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    90 to 160 Build

    Hey everyone, I am considering upgrading my tank from my 90 Gallon to a customer Planet Aquariums 150 (72x24x21). I would like opinions with the items I am considering below...any caveats, are the items worth the price etc.


    Tank: 160g Planet Aquarium Custom Tank (Rimless, Starfire on 3 Sides - waiting on quote) w/ Stand
    Sump: Trigger Triton 44
    Overflow: Ghost Overflow
    Skimmer: Custom LifeReef
    Lights: 3x Radion X30 Pro Gen4 w/ new diffusers
    Power Heads: 2x Vortech MP40QD
    Return Pump: Neptune COR2
    Controller: Apex System

    Thoughts?
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    What’s there to say other than it’s not big enough!

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    I’m curious why are you using an ac powered return pump? For bigger tank or ones with sumps I thought dc powered pump was a must. But I would go with dc pump imo.

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    My reeflo dart was plenary powerful enough for my 210. Reeflo’s pumps are among many others that are tried and true AC powered return pumps. Don’t get caught up in all the hype of the latest and greatest or the environmentalist drama. Ask Nicola Tesla, AC is where it’s at!

    Edit: It all comes down to reliability. Write-Up Wednesday: DC Return Pumps – Mr. Saltwater Tank
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    Decided to go a different route for the lights and power heads. Placed an order today for a few items!

    3x Radeon XR30 Pro
    3x RMS Mounting Kit
    3x Radeon XR30 Pro Diffuser
    Apex Controller System
    Apex ATK

    I also just got in 2x Ecotech MP40QDs

    Figured I will go with the new Neptune COR Return Pump since it comes out soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrfrancis View Post
    Decided to go a different route for the lights and power heads. Placed an order today for a few items!

    3x Radeon XR30 Pro
    3x RMS Mounting Kit
    3x Radeon XR30 Pro Diffuser
    Apex Controller System
    Apex ATK

    I also just got in 2x Ecotech MP40QDs

    Figured I will go with the new Neptune COR Return Pump since it comes out soon.
    Should have told me you were looking for Radion XR30 G4 pros. I had a buddy selling three for $1500 with mounting kit. Only used for 6 months I believe.

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    Got the Radions ATX mentioned! Changed the dimensions of the tank a bit, so the display is now 160g roughly.

    Decided to go with a custom LifeReef Skimmer to fit in the skimmer chamber of the Triton 44.

    Everything has now been ordered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrfrancis View Post
    Got the Radions ATX mentioned! Changed the dimensions of the tank a bit, so the display is now 160g roughly.

    Decided to go with a custom LifeReef Skimmer to fit in the skimmer chamber of the Triton 44.

    Everything has now been ordered!

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    I just charge the usual finder's fee... I get to do the backstrokes in your reef tank. 90 to 160 Build

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    Got some items in today!

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    Very 90 to 160 Build


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