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Old 12/30/2007, 12:05 PM
drjuice28 drjuice28 is offline
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Planning for a 120G, please help!

Hey all, it's time to move up in the world! I'm on my way to purchase a 120G this week, and want to get some suggestions on skimmers, flow, etc. I've already got lighting set, and have a bunch of equipment carrying over from my previous system, but upgrades are surely in order.

Can I have your opinions?

Anyone running a 90-150G system, I'd love to hear what skimmer you've chosen, what flow (overflows/closed loops/internal powerheads) you've chosen, and why you love it so much!

Convince me that your way is the best way to set this up...

Appreciate any input!
Old 12/30/2007, 12:58 PM
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Im going to be setting up a 90g and will be using the modified sea clone 150, it works great on my 40 but well see how it is on the 90
Old 12/30/2007, 11:03 PM
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ive got a 120 with a 30 gal sump/fuge.............euroreef cs6-3 skimmer..................2 maxijet 1200, 2 tunze 6060............50mg/hr ozone
Old 12/31/2007, 03:36 AM
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I have a 120 with a 50 gal fuge. I use four Tunze 6000 streams for flow, and a Mag 7 for a return. As for a skimmer I use an ETSS 800. This picture is a few months old and everything is bigger now. My equipment seems to work for me.

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Old 12/31/2007, 03:51 AM
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Old 12/31/2007, 05:53 AM
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i have 2 vortechs and 2 tunze nanostream 6045s for flow. i have a BM160 for a skimmer.

i love them because the flow these things put out keep the poop suspended so the skimmer pulls them out. i run my tank BB btw.
switched to my 90 =)
Old 12/31/2007, 07:13 AM
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I have had my 120 up for a few years and have had internal powerheads(caused me alot of headaches), for about 3 years I have been running the wave2k. other then replacing the motor twice and switching the nylon follower out with stainless steel one I love the wave2k its quiet, inexpensive and energy efficient. (also cheaper then replacing a few powerheads a year plus 4000gph with a natural current).
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Old 12/31/2007, 08:55 AM
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I swear by aquac skimmers. what bioload are you going to run? what kind of fish? What kind of reef so you know what kind of lighting to run?
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Old 12/31/2007, 11:29 AM
drjuice28 drjuice28 is offline
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Thanks for the responses! I've got the lighting all set, 3x 250W MH system with additional T-5's. I plan on a mixed reef w/ a significant sps load. Fish, moderate bioload. Not planning on cramming it full by any means!

I think that I'm leaning on a dart with an ocean motion 4 way return for a closed loop, and using the AGA built in overflow to drain to my sump with questions on which pump to use for return.
Old 01/01/2008, 04:26 PM
Cprowler Cprowler is offline
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Regarding your question you asked in my thread about equipment and if I would choose it again. The only thing I would do again is the OM 4-way, I think it's a good product. I just think it is not working well in my specific case. I did not plan my system to use it so trying to add it in later with the lack of space is a challenge.

If I were to do it again I would do a vortech or two. IMO I belive you get better flow, it's much simpler, less electricity and they can be mover around easily.
Old 01/01/2008, 05:12 PM
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i would go with a flow rate of about 900gph for a 120g return

on my 150g i use a mag-18 which after the height loss does about 1300gph.

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