My 90 Gallon FO build

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  1. jmik26

    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I researched for a month or so then pulled the trigger on a 90 Gallon Aqueon with the megaflow overflow system. After I got the tank home I measured everything up and downloaded Google SketchUp (free software) to design the tank. I then headed out to Menards and picked up my materials to build the tank stand.
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    After the tank stand was built I did some more researching about what kind of tank I would like to have. After some post, talking to a few members and looking at some videos I had thought reef was the tank for me. However once I started pricing things out and explaining the types of fish I wanted It was not gonna happen :-[. Feeling a little disaapointed I was explaining things to the LFS owner. He recommended I get a smaller tank and make it for reef only. Considering I wanted a smaller tank in the front room this was a great idea. At that point it was decided, my 90 gallon would be a FO tank.

    So I went to the LFS and bought the rest of my components which ended up being:
    Coralife RO/DI 50 gallon per day
    Coralife 48" with lunar lights
    AquaPro wet dry sump with bio-balls with rio pump
    coralife heater
    40lbs of aggregate
    50lbs of rock

    After two days of running the RO/DI filter to fill my tank the moment of glory had finally arrived, the intital power up. My first thought was you got to be freeking kidding me :eek:. This thing was SOOOO noisy I knew something had to be wrong. So I got on the forum and started researching and posting questions. I got alot of good responses and was pointed in the right direction quickly. Taking what I was researching and talking it over with the LFS we decided to try and reduce the drain line from 1 1/4" to 1" which dramatically decreased the amount of noise and made me a happy person.

    After two days of running the tank it cleared up and I took some water to have it tested. Test came back good and the LFS guy gave me a Undultaed Trigger to get my tank going. The great thing is I bring him back for a store credit when the tank is stable and put it towards the fish I want.
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    My list of future fish that I want are:
    Coral Beauty Angelfish
    Emporor Angelfish
    Yellow Tang
    Humu Picasso
    Flame Angel
    Colored Filefish
    Porcupine Puffer
    Powder Brown Tang
    Clown Trigger

    Stay tuned, Im gonna post and document everything as time goes on...Jeff
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  3. KY_Tanked

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    Nice start! Keep the pics. coming!
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  5. jmik26

    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Thanks... I am hopping that the trigger will start eating by tomorrow? He has been in there for around 30 hours. I assume he is doing good since he is swimming around even started sucking up rocks and spitting them out to make his den...
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Trigger has been eating for a couple days now. Took some time for him to get use to the tank I guess. He seems to chicken to come all the way to the top of the tank?

    I ordered a test kit and refractometer from Dr. Fosters and had a chance to do some readings today. Gonna keep a log to document everything, (see pic below)... I also ordered a Vertex IN-100 skimmer yesterday ;D...

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    awesome trigger
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  9. bama

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    nice.. Although if I can give a suggestion that a powder brown tang, while beautiful is very ich prone.. wait until your tank is very stable about 5 months from now to get that fish, promise me, its worth it..
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Thats what the LFS guy was telling me :-/, don't wanna see that early on. Thanks for the heads up... Jeff
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    anpgp Panda Puffer

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    I've never heard of cycling with a trigger, but if I guess it works then to each his own. Sounds like everything is going well for you. Keeps the pics coming.
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    Wait... wtf?
    You cycled with a undulated trigger?
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I was kind of shocked also but its actually a pretty good idea. From what the LFS guy told me this guy is very aggressive and they can't keep him with other fish. So what he does is "rent" him out to start peoples tanks, when the tank is cycled I bring him back for a partial credit. I guess its better then the old school thought of getting some damsels to cycle the tank and then getting rid of them, I never was a big fan of that... Jeff
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    The trigger got stuck under a rock today :eek:. Lucky I think I got there in time and was able to move the rock and he swam out. He seems to be doing fine for right now.

    Latest additions to the tank would be the Vertex IN-100 protein skimmer which has been running for the last four days. The pump seems to vibrate a little more then I like but I am keeping a close eye on it.
    I also purchased a Reef Keeper Lite Level 3 today with a couple float switches which I plan to install next week ;D. I will be posting some reviews once the tank is cycled and I get some more fish.

    Other then that I have a couple algae concerns... Jeff
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    R.I.P E-ore :cry::cry::cry:

    The Undulated trigger didn't make it. Over the last couple of days its stomach began to become very bloated and he stopped eating. Today I came home from work and he was DOA... What a freakin day!

    I now have $150 worth of live rock in the tank to finish the cycle...
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Waiting for the tank to cycle is taking forever!!! I did manage to see some things growing out of the Live Rock.

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  18. yamaharider73

    yamaharider73 Kole Tang

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    Not trying to be picky but I Just noticed that the corner of the stand is missing???????? is their some type of support there for the tank? If not there could be a major tank failure in your future. if it is supported I just missed something.
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I left the corner out because of the corner overflow pluming. I later saw some threads that had the a total frame and it didn't interfere. Its on the plans to redo I'm just procrastinating draining the whole tank and moving. I attached a pic of the frame work from the back. Do you still think it still will be a problem? Don't worry about be picky, Ill take picky over 90 gallons of water on the floor any day... Jeff

    **edit, I forgot to add there is 2x4's under the frame to support so the main weight is not being applied to the screws...**

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  21. yamaharider73

    yamaharider73 Kole Tang

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    If it was mine I would make sure it was supported. I would hate to see the corner of your tank bust and you dump 100's of $ on the floor not counting clean up costs. I know it will be a pain to break down and redo. You MAY get away with it like it is but I wouldnt chance it. It could be one of those like things pay me now or pay me later.
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    jmik26 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    That just may be the extra kick in the butt that I need ;). This is the new stand design..

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    much better....
  24. yamaharider73

    yamaharider73 Kole Tang

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    I wouldnt rebuid the whole thing. I would pull the back and side 2x4's off, cut new ones that would extend to the corner, and add support to it. Save time and $. fast and simple.