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Old 03-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #21
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Ok so just to entertain the idea, what would be needed for a 90 gallon reef? I'm curios if it would be cheaper to do a big reef in my dt.

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Old 03-19-2012, 03:49 PM   #22
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Do you have a sump and skimmer and stuff for the 90g?
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:55 PM   #23
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skimmer, spare tank for a sump, plumbing, LIGHTS(biggest expense), 100-120lbs rock, 90lbs of sand, bucket or 2 of salt mix, powerheads, & I can't think of anything else right now..
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Ok I have a 20 gallon sump that I run right now. I have the protein skimmer. I have koralia hydor 2 600 pumps in my 90 now. I have alot of lr and ls, not sure how much though. My lighting now is 4 48" t5ho 6500k bulbs ( retro fit kit wo reflectors) and a 4 bulb 36" in between. I would probably add one or two more of the 48" kits and put reflectors on all bulbs. That would give me a 6 bulb setup. Sufficient??
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Sorry a 6 or an 8 bulb setup.
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Or would two four bulb t5 ho fixtures be better?
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So after much debate with my wife, she would rather only one tank. so I will either forgo saltwater for now or build my 90 gallon to saltwater. Any wisdom on this situation?
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:46 AM   #28
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go big or not at all

the 90 will be forgiving in terms of maintenance slacking, have a wider range of fish/inverts, & is one of the "ideal tanks" voted by a lot of the SW people on here as the best starter since it's roughly the same footprint as a 55 & 75 just deeper & taller. I personally will be setting up a 90 here in a few months once I move. so I'm a little biased
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You, my friend, have talked me right into it. Lol. I guess my only concern is lighting. Would two 4 bulb t5ho fixtures be better then an 8 bulb retro kit with reflectors. I found the 4 fixtures by wave point on Craig's list for 150 each, but I also found reflectors for 10 each.
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I'll have to refer to somebody who knows T5s better since I have never dealt with them. but my assumption is that 8 t5hos is good enough for this tank either way. I mean reflectors will def help add more light.
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Yep, those 8 t5's will be fine.
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Yep I started another thread. I should just always ask you. Lol.
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Get a 15g tank ang a viper clamp on MH.
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