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Old 11-08-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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Putting system together next week. Here's the list:

Tank- Glass, 48x24x24 (120), pre-drilled for 2 overflows, with overflows, black trim.

Stand- Pine. Part of package. I might make one later.

Refugium- forgot brand, but about 30 gallons. Could've made one but I'm already making too many things in my shop now.

Lights- Coralife Aqualight Pro (2x150 MH, 2x96 PC, 3 lunar)

Skimmer- Coralife Super Skimmer (220)

Pump- Supreme Classic Model 12

Top- Glass. No canopy.

Overflow kits- forgot what they were.

Circulators- 2 x HydroKoralia 4

I'll start with sculpted BR/LR on a bed of aragonite (sp?). Plan is to drill BR/LR and insert 316 stainless rod to shape rocks. I'd like to form canopy levels which double as shelters for low-light fish and as platforms for high-light corals. I'm hoping the stainless rod won't contribute to any metal leeching, but 316 is supposed to be pretty stable in saltwater. Not sure what to put in as far as salt, chems, bios to start with but I'm still searching on here for the next steps. I'll throw in a few dinner shrimp to get the nitrogen cycle started. We'll use the rest of the shrimp for my shrimp fettucini alfredo (it's really good). I'm also not sure about test kits, hygrometers, and such. Also need a heater and would like it in the refugium rather than the tank. Good heater advice would be appreciated too. I'm being patient about stocking, so I haven't even considered buying critters yet. I'll post pics when I get the first batch of goodies. Once it's all here, I'll be able to develop a shopping list for plumbing.

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Old 11-08-2008, 02:09 PM   #2
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Couple quick thoughts. 1) Why not use acrylic rods instead of stainless? 2) If you're going to use uncured live rock or certain types of base rock (Marco comes to mind) then you won't need the shrimp, you can just throw the extra on the BarB. You'll have more than enough ammonia sources. 3) You may want to consider eggcrate or open top, a glass top inhibits gas exchange. 4) With headloss, I'm not sure a Danner Mag-Drive Supreme 12 will get you there (if that's the model you were referencing and assuming you've got 2 1" overflows). 5) No chems unless you test for them and they prove to be low. 6) Skip the hygro and get the refracto.

Sounds sweet though. Can't wait for the progression pics. What the stocking plan?

O yea, welcome to the family !!
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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Stainless was so I could bend to shape. Glass top was for full cover because I'd really like to get a zebra moray in there. If need be, I could always add a vent, but I'm guessing the refugium would probably provide all gas exchange I could possibly need. I'm also wondering if the refugium could be used for critters that weren't compatible in the tank. Do they have enough open water volume to accomodate something like anemones, horses, or corals? Or would I be defeating the purpose in the first place?

As far as stocking, it's for my wife and she'll have to decide. I know what I like, but most of my choices aren't compatible with very much. I really like the morays, and from what I've read the zebra will only predate on crustaceans and other inverts. I also like anglers, scorpions, and lions. All of the above seem to be compatible with coral from what I've read, but I'd also like to add some color and some of the best ones, like clowns, wouldn't work with any of the above except maybe the zebra.

What is the best approach for water testing? Full kits for everything or what?

Thanks for the feedback.
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I skip the master kits and buy what I need when I need it and don't get tied down to one manufacturer. Lots of people banish things to the sump but what you have listed require specific lighting considerations and flow. Unless you are planning on putting some high end lighting in the sump it's probably not going to work and would be touch and go either way.,

Good luck on the zebra. All I would add is that when you read that the zebra needs a 125G or larger they are generally talking about a 'classic' 125 ie 6ft long. Your tank, although having a capacity if 120 has the general foot print of a 75. My 90 is the same way 48X. More water volume but less length to stretch out.
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Here is a good equipment list for you to check out.

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Old 11-09-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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Refractometer and 500W titanium heater ordered from DF&S.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:19 PM   #8
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I'm noticing some bad feedback regarding the Coralife Super Skimmer. Who makes a really good one?
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In sump or HOB, can't go wrong for price or performance. I'm sure others will chime in also
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Definitely Octopus. For basically the same price as a CSS, there is no comparison.
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