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Old 11-16-2004, 01:07 PM   #1
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Is this setup OK to do a reef tank?

My 75 gal SW tank is in 1st week of cycle process. I set it up with the follwing equipments: Fluval 404 canister, 2 PH, AquaC Remora skimmer,Turbo Twist 3X UV sterilizer, 50lbs BR, 30lbs LR. CC(switching to play sand this weekend) I am getting Coral LIfe PC lights soon.

I know this set up is ok for FOWLR,but i want to do a reef tank down the road,and since my75 gal tank is still in its early stage...So, should i just take it down completely and start over with an internal Overflow 90 gal tank with sump?
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your current setup would work fine, up to you if you wanna tear it down
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Old 11-16-2004, 01:56 PM   #3
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I love the sumps and drilled tanks, but what you have will work fine and depending on the watts of the PC you could do some soft corals with what you have now.
If you got the money go bigger, once you get hooked in this hobby you will be kicking youself in the *** that you didn't.
Then Again the 75 sounds like a nice setup. All depends on what your looking to do down the road.
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:23 PM   #4
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I have almost the same exact set up in my Reef tank

You can have just about anything in the Tank you want.
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Lighting: 48'' Coralife HQI aqualight pro | 2 150 watt MH | 2 96 watt true actinic fluorescents | 3 1 watt blue-moon-glow LEDs

Fish&Inverts: 3-BlueGreen Chromis | Shrimp Goby | Purple Firefish | 6 Line-Wrasse | LawnMower Blenny | Royal Gramma | Coral Beauty | Maxima Clam | 16 Assort. -Snails | LR Hitchers: Crabs, Urchins, Brittle Stars, Feather Dusters, and more

Corals: Assorted Mushrooms | Green Button Polyps | Toadstool Leather | Pulsing Xenia | Clove Polyps | Star Polyps | FrogSpawn | Branching Hammer | Candy Cane | Zoos | Ricordea | Open Brain | Bubble |
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:51 PM   #5
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Did you remove any filter media in the Fluval 404 ? I setup mine with all the media that came with it.
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Old 11-16-2004, 06:14 PM   #6
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80 lbs of rock is about the minimum lr needed to rely on it alone for bio filtration. If you plan on stocking lightly, then you should be fine. If you would like more fish in the tank, then more rock would help. If you have the patience, get some more base rock; much cheaper.
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Old 11-16-2004, 06:18 PM   #7
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BTW, your setup is fine. Get your feet wet with a fowler and let the tank slowly progress as your experience grows. It will probably end up looking better than an insta-reef
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:08 PM   #8
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Did you remove any filter media in the Fluval 404 ? I setup mine with all the media that came with it.
yeah I used what came with the Filter.

I have since changed the carbon to Chemi-Pure brand
you can do without the Pre-Filter Media.

it is important to change the filter monthly.
stick with that and you'll be fine.

I would add some more LR and a an extra PH or two.
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Lighting: 48'' Coralife HQI aqualight pro | 2 150 watt MH | 2 96 watt true actinic fluorescents | 3 1 watt blue-moon-glow LEDs

Fish&Inverts: 3-BlueGreen Chromis | Shrimp Goby | Purple Firefish | 6 Line-Wrasse | LawnMower Blenny | Royal Gramma | Coral Beauty | Maxima Clam | 16 Assort. -Snails | LR Hitchers: Crabs, Urchins, Brittle Stars, Feather Dusters, and more

Corals: Assorted Mushrooms | Green Button Polyps | Toadstool Leather | Pulsing Xenia | Clove Polyps | Star Polyps | FrogSpawn | Branching Hammer | Candy Cane | Zoos | Ricordea | Open Brain | Bubble |
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