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Old 01-24-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Components on 75gal with 20 gal sump

Tell me what you think about this list I made up that I am planning on ordering from Marine Depot...
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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I dont see any LR on the list. For proper biofiltration I would make sure of plenty of LR and a good skimmer. The canister IMO is not needed. Save that money for LR. The PH`s and heaters are needed and look good. I would also consider a RO/DI unit instead of the tap water filter. They do not get everything out as a RO/DI unit would. JMO
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plans for your tank? 4x54 isn't a ton of light - if you're going reef you should rethink this.

I also agree with everything mel said.

also, get 2 heaters, little less power - so you have redundancy
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What kind of light fixture would you suggest I would like something that has different lights on different timers. So I can auto shut off and turn on lights.
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Mel and neilanh what kind of lights /how many do you have on yours?
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Well, what are your plans for your tank? FO? FOWLR? Reef? that will determine how much lighting you need. If Reef, what kind of corals do you like?

On my 72g bow, I have 2x175W MH and 2x54W T5HO.
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I'd nix the the following as well: canister filter, tap water filter, heater, and the lighting. Since you planned on purchasing a tap filter, why not just purchase a solid ro/di workhorse? I prefer Spectrapure, but there are others.

This would be my list for the same price you specified:

Coralife Digital Thermometer
Item Code: Item Code: MD2101 - $7.99

Marine Floating Thermometer (great as a backup for your digital)
Item Code: HG11201 - $1.49

Marine Depot Refractometer (cheaper than Captive Purity and still a solid product)
Item Code: MD2101 - $39.99

Spectrapure Maxcap 90gpd (Spectrapure.com may have a cheaper price on shipping)
Item Code: SP1711 - $357.90

Hydor Koralia 2 Circulation Pump/Powerhead UL 600 gph
Item Code: HD19201 - $35.99

Hydor Koralia 4 Circulation Pump/Powerhead UL 1200 gph
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Vertex IN-250 Internal Pinwheel Protein Skimmer 150-250 Gallons
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*Be aware the pumps have problems reported so compare skimmers with that of Euroreef, AquaC, and Octopus plus depending on how much livestock you plan and feeding for, you may not need such a large skimmer. Personally, I would purchase a skimmer at a later date and focus on liverock and substrate.

I didn't mention lighting because it would pay off to know what you intend for the tank? There would be no point in purchasing intense lighting for that of sps if you don't plan to have sps. Taking a breeze through RC, it seems a 4x54w ATI, Icecap, or Tek fixture would suffice for soft/lps, but a 6-8x54w for sps. You could also go the aquactinics 5x54w and have a little of everything.

Also, if you have a sump are you drilling your tank or using an hob? Either way you'll need a return pump (did I miss seeing this?). Another option to think about, if you are already drilling, is making a closed-loop that would eliminate powerheads. As for heaters, Jager is no longer reliable ime (we go through a ton of these at work) so I'd get two 100w heaters by either Visitherm, Hagen, or Won Brothers.
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Awesome info Innovator. I do have a 20 gal sump. My tank is reef ready I only plan on having LPS mainly. I am going to need a good pump for the tank. If I dont get the skimmer right away... what are the ups and downs to this. Should I get the LR and Sub before I get the filter and skimmer? I did want to put LR rubble in the sump as well. But back to lighting... Any suggestions. I really like the fact that the fixture I suggested had the internal workings of different circuits so I would be able to program on off times with different lights.
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Although it might not be best for LPS???? I dont know what do you think?
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Is it common not to have a filter if using LR rubble?
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