90 Gallon Reef

Morgan Hill, CA
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Hey there. My name is Ray. My family and I moved to Morgan Hill, CA about 7 years ago. In the move, my 55gal tank was temporarily setup in the garage until I had time to set it up properly in the house. A few months later, I got a great deal on this used 90gal with stand and canopy. I found out instantly when I moved the 90 inside that the raised floor would not support the weight once filled. So both 55gal and 90gal went back out into the garage.
This year, my resolution (mandate from my wife :)) is to get my 90gal setup in the garage and retire my 55gal. I'm hoping to chronicle this journey here.



Just picked up 2 Kessil A360W-E from premiumaquatics.com. I'm loving them so far. I plan on controlling them with my Apex controller.
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My initial goal is to utilize 2 x 3 port return manifolds to create enough flow to negate the need for in-tank powerheads. Each of the 6 ports will feed extensions of loc-line so that I can adjust to meet the needs of future coral.




1 Coral

Chia Homer

10 Invertebrate

Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
4 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
Rose Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor
4 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

1 Plant

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.


On average you perform a 12.3% water change every 6 days.

0% total water change in July.

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Moved my apex over to the 90gal today. I still have tons of cable management to do.
On day 17 of Dr. Tim's O&O fishless cycle. All test are good. I think I'm going to call it cycled! All in all, not bad.

I've also added a few cleanup snails to start working on the sand a
On day 14, Dr. Tim's O&O seem to be doing the trick. Nitrite seemed to be below 0.25ppm so I dosed another 130 drops at around 11pm. As of 3pm today, Ammonia was low and nitrites were OK. The instruct
Day 8 of Dr. Tim's O&O fishless cycle. Ammonia is 0ppm, Nitrites still at 5ppm. Did another 5gal water change to try to keep things at bay. Nitrate are down quite a bit. not sure if it do to the brown
After tonight's water test, I see I need a bit of a water change. Ammonia is almost down to 0, but Nitrites are still increasing. I'm at about 5ppm. The instructions for Dr. Tim's O&O state to not all
On day 5 of Dr. Tim's O&O fishless cycle. Ammonia on the decline. Nitrite on the rise. Looks like the NH3 team is winning the race. NO2 team also seems hard at work as NO3 is on the rise. With NO3 at

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