I know I'm pretty new here but I've seen a lot of great advice/help given here so I thought I'd give it a shot. I got into SW
pretty recently compared to a lot of people, I currently have a 55 gallon tank with a T5 fixture atop, I decided rather than slowly increasing tank size I'd just skip ahead and go as large as I can. This is what I have already:
Oceanic Ultimate 225 gallon w/ Starphire glass, dual 1" 600 gph
overflows for a total of 1200 gph
3 x 250W MH
/ 4 x 96W PC
Actinic fixture for a total of 1,134 watts.
Lifereef SVS3-24 Protein Skimmer
2 x Koralia 4s 1200gph
Custom Solid Pine stand the holes are already cut out for the plumbing
This is what I am planning on that I need to buy:
Controller: Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Lite - Level 3 which comes with 8 outlets, PH / Temp probe etc.
Sump / Refugium: ADHI-Refugia 60 42x18x18 w/ PC
lighting over the refugium and dual 1" drain inlets*
Return Pump: Panworld 100PX-X / 1270 gph
Heating: 2 x 500W Finnex Heating Elements (these have no thermostat but will be controlled by the RKL)
Sand: I'm thinking that I'd like to do a DSB
so about 6"? I plan to have a couple species that require soft substrate, so what brand is recommended? I'd really like to have black sand if possible.
Live Rock: I have about 60 - 75 lbs in my tank already, and plan to make 2 islands on either side, so that the fish have a figure 8 to swim. Since I already have some LR
, I'm thinking about buying 100 lbs of Marco's Rock, comments?
That's all that I can currently think of, if I'm missing something please do let me know, if there's anything that you think I should change out for something better please don't hesitate.
I don't have a stocking list yet, there's only 4 fish that will for sure be in the tank:
1.5" Hippo Tang
3.5" Blue Spotted Jawfish
2" Pair Black Percula Clownfish
Ideally I'd like to keep a mixed reef with Softies, LPS
, and very few SPS
. I was also planning to add a ATO system by using a separate 10 gallon tank and just filling that up as necessary, as I live in an apartment everything will be underneath the stand.*
As I said, all questions and comments are welcome, I want to do this right the first time!
Thanks for your time and help!