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Gold Rush-My 90 Gallon Tank Build-Update Pics

This is my old 90 gallon reef tank being rebuilt as a planted tank with goldfish. Finally, after much cleaning, taking off pumps, plumbing, the halides and VHO's, we have new Sunlight Supply ready-fit 2X 54 watt HO T-5's & water!


The lighting is super bright. I got 2 Aqua-flora bulbs. Picked up the lighting yesterday. I am pleased so far with how they look.

the old sump will become a bio-filter

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Some pics of this tank being built.









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Hahahaha- KNEW you couldn't stay away from planted for long!

Looks awesome, Carole!





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I recognize those tank build pictures from SWF.com.
I went all planted too.

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Hahahaha- KNEW you couldn't stay away from planted for long!

Looks awesome, Carole!
Haha...I started with nanos...now going BIG! Maybe I won't have to trim every week...hmmm
Notice hubby hasn't cut his hair since those build pics were taken..
Thanks Lauralee.
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I recognize those tank build pictures from SWF.com.
I went all planted too.
Oh my a blast from the past...swf.com. That was my first fish forum ever. I joined there because I was desperate to find out if the poor cucumber the girl at petland squeezed would live. He didn't...
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its good to see you didn't get out of aquatics all together. I needed a break from reefing, after a serious crash. lost 90% of everything, I'm not sure if you remmeber my stuff but I had a mindblowing collection of oddball rares and hideously expensive stuff. I just didnt have the heart to try and sink another 7 grand into the tank to get it back to near where it was. I still lurk the forums but I'm tired of the reef scene.

I cant wait to see your tank progress in the near future. good to see you again.

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I love builds like these that are more complicated then your usual build with a canister filter. Do the pumps make alot of noise?
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its good to see you didn't get out of aquatics all together. I needed a break from reefing, after a serious crash. lost 90% of everything, I'm not sure if you remmeber my stuff but I had a mindblowing collection of oddball rares and hideously expensive stuff. I just didnt have the heart to try and sink another 7 grand into the tank to get it back to near where it was. I still lurk the forums but I'm tired of the reef scene.

I cant wait to see your tank progress in the near future. good to see you again.
Hello! I believe I do remember your tank. Lots of beautiful LPS? Similar story for us in a way. We had a several year battle with majanoes taking over the tank. In 07', I removed all the beautiful corals and added a raccoon butterfly. He eradicated them! But the tank just never returned to it's former glory. I loved my fish and inverts, some of which we had since we started in 03'. But it was an eyesore otherwise, IMO. I couldn't either find, or afford all the great corals I once had. This will be nice, the goldies need the bigger tank anyway. And, my electric bill has already dropped $100. a month.

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I love builds like these that are more complicated then your usual build with a canister filter. Do the pumps make alot of noise?
No, they are fairly quiet. We are only using one. The ones in the original build up on the back wall were for a closed loop. In those pics the return pump was not in place, which you can now see in the new pics. They are Bluline 850 GPH, and only use 40 watts. Unfortunately they do not make them anymore. BUT, since we have three, we should be able to get parts from the other two if anything goes wrong with the one we are using. We had much more noise from the fans we were using. Hubby is going to stop and pick up new ones today. I pray they are quieter!

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wow i might look into that. I was planning on using mag pumps but a mag 9.5 takes double the electricity. Do they still sell them?
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Mag pumps put a ton of heat in the water too. You might find one on a shelf some place...or? Maybe a smaller online site? Most pumps use a ton of electricity. I think average for this size is 90 watts or more.
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If you get a snapper pump, they are a good pump. I would rather have an external than an internal. Darts for bigger tanks, like 180 g. Then the big boys are barracuda and hammerhead.
http://www.reeflopumps.com/
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I just need it for a 90 gallon tank also but its for a cichlid...... Thanks for the link
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That looks awesome Carole!
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