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120 Gallon Plexi-Glass Tank Build.

Discussion in 'Marine Reef Keeping' started by felixpaws, Apr 4, 2011.

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    So, I bought a 120 acrylic tank:dance:, and I'm going to try to chronicle my adventures. It's a 4'/2'/2' tank, with single overflow, in the center of the tank, and a wet dry, converted to a sump. It has(I think?) 145lbs. of live rock, and about an inch/inch, and a half of 1 to 2 mm aragonite sand, a G skimmer,and a 4 bulb Compact light fixture, 2 hydor rotating deflectors, and a Visi-therm heater. It, also came with an old T8 light fixture housing retro fitted with 4 Stunner led strips. He gave me all kinds of stuff with it(algae scrapers, nets, powerheads, water pumps, additives, medications, pipe brushes, arm length aquarium gloves, a gravel vacuum, a scratch removal kit, a couple of books, and a bunch of other assorted aquarium supplies.) It came with a stand, but I can't use it, because it's so tall, it doesn't fit in my room in the basement. I plan to have a stand built or modify the stand to fit my room. I plan to add pictures, tomorrow. The live rock is sitting in a barrel, and trash can, with heaters, and powerheads to keep it alive. I vacuumed the sand before removing it. Man, it was filthy:(. Cyanobacteria covered everything, and there was algae covering parts of the glass. We emptied the tank, and took out the sand, and live rock, yesterday, moved the tank, and stand, today. The bulbs in the fixture were 2 years old. There were fish, coral, starfish, a pencil urchin, snails,a feather duster, and an anemone in the tank, so, I moved the coral, anemone, feather duster to my 75 reef, the pencil urchin to my 20H(couldn't get it off of the live rock), and traded in all the fish to my LFS. This was a early birthday present:woot:. My birthday is April 4th. The pump on the skimmer is broken. I'm trying to decide if I can add my little 10/12 gallon acrylic tank, as a refugium, attached to the sump. There is no space for chaeto. in the sump, now. This is awesome for me, since I was trying to convince my parents to allow me to convert my 75 cihlid tank to a reef, and he decided to let me do this, ha!:worthy: Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me!!! I'm trying to soak the skimmer pump in vinegar to release the frozen impeller, but I have little hope of it working. $90 or so for a new pump, sheesh. I plan on making it a mixed reef, with LPS, a few SPS, Softies, Zoas, mushrooms, and possibly the bubble tip anemone that came with it. I might trade in the anemone, don't know, yet. Sorry, for the long post, but I'm super excited! I was thinking an anthias, a dottyback of some kind, a flasher wrasse, a few gobies(citron, cleaner?, and maybe someone could suggest a few nice ones), a few others, but I don't remember most of the cool species. Suggestions? I plan to upgrade the lighting to T5HO, but at a later date. Suggestions? Any, and all welcome. I hope no one gets offended if I shoot them down, but I really do value your opinion. I plan on two phosban reactors, filled with GFO, and carbon. It, also, came with a top off float valve, which I plan to plumb to a bucket for top-off(I use well water, no RO/DI, but I plan to buy a DI unit, at some point, from petsolutions.com or use a di unit from bulkreefsupply.com, if you can use it, without an RO unit.) I never thought I'd get a tank of this size, and acrylic no less! Please, let me know what you think, thanks!:)
     
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    you struck gold! congrats on the tank.

    It seems like you pretty much covered your angles.. As always, take it slow, keep researching, and you should be fine!

    Looking forward to seeing pictures and progress updates!

    Oh and Happy Birthday!
     
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    IMG_7438.JPG IMG_7447.JPG IMG_7441.JPG Thanks, for the birthday wish! I think you may have more IMG_7440.JPG faith in my abilities than I do. Lol! Here are some pictures of the live rock in barrels, to keep it alive. The G-2 skimmer(minus the broken pump). Me IMG_7448.JPG , and the tank, before I took it own, to move it. The stunner led lights, and some assorted light fixtures, bulbs, etc. The cleaned tank, on it's back. IMG_7439.JPG The sump(not sure what size it is, but it barely holds the skimmer). The stand. My water mixing barrel, and styro. boxes left over from moving live rock. IMG_7436-cropped.JPG
     
