120 gallon salty build

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Also i finally am getting ready to start building my gfs salty tank. I have been researching for about a month. I have most narrowed down and I am slowly getting the parts needed. So I thought I would start a build thread for it! So here goes.

First things first equipment list..
1- 120 gallon 48x24x24 (getting this weekend)
2- 40 gallon sump with refugium (already have)
3- was going to be 3 kessil a80. This will not do with a 24" tank. (have kessil)
3a- Sell Kessil a80 get stronger LEDs
3b- T5 and 3 Kessil
4- Bubble Magus curve 7 (higher bioload)
4a- Ice cap k1-160
5- Current eflux 1900 gph return pump (have already)
6- Current 1050 gph wave pumps
7- 60-80 lbs dry rock
8- 20 lbs dry rubble
9- 30 lbs live rock
10- 90lbs live sand
11- Custom stand 50x25x40.

Planned Stock List
2- clownfish
1- wrasse
1- marine betta
1- picasso triggerfish.
A lot of CUC. (Hermits, snails, urchins, and the like)
Probably others as time passes.
I want some Softy corals
And anemone for the clowns.

That's the plan. Will start posting pics as I put it all together. Plan to finish stand and start painting this weekend.
 

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I'm no salty expert (I don't even have a marine tank) but I do know that you could add a few more fish. A yellow tang would be nice in there. Cant wait to see pics!!
 
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Tangs need bigger tanks but I guess I could grow out a tang for a year or 2. I can definitely get a few more fish but I don't know what yet.
 

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Rcslade124 said:
Tangs need bigger tanks but I guess I could grow out a tang for a year or 2.
I'm going to respectfully disagree with you. The minimum tank size for a yellow tang is a 55. They'd have to be one of the only fish in the tank though. A kole tang, powed blue tang, purple tang and a Tomini Tang would also fit in your tank (obviously only one or two).
 
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Maybe a 6 foot 120 gallon. But I guess a 10 inch fish in 48 inch tanks not horrible. But they would like more room. I'm just starting so a 120 gallon for now. But it's wide not long.
 

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Can I get the dimensions?
 
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48lx24wx24h
 

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Rcslade124 said:
48lx24wx24h
That's the length of a 55 so a yellow tang or a tomini tang would work.
 
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I will def keep that in mind.
 

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Sounds good. Only thing I’d say is a 24” tall tank is hard to maintain unless you’re tall or have long arms. I did a 60 gallon cube tank that was 24” tall and I got rid of it fast. I hated it.
 
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I'm 6'4" so I'll make it work. It will stand about 5ft with stand. So even I might need a chair.
 

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I'm so confused by this discussion - begging for clarity. I have a 120 gallon myself with identical dimensions to what I believe you are trying to describe. It's 4 ft wide by 2 ft deep by 2 ft tall. Please confirm for commenters if that's what you're working with as I'm seeing some feedback that doesn't seem to line up with your fairly clear initial post. That said, I'm a hater for 'hard rules' posters; while I respect all opinions there are a lot of variables that go into managing a tank that folks often assume. One of the biggest ones is that someone is/is-not responsible enough to re-home or LFS fish after an amount of time if they outgrow the tank; I see nothing wrong with that plan as long as you have it figgered out.

One disclaimer is I'm a freshwater, not marine guy (yet) and feel comfortable discussing tank sizing decisions, etc. but don't know marine species. In any event, sounds like an awesome project. I hope to follow in the footsteps before too long when finances from our move settle down some. Corals and anemones are cool!
 
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Yes the tank is 4ft by 2ft and 2ft tall. If I were to get a fish to grow out I would plan upgrade within a year. Tangs just get large and active swimmers. But it's my gfs dream fish. So I might have to get one. I am trying to do this tank right from the start. Nothing left out. Pics to come this weekend!
 

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Hi, I look forward to following your build/aquarium thread. I'm too starting my first saltwater tank and currently waiting for the system to arrive. Totally agree about trying to get it right from day 1 and not rush any of the important first key steps.
 

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I personally think you’d be fine with a yellow tang. I had a powder brown for years in my 75 gallon. He was completely happy.
You can usually tell by behavior if they are stressed out. Get a smaller one to start and see how it grows into the 120. By all means if you want to upgrade I’ll live vicariously through your tank with only a hint of jealousy.

https://m.liveaquaria.com/product/392/?pcatid=392
 
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Pulled the plug... Here's the setup on stand with the 40 gallon breeder sump... Coming together nicely!
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