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Old 08-18-2016, 9:05 PM   #1
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Steve and Rachael's 150 build

So I recently purchased 5x2 oceanic 150g tank from a friend of mine. I am coming from a 28g cube so this is a big upgrade! I originally bought this tank for my wife because she wanted a FOWLR tank. We are still undecided on which way to go with it. I want a reef tank and she wants FOWLR. We will just have to see where it goes! I am open to any suggestions. The only equipment I have so far is an eshopps advance 300 sump and a reef octo skimmer rated for 200 gallons. I am building the stand myself to match my fireplace and am also having a cabinetmaker craft me some doors to match the ones that are in my house. This will be a fun journey!


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Old 08-18-2016, 9:10 PM   #2
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I am going for a look that is a mix of these 3 pics. The curved panels match my doors in my house in the first pic, I want to match the rosettes and crown moulding from my fireplace. We will see how it turns out!


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Old 08-19-2016, 7:33 AM   #3
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Stand looks great!

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Old 08-19-2016, 7:42 AM   #4
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Wow very nice!

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Old 08-19-2016, 8:12 AM   #5
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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Sounds like you're going to need another tank... one for her and one for you. lol

Very nice work on the stand!

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really nice! Is that a Dog faced puffer in the tank? cool....
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Nice meeting you today Steve. Tank looks awesome

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Old 08-19-2016, 12:25 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! I will keep pics posted as I go


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Old 12-23-2016, 11:36 PM   #10
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Need to update this Steve! Ha.


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Yes I know! Any thoughts on lighting? We are going reef because I am ignoring my wife's opinion on how she wants a Fowlr!


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Steve, after 47 years of marriage, I will just say this " When mama ain't happy, nobody is happy!" Consider starting the big tank as FOWLR and using your 28 cube to start your reef. I have seen some gorgeous Nano reefs.

BUT...If you insist on being punished by going reef , Lighting is a personal preference. There are great looking reef tanks out there using black box Chinese LEDs, others prefer T5 Fluorescents or high end LEDs. The old gold standard metal halide is a viable option. It depends on what you plan to stock and how you want it to look. I have used them all. Presently, I have G3 Radeon Pros over my system. Love them and they do what I want over this tank. I'm putting together a frag tank that will use a Reef Radiance LED. Good luck with your decision!

BTW...Great looking setup so far! http://www.reef2reef.com/threads/bud...uary_02_2017re is more info on lighting:
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I am a fan of T5 and Led hybrid setups. I had Reef breeder and t5 and my corals seemed to love it more than when I had just LED. I recently switched to radions as my reefbreeder is only 5 ft and shadowed the ends of my 6 ft tank. It is for sale btw just factory refurbished under warranty by Logan the owner of reefbreeeders. Would work great over your 5ft tank and you would have room to retrofit t5 lighting.

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Hey there everyone… So I have an update! We are doing Fowlr on this tank and I'm going to upgrade my nano cube to a larger cube for the bedroom. We have the cabinet doors finished and just got done antique glazing them. Tank should be up in about a month!


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It's getting there!

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Its coming together nicely. Do you plan on running liverock or matrix in the sump? From my experience running a Fowlr... the fish can become territorial with very little liverock or decorations in the display tank. All that will depend on what kind of fowlr you plan on doing...

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