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Old 01-22-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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Will finally set up a 90 gal Reef tank. Few questions.

I finally convinced my girlfriend to buy a bigger tank!!
But I got a few question since I'll change from 20g to 90g.

In my 20g tank I got enought liverocks (25 pounds) so I didn't use skimmer. Only a small AquaClear 150 filter with Carbon and sponge. It's been over 4 months now and my water is excellent.

So I'm wondering if I can do the same thing with a bigger tank. If I have enought LR (let say 110-120 pounds), is it possible to maintained good water parameters without to need of other kind of filter or skimmer?

Second question. I'll keep my 20g tank as a quarantine tank. As it will stay in my living room, can I keep what I actually have in it (LR, few corals, snails and crabs) or I should remove them?
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Old 01-22-2004, 12:59 PM   #2
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Im not sure if this is suggested or correct but I have a 45 gallon and have 100 lbs. LR & a canister filter ( i know they say not to use ) & a skimmer. My water levels are always good. I do change my canister every 3 weeks or so... I think a skimmer is always a good idea because it removes nurtrients which turn quickly into nitrates if your not careful.... It is really best to play by the book when you get a larger systems... Your adding so much more livestock the stakes skyrock...
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Old 01-22-2004, 01:33 PM   #3
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Personally i think it is always a good idea to have a skimmer, especially on a larger tank. If you saw what that crap looks like, i think you would want one too.

For the QT tank, it is best to take out all corals and inverts. If a fish gets sick and needs to be treated in a QT, the corals and inverts will die from the medication. if you want to have it set up and running all the time to look at, i would turn it into a fowlr tank with only 1 or 2 small fish, with water changes half new water, half from the larger tank. HTH
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You can find a good used skimmer for less than $100. I would get one. It will keep you from pulling your hair out down the road. BBreef answered teh question about the quarantine tank perfectly
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Old 01-23-2004, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your inputs.

We finally bought our new tank but it's a 75g instead of 90 ($100 bucks less expensive). I'll receive it in 2-3 weeks because I order a jetstream tank with 2 overflow.

Is there a site where I can have idea on how to build my own stand?
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Old 01-24-2004, 03:25 PM   #7
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About lightning. I found this item on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=46314

I'm wondering if it will be enought for a reef setup or I should have more lights.

Thanks again for all your help.
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