90 Gallon Step by Step Basic Reef Setup

rocketgypsy

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Apr 5, 2009
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I've got an empty 75 gal tank to try this method on: no sump, no fuge, no skimmer.

Will use a lot of rock, sand and flow, minimal live-stock, and patience.

Would be great if it works.
 

dat673

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Sep 29, 2009
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Should place rocks in first than sand so they don't collapse. When fish dig they'll hit bottom and rocks will not come down. I had a eel that's why I did it that way
 

RATEDRSUPERFAN

Black Skirt Tetra
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Aug 14, 2010
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I thought i would do this reef step-by-step guide for people who are just starting up in the marine world. The sizes of equiptment may differ, but the principles are still the same. A quick run down of the equiptment used for this reef system.
  • 48 x 24 x 18 All Glass Aquarium
  • Aragonite 1.0 - 2.0 grade reef sand
  • 25Kg ( 55lbs ) Ocean rock as base rock
  • 30Kg ( 66lbs ) Mixture of Indo and Fiji live rock
  • 2 x 5000 litres per hour powerheads
  • 2 x 150w heaters
  • 2 x 150w Metal Halide pendant
  • Glass internal thermometer
  • Refractometer
  • API Test kit for Ammonia, pH, Nitrite and Nitrate
  • Salifert kits for Calcium, Alk, Mag and Phosphate
  • Black Background
Notes on equiptment choices

Sand - I have chosen the larger particle sand with this reef as the tank is going to be housing sand burrowing creature like jawfish and pistol shrimp.

Lighting - Decided to go for the 150w lighting this time, as i dont intend to house any real heavy light intensive inhabitants for the forseable future.

Background - Between the usual choices of blue and black, i chose black as i think that black really makes the colour of the inhabitants stand out, and i also feel black aids in giving the tank depth.

Live Rock - I have chosen a mixture of the two common types of live rock to hopefully aid in adding some diversity to the system as a whole.


is it pretty much the same for 75 as well?
 
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