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Hailfire 08-10-2012 09:09 PM

150 Gallon Tank, Excited to get it picked up and started

I am picking up a used 150 gallon aquarium, stand, heater, and canister filter tomorrow. I will probably not sleep well tonight due the excitement. It's been a dream of mine to have a nice tank like this, I have a 75 gallon freshwater tank also.

For this tank, i would like to try saltwater.

Of course the real test will be if it doesn't have leaks and holds water.
From what I have garnered from the seller, who seems like a nice person. The Aquarium was only recently emptied and had freshwater fish in it before the tear down.

Here are the tank dimensions: Length 48", width or depth 24", Height 30".

Would this tank work better as a FOWLR, Reef, or Fish only? I would like to try a reef tank, but am concerned about lighting, and that the tank is hasn't been drilled for a sump. If not a reef, at least a FOWLR tank?

I would appreciate peoples opinions, I hope a tank of this size gives me options.
I will try to post pictures, as things progress if people would like to see them. I know Saltwater Aquariums take a lot of time, but I believe it's worth it.

Thanks in Advance,

Reefing Madness 08-10-2012 09:14 PM

You could make it a Reef. Metal Halides or 3wLED units would be your lighting. T-5 would not be good in a tank that deep.
FOWLR options are limited because its not the normal long tank, but more of a cube, the Tangs and such require the longer tanks for swim room. But either of those options are open.

Hailfire 08-10-2012 09:24 PM

I have been wondering about lighting
Hi again,

Got a favor to ask, could you send me a few links to good lighting units? For this tank it will be one of my first purchases. My budget for lighting is about 800 - 900. If that's not enough, then I will have to save up.

Besides for the heat that metal halides give off, what are pro's and con's of metal halides vs Led?

GreyHounD 08-10-2012 10:16 PM

Congrats on the tank!

Don't forget to cycle it properly! Its easier to take care of a 150 gallon tank!

Reefing Madness 08-10-2012 10:29 PM

Metal Halides penetrate deeper tanks better than LED.

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onefish2fish 08-11-2012 06:32 AM

your going to need halides if you want a reef tank in this tank as its pretty deep. also keep in mind reaching down to the sand bed will prob. also require a step stool.

Hailfire 08-12-2012 12:11 PM

New pictures of tank and stand
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Thanks for the links to the led and metal halide lights.

Here are the first pic's of the tank, now that it is at my house.
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It's in the garage so I can do a water test on it before moving it into the house. It had a little bit of water and gravel left in it before the move. I have cleaned it all out now though, and yes it took a step stool to reach the bottom :)

One concern that I have is it looks like after cleaning it out that someone put an awfully large amount of silicone on the bottom edge of the tank. Should I remove this and redo the seals? Or just water test it and see how it holds water first?

Thanks again for your posts,

Reefing Madness 08-12-2012 12:52 PM

No reason to remove the bottom silicone. Hopefully they did not just put it down to cure a leak themselves. If its all the way around, hopefully its there for added protection. You won't see it once the substrate is down.

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