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Old 11-03-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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New 90 Gallon Reef Setup

I recently got back into Saltwater by setting up a JBJ 28g Nano, but that only reinvigorated my passion for the hobby so I'm about to purchase a 90G setup. I haven't actually purchased anything yet, so I'm open to suggestions.

Deep Blue Professional 90R with corner overflow
Deep Blue Professional Series 2 stand
Aqueoun Pro 250W Heater
2 Koralia Evolution 750 Powerheads
Eshopps RS-200 Reef Sump
Reef Octopus 6" Pinwheel (rated up to 150 G)
Danner Mag 9.5 return pump

My real dilemma is lighting. I want to keep LPS and SPS in a mixed reef. I am intrigued by LED lighting but cannot hang pendants from the ceiling. I was thinking about getting 2 Green Element Evo Quad Reef LED 48" Fixture from Aquatraders and call it a day.

Any other recommendations for lighting? My budget is approximately $600 and I am not limited to LEDs but prefer them.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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You might be able to modify the lid for an LED unit. Others have done it, I havent so maybe they will chime in.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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This tank doesn't come with a hood, at least I didn't see one at my LFS. I was just doing some research on the Maxspect Razor LED units and see I can get two of the 120W units and support the legs on the edge of the tank and on the center brace on the left and right. This would cost $800 or so but I'ld be willing to invest the money if these units are worth it.
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75 Gallon Seamless Bowfront Tank
Current USA Orbit 4x96 watt PC lighting w/ 3 moonlights
60 lbs. Premium Figi Live Rock
60 lbs aragonite sand
2 maxijet 1200 powerheads
Eheim 2026 Professional II Canister Filter
Aquac Remora Pro skimmer
300 watt heater
yellow tang, Large Blue Hippo Tang, Tomato clown, yellow watchman goby, royal gramma, 10 scarlet hermit crabs, 7 Mex. turbo snails,
2 peppermint shrimp, 10 nas. snails
large candy cane, supercolored zoos.

30 gal QT
2 penguin 200B HOT filters
150 watt heater
maxijet 600 ph
Bicolor Angel, Clown Tang
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:53 PM   #4
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First thing I ordered was my lights. I decided to get 2 Maxspect Razor 16k 120w units. I placed my order today since I got a great deal with a pre-thanksgiving coupon code for 14% off.

I was wondering if 2 Koralia 750gph would provide enough flow or if I should step up to 2 Koralia 1050s instead?

I was also debating the merits of upgrading my skimmer selection to a Reef Octopus XS160. Is it worth the extra money in a 90g reef over the 6" 150 skimmer?
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75 Gallon Seamless Bowfront Tank
Current USA Orbit 4x96 watt PC lighting w/ 3 moonlights
60 lbs. Premium Figi Live Rock
60 lbs aragonite sand
2 maxijet 1200 powerheads
Eheim 2026 Professional II Canister Filter
Aquac Remora Pro skimmer
300 watt heater
yellow tang, Large Blue Hippo Tang, Tomato clown, yellow watchman goby, royal gramma, 10 scarlet hermit crabs, 7 Mex. turbo snails,
2 peppermint shrimp, 10 nas. snails
large candy cane, supercolored zoos.

30 gal QT
2 penguin 200B HOT filters
150 watt heater
maxijet 600 ph
Bicolor Angel, Clown Tang
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
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Just wanted to update that I decided to go with a Deep Blue 120 gallon. Tank has been up a little over a month. Here arw some pictues:
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Current USA Orbit 4x96 watt PC lighting w/ 3 moonlights
60 lbs. Premium Figi Live Rock
60 lbs aragonite sand
2 maxijet 1200 powerheads
Eheim 2026 Professional II Canister Filter
Aquac Remora Pro skimmer
300 watt heater
yellow tang, Large Blue Hippo Tang, Tomato clown, yellow watchman goby, royal gramma, 10 scarlet hermit crabs, 7 Mex. turbo snails,
2 peppermint shrimp, 10 nas. snails
large candy cane, supercolored zoos.

30 gal QT
2 penguin 200B HOT filters
150 watt heater
maxijet 600 ph
Bicolor Angel, Clown Tang
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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If youre gonna keep sps, id go with the evo 1050's. i currently use 2 750's in a 40gal.
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In terms of powerheads, in my 55 reef I run 2 1050, 3 750, and 1 550 along with a marineland which is about a 1050 if i remember correctly. I keep my water moving.
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Yes, I ended up going with 2 Koralia 1050s. My return is a Mag 9.5 which goes to an Aqua UV 57 Watt sterilizer and then gets Teed off to my dual returns.

I may decide to upgrade one of my Koralias to an MP40 in the near future when I get corals.
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Current USA Orbit 4x96 watt PC lighting w/ 3 moonlights
60 lbs. Premium Figi Live Rock
60 lbs aragonite sand
2 maxijet 1200 powerheads
Eheim 2026 Professional II Canister Filter
Aquac Remora Pro skimmer
300 watt heater
yellow tang, Large Blue Hippo Tang, Tomato clown, yellow watchman goby, royal gramma, 10 scarlet hermit crabs, 7 Mex. turbo snails,
2 peppermint shrimp, 10 nas. snails
large candy cane, supercolored zoos.

30 gal QT
2 penguin 200B HOT filters
150 watt heater
maxijet 600 ph
Bicolor Angel, Clown Tang
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I'll be going the MP40 route as well at some point in the future once I uprade tanks. Worth the money from all I've read and then I can sync them with my radions.
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