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90g Reef tank finally done
Old 03-13-2008, 10:59 PM   #11
 
tank

Its a 90g display with about a 30g sump.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:46 AM   #12
 
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Nice tank. I particularly like how you chose the Koralia. What size is it? a 3 or 4?
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:37 AM   #13
 
Korilia

Both are the Korilia 4. I had two 3's but I decided to move up to the 4's. I have about a 35x turn over rate. Its hard to keep the sand on the bottom.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:57 PM   #14
 
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Yeah they're fine units. I like their dispersed flow, it really doesn't overpower the corals despite their high circulation rates.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:22 PM   #15
 
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I really do like them. I am having a problem with the left one kicking up sand but Ill just keep moving it inch by inch. Ill post some more updated pics tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:32 PM   #16
 
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Yeah mine also used to do that, I just pointed it upward slightly or pointed it somewhere to break the flow a bit.

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Old 03-24-2008, 10:54 PM   #17
 
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* conger joins the chant *

new pics... new pics... new pics...

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:10 PM   #18
 
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Sorry for the delay. I had some problems uploading the pics on my Mac but I figured it out. The tank is maturing nicely. I will probably add a coral in a week or two if the parameters stay stable. I can't decide if I am going to make it a SPS or softy tank. Why is it that most of the high budget tanks are SPS dominated? I would love to see some nice Softy tanks. I wish mixing coral types wasn't such a problem.






I no longer have the Pacific Imports heater. I just died so now I have a Shin Mao controller and 500w TI heater. Its the best heater that I have ever had.
I have also added a Pinpoint pH monitor because I started dosing Kalk. My Ca is now at 420.





As of this morning the three striped clown is dead. He jumped into my overflow box. I have a top on it so he must have jumped onto the top then wiggled between the box cover and the back of the tank. The he took the waterslide to the sump and got stuck in the filterbag. I found him this morning dead. The other clown is very upset to say the least. I will be giving her to my buddy who has a small juvi clown in hopes of pairing them. I will be adding a pair of Picaso clowns once she is at her new home and I make sure that she will adapt there.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:12 AM   #19
 
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awesome, thanks for the update :) I started a 90gal SW just before you posted this thread, so I'm really interested to see how your tank progresses. You've got a nicer sump setup than me, its something that I'd like to upgrade soon. Your substrate and rocks don't look like they've been through any bad stages of algae growth, which is cool, maybe a result of the good filtration you've got? I've had a phase of red hair algae come and go, and now I've got a little bit of brown algae growing, but its mainly on the substrate and a little bit on the rocks.

What kind of protein skimmer is that? And do you like it? And one final question (sorry, I'm really curious!), do you have any trouble keeping the temperature down in the tank? I guess the Koralias are low-power compared to other power heads, but it looks like you've got roughly similar wattage in your water to my setup, and my temp goes between 78-80F, though I'd rather it be around 76 (room temp usually 72-75).

Thanks again for the update, and let us know what corals you decide on!
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:22 AM   #20
 
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The skimmer is a Octopus NW 150 works great. I had some algae in the beginning but the hermits took care of it in no time. I have some algae in my sump but thats where its supposed to be. My temp is set at 79 and at the end of the day it gets to 81 at worst. However I have no fans in my canopy. When I put a little house fan behind it, the temp doesnt go above 80. I will add some canopy fans in the near future. I think that the high turnover rate has alot to do with the lack of algae. I have about 35x an hour. If you are going to keep certain inverts I think that 76 may be a little too low. I read in a couple places the average reef temperature in the ocean is 82, 79 being a good compromise in a mixed reef tank.
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