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Unread 03/29/2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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90G rimless build

I recently picked up a 90G rimless tank. This thread will document my progress.

My previous tank... a 58G



Here is a shot of the tank and stand after transferring the livestock over.



Stand with front door off



A shot of the sump (40 Breeder)




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Unread 03/29/2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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awesome tank, you old one was very nice too.


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Unread 03/29/2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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Water still a little clouds, but I finished the last bit aquascaping... for now....

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Unread 03/29/2011, 10:00 PM   #4
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Looks great! I can't wait to see it after a couple of months of grow out.


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Unread 03/29/2011, 10:01 PM   #5
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You and me both.


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Unread 03/29/2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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Looking good! Every time I see a nice rimless I regret not going that route.


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Unread 03/29/2011, 10:04 PM   #7
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My first observation is that tank looks very heavy! Second is the sump design is flawless . . .


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Unread 03/29/2011, 10:24 PM   #8
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let me guess who designed the sump.....
glad to see this particular tank back in action, you should have a framed picture of its former life on the wall, not many tanks end up being two great setups


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Unread 03/30/2011, 07:27 AM   #9
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Nice start. It is going to look awesome when things grow out.


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Unread 03/30/2011, 07:35 AM   #10
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I am looking forward to that middle channel to fill in. The tank looks really cool from the left side. I like the depth.

Last night I propped the cheato up on egg crate to allow flow under and over it. I was surprised to see how the water was actually going under it. The water flows across the top and then hits the other wall of refugium and goes down and back under the egg crate. I have learned more about fluid dynamics in this hobby than I ever thought I would (mostly the hard way).


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Unread 03/30/2011, 09:09 AM   #11
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Great looking setup.Is this the former GBD tank?


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Unread 03/30/2011, 09:19 AM   #12
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It is the tank formally known as the "Glass Box"


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Unread 03/30/2011, 11:14 AM   #13
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Very Nice!


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Unread 03/30/2011, 11:21 AM   #14
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Very nice, looks like it won't take long to grow out with nice sized stuff you have already!


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Unread 03/30/2011, 11:28 AM   #15
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I am waiting on a few to color up b/c they were chilling in the sand waiting on the upgrade. I am really surprised how much flow the mp40 is putting out at 100%. I had it dialed back to around 60% in the 58G. I have also tweaked the plumbing to reduce the noise, and the total setup is pretty quite.

It looks like my next step is a skimmer upgrade. Any thoughts opinions on skimmers these days. I was looking at the Vertex cone skimmers, but I am hesitant to pay (translates not going to pay) $800 for a skimmer.


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Absolutely LOVE my Alpha 170 on my tank.... Same thing, 90g rimless, 40b sump.

The build quality on them is second to none. I was hesitant as well, but figured I would spend some cash on higher end pieces since I was downsizing. There's a reason (besides the name) they're more expensive. Its DEAD silent, great build, perfect materials, etc.

My old MSX250 did a PERFECT job skimming my old tank, and was a great skimmer, but the new skimmer's build is ten times better. If you don't mind spending a little more for some better materials, by all means go for it. But you can get just as much skimming with a cheaper skimmer, but the build and components wont be as nice.


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I was looking at your setup, when I got the idea for the Alpha 170. It just hurts my heart to spend that much, but I do hear what you are saying?


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New setup looks amazing! I definitely see now why the RBTA had to go! That thing is taking up about a foot of space right now! I had to move a bunch of stuff out of it's way, but let me tell you, it's strikingly beautiful color, and my Akindynos Clowns are in heaven!


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Unread 03/30/2011, 12:07 PM   #19
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I am glad that it is working out in your tank. I take it the change hasn't provoked a split yet?


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Unread 03/30/2011, 04:12 PM   #20
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Incredible! Some of you guys just have a talent for aquascaping. If I had a 58G that looked like that, I wouldn't want to change anything!


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Unread 03/30/2011, 04:27 PM   #21
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Nice! For the skimmer I don't have any personal experience but have read some good reviews on the Reef Octopus skimmers with the Bubble Blaster pumps.


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Unread 03/30/2011, 08:59 PM   #22
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Awesome tank! Might want to check out the ATB 840 skimmer too.


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Unread 03/30/2011, 10:31 PM   #23
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Thanks for compliments everyone.


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Unread 04/19/2011, 06:06 PM   #24
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Well I have finally gotten around to taking some update pics of the tank now that everything is settling in.

I upgraded my skimmer to a Super Reef Octopus XP-2000 Cone. I am in the process of breaking this bad boy in, and it is pulling out some good gunk.

I have also added a Blue Throat Trigger and a Midas Blenny.

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Looking down the left side. I have a channel that runs between the rocks in the front and back, but I have yet to be able to get a good shot of it.



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