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If you could do a 120 gallon......

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If you could do a 120 gallon......

Postby Nec » Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:22 pm

If you could do a standard sized 48x24x24 120 gallon reef, what equipment would you use that would not only be effective, but not empty your life savings? The reason I am asking is that I might want to keep my current 55 gallon up and running and start the 120 from scratch. Of course, I would seed the new system with some current substrate and rock.


Pre-drilled or non pre drilled tank with overflow?

Lights?

Substrate?

Live Rock?

Sump?

Skimmer?

Powerheads?

Heaters?

Anything else?


All are welcome to answer, just reply and add your recommendations to the questions and preferably....links to the items to give me an idea of cost.
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Re: If you could do a 120 gallon......

Postby oscarcrazy » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:18 pm

I'd do drilled if you can. I use an hob on one of my 55's and have no problems, but I alsways have the loss of suction disaster in the back of mind, especially when I'm out of town for a couple of days. Also think this type of system is quieter and easier to hide. You can also put the tank closer to the wall without that box hanging on the back. I'd do as big a sump as possible, a homemade one done out of a 40 breeder size tank would be awesome, and run all other filters and skimmers and heaters out of the sump. Also have a refigium (sp) to keep, crap, whatever that bubbly looking saltwater plant stuff is. I use java moss in my sump. Sucks that nitrates right up and grows like crazy.
Just a thought.
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Re: If you could do a 120 gallon......

Postby Mick » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:33 am

I would always reccomend drilled, with a tank that size surely you would have to go down the suspended halide unit for lighting as I don't reckon T5's would be strong enough. Start a frag tank up to cover the running costs. :thu:
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