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    The tank came with a colt coral, some kind of red coral, a feather duster worm, and an anemone(I believe a bubble tip). I'll try to post pictures of those, in my 75, when they feel better, and open up. I'm amazed they're alive at all, since the original owners light bulbs were two years old, and only compacts, over a 120. The anemone is all shriveled up, and really small. He said it shrank over time. Not surprised, at all. He was using odyssea bulbs, too. Another negative. I emptied my 75 cichlid tank of catfish, and cihlids, and traded them in at my LFS, Monday. Drained the 75, and cleaned it up, last night. Was up, until 4:30AM. Slept too late, today, then did a water change on my 75 reef, and 20H frag tank. Tried to call a neighbor who welds(brother of the guy I bought the tank from, by the way), but he never answered. Can't set the tank up, until I build a stand or restructure the stand I have. I hate waiting. Hoping the water change will allow the coral I transferred from the 75 to open, and thrive, instead of them being all closed up, and unhappy. Need to save up for the skimmer pump or buy a used one that will work for a 120 gallon. Need to go to bed. Starting to get loopy. Feed the fish, dose the additives, sleep for two days. Hauling sand, live rock, water, a mega-heavy stand, with steel angle iron frame, 120 tank, and all the other equipment has made me a bit exhausted. Lol, and I thought this would be easier than working on cars, until the wee hours of night! Oh, well. What do i know about cars, anyway? I'm lucky I have a truck that runs, sheesh.
     
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    IMG_7584.JPG IMG_7576.JPG IMG_7585.JPG IMG_7575.JPG IMG_7582.JPG IMG_7577.JPG Here's how the stand looks, after I removed the wood, and the bottom portion of the stand. Some of the welds broke, up top, due to poor welds, from the original owners of the tank. I have a couple of people in mind to re-do the welds, and to weld the bottom back together, with the new dimensions. I don't plan on putting the wood back on, but plan to put black, polyester curtains, around it, instead. It will help with air flow, around the sump, and if I need to, I can put a big box fan next to the sump, to cool it down. It gets pretty hot here, in the summer. I'm in a basement, so, it's not as bad as it could be, but it still gets warmer than it should in my room. I have two, 4 bulb compact fixtures, and the led stunner set-up, but the bulbs on one of the fixtures are too old, and one of the ballasts for the other is shot, so, I'll need to replace it. I plan to switch the old bulbs for new, and buy a ballast, at the beginning of next month(hopefully). I should get the stand built, next week, and be able to start filling it with freshwater, by the end of next week. I need to buy vinyl tubing, to re-do the return, and I need some more loc-line to do the return the way I want. Anyone have cheap loc-line they want to get rid of, in 3/4" size? I need 2 6 link segments, a 3 way splitter, and a couple of round nozzles(so, I can add a couple of hydor water deflectors to them). I borrowed a skimmer pump forma friend who bought a new pump for his skimmer. I'm a little worried it will be too powerful, though. It's for a G3, and I have a G2 ASM skimmer. The live rock is still in a barrel, with the sand, with three pumps, and a heater in it. Did a large water change on the barrel, on Wednesday. I plan to mix, almost, all new water, when I fill it. I'll fill it with freshwater, and check the plumbing, and stand for leaks, and if it'll hold, then turn it all on, and add salt. It'll be faster, than mixing in barrels, and easier. Grocery list:Salt, Loc-line, vinyl tubing, GFO, two hydor water deflectors, and possibly a red sea wavemaster pro(if I have enough for one, after I buy everything else). So far, so good. The waiting is driving me nuts! These are pictures of the cut stand, the sump, with skimmer, the wood around the angle iron stand, and drawers that were in it. I'll try to post updates, as they happen. I sold my 75 gallon for $80 to a friend, for they're albino corn snake. Was glad I could sell it so quickly. I can use the cash, for new parts, for the 120. I'm afraid to use the scratch remover, that the guy I bought it form gave me. I'd hate to make the scratches worse! I'll try to buff out a couple on the side glass, with it, and see how it goes.
     
