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Tim's 90 Gallon Reef Build

Hello,

I finally got around to purchasing the tank and stand today. I went with a 90 gallon reef ready tank and a metal stand. I plan to build a wood frame to slide around the stand and a canopy as well. The tank was special order so waiting to get it later next week.

I am still trying to decide what size sump I want and other equipment like skimmer and led lighting and so on. Any suggestions be great!

But first thing first after selecting the wall I wanted the tank to go on I had to move some light switches to another wall. Pictures attached. Just waiting for the spackle to dry sand it down and paint.
 

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WELCOME BACK! Looking forward to seeing the journey come together with the new 90. That is some real planning, and dedication deciding where you want something, and not let an existing obstacle stand in your way. All the best,
Hack
 

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WELCOME BACK! Looking forward to seeing the journey come together with the new 90. That is some real planning, and dedication deciding where you want something, and not let an existing obstacle stand in your way. All the best,
Hack
Thanks Hack! Yes I can be crazy like that sometimes by doing things extreme like moving the light switches. I love taking pictures so there will be alot of them on this journey. Next time i wont be using my phone and uploading since they came out little blurry after resize.:doh::doh:
 

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OMG it's the reefzombiepocolypse :)
How the heck are you??
Doug, I am doing well how about yourself? I have moved a couple times since my last tank almost 10 years ago. Crazy to think it has been that long!:arg:

But now I am in the Nashville, TN area and not planning on moving anytime soon so decided to start a tank again.

If anyone is in the Nashville area and know of some decent LFS please let me know.
 

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Oh, and a sociable Cus too....FANTASTIC! We're going to get along just fine around here..:beer:..PLUS you understand the value of pictures!
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Already made a change in the plans. I returned that metal stand after doing some measurement. There was only going to be 22.5 in clearance for the sump and skimmer and most skimmers I been looking at are right at that height or slightly taller.

Now I am going to do a nice custom built wood stand. Time to put more of my wood working skills to good use again.

When I get started on it there will be lots of pictures to come.
 

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Seems like the manufacturers could make them tall enough for sumps and skimmers.
I have the same problem with my stand, not enough room to swing a cat so to speak.
 

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Skimmers-
I am looking at couple different skimmers. Didn't know which would be the best for the value. I am doing a moderately stocked tank with lots of LPS and some SPS corals.

Reef Octopus 150INT
ASM G3
Bubble Magus Curve 7

Lighting-
The tank is 4 ft long 2 ft deep. I am wanting to do LED lighting. So many choices there. Any recommendations?
 

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Morning Tim! No skimmer expert by a long shot, only voice from my own experience. I'd recommend our Bubble Magus Curve 7 to anyone. A quality piece of equipment. Been running ours for going on 4 years.
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Skimmers-
I am looking at couple different skimmers. Didn't know which would be the best for the value. I am doing a moderately stocked tank with lots of LPS and some SPS corals.

Reef Octopus 150INT
ASM G3
Bubble Magus Curve 7

Lighting-
The tank is 4 ft long 2 ft deep. I am wanting to do LED lighting. So many choices there. Any recommendations?
The Octopus is the best of that group.

Bubble Magus's pump is weaker. Only puls 540lph of air compared to 720lph of the Octopus. So the Octo give you about 33% more bubble power (filter media) and only uses 2 more watts.

I have not heard someone reference as ASM is a very long while. The G3 uses the Sedra 5000.... RUN! That is by far the worst pump combo possible. Edit, it will pull about 660-700lph.... use up to 40w and break.
 

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you should be able to keep it under that price point. if you try and go with lots and lots of channels than it could start getting over that.

you can always give a simple kit a try. this is what my frag tank was for. testing things before going with them on the big tank. you can get a 24LED non dimming light kit for about $90. this was plenty of light for keeping clams in my frag tank. inexpensive enough to give a try and learn what is involved with LED's.

G~
 
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