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Hello All,

After almost two months of waiting we finally got our new flooring installed and I was able to set up my tank. Still
some work to do and some equipment to buy but I am up and running. The goal is for the tank to be a mixed reef system.

Equipment
-New 90 Gallon Corner Flow Tank
-Bashsea BioFuge Sump
-Hydor Seltz D 2400 Return Pump
-BRS 300w Titanium InkbirdSmart Combo(little bummed I didn’t think about doing two150ws after doing some research)

Equipment to Buy
-I’m starting with two AI Prime HDs(unfortunately LFS sold out just before I got there yesterday and I try to support them as much as I can)
-Two AI Nero 5’s
-Thinking about doing a Gyre power head on the back wall as well
-ATO, haven’t decided on which one yet
-Refugium Light
-Reef Octopus 130s Skimmer

Concerns
-Wondering if maybe I went to big on my sump as you can see in the photos I don’t have too much more room and I will be adding an ATO soon. Worried about room for media reactors and dosing in the future.

To Do
-I bought live rock to help jump start my cycle. It’s not actually from the ocean but man made and seeded by the manufacturer, I plan to buy more and have some pieces I’m cycling in my mixing room as well. So I will be building on my aquascape over time
-Reaching out to a local window and door screen company to have them make me screen top fish savers with mesh screen I bought from BRS

That’s all for now, any input and advice on equipment and planning is more than welcomed!
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Hello All,

After almost two months of waiting we finally got our new flooring installed and I was able to set up my tank. Still
some work to do and some equipment to buy but I am up and running. The goal is for the tank to be a mixed reef system.

Equipment
-New 90 Gallon Corner Flow Tank
-Bashsea BioFuge Sump
-Hydor Seltz D 2400 Return Pump
-BRS 300w Titanium InkbirdSmart Combo(little bummed I didn’t think about doing two150ws after doing some research)

Equipment to Buy
-I’m starting with two AI Prime HDs(unfortunately LFS sold out just before I got there yesterday and I try to support them as much as I can)
-Two AI Nero 5’s
-Thinking about doing a Gyre power head on the back wall as well
-ATO, haven’t decided on which one yet
-Refugium Light
-Reef Octopus 130s Skimmer

Concerns
-Wondering if maybe I went to big on my sump as you can see in the photos I don’t have too much more room and I will be adding an ATO soon. Worried about room for media reactors and dosing in the future.

To Do
-I bought live rock to help jump start my cycle. It’s not actually from the ocean but man made and seeded by the manufacturer, I plan to buy more and have some pieces I’m cycling in my mixing room as well. So I will be building on my aquascape over time
-Reaching out to a local window and door screen company to have them make me screen top fish savers with mesh screen I bought from BRS

That’s all for now, any input and advice on equipment and planning is more than welcomed!
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Your set up is similar to mine. I have a 90gal. half moon. I use the AI primes and love the ability to focus the light where I need it. I picked up a Gyre pump and placed on my back wall. It made a big difference with my corals, getting that alternating flow. My sump is crowded. very close to yours, although I made my own out of a 29 gal. I am using a Reef Octopus hang on to give me more room in my sump. The curved front allows me to do this. Jeff at Life Reef can build a reactor to fit your set up. He is very knowledgeable. To get more room for my dosing, I added a frag tank to the display system. I use the reactor pump to supply the water and do all my dosing in the frag tank.
 

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Your set up is similar to mine. I have a 90gal. half moon. I use the AI primes and love the ability to focus the light where I need it. I picked up a Gyre pump and placed on my back wall. It made a big difference with my corals, getting that alternating flow. My sump is crowded. very close to yours, although I made my own out of a 29 gal. I am using a Reef Octopus hang on to give me more room in my sump. The curved front allows me to do this. Jeff at Life Reef can build a reactor to fit your set up. He is very knowledgeable. To get more room for my dosing, I added a frag tank to the display system. I use the reactor pump to supply the water and do all my dosing in the frag tank.
Awesome I haven’t heard of Life Reef before. Thank you!
 
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Quick tank update, tank is running well. All equipment is up and running except the refugium (not really needed yet). Water Parameters are holding stable and I have a few beginner corals in including frog spawn, Kryptonite Candy Cane, Zoas, and Monti caps all doing well. I also tried a neon green birdsnest and lost it, my guess is salt swings because everything else has been good in my weekly testings. Fish wise I have only lost one green chromis (bullying from other two), I currently have two lightening maroon clowns, one yellow faced goby, a royal gramma, and two green chromis as doing very well. Looking to add something else to spice the tank up a little but having a hard time choosing something reef save that works well in this tank ( I would love suggestions). Couple pictures of the tank below, blues are strong due to the morning ramp up.
 

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Tank Update

Tank is running well but I am battling Dinos. I found one aptasia but treated it with F Aptasia and coral putty . More than likely the aptasia came in on a frag from one of my LFSs. I’m increasing nitrates and phosphates, dosed some Dr Tim’s, and running a submersible UV(Aquatop) in my sump to fight the Dinos. I am hoping this works because I don’t really have anymore room for an in-line UV under my tank.

All the coral I have are doing well. Since started this tank I have only lost two pieces, both were birdsnest and I’m not sure what caused the tissue to lob off and finally die all together. I currently have a basic frogspawn, a basic hammer, orange hammer(probably paid too much but I’m excited about it), two mystery (chalices one looks like Hollywood stunner and the other mummy eye), two montipora caps (one starburst and one toxic green), and one mystery montipora stag. I also have four or five plugs of Zoas I have gotten from WWC and Cherry Corals. I would like to find some cool torches and octospawn in the future as well and venture into more branching sps.

As far as livestock everything is doing very well. My most recent addition was one of my favorites a Flame Tail Tomini tang. I think I’m pretty close to stocked on this tank, as my tank gets more established I will add my last fish which will be a mandarin goby.

The main issue with this tank is storage for equipment. Our next house in a couple years will have room for a larger tank that I can plumb to a basement fish room. The only other equipment I plan to buy at the moment is another Vortech MP40. One piece of equipment that has been a let down for me has been my Tunze ATO, it has over filled on me multiple times. I remember having the same issue many years ago on previous tanks.


Still not good at taking photos in this hobby but here are a few.

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