75 Gallon or 110 Gallon?

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  1. Mad Dog

    Mad Dog Astrea Snail

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    Just wanted to get some various opinions on whether you would choose a 75 gallon tank setup, or a 110 gallon setup? I've had everything from 20 to 150 gallon setups in the past, though none have been with 75 or 110.;)

    Lighting needs to be more intense because of the the depth of the tank on the 110, but the 75 would be easier to work on. Any and all opinions and experiences are welcome. Price may be similar for the setups, but some things may or may not be included in the packages(i.e. protein skimmer, reef lighting, etc.) Going to make some calls now, and post back, but please post away on your personal experiences with these setups, good, bad, or indifferent.;D
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  3. Nvizn

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    The bigger the better, IMO. Of course, as long as you have the room.
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    110 because even that will get small as time goes on. IMO
  5. sostoudt

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    what kind of fish would you want to keep?

    what is the largest saltwater tank you have kept before?

    People say bigger is better(which is true) but you must consider how much you can devout to the tank. Space, Money, Time. Usually as the first 2 increase the third can decrease.
  6. Mad Dog

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    I've had everything from 20 to 150 gallon setups in the past, though none have been with 75 or 110.;D

    Looking to go reef with this, fish to begin with, then add soft corals along the way. Got some info on the 75 gallon setup:

    75 gallon all glass aquarium, drilled with an internal overflow

    20 gallon sump underneath with an unknown brand of protein skimmer, hoses, return pump, etc.(would need to be baffled for the refugium I plan on by the sounds of it)

    Lighting system is custom made 4 x 48", although he wasn't sure what was in there right now.

    Has 40-50 lbs of what was once live rock, but is now stored and dormant.

    Seems he bought this for his fiance who was into saltwater, moved up here to Alaska, and now things have gone in a different direction, so he's looking to just get rid of it. Might be able to pick it up for $400-$500 depending how bad he wants it gone.;D
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    Where in AK? I lived in JNU for 4 years. I would say min 6 bulb t5 on a 75g. That's decent deal for up there.
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  9. Mad Dog

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    MatSu Valley. Snowing and 0* right now.;D
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    a 75 is a great tank with good size and stability without having to spend too much upfront to get it going well. I personally would go with that 75 if you can get it as a whole package. I think the second you go over 100 gallons you start to shell out some serious cash for parts and such.
  11. Mad Dog

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    Just got off the phone with the guy on the 110 gallon setup.

    110 gallon tank, not drilled, with an external overflow.

    wet/dry setup with bioballs, return pump, hoses, etc.(definitely have some modification to do for the refugium)

    no protein skimmer(unless you fancy the skilter 400;D) Also, has a couple bio wheels which wouldn't be of help, along with 4 Penguin power heads.

    Lighting is an unknown named 6 x 54 watt T5 HO setup.

    Guy wants $500 firm, although it sounds like he may budge a little.

    Thoughts?8)
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  12. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    So they were all saltwater tanks then(you didn't specify).

    If you have had reef tanks before, I would think you would be better qualified to make financial and space decisions then us. Are you just looking for input on the tank dimensions or the equipment needed also?
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    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    Need a skimmer, Would recommend a drilled tank at that size.

    Bioballs aren't needed. Fuge is a good choice.

    powerheads and filtration is basically useless.

    Lighting may be ok if its a quality fixture..


    Also recommend RO/DI
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  15. Mad Dog

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    It's not the money or space I really had questions about. Yes, most were saltwater. Just looking for opinions on what has or hasn't worked in the past on the 110 gallon specifically I guess.

    The height of the 110 tank is what I'd really like some opinions on. The 150 gallon setup I had wasn't a reef, but for aggressive/predator type fish.

    Looking for thoughts on lighting this tank, as the reef tanks I've had in the past, were shallower. Experiences specifically with the 6x54 watt T5 HO setup, and how it fares with a tank this deep, with regards to corals, how high they would need to be placed, etc.

    Again, any and all thoughts, criticisms, etc. are welcome.;D
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  16. Mad Dog

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    See above.^^^^^
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    No doubt, and that's what I'm afraid of. Just getting back into this, after a bunch of years away from the hobby. I can see the sickness is taking hold once again, and by next year, I'll have a 265 in the basement.;D
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    My vote is for the 75 gal, especially if it drilled. If you are going for reef and do not intend to keep tangs, larger angels........ then I think the 75 gal is a better tank.

    Once upon a time I had a great reef in a 75 gal, it was a great tank size wise.
  19. Mad Dog

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    Thanks for your thoughts. The 75 seems to be setup to go almost, but I don't think the lighting will be adequate. The 110 needs some work, but I'm not averse to drilling the tank and doing the plumbing/fuge work to set it up. Hopefully someone chimes in on their experiences with the 6x54 watt T5 HO setup.

    That's a big deal at this point, because if I go with the 75, most likely I'll need to purchase a lighting setup. Whereas with the 110 I'm good to go, and most of the work involved is sweat equity, not $$$. I've already got a spare skimmer I can use on that, that has been in storage.

    Say both are the same price, at $500 for the setups. Which would you choose and why?
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  21. bama

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    I would get the 75. Its drilled and it sounds like a nice tank. I think you will have great sucess with it. Also with a 75 its easier to light. You could get a nice 4 bulb t5ho and you could keep almost anything you wanted to.
  22. Brennan

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    I would go with the 75g but maybe the guy with 110g will part out and sell his light fixture separate so you could use it for the 75g.
  23. Kevin3884

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    I'd keep looking for a 200+....you can never have too big...lol jk.....but from the sounds of things I would go 75....im gonna be breaking my 125 down soon...it has 2 36" 4Xt5 fixtures, 30Gal sump (with baffled fuge), external overflow, and a AquaC Remora Skimmer 2 bigger powerheads, pumps and the sand is going with it..and I'm only gonna ask like $550...so the 110 sounds a little pricey without a skimmer and stuff..
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    Thanks for the response. The only thing you're forgetting is this is Alaska, so the pricing is actually pretty good.;D Shipping is a killer up here, so the stores factor it in.