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Old 03-01-2003, 05:13 PM   #1
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equipment check

Can some one look over the list of equipment i have bought and let me know if it all checks out for my setup and give some advice. What else i will need

62gal aquarium
55ga sump 3 dividers:
div1 dioballs, div2heaters, ect and div3 return pump.
prizm skimmer
Fluidized bed.
2" coral sand 70lbs of live rock.

will i need a canaster filter the one i have inmind is renaXp3.

stock a few corals inverts and fish
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Don't use the bio balls. You don't need the fluidized bed filter. Spend that money on more LR (another 40# or so). You may want a couple small powerheads for circulation. You need some lights. The ones that come with tanks are woefully inadequate. Expect to spend $200-300 on them.
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As far as the sand bed goes, unless you are going to have sand sifting inverts, you can either lower the sand to 1" or so or increase to a DSB at 4" or more which will give greater filtration value. I agree with everything that anenomeman said otherwise. Bio balls are a nitrate factory, instead utilize small pieces of LR in the sump. Sounds like you have a good setup to begin with. Keep us posted and good luck.
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Old 03-07-2003, 05:13 PM   #4
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What kind of Sand is best for a DSB for FO tank?
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Being in New Jersey, you should be able to find some Southdown, Old Town, or Yard Right tropical playsand at your local Home Depot.
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Southdown Tropical Playsand should be available near you at a Home Depot. It is a good, cheap sand for a DSB. You will need LR to "seed" the sand or get a couple cups LS from a fellow reefer's DSB. There's got to be 1000's of reefers in NJ.
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