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Old 07/14/2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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teog's 120 AGA tank build

Hello all,
Well after being tankless for over 1 yr, I came across a less than 1 yr old 120g AGA tank. It was originally a natural oak color. I have stripped and re-stained it to match our living room furniture.

The tank dimensions are 24x24x48. The stand was made to stand 36'' tall. The canopy stands 10" tall.

Last week I ordered the nova extreme pro 48" t5 fixture from doc.foster and smith. I'm still currently looking for a sump, skimmer, and return pump.

This go around I plan on doing a mixed reef with lots of fish. Being that this is by no means for first tank, Im taking my time to get all the right pieces of equipment and livestock selection. Anyway here are some pics I took today.

Sorry about the cheesy photos on the wall. The wife already moved them..lol
















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Old 07/14/2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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Cool. I'm in the planning process for a 120 as well. Good luck!


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Old 07/14/2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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Looks like its going to be an awesome setup. I will definitely will be following this one. Its also nice to see some more reefers from Florida.


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Old 07/14/2009, 07:09 PM   #4
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Cool. I'm building a 125 and moving everything from my 35. I'm watching these build threads for information.


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Old 07/14/2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. So Im debating between the ATB 840 skimmer or the MSX 1s skimmer. They seem to be great skimmers and around the same price.


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Old 07/16/2009, 08:59 PM   #6
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Today I tried installing my 48" NEP fixture into my canopy. However the fixture was actually 49"s long. SO needless to say it didnt fit.

Thank god for hack saws and creativity. I removed the fans, and cut 1.5" off one end. I plan on wiring up the fans to the canopy when completed. Doesnt look to bad. And the best part the lights work again...lol

Here are some pics after I hacked and put the end caps back on.





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Old 07/16/2009, 09:13 PM   #7
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Good job looking good.
Definitely if you have the money go with atb, heard nothing but great things about them.


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Old 07/16/2009, 09:21 PM   #8
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Looks sweet i will be along for the build.


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Old 07/17/2009, 09:07 PM   #9
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Well today I picked up a mag 9.5 for a return. I also discovered my 38" Long sump will not fit underneath the cabinet. So its back to looking for a new sump. Ill post more pics as I make progress.


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Old 07/17/2009, 09:42 PM   #10
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Teo looking sweet! Hey can I suggest the I-tech 100 or 200 if you are looking at the ATB skimmer...it's very similar but priced less. It is manufactured in Tampa by the team at FAOIS and running on TUNZE pumps I believe.


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Old 07/17/2009, 09:46 PM   #11
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Ty. I was looking at the itechs. They look nice. Im familiar with FAOIS, been there a couple of times. I think Im going to wait for the new super reef octopus with the bubble blaster pump. Looks very promising. Didnt you just pick up a used one Itech 400?


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Old 07/17/2009, 10:07 PM   #12
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Yes, but it was missing the Laguna 1500 pump and needlewheel. It came with the coralvue volute though. Anyway I couldn't find any company just selling the needlewheel and the same guy made me a great deal on his Matrix skimmer so I got that instead. I hooked it up this morning and now it already has pulled out some nasty stuff.



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Old 07/20/2009, 10:12 PM   #13
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Still dont have a sump. Still looking. I did pick up sand and some 130 lb of LR and base rock today. Tank is to cloudy to see anything from the sand. I also picked up two koralia 4's for water movement.

I also picked up tonight in the 4 sale section a ATB 840 skimmer. Can wait to get everything set up. Will post more pics soon.


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Old 07/20/2009, 11:16 PM   #14
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sweet!! can't wait to see more pics!! what are your options on the sump?


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Old 07/20/2009, 11:25 PM   #15
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Nice score on the ATB! Can't wait to see some pics when it clears up.


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Old 07/22/2009, 09:56 AM   #16
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As I mentioned before the sump I bought measured 38x12.5x16 didnt fit. My doors openings are too narrow. So I decided to drain all the water and take out the rear center brace. I then ended up replacing it with a 2x4 and lots of screws. I plan on adding some braces for extra support.

The 2x4 is a lot more durable then the original center brace. No doubt in my mind will it hold.

Here are some pics installed. It turns out the drains are larger than the return lines I bought so its back to HD.






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Old 07/22/2009, 11:08 PM   #17
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looking good!! Ahh trips back to HD good times!!


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Old 07/23/2009, 02:11 AM   #18
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Nice!


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Old 07/23/2009, 01:18 PM   #19
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I finally got water moving..yeah! The re-staining came out ok for me. Now that everything is up and running I can see lots of mistakes on it. ohh real. Overall Im very happy with it.

Tank is cloudy from the sand. I ended up getting 120lb of caribsea aragonite from petsmart. Cheapest place I could find it, and we have a couple great online vendors locally.

Sand bed is about 2 inches all round. Just perfect for me. Im suppose to get my live rock from a fellow reefer next week. Is going to be big pieces of mainly tonga, and some fig. Very excited.

Ill keep everyone posted.







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Old 07/23/2009, 02:34 PM   #20
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Looking nice. I'd love to see that Tonga rock.


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Old 07/28/2009, 12:39 PM   #21
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Well I got some LR and the deal came with two tangs, a hippo and tomini. Hopefully they make it through the cycle. I didnt really want them yet but the guy i bought some rock from moved out of state the next day.

I also received the ABT skimmer in the mail today. Its just awesome. Hopefully I'll get some real nasty stuff soon out of it.

Next on the agenda is more LR. Im getting 100-125 lb of more this friday. So its going to be time to aquascape soon.

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Old 07/28/2009, 12:42 PM   #22
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nice looking tank my friend.


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Old 08/25/2009, 03:36 PM   #23
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Here are some updates after running the tank 1 month.

Im now running a total of 8x54 bulbs. I have two fixtures in the canopy. I have replaced 3 ballast out of the 48" NEP. I regret buying this fixture after the ballasts going out. Its the same ballast each time. Im not sure if the wiring or encaps are the cause.

I bought a couple of SPS, and LPS. Unfortunetly one LPS was almost destroyed due to a super glue accident. The gel come out like water, covering 90% of the micromussa.


Im due for my first water change. I currently have a a cyno break out, but thats normal for such a new tank.

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Nitrate 5
Phos .5
Alk10
cal 420
Amonia 0
Nitrite 0

I started running BRS HGFO and carbon today. So hopefully my phosphate goes to 0.






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Old 08/25/2009, 03:37 PM   #24
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Old 08/25/2009, 06:34 PM   #25
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Teo its looking great!


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