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Old 10-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #11
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Have you ever thought about going with retro fits. It`s cheaper and easier.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:46 PM   #12
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Welcome I second the advice of not going cheap on the skimmer or lighting at first becuase you will regret it later. I went with a CF light fixture and I look at the MH or T5 fixtures often and dream up how I can come up with a way to spend the cash on replacing my fixture.
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I had the same tank once and was able to fit a 20g tall sump under the stand.
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I would love to do my own sump but do not even think I could begin to make my own without actually ever seeing one up close. I really do not understand how the dividers work.
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This guy has all the answers to your sump/fuge questions. Including how the dividers (baffles he calls them) work and what they do. He shows how you can make your own sump out of a tank (easier) or even a custom one of acrylic if you wanna get fancy. Great site to bookmark. has tons of other good info for someone starting up a tank.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:22 PM   #16
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Hi and welcome to AA.

This is a very very good forum for advice.

I have those exact same lights for my tank (75g).
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:07 PM   #17
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Okey then I will go with the

Octopus NW-150 Skimmer and the 48 inch Current USA 6x54W Nova Extreme Pro T5HO

and will decide on the sump to make or not.

Also what powerheads and how many will I need I was going to get atleast 2 I know
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:56 PM   #18
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I've had good luck with my 2 hydor koralia 3's.....they move the water well without shooting things around too much.

Oh! and I forgot to mention that if you're getting a cabinet that has the rounded front (like the tank)....and you decide to use a 20 gallon tank as a sump.....get the 20 gallon tank in the cabinet BEFORE you put your tank on the stand. I changed out my sump (thanks again Fijiwigi woot!!) and had to empty 3/4 of the tank so I could move it to get the 20 gallon sump out....yuk! that was a chore.

And lastly, make sure the sump you use has enough room for the skimmer along with the other misc items you'll want to use in it.

Exciting....can't wait to see some pictures!
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okay the place I was trying to order from was out of Octopus NW 150 Skimmers and wants to sell me the 200 for 5% off. Will this be an overkill for my tank and stand?
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I'll go out on a limb here......I would go with the 200. I have the Octopus 150 on my 40 gallon reef tank and it works well. Down the road you'll appreciate having the 200. Make sure you get the measurements on the skimmer so you can verify that it will fit in your particular situation.

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