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post #21 of 70 Old 01-07-2009, 07:59 AM
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This is so exciting, Mark! Your engagement, too, of course. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the tank coming together!
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post #22 of 70 Old 01-09-2009, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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do you have any idea what you want to stock?
better yet do you have any idea what its going to cost to stock?
I'm not overly concerned about the cost of stocking the tank, because I am a huge believer in quarantine and patience. So the livestock will be spread over the next year or more.

I plan on a reef, with a lot of open swimming space. There are a few key fish I want, including an Achillies Tang and a Copperband Butterfly. The Achillies will be a huge challenge, and i'm not 100% certain I will buy this fish. I may settle for a Zebrasoma species instead, or perhaps a Chevron.

I do not plan on having large fish in this tank, with the exception of the Tang. I want to take my exisiting setup, and grow it in size. I want a trio of Centropyge angels, perhaps adding a Lemon Peel and Flame to go along with my Coral Beauty.

I think the finishing touch will be a nice group of Anthias. I want 6 to 8. In my opinion, there is nothing like a group of Anthias swimming together in a reef.

The coral selection will be large part growth, as my exisiting tank is growing at such a ridiculous rate. I will add a few species that I do not currently own, but I plan on sticking with softies.
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post #23 of 70 Old 01-09-2009, 06:45 AM
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sounds awesome.

i cant agree more. copperbands are sweet and so are the anthias
i cant wait for this!
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post #24 of 70 Old 01-09-2009, 12:31 PM
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Congrats on the upcoming upgrade. Just remember that though anthias are beautiful and they do Shoel nicely most of the time, they are needy when it comes to eating and require 2-3 time feedings per day. That's a lot of nutrients to add to your tank.

Also, i always hold reserves on Angels. They are not nessisarily reef safe, but they are... I hope you get this worked out before you start putting really nice SPS, LPS or softies into the tank, Other then that should be good.

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post #25 of 70 Old 01-09-2009, 01:04 PM
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Mark,
I just bought an Eheim 3000 compact+ (plus) pump for my 46 gallon. My LFS guy recommended this over a few different brands, and it turned out to be significantly less expensive than some other options.

My pump maxes out at 792 gph (which is where I have it set right now); Eheim also makes a 5000 compact+ with a flow rate of 660-1321 gph. They are adjustable on the unit, no need to install an extra valve. The other benefit of these Eheim compact+ is they run on a lower amount of watts per hour, reducing electricity consumption.

I understand for a tank this size that you will probably need two or three of the bigger pumps, but I thought maybe this would help.

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post #26 of 70 Old 01-09-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Wake - THANK YOU! I will look into these.

Kell - great advice, and worth caution for the reader. Personally, its a chance i'm willing to take, but the hobbyist needs to be aware of the risk of Centropyge angels.

On the Anthias, i have always been a believer in multiple feedings per day. I feed 4 to 5 times daily, small feedings. The use of an automatic feeder will be a plus for these fish.
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I think it's worth the risk too. I love the way the Beauty looks... I just love my SPS more.

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post #28 of 70 Old 01-11-2009, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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So i've really been concerned with the 14'' maximum width that my brother can build, and started to consider purchasing an aquarium with more width. I think it will be worth the expense.

So, I went back to the condo today to take some measurements, and I've decided to go back to my original placement. So, the aquarium will just be a normal aquarium, rather than the "L" shape.

I can go 8' in length with 18'' width, or I can go 6' in length with 24'' width. I think I want more width, which should give me a lot of long term flexibility with the tank aquascapping. So, i'm looking at the 180 gallon tank with dimensions 6' x 24'' x 25''.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these guys:
Glasscages.com - Glass Aquariums

The price looks nice and local delivery is only $95 to my area.
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post #29 of 70 Old 01-11-2009, 08:44 PM
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Found these:
glasscages.com - Nano-Reef.com Forums *Be sure to read the other replies
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Glasscages.com - NEGATIVE - Nano-Reef.com Forums

Sounds like the smaller ones are good transactions, but the larger ones are very risky. Sounds like bad contact as well.
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post #30 of 70 Old 01-11-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well then. It sounds like I will be spending another $100 - $200 to get the same tank from my LFS. I suppose I could negotiate free delivery...
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