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    Here are some more pictures of my progress. It's taking forever! I, finally, had someone re-weld the stand. The stand hangs over in the front some, and I'm a little concerned. The original IMG_7833.JPG owner had some wood on the front, that I removed, and now, it's just angle iron. I painted it, and now, I have to wait for two days, while it dries comple IMG_7858.JPG tely. I hooked up the protein skimmer, and put light grid under it, because it's a bigger pump, so, it raises the skimmer body some. I siliconed a ro/di IMG_7862.JPG attachment to a bucket, for the ato(it's just a bucket, attached to a float valve on the sump). There's also a picture of the tank on it's back with most IMG_7842.JPG of the equipment attached or in it. I'm worried my live rock is not so live anymore. Sigh! Oh, and I almost forgot! A couple of pictures of the frags IMG_7838.JPG I have, ready to go in the tank. That kenya tree is a frag from my 75, and is bigger than the frag that I got of it, which the girl at the store scraped o IMG_7860.JPG ff with her pinky nail. I've had the mother colony for around 5 months, maybe less. I have two compact 4 bulb light fixtures to put on the tank, but need IMG_7836.JPG to buy a ballast, and bulbs for the second fixture. I plan to use eye bolts to secure the stand to the wall, and maybe chains or a cable, just in case. IMG_7827.JPG I hope to set the tank up in three days. I'll hook up the plumbin, and fill it with freshwater, and do a leak test, then, if it's okay, I'll mix in the salt, and let it heat up, and mix, overnight, then I'll add the sand, and live rock. Sheesh! I didn't think it'd take a month to get this thing going. There's not a whole lot more to do, now. I may add a 10 gallon plexi-tank to the sump, as a refugium, but it may be a while. I'll post more as I go. Enjoy!
     
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    Sounds like you have done your homework and progress is looking good. Your hard work will pay off so keep it up! Also, that is a really nice tank size!
     
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    Thanks, greech. I put the stand in my room, today, and put the sump underneath. It's a tight fit, and I barely have room for the two heaters I'll need to keep it warm. I put two eyebolts in the wall, and attached wires to them, for stability. Put plastic around the wood shelf, underneath, and the top piece of wood that goes under the tank. I had to cut up two of the doors, from the stands previous incarnation, for the shelf. I hooked up the top-off bucket, and put a little water into it, to check for leaks, and none, so far. I may decide not to add the ten gallon 'fuge. If I want to add two chemical media canisters, I'll need the room the ten would have taken up. (maybe) I hope to set the tank on the stand, tomorrow. I'll hook up the plumbing, and add water, to test for leaks. I need to order a new heater, salt, and perhaps a couple of hydor rotating water deflectors(if I decide to go with two maxi-jet 1200's, instead of two koralia 750's or bigger koralia's). I'll let the tank cycle, for a month, and buy some snails, and fish a couple of weeks before it's done with it's cycle, to put in my 20H quarantine/frag tank. I'm trying to decide on fish, for the 120. I don't want to go with anything that's in my 75. I'd love a few anthias, a bicolor psuedochromis(or something similar), a kole yellow eye tang, a cool looking blenny, a goby of some type, no damsels or chromis, and some kind of shrimp. Maybe another cleaner shrimp or something different, if I can find something interesting. Any suggestions people? I have a 120, and I'm not sure how to fill it! Worst part is, I picked all the fish I thought were the coolest for my 75. Most of the common fish I like I have, and the uncommon fish don't come into my lfs that often, so, I'm not sure I could get them. I could special order them, but I don't know what I'd want. Hmmm. What size should i go with, if I get the koralias? I have two 750's in the 75, now, and they seem to work well. I'm getting close to having this thing set up. I'm hoping the tank isn't too front heavy. It could tip forward, I'm afraid. When I put the tank on the stand, I will shim the stand, using metal washers, to level it. It sits on carpet, with a concrete floor, so, it's fairly level, already, but it still needs some leveling. The nice thing about a four foot tank is it's a standard size, and lots of people have four foot light fixtures. I can put two or three light fixtures on it, and use compacts, and have plenty of light. I'll try to post more pictures, tomorrow. Thanks, for looking. Any advice or comments are appreciated.
     
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    Great filtration man! Glad to see you did your homework. I can't wait to see the finished product!
     
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    Thanks! If all goes well, I hope to have it all ready to add water, by tomorrow night. I'm a little worried that it will tip over or that the plumbing won't get set up right, that I'll crack a fitting or not be able to figure out how to prevent an overflow of the sump or the tank, that I'll spray water everywhere when I turn it all on, that the pumps will be too powerful for the skimmer, and return, that the amount of salt i have on hand won't be enough, that all the life in the live rock is dead, that the sand in the barrel with the live rock will have turned bad after the month it's been in there, that it will turn out to be a really noisy tank, and I won't get any sleep since it's in my bedroom, that the cheap odyssea compact fixture, and bulbs will fizzle out, that the heater I have at the moment won't heat the water enough, that the canister filter I'll have to use for the time being won't fit in the sump space, and be able to be used, that the powerheads, and pumps I have for circulation won't be nearly enough for the size tank, that I don't have enough live rock for my liking, that after I set it all up, it will come crashing down on me or my floor, that the slight bowing of the front glass will mean that the tank won't last for much longer, and when I fill it the bowing will be more pronounced than I hope, that the ballast I need for my other compact fixture will be unavailable when I go to order it, that I won't be able to find the fish I want, and that all these problems will not get resolved. Of course, it's a process, and so far, I've gotten all sorts of stuff done that I didn't think would get done. The sheer amount of little stuff, and the few big things seem like they'll never get done, and then, all of the sudden I'm working on the next problem. It's true what they say. Only bad things happen fast in a reef tank. I figure it will all work out, but until then...wurruh, wurrah. Tomorrow is another day.
     
