Leicester56's 120 gallon build

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    Now that I am setting up a 120 instead of a 75 gallon, this is my modified planned stocking list

    1. Pair of Ocellaris clowns
    2. Cherub Angel
    3. Blue Star Leopard Wrasse
    4. Yellow Watchman Goby/Pistol Shrimp Pair
    ( Above are all currently in my 58 gallon)
    5. Kole Tang
    6. Diamond Goby

    These 7 fish will bring me about to the 1 inch per 5 gallon rule of thumb ( when sump volume is taken into account). I know this isn't a perfect indicator of what the system can handle, but at least I shouldn't be I overstocked.
     
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    You'll be fine with that list.
    Stocking levels really shouldn't be about how many inches per gallon, but more of filtration versus bioload and available territory.
    As long as you maintain aa adequate filtration system to handle the amount of waste and nutrients added to your system, you can keep more or less fish than the inch per gallon rule.
    And as long as all of the fish feel comfortable and have a place to call their own, you'll be fine. Mixing together fish that are bottom dwellers and rock-huggers with those that are free-swimmers helps to keep the fish from becoming aggressive and stressed.

    And this may not be the best club to ask for stocking level advice.
    Just look at some of our local systems; Marty, Chris, myself included....
     
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    And it begins! First step: new tank and stand relocated to new home. image.jpeg
     
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    The 120 has gone live! At the new house with the tank set up in a nook off of our first floor living room. 24 hrs post move, all the fish are eating and the corals look healthy.

    The best part is that my Yrllow Watchman goby picked a great hole in the front base of the rock work that makes him really visible. I worried the little guy would pick somewhere more obstructed from view. Got to get him a pistol shrimp.

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    "Under the hood" shots. Vertex 180i skimmer just starting to break in. Love the 25 gallon top off tank and clever refill system designed by the original owner.

    So far, I have not added my L2 scrubber to the system, but I am considering placing it right above the overflow box (with a 17 inches of space under the hood, this will make maintenance easier than if it were crammed in the sump). I figure I can place a small pump in the overflow and just have it cycle through the ATS and then drain back into the overflow.
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    So glad all went well! For sure get him a shrimp - the symbiotic relationships in saltwater are so awesome!
     
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    Looking great so far. Aquascape is nicely balanced with interesting little nooks and crannies
     
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    Looking good!

    And, yeah. Get the goby a pistol shrimp! You'll see a lot more of the fish as the shrimp will be working nonstop and the goby's instinct is to not let the shrimp be alone.
     
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    He used to have a tiger pistol shrimp as a buddy, but I lost him and my RBTA to an extended power outage in July that occurred while I was out of the country. It is almost time for a new friend. . . Just making sure the tank parameters stay stable for a while after the move before making a purchase (1 week in and the values have remained pristine. Keeping my fingers crossed).
     
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    So, I am only 10 months into the saltwater hobby and I have upgraded in size twice (40 breeder to 58 gallon. . . and now to a 120 gallon). I have promised myself (and my wife), not to go any bigger. This is truly the most addicting hobby I have ever had!
     
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    So you're not going any bigger.... you never promised a second, third, fourth.... tank to be set up.
    Very nice loophole!

    If you need any help with this addiction, this is the place to come for support; or the nudge you need to go further down the spiral!
    Good luck!
     
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    Dropped by the LFS intending to get a Kole tang but came home with a Yellow Tang instead. I know the 4x2x2ft 120 gallon is right on the edge sizewise for this species, but I have aquascaped to provide a decent amount of swimming room. We will see how it goes.
     

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    I totally know this feeling - lol

    Welcome to the addiction : )
     
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    Although certainly worse for your health, a drug addiction would likely be cheaper. :)
     
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    Never make promises like that...
     
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    2 weeks from initial set up: All water quality parameters are great, and the Yellow Tang is comfortable and eating well in the tank. Still working on a way to hook up the ATS without overcrowding the space in the sump area (an issue that made sump servicing a real PITA. Did hook up a BRS two chamber GFO and Carbon reactor (see pictures below) for preventative measures.

    No no corals were lost during the move, but it has been a week since I have seen my Yellow Watchman Goby. Hoping he is hiding somewhere under the massive rock work.

    The Radion lights are great, but I am still figuring out how much intensity I need for the tank. Over the last 2 weeks I have increased the two units from 50 to 60% intensity with plans to increase another 5 percent in a couple days. The one thing I have been disappointed with are the RMS brackets that mount the lights to the back of the tank. They bend considerably. I will likely purchase the hanging kit in the near future.
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    Some quick pics on my iPhone.
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    Another new addition today. A little shy right now, but ate like a champ at the fish store.
    Female Bellus Angel!!! I just couldn't pass it up. About 3 inches right now. May outgrow my tank at some point, but I figure it won't be hard to find someone interested in her if that day comes.
    I am now fully stocked fish wise:
    2- clowns
    1- blue star leopard wrasse
    1- cherub angel
    1- yellow tang
    1- Midas blenny
    1- bellus angel

    From a bioload standpoint, if all my fish were full size that would leave me at 1inch of fish per 4.4 gallons, which I know is a very crude calculation to determine what a system can handle, but at least it seems reasonable.

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