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Unread 07/29/2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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Setting up a 120

Well I finally am setting up my 120g (4*2*2) reef tank. This is my first truly own tank. I got into the hobby just over a year ago with my roommates and we set up a 55g reef. We definitely had our share of grief and enjoyment out of that tank, learning quite a bit.

Anyways, here are a few shots:





Thanks to "meg" for the tank/stand/light and "bubbletip2" for the sump/pump.


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Unread 07/29/2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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What size powerheads do you reccomend for this size tank?
I have two Koralia 2's, but not sure if that would be good enough...


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Unread 07/29/2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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at least 2 K4's or even a vortech or tunzes


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Unread 07/29/2009, 04:56 PM   #4
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I run 4 K4's on the wavemaker on a 90 gal, but for my new 110 gal build I'm going with 2 Vortechs.

I think it depends on how you aquascape your tank and what kind of stuff you keep, but I strongly believe that the more flow you have the better it is for your tank.

Just an FYI... I will be selling my 4 k4s and the wavemaker soon when my new 110 is up....


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Unread 07/29/2009, 10:53 PM   #5
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+2 on the K4's I ran 2 3's in my 38 and will have 3 in my 65 once they are cleaned. Where you at in the SW burbs


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Unread 07/30/2009, 12:12 AM   #6
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Unread 07/31/2009, 05:04 PM   #7
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Well here are some pics of all the live rock I added as well as the completion of the plumbing and wiring...






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Unread 09/02/2009, 08:56 PM   #8
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Well it's been a crazy few weeks, but my tank is doing well:
This past week I installed a Vortech mp40w for much needed flow. This thing rocks!
I have added around 8-10 frags thanks to "mario4254" and "PI guy"
This week I added the following items:
-5 blue damsels (i know they may be devils but mine aren't too bad and their color is sick!)
-male and female green mandarin gobies (Hopefully they become a mated pair :-/)
-flame angel
-potters angel
-2 pepperint shrimp
-2 blue linckia star fish (may sell 1, $25, pm me if interested)

I am in the process of installing a 10g tank as a refugium for chaeto to harvest copepods.
I am also planning on setting up a phyo farm to aid in feeding said copepods.

Pictures to follow.


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Unread 09/02/2009, 10:35 PM   #9
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straight blue damsels??


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Unread 09/02/2009, 11:03 PM   #10
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Based on what people have said here, I'm not sure that the Flame Angel will be a great fit in a reef. If you are going the reef route, you're probably best trying to get rid of it now.

Did you build that sump yourself? If so, details please!


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Unread 09/03/2009, 07:35 AM   #11
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mandrin gobies need an established pod population to survive. i hope you got them from another reefer and not an lfs so hopefully they are eating.


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Unread 09/03/2009, 11:06 AM   #12
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Flames can be reef safe. I had one for about a year without any incident to corals until my roommate crashed the tank.... I'm hoping this one will have the same personality, otherwise he's gone. I have an established pod population from the live rock I purchased as well as the live rock I had in the 55. I am also working on setting up the fuge to make sure the population stays abundant. Yup, straight blues, no incident yet with them... I bought the sump from a fellow reefer, I'll get back to you on the brand.


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Unread 09/03/2009, 11:51 AM   #13
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why not put in 5 chromis instead?


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Unread 09/03/2009, 12:30 PM   #14
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Looks like a good start. What pump are you using for the sump?


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Unread 09/03/2009, 05:31 PM   #15
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Reeflo dart.

after I added the damsels, I realized that only the "chromis" school. However, the damsels appear to be staying sorta close together in my tank...


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Unread 09/03/2009, 05:32 PM   #16
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shoulda got the atlantic blue chromis but the are larger than their cousins and get to be 5" in length.


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Unread 09/03/2009, 06:00 PM   #17
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Where's the photos now that you've had it up and running for more than a month?


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Thin, saw in the other thread you broke a tank, was it the 10g?


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Unread 09/03/2009, 11:19 PM   #19
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I realized that only the "chromis" school.
In the wild yes, but not necessarily in captivity, unless you have a HUGE tank, and I don't consider this a huge tank.

Also, slow down on stocking, and spend more time researching. You are way over stocked for such a new tank. The mandarin is probably not going to make it unless it is eating frozen. As stated, it needs a mature tank. Five blue damsels is a whole lot of aggression IMO. As far as the shrimp, they often times do not survive new systems.


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Unread 09/04/2009, 12:02 AM   #20
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As stated earlier, my tank has an established amount of copepods. All the live rock / sand is established. So basically I went from an established 55 and moved to a 120 once I came back from school. So far all is well, all fish are eating, and the mandarins are hunting my copepods. Working on getting them to take frozen... but I doubt they'll run out of live food in there, especially if I can get my fuge to reproduce them as sort of a copepod sanctuary...


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Unread 09/04/2009, 12:04 AM   #21
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Yup, after all that, the 10g cracked, but it was because it got knocked when my buddy and I were installing it. But the drilling was sort of a hassle. I don't have room for anything bigger and don't want to spend the money for one of those CPR HOB's. Unfortunately I wont be able to get a refugium up and running until after this weekend.


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I have one for you I'm off 2maro, you come get it and its yours!


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As stated earlier, my tank has an established amount of copepods. All the live rock / sand is established. So basically I went from an established 55 and moved to a 120 once I came back from school. So far all is well, all fish are eating, and the mandarins are hunting my copepods. Working on getting them to take frozen... but I doubt they'll run out of live food in there, especially if I can get my fuge to reproduce them as sort of a copepod sanctuary...
Actually there is usually some die off, and a cycle when you move the contents from one tank to another. The results are not an instantly cycled, well established tank. Even if this was a mature tank, the stocking is much to fast.


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Wow I think someone needs a hug!!!! Just a downer in multiple threads!


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Unread 09/04/2009, 01:14 AM   #25
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wouldn't die off constitute an ammonia spike?
Also, how would you explain 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, zero nitrate with no bad algae, and a large boost in coralline algae along with copepods you can see even during the day?


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