From the 34g to the 90g

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  1. john.m.cole3

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    Always start short and don't glue your pipes in. Cut off more if necessary. The stage you are at is the really fun part of the build. You're getting your hands dirty and learning a ton every day. Many of us who have set up several tanks yearn for the building process alone because it challenges our creative side... well at least I do, LOL.
     
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    Oh I agree completely with that, the build is a huge part of the fun. It's why most of us inevitably upgrade all the time, I think we like the equipment as much as the tanks. I've done ground up planted builds and those were fun. This one tops any of that and has been a blast so far, and I'm just in the planning stages. I wasn't planning on gluing anything from the bulk heads up, and your right I can always cut more off if need be.
     
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    I have the ufo and light output is great but the fan is loud. I here you can change the fan though.
     
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    Mmmm, that might influence my choice. Definitely want quiet on this tank, and that would suck since it will probably be running at night. Thanks for that tip.
     
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    This may sound weird but if you want quite and not expensive the Marineland led fuge light with just white and blue leds grew chaeto as fast as my ufo and a 54 watt par38. I accidentally submerged mine so decided to try the ufo. Dried out the Marineland and it is working fine. Everyone talks about light spectrum but results are results. No fan to make noise on the marineland. It may out perform both the par 38 and ufo. Go figure.
    I have a eshops 300 sump like yours that I do not have in use. If I put it in I will make the large chamber my fuge and put my skimmer in the middle chamber. Want lots of chaeto.
     
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    For sure results are hard to argue with. Fans are one of those things that can be silent on the right piece of equipment, but you don't know till you have it. My 34 gallon has current orbit marine pros on it (which I don't like), I have considered just putting one of those on it once everything is transferred. I can ramp up the channel 2 (whites/reds) and I'm sure it will grow cheato. But at this point I kind of just want to see those things disappear.
     
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    Watching your thread with interest. I have a 90 Miracles in my garage waiting for me to upgrade from my 75. I like the height of the 90. My 75 has been too short for some of my coral as they mature.
     
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    I'm looking forward to it, I think the height is just right on a 90. I am 5' 10" (actually 9.5" but don't tell anybody), I have to have a step ladder to access the very bottom easily but that's ok. I'm going to buy one of those 4' long platform step ladders and that should solve it. Thanks for following along. I hope to have water in it in about 6 weeks. I want to do it right so I'm taking my time.
     
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    6 weeks!!!... is... forever...
     
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    Haha, yeah I agree. But still have to buy 250$ worth of rock, the varios, heaters and I would like to have the gyre when I kick it on.
     
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    Ok, so close enough to the bottom of the weir? And I went 2” below trickle, just because I like to be arguminitive lol. A0CF5B8B-14C9-4854-95C5-E6C99DCE37F2.jpeg A89960CD-30CD-492B-9334-B9EB6BFF848D.jpeg
     
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    Since the 90 is going in the same spot as the 34, I have to get it moved. I plan on relocating it this evening. I am going to take all the rock out except one piece. Made a frag rack out of some scrap acrylic. Haven’t decided if I want to take the sand out of it yet. We’ll see I guess, this should be fun.


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    Nice build, look forward to more updates as you move along!
     
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    Thanks! It’s teaching me some patience.
     
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    So I relocated the 34 gallon and pretty much set it back up striped down, it has a frag rack and a few small pieces of rock. My plan is to kill the rock and scrub it so I can use it on the 90 along with my new rock. The only concern I have is my lawn mower blenny. Now he the fatest fish in the tank and probably has enough reserves to last a little while lol. Any suggestions on what to supplement his diet with? I tired nori in the past and he never even looked at it. I've seen him grab a couple of mysis in the past but not much. Hes my favorite fish and I don't want to starve him out waiting on the new tank.
     
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    black worms are a little pricey but great for finicky eaters
     
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    I may have to try it, I'll keep an eye on him. It's easy to tell if he isn't eating enough. I'm guessing I'll have to order them?
     
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    yeah from a place in Cali. I split the smallest order with someone and my half was $72
     
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    Oh wow, yeah I'll try nori first lol. But If I can't get him to eat or it looks like hes not getting enough I'll try that.
     
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    Got to order the rock today, and can't wait for it to get here. I ordered about 100lbs total of marcos rock. I'm getting 40lbs of single cut prime pieces for bases, and the rest in the regular marco key largo. Also bought a bucket of his mortar and some EPO epoxy to help scape this thing. Wife wont like me taking over the kitchen table for about a week but it will be worth it when it's done.
     
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