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Hi there! I am getting back into Reef Keeping (this will be my 4th reef - the other 3 I got rid of cause of my ex and the 3rd one was going really well.. I miss it). My new guy (now husband) is very excited about me having my Reef Tank back (unlike my ex who didnt care for it). Anyways, when I get my money in December (if not before then) I plan on getting a 120 gal tank. I love Acroporas! I plan on having corals as well as a Naso Blonde Tang, Yellow Tang, Copperbanded Butterflyfish, Maroon with White Stripes Clownfish, Black & White Clownfish, Blue Damselfish, Blue Velvet Damselfish, a Longnose Hawkfish, and maybe a few others (thats just what I have been researching so far).

Anyways, I need help as far as what do you think of the fish list for a 120 gal reef and what equipment do you think I should be investing in for the best clarity and health of my tank??

With this list of fish.. what would you recommend for a minimum tank size?

What is the ratio of light watt/gallon you would suggest and what is a minimum of water-turnover rate you would suggest?

My last tank was a 55 gal and I believe it had a 48" T-5 HO 216 Watt Odyssea Light (with 2x 12000K Daylights, 2x True Actinics, and 4 Dual LED Moonlights). I also had 1x 850 GPH Koralia 3 Hydor Powerhead, 1x (unknown) powerhead 320 gph, a 305 Fluval, and a (unknown) protein skimmer.

With all of that, my 55 gal tank seemed super clear in clarity to the point where my fish looked like they wee floating in thin air. I want my tank to be that clear again but I don't remember all of the recommended ratios for minmum needs.

Here is an old pic of my 55 about 1 month before I got rid of it (due to my ex).
 

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Welcome to TRT!!!!!!!!!!

3 things for great filtration,

-good flow
-good protein skimmer
-good porous live/dry rock (start out dry then it will become live)

you can't cut corners there as much as anything else, next thing I would suggest a quality light setup. other then that all you need is live stalk (and maybe a sump, I love em!), unless you want sand, reactor, or other things (ewww) :p

haha, great to have you here at TRT!

also check out this link its a long read, but can save you a lot of money later on, http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f6/reefkeeping-made-easy-what-was-not-explained-160389.html
 

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Maroon clowns can be aggressive as well as damsels will beat everything up... Usually. Anyways ya spend now save later get a nice skimmer lots of live rock and look into deep sandbeds.
 

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I am not completely sure of whether or not I want to use the canister filter again. In the picture, its actually empty of filters and it was just being used to add some gph to the water turnover rate. I figured it wouldn't hurt since it was just sitting around the house.
I do believe that I am starting to think of a minimum of 150 gallons for my new reef tank. Would the above fish list be ok in that and what kind of equipment should I be looking at for minimum requirements? I don't think I will do a sump (unless the tank I get has predrilled holes in it) because I don't want to deal with the hole cutting and pipe plumbing and I know that other people have done reef tanks without sumps.
 

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Ok, so far I think I have decided on a 150 gallon minimum (I just don't like the 18" depth idea - I saw a 120 that was approx: 48" x 24" x 25" - I like the more squared out depth to height vs. the narrowness of an 18").. I will probably have to get myself to somehow spend the extra on a 36" x 36" x 27" or look around for a custom sized 150 or bigger.

Anyways, back on topic, a 150 gallon glass minimum with these as a minimum equipment list:

3x Koralia 5 (1650 gph each)
CoraLife Protein Skimmer 220 (500 gph)
200 - 250 lbs. Live Rock
200 lbs. Live Sand
Aquarium Heater (big enough for a 150 gal)
Hood and Stand (I will probably build one myself for it with the help of my husband)


I am still stuck on:

What kind of Lighting System for a 150 gallon reef
and anything else I need.


Please give me your opinions and suggestions on all of this. Thanks!!
 
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