choice before i start
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:43 AM   #45
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Well a 75 gallon is going to be a very stable size for swings in params. I have a 40 gallon breeder right now with no sump... And boy do i hate doing all my work within my display tank, and anything under a 75 limits your reef capable fish opportunities, a yellow tang can go in a 75 much before a 40 same with a foxface. Evapouration causes salinity swings, the bigger the tank the easier it is gonna be for you. But also keep in mind a 55 with a 30 gallon sump gives you just as much water volume. If you want a reef, kerp in mind the shape of the tank for an efficient aquascape. I have a 90 gallon tank i could try a reef in. But i just simply wont as the dimensions wont support the proper flow needed without the addition of about 6 powerheads.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:28 AM   #46
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**** I'm glad you jumped in what would be the right shape between a 40 breeder a 55 or a Seventy five also would i be able to do a fuge in a biowheel sump? Like this


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Old 03-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #47
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If thats a wet dry sump its gonna need a lot of cleaning, and a good footprint is 18" deep, when i say deep i mean distance from front pane of glass to back pane of glass. If its a 75 or 90 gallon. Anything under that can be 12-14 inches as long as its not slender and narrow. Thats a well built sump.. But my guess is its old.. Wet dry works really well in freshwater. I know for a fact, it can work in saltwater just requires more cleaning. You could make a refugium by closing off your return pump i the bottom section of the sump,
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And its a biowheel filter? Ditch the whole biowheel please, those are freshwater tools.
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Its a perfectly good sump though i think ill just keep that and make a whole new one
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Could i use the forty breeder as a sump
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