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Old 08-18-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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My New 90g Reef Tank

I just picked up a 90g reef tank on Sunday and I'm excited to learn all about this hobby. I am not new to saltwater tanks though; I've had various tanks over the past 10 years but never had any experience with reef tanks. I got this setup at a really good deal; one that I couldn't pass on. It's a 90g tank with about a 30-40g sump, skimmer, and powerheads. I added an AquaticLife T5-6 bulb light to it as well.
The rock work was already done by the previous owner but we had to disassemble 60% of it because it wouldn't fit in the buckets. So I spent the majority of last night zip tying and placing the rock where I thought it looked nice. I liked how he had a "bridge" effect with the rock.
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Very nice looking tank. Nice pick up.
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Very nice looking tank. Nice pick up.
Thanks mel, I drove about 2 hours to get it and let me tell you....the rid home was BRUTAL.....it smelt like low tide in my mini-van and we had the windows down the whole way home. In the majority of other states, this would be ok, but in FL, the humidity is about 99% and it was close to 100 on Sunday....so heat & humidity combined with an empty fish tank but stll had the sand in it made for an interesting ride home, especially trying to eat!

All in all though I am super happy I found this deal and hope to make the tank something spectacular! I will probably add fish in a week or so.
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I would move the rock as close to the back as you can. It will keep your fish in front and in the open and it will make the front pane easier to clean.

Looks great though! Nice pick up!
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Here's my parameters as of tonight:
Calcium: 360-380
Ammonia: 0.0 - 0.25
Phos: - 0
PH: 8.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20 (yikes!)
Alk: 2.0

So I know my nitrates aren't good, but I expected that with the move and all the garbage in the sand bed getting stirred up. But what about the Alkalinity? That seems low.....thoughts? Suggestions?
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i like those blue cloves...they grow like crazy and really make the rock look nice!
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I hate them for the same reason. They are worse then GSP. They choked out a couple zoa colonies in my last tank.
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I hate them for the same reason. They are worse then GSP. They choked out a couple zoa colonies in my last tank.
i didn't have the same experience. they didn't seem to effect anything that was taller than they were. i didn't keep zoas so i can't speak for those.
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