View Full Version : 90 Gallon Reef Tank Build

03/12/2017, 05:14 PM
Hey Everyone!

So the time is here. I have done over a year of preparation for this build from research to buying used and new equipment.

I'm like to take you all on my adventure, the ups and downs, and finally to were I am today. I am two weeks away from starting my cycle, and about 1 month and a half away from introducing fish and coral to the system.

I started like many other reefers, I kept freshwater cichlids, but that wasn't enough I started looking for a bigger tank than my 55 gallon and I knew i wasn't going to be happy until I got a reef tank. So began my research. I was able to find a great deal on a corner tank, it needed some TLC but I figured I could do it since I was in no rush to get it running.


03/12/2017, 05:22 PM
I went and got the tank, The guy I bought it from was great and knowlegable was really awesome to someone who was just getting into the hobby, the tank came with pretty much everything i needed,

40 gallon sump-
Rodi unit-
return pump-
a ton of misc things i actually needed

However I'm a perfectionist, and I needed this to be done right, I got the stand home and realized a few issues, it was in overall disrepair, the door was cracked and it just looked terrible after years of abuse.


03/12/2017, 05:29 PM
I decided to redo the stand entirely, I sanded it down, got some wood glue to fix the doors, new screws, I wanted it to look Brand new

I repainted and set it up in my house with some vinegar to start the cleaning process.


03/12/2017, 05:38 PM
After i ran the vinegar in the system, I found a bunch of leaks in the sump. Also, it was used wrong. it was a berlin sump meant for a big skimmer. It was also a terrible setup In my opinion.


I wanted a refugium. I needed to do it my way. So I decided id spend a little cash to make this the best system I could.

I started with a trigger systems 36'


I got a reefkeeper lite. and attached it to an old thin client so I could remote in and make changes (I'm an IT Manager and I have my own home network. so this was logical.)


Problem was I caught the bug and it snowballed from there.

03/12/2017, 05:45 PM
The reefkeeper since that last picture didnt post

As you can see in the picture I also got a media reactor in there.

Next thing i needed was lights, and powerheads.


Yes I went Ecotech everything.

2x Radions
2x MP40's
1 Vextra M1 return pump

the ability to wirelessly control all of these through my reeflink is priceless.



This weekend I bleached the system using all the new toys. it is now running with a few bags of chemipure and tap water. I also got my skimmer running it it. Ill do this for a few days. Then it will be ready for the saltwater and cycle.

Let me know what you guys thing, Ill update this again when I have a few more pictures.

Ill be doing some chord management once I drain the system again.


03/12/2017, 05:58 PM
Looks amazing

Its really nice when someone actually takes there time setting up there tank and doesn't rush into it. Keep up the great work.

what are your future stocking plans for this tank?

03/12/2017, 06:14 PM
A few things of Note

I painted the back of the tank semi gloss black

I painted the inside of the stand with Leakseal in case there are any leaks.

I have in's with some carpet people that made me up those sweet carpets you see inside and outside the tank.

I've since moved the thin client under the mp40's and vectra's controllor. it looks way more uniform out there.

I also have an ATO I've yet to install
I have all of my chemicals ready for dosing.


03/12/2017, 06:22 PM
Looks amazing

Its really nice when someone actually takes there time setting up there tank and doesn't rush into it. Keep up the great work.

what are your future stocking plans for this tank?

Thanks! I wanted to make sure I went very slow and set it up correctly.

I'm going to do a mixed reef.

First I'm going to get a rose bubble tip anemone followed by some clowns (I have two kids, they love the clownfish.

I'm thinking a yellow tang, some gobi's a few other reef friendly guys if I can. I have a month and a half to think about and find what I want.

03/14/2017, 11:06 AM
Had a snow day today

20 gallon tank
Fuval 206 canister
Fuval sea lights
hydor Nano 565 gph for a total of about 800ish gph in the tank (is this enough)?
Created the frag holder out of spare pipe and eggcrate
threw some spare 1 inch pvc in there for the fish
Mixed up some saltwater last night checked this morning at 1.029 its a bit high but I'm just cycling so ill fix it throughout the cycle


07/06/2017, 02:07 PM
I like where this is headed! Subbed!

07/08/2017, 09:36 AM