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    Doing a Freshwater Test.

    IMG_7901.JPG IMG_7902.JPG IMG_7893.JPG IMG_7891.JPG IMG_7889.JPG IMG_7897.JPG I wrote all this stuff, and then internet explorer had to close it down, due to a problem, so, here I go, again.:swear: Anyway, I filled it with freshwater, hooked up the plumbing, and turned it all on, and had a small leak, at an elbow, but I replaced an old clamp, and no more. These are pictures of the wires holding the tank steady, the sump running, the tank half full, and then full. I had a picture of the bowing of the front glass, but it's really unclear, so, I left it out. How much is too much bowing? Also, I expected the return to have a higher flow, than it does, but I gues that's why people use powerheads, and closed loop systems, huh? I plan to let it run, overnight, then if there are no leaks, I'll add salt, then let it run for a couple of days, with powerheads, and water pupms in it, to mix the salt. Then, after a day or two, I'll empty some water into one of my barrels, transfer the rock to it, then empty the water from the barrel that had live rock, which has the sand in the bottom, and add it to the tank, then add the rock. Top off the tank, put the light on, add some curtains to the front, and sides of the tank, made of black polyester, and wait. Do water changes, normally, for a month, and then add snails, and see if they survive, then, add the fish from the quarantine, and go from there. Yea!:) I hope the tank isn't too bowed:lipssealedsmilie: I'd hate to have bought a lemon. I probably could have done the plumbing better, but it's my first sump, and that was the only way I could see to get it all to fit right. Any suggestions or comments? All feedback is appreciated, thanks!:tropicalfish::dive::goldfish::dive2:
     
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    So here are pictures of the tank with rock & sand in it. I would have posted them sooner, but it's been crazy at our house, because it just started getting warm, around here, and we had to get some work done on the house. The water level is slightly slanted to the left, and it drives me crazy. Is that much of a difference a big deal? I, now, am seeing every little spider line, and crasing in the seams, and I can't remember if any of them are old or new. I seem to remember the front being devoid of crasing, but now, I see a bunch of it. Is it unusual to see new crasing when you re-fill a tank, and can they hide or seem to be fine, but they appear under pressure? I see some crasing that's almost hidden, and am wondering if that's what happened. It drives me nuts, worrying! I ordered two 1200 maxi-jet pros, from petsolutions.com, along with some more reef crystals, a 300watt heater, and an acrylic algae scraper pad. I have one 300watt heater, but I want to go a little over what I have in my 75, as far as recommended wattage goes, because all winter the tank has been colder than I like. I went at the top of the recommended rate, at 600watts, by getting another 300watt heater. There's hardly any life left on the live rock. I'm way dissapointed! I had a big chunk of live rock in my frag tank, and it's good, but the other rock doesn't have much alive on it. At least, it doesn't show it, yet. I took some pictures of the crasing, and will keep an eye on it, but don't know what I could do to solve the problem, anyway. The tank is mine, now. The whole thing is going great, otherwise. I have solved all the problems I thought were impossible, and that stressed me out, completely at the time. I took a picture of the lights, so, you could see the leds in action. I'm not sure of the brand. I need to check on that. If I can add more leds to it, that would be ideal. It's pretty bright, though. Not enough to grow coral by, but IMG_7916.JPG in addition to the compacts, maybe I can keep some cool stuff. The skimmer is pulling out some stuff, but not a lot, yet. I was advised by a fellow reef IMG_7915.JPG er to adjust the water level it's sitting in, but I don't know which way to adjust. Higher or lower. I've never used a sump, before, and I didn't even kn IMG_7906.JPG ow to adjust the skimmers level down, you pull the overflow tube up, not down! Lol! You learn something new, everyday. I'll start to test for Alk., and IMG_7924.JPG Calcium, after the first couple of weeks. Thank goodness for you guys! If I hadn't read on here that I could dissolve crystalized alk. 2-part, I might ha IMG_7907.JPG ve thrown the stuff away! Thanks. I'm still torn on what to add to the tank, as far as fish goes. Any suggestions would be welcome. Enjoy the pictures! IMG_7905.JPG
     
