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Re: To upgrade or not?
Ok so I have a plan and sticking to it lol. I picked up the 55 galling earlier, and after thinking about placement and how I was going to make the set up look as clean as possible. I decided on an overhaul, thinking "go big or go home." Im going to keep 12 of my 30 cichlids in my 75g and give the others to my uncle (Im the one taking care of his tank anyways). Transfer them and all the equipment to the 55 gallon and put that tank on the desk that the biocube is on now and just so happens to be 50" long. Re-coup some money by selling the biocube, tunze 9002 protein skimmer and jabeo wp-10 powerhead/wavermaker in order to upgrade the powerhead/wavermaker to the jabeo wp-25 or wp-30 and a proper size protein skimmer. Any suggestions on the skimmer would be appreciated!
For the grand finally drill/plumb/set-up the 75g as SW and transfer everything from the biocube to the 75g. The deciding factor was that the 75g would look the best (among other benefits) because it already has a proper/nice store bought stand. That I can hide all of my equipment, look the cleanest and require the least amount of effort to set-up i.e. not having to worry about enclosing/reinforcing the desk that the 55g will go on. Also just bought 60° lenses for the two 6"x10" (24-3W CREE led's a piece) DIY LED fixtures I had from RapidLED. I would think that would get me proper light penetration and light output for the tank. I know that only gets me 144 Watts or 1.9 WPG (an arbitrary reference) but without going through the trouble of actually doing all the calculations to get an actual number, I can almost guarantee the luminous flux aka light intensity (what actually matters) is more then enough for a reef tank.
Also bought 3 more 20lb bags of live sand, a 160 gallon bucket of reef crystals, a couple bulkheads and a 1" diamond glass cutting bit for the output into the sump. Before I get doing all this please chime in with suggestions because I'm positive I'm missing something small along the line, that ill kick myself in the butt for! I want to make my new tank as best as possible this time around because I made the mistake of not asking the last time around with the biocube and found myself with the troubles of trying to add stuff with fish already in the tank.
125g SPS only reef tank
40 gallon anemone tank
w/20g long sump
Last edited by woody019; 05-22-2014 at 12:38 AM.