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Old 08-25-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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My 90g Reef Adventure....

I got a new 90g a couple of weeks ago and posted some threads about fish, sumps, etc. but I wanted to start a new thread and have it all contained in here. So, with that in mind, here's some pics of when I first set it up:





I just spent 3 hours rearranging the rock a little so when I get home tonight, I will take some updated photos.

The tank has about a 20-30g sump with a protein skimmer in it and bio balls. I'd love to build my own some day out of a 40-55g to have more room for a uv filter, refugium and whatever else I need. The sump resides in the closet, which the tank is on the other side of the wall. I put 2 pieces of PVC pipe through the wall for the drain and return. It works great and I can barely hear the tank running when I view it from my couch (about 4ft away). I'm having some humidity issues with the closet right now, so I'm open for ideas on how to resolve this.

I will also takes some recent pics of my corals as they've adjusted to the tank now and some have bloomed really nice, while other's I'm affraid aren't going to make it (one of my bird's nest).
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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If you end up losing the birdsnest, find an established reefer near you who has some. 75% of the time they will just break off a chunk for you for free, the stuff grows like mad in established tanks.

Excited to see the new scape!
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If you end up losing the birdsnest, find an established reefer near you who has some. 75% of the time they will just break off a chunk for you for free, the stuff grows like mad in established tanks.

Excited to see the new scape!
Thanks for the tip! I didn't change much but I moved the rock out of the center and pushed the whole thing back against the glass (as recommended by many). So now each "side" of the fixture appears to have a large rock formation....it looks a lot better.

Here's a fish list of what I was thinking of getting....not necessarily all of these, but just a variety of the fish I like. Comments/suggestions always welcome:

Clown Goby, Citrinis

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Clown Goby, Green


Royal Gramma Basslet


Spotted Cardinalfish


Firefish - 2 or more


Purple Dottyback


Green Mandarin


Six Line Wrasse


2 clowns (could I do 2 pairs of 2?) - open to all variations of these....true, maroon, etc.
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I would stick with one pair of clowns. The rest of the fish are all pretty common additions. The only one that sticks out is the green/blue/red mandarin, I would steer far clear for now unless you find one eating frozen.

The dottyback and the basslet will probably not get along as well.
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I would stick with one pair of clowns. The rest of the fish are all pretty common additions. The only one that sticks out is the green/blue/red mandarin, I would steer far clear for now unless you find one eating frozen.

The dottyback and the basslet will probably not get along as well.

Yeah, I was thinking of adding the mandarin later, once I get my sump setup with a refugium and macro algae to grow copepods.

What size sump would be suitable for my tank? I was thinking of another 55g only because there's lots of room in them but I'm open to suggestions.
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get a sump as big as you can,the bigger the better this will give you more water volume which is more forgiving if you get any water parameter problems.
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Here's some udpated pics of my LR. Not a whole lot changed, but I moved the pieces out of the middle and pushed the whole fixture as far back as I could.









Here's some close ups of the corals. Sorry for the blurriness on some pics, I was in a rush when I took these.

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13.) Any idea's as to what this is and where it should be placed in the tank (high, med, low...high lighting, low lighting, etc.)


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20.) My new sun coral!


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22.) Sponge in the BG.


23.) Is this hair algae growing on this rock? It sure looks that way to me......
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