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    :) IMG_8615.JPG IMG_8568.JPG IMG_8653.JPG IMG_8616.JPG IMG_8618.JPG IMG_8619.JPG IMG_8611.JPG IMG_8624.JPG IMG_8612.JPG IMG_8636.JPG IMG_8627.JPG IMG_8622.JPG So, here's an update on the 120 build. I bought some reefrock from Petsolutions.com(gotta love free shipping!), added two pink anthias, a canary blenny, two engineer gobies, 2 peppermint shrimp, a coral banded shrimp, and a bunch of snails(astrea, and cerith). I'm having a bout of cyano., and several other types of algae, but I ordered a dual media reactor from bulkreefsupply.com last night. They have a sitewide 10% off sale this weekend, I couldn't pass up.(I'm not an employee of any of the places I mention, I just love a deal) Have not been running any carbon or gfo, just water changes of a little over 15 gallons a week, with reefcrystals. I tested the water, last night, and got readings of 12dKh, and 450ppm calcium with an API test kit. I added two flasher wrasses to the tank, on Thursday night, and added all the coral from my frag tank, as well. I ordered a 4 bulb T5HO 48" light fixture, from aquatraders.com, last night, also. They, probably, won't ship my stuff, until Tuesday, with the holiday, and all. I vacuum the sand, with water changes, clean the glass, clean the skimmer cup, rinse out the filter floss, fill the top-off bucket, and that's about it. I want to switch out the sump, for a 30 breeder, and silicone it into a sump/refugium, but my LFS can't order one, and they're the only game in town. I added some pictures of my 75, for excitement. Changed the rock structure on it, and lost my 6 line wrasse. He just dissappeared. I moved rock around, to look for him, and he's just not there. It's been two weeks, so, I assume he's dead. My tank temp. on my 120 is 80F, at the moment, and if it gets any hotter I'll put frozen water bottles in there. Well, there it is. Enjoy the pictures. I'll try to post more, when I get the fish I want, and more coral in there. I plan to get a reef safe wrasse of some kind, a mandarin goby, two more anthias, a kole yellow eye tang, and a powder brown tang. I tried a royal gramma, but two died in quarantine, so, i figure it isn't meant to be. Oh, and a full tank shot of my 20H frag tank. All these tanks are run on well water(which is probably dirtier than tap water, with all the run-off of fertilizers around here), and topped off with well water. No RO/DI, but I plan to get the DI unit form petsolutions.com, because it doesn't create waste water, as a by-product. Enjoy!
     
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    So, got my light, form Aquatraders.com, and I should get my reactor on Monday. I bought an exsquisite wrasse, form Petco, and a fish at my lfs that wasn't labeled, but I think is a psuedochromis. It has a purple stripe starting at it's nose, and reacheing down it's back, with a background color of yellow. The wrasse I bought from them died, so, I did a 4 gallon water chenge on my frag/quarantine tank, and sucked out as much mulm as I could, in hopes that I won't kill my other two fish. I've been doing ten percent water changes, on my frag tank, and it seems that's not enough, since I lost an anthias, two royal grammas, and another fish, through quarantine, and had two fish come up with popeye. Bought two hairy green shrooms, and one dissappeared in my 120, and the other seems to be adjusting poorly, ugh! My other coral additions are faring well, with the new light, and have expanded more fully :) Fish are doing well, but I added two flasher wrasses, a week or two ago, and one dissappeared:( Will try to post pictures, when I add the wrasse, and if I get an more coral. So far, so good. Only a few drawbacks lol! Nobody said this hobby was always easy or problem free. Added a ton of ice to my top off bucket, and moved my fan, and lowered the temp. to 78F, in the morning, but it crept back up, during the day. Added more ice. It must work, since I added 4 more bulbs of T5 lighting, hmmm?
     
