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Old 04-01-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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New 90g reef ready tank

Hello every1, I had to start a new thread as I forgot my login password and haven't got a pc handy to get my password back.

I've decided to move over to saltwater now, I've just bought myself a 90g reef ready tank with sump, I think the sump has been made ready for a refugium but not 100% sure till I get the tank at the end of the week.

I'm gonna be doing my Own research on the way as I'm a complete newbie to saltwater so any input at all will be like gold to me lol.

I have bought my skimmer already which is suitable upto 125gal tanks, will this be sufficient?

So far my stock list is clown fish and a blenny, clown fish is for my gf and sons enjoyment, the blenny is for mine lol.

Gonna need a lot of help, advice and suggestions with this build so all input is welcome.

I think to start with I'm gonna go fowlr but will want to move over to a reef when I'm comfortable.

At the moment I still need to pick up a few things like:~
Lighting- I was thinking if I get lighting good enough to support corals now it will save me
Time and money later on down the line, any suggestions?
Gonna get majority of my rock as base rock and a little bit of live rock to seed the base rock.
Pick up a saltwater testing kit and hydrometer or is the refractometer better? (think that's what it's called lol)
Pick up a rodi unit
Buckets of salt
Powerheads, I've read they should turnover 4x the amount of your tank, is that right?
Hopefully gonna pick all of this up on Thursday.

That's all I can think of at the moment if I've missed anything please let me know.
Sorry for the Lllooooonnnnngggggg thread. And thanks for any input.
Here's the tank.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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So decided I'm gonna do a refugium in my sump, I've seen quite a few sumps with refugiums and I like it, plus the manager at my Lfs has my exact tank but a later model with a refugium so gonna see of I can set it up like his.

Also this might be a silly question but can I still have a cuc in a fowlr tank?
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Depending on the size of your sump, I would say that the skimmer that you are getting is JUST going to cut it. Usually people on this forum suggest a skimmer rated for up to twice the size of the aquarium and sump. I have a 75 with 40 sump and my skimmer rated for 125 seems to be doing ok. I only have one fish and no corals at the moment though, so we will see.
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Depending on the size of your sump, I would say that the skimmer that you are getting is JUST going to cut it. Usually people on this forum suggest a skimmer rated for up to twice the size of the aquarium and sump. I have a 75 with 40 sump and my skimmer rated for 125 seems to be doing ok. I only have one fish and no corals at the moment though, so we will see.
I think the sump is about 10-15 gal will know for sure on Thursday, do u think that's to small?

I was thinking it was and was thinking about getting a 20 maybe 30gal for the sump as long as it fits in my stand, the manager at my Lfs has the same tank and he runs the same skimmer on his and his tank looks perfect but still, I'm a bit wary of info given from people that work at any fish shop lol

Not sure if I like the JUST part lol I want one that will be sufficient and do a good job I might have to see how much difference in price a bigger one will be.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Hey, just been drawing a design for my sump, im still trying to get my head round all this so if I'm way off don't laugh to hard at me lol.

I've decided to go for a refugium, I've seen only good things about them so I'm all for it, not sure what to use as substrate tho? Sand or mud? I'm gonna put macro algae in there is there anything else I should have in there?

Also when I looked at my tank it had two drilled holes in the same corner so does that mean my return line will have to go back across the sump?

Heres the pic, please be gentle with me lol
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:52 PM   #6
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Looks like mine. Check out the build in my signature.
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Looks like mine. Check out the build in my signature.
Haha cool, I did see one sorta like mine in another thread, it could of been yours now that I think about it lol. How's it working for you?
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working great! Just added my first fish this weekend. A Kole yellow eye tang!
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working great! Just added my first fish this weekend. A Kole yellow eye tang!
Gd to hear, that's the sump sorted then that was racking my brain so much trying to figure out how it all kinda works. Argh man I'm jealous, I was looking at them myself very cool fish, im either gonna get one of them or bristletooth tomali tang, my gf wasn't too keen on the tomali tho. Are you gonna be keeping corals 2?
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Well first off you are taking the proper steps for your first saltwater aquarium by asking questions. And the best advice is never go short on your equipment because it will always haunt you. Get the best skimmer you can even if it delays the tank by a couple months. Lighting as well because you will only hurt yourself making the same purchases two or three times. I highly recommend a sump setup and your drawing looks fine but a filter sock will become a constant investment. Plenty of livestock and a deep sand bed will suit your needs just fine. I unfortunately spent many years chasing my tail with reef tanks and finally put money into good equipment and proper sump size and I couldn't be happier
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