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Old 02-15-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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New 120 Tank (going to order this weekend)


So after a lot of debate I am going to order a new 120. Unless anyone changes my mind

I don't plant to have overflow or drilled.

The tank will fit perfect 60x18x26, I have just enough room for it. I was thinking the extra height would be nice for some of the swords I plan to keep.

Is it better to have 1 or 2 filters on this tank? I guess what I am asking is I can order one big canister that will be fine, or should I just go with 2 smaller canisters on it?

Also going to have custom oak stand and canopy built. Once I place the order this weekend I will start a journal. I should have everything in about 2 months, it going to cost me a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I think in the long run, larger tank will be better.

Always open to advise....
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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2 filters are always better than 1.. that way you can rotate the filter cleanings each month.. that way you disturb less filter Bio material with each cleaning..
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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Why not see about buying locally to get a deal?
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/hsh/3616767345.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/for/3592005238.html
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/for/3609347938.html
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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If I were to get a 120g tank I'd want the 48x24x24 size. The 24" depth is sooo nice to scape, can't be found in smaller tank sizes, and is the best benefit of a large tank.

For filtration one or two 2217's combined with a big Aquaclear HOB should work well.

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Old 02-15-2013, 06:06 PM   #5
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So after a lot of debate I am going to order a new 120. Unless anyone changes my mind
I would go with the 90Gallon Tank (48x18x24) that you posted on another thread. The main reason is lighting. It is easier to find 4' bulb vs 5' ones.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:06 PM   #6
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I think he's looking for 5ft long, not 6.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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Three things to consider: 1) it is easier to get lighting for a 48" or a 72" tank than a 60"; 2) 26" is really deep—perhaps deeper than you are able to reach?, and 3) I much prefer 24" wide tanks over 18", as aquascaping is much easier and aesthetic.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the feed back so far.

Don't have room for 6 foot tank, I would love to go that size, just don't have the room, very very limited on space.

The 5 foot tank would fit perfect, but never thought about the light, that going to be a pain, or expensive.

Also like the 48x24x24, but the tank would then stick out over the window, which won't be good and don't think wife would like for window to be blocked.

It all goes back to space, and we are very limited.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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Well the 24" deep tank may stick out 6" over the window but it wouldn't be as wide so you could keep the tank a foot away from the window making that overlap much less noticeable. Would also make a nice space in the corner for a tall silk fig tree/stand lamp or the like.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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Well the 24" deep tank may stick out 6" over the window but it wouldn't be as wide so you could keep the tank a foot away from the window making that overlap much less noticeable. Would also make a nice space in the corner for a tall silk fig tree/stand lamp or the like.

I agree 100%, now only to get wife to agree. What the saying, ask forgiveness later? ha

That 240 that was posted above...mmmm
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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Check craigslist, you'll find great deals if you're willing to wait a little
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Check craigslist, you'll find great deals if you're willing to wait a little

I have been for a few months, nothing yet, reef guys seem to buy all the big tanks up quick.

Starting to think more and more about that 48x24x25
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #13
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Check craigslist, you'll find great deals if you're willing to wait a little
Yes ^
Or post a "wanted" add. I got my 100 gallon with heater, filter, stand, canopy, and lights for $300 off CL after posting a wanted add
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #14
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Yes ^
Or post a "wanted" add. I got my 100 gallon with heater, filter, stand, canopy, and lights for $300 off CL after posting a wanted add
Yep tried that as well.
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If I were to get a 120g tank I'd want the 48x24x24 size. The 24" depth is sooo nice to scape, can't be found in smaller tank sizes, and is the best benefit of a large tank.

For filtration one or two 2217's combined with a big Aquaclear HOB should work well.
The more I look, like this size tank and it might work for the area I have to work with. Now to find one. ha ha
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