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    Added the reactor to the tank, but I'm still dealing with cyano. Added an exsquisite wrasse, and a purpleback psuedochromis. Switched my long tentacle toadstool over to the 120. It's opened up nicely. I'm getting a lot of new crazing on the seams, and the joints seem to be separating! I'm getting crazing in the actual walls of the tank, now. It's not horrible, but it seems to be getting worse. I can't get the tank perfectly level. I tried, when I set it up, but it rather quickly, settled uneven. How perfectly does it have to be leveled, to avoid it suddenly blowing to pieces, and killing me, and the fish, spreading disaster, and mayhem,(not to mention fire, and flooding the entire house) and causing me to have to be homeless, shaking a can for hooch, and stale fritos!!!??? Just kidding. I am worried, though. It is getting worse, but I'm not sure how to fix the problem. Any suggestions? To empty the tank, and re-level it would be extremely difficult, next to impossible at this point. I'll try to get pictures taken, but I'm on my dad's computer, so, it might be difficult. Other than the crazing, the tank is doing great, at this stage of it's developement. I need ideas on how to, either jack up the tank or something to put metal washers under it, to level it. I'm worried about jacking the stand up, because it's welded, and it could break the welds. Cruuuuddd!!! Other than that, it's an awesome tank. Urgh.
     
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    Another update.

    IMG_9187.JPG IMG_9188.JPG Here's the 120, and 75 gallon, from today. Battling cyano. in my 120, and have a little bit in my 75, from putting a piece of live rock from the 120 in there. I re-tuned my asm g2 to skim a little bit heavier, and did a water change, yesterday, cleaning up as much cyano. as possible. I bought a mandarin, who seems to be happy, and healthy. I bought some coral, from a local reefer, so, have some to look at. I change the GFO, and carbon, every two weeks, clean the filter floss, vacuum the sand, and clean out the skimmer weekly, with my water changes, which are, about 15% I'd say. I, still plan to get a DI unit, but I have to wait, until I pay off the tank. I want to switch over to led's, but don't know whether I should try to build my own or buy a unit. Any advice? Costs? I want to build a new acrylic sump, also. This one is too small, and crowded. I thought about using a bio-pellet reactor, but I don't have space in my sump, for another powerhead, and I'd have to use two, since it's a 120, and the one I'm looking at is only good for a 75 gallon. Questions are welcomed! Enjoy!:)
     
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    Good job, they look good.

    My advice would be to buy the RO/DI unit before you bye LEDs. Save you time and money on maintaining the tank and the tank will be healthier.

    Don't use biopellets unless you think your skimmer is up to it. No expert on them but I have read that several times.
     
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    looks good
     
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    Thanks! I might not be getting the DI unit, at all. It's only a DI unit, not RO/DI. The thing is, a friend is getting into the retail side of the hobby, and soon he plans to sell RO/DI water, so, I can just get the good stuff from him. Yeah, my skimmer is only so so. It's an ASM G2, and works okay, but not great. I think I'll pass on the bio-pellets. At least, for now. I don't know if my tank has finished all it's bubbling in the seams, but I'm preparing for the worst. I've checked around on prices, for a replacement tank(and possibly an upgrade, in size:)), and have created a plan of action, should the tank start to leak. Except for the livestock, the switch over should be pretty easy. Live rock into a tub, coral moved into my 75, and 20H, and most of the fish into the 75, except the mandarin, and bi-color psuedochromis traded into my lfs. Tank emptied, then moved, the new tank put in place, and set up. Mix some saltwater in the tank itself(after I check for leaks), then move the sand, and live rock to the new tank. Hopefully, it won't need to cycle, since it would be a quick move, but I'd wait a little, to make sure. I'm waiting on the leds, until I pay off this tank, and for Christmas to see if anyone has any big sales or if people are going to sell they're units to pay for Christmas presents. The Marineland reef ready's have already come down, significantly, in price, since they came out, this year. I'm hoping the price comes down some on led's in general. Can't decide if I want to try to build my own unit. It's supposed to be cheaper, but I don't know what all I'd need to get the job done, and all that. :help: Any advice, andyone? :confused:
     
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    With LEDs as of today.. the longer you sit and ponder switching, the cheaper it will be. Prices took a big drop in the beginning of the year but leveled off.. but now there are a TON of new LED lights coming out (MACNA is going on this weekend), some at a reasonable price, which to me says the DIY crowd is about to see another price drop in the next few months. For a standard 75G, 36 3w LEDs will be good for 95% of corals out there.. if you want to make sure you have enough light for 100% of corals (mainly Acropora Tortuosa) then 48 LEDs would be the answer and give you more control over the look of the light via being able to dim independent channels.

    Check out [B][U]www.reefbuilders.com[/U][/B] and look at the first 5 pages and see how many different LED lights just came out this weekend. ;)
     

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