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Old 02-26-2009, 11:20 AM   #11
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To be honest, I am very new to this type of tank, I had a fresh water set up for many years but am now moving into Saltwater. I am here on this site to try to educate myself on what ill need and how to set it up. Any and all Advice would greatly be appreciated. It was suggested to me to get a wet/dry system... Im not to sure what that is. I also saw in a local store, a Fluval 405, but that states its only good to 110 Gallon Tank. With Tank size in mind... the 90 with 4ft foot print, the 120 I saw had a 4ft foot print was 2 feet wide. The 90 I believe is 1.5 feet wide.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:31 AM   #12
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While bigger is generally better.. you fish limits will be more based on length rather than height or width. It's a pain getting into the 90 I have now. Reaching the back corners is a .. well... wet experience..

If you're going 4, I'd do the 90.

Soo.. your decisions are this:

a) Filtration: Sump/wetdry, canister, HOB(hang on back) or some combination of
b) Lighting
c) Flow
d) Sand/Crushed Coral - Sand is much better...
e) Live Rock ?
f) If you decide on sump or wetdry .. drilled or overflow..
g) Skimmer?

Those are some of the decisions you will need to make
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I guess maybe I should tackle one at a time... Filtration.. Whats best.. Assuming I do a 90... I feel like a Canister is easier for the new guy... but for the fish and the tank is a wetdry better? HOB? Is that easier then the rest? I had a HOB for fresh water but always thought they were no good for saltwater.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:03 PM   #14
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wetdry and sump are basically the same. Go the sump route Melevsreef.com | Acrylic Sumps & Refugiums.

I run both but only use the sump. Others are perfectly happy with either HOB, canisters or just a skimmer.. or some combination
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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Whats RO/DI systems? Ive seen that alot... Is it something that is necessary?
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:11 PM   #16
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In the end you'll probably end up w/ one. RO or RO/DI units give you filtered 100% pure water. Stands for reverse osmosis and reverse osmosis / deionization.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:35 PM   #17
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So basically this is only needed for adding water to the tank.. or a water change. I happen to have access to this type of pure water at my office. So ill probably fill up some 5 gallon pals of it as needed.

So during a lil more of my research ive heard a few people make reference to a refuge tank is this something that is necessary for a FOWLR Tank?
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Not not necessary.

Be sure about the water at your office. Filtered/bottled water is not RO water.

I would suggest you do some research, here and many other places on the web (Google) then you'll be better able to get some specific answers
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Yeah im sure about my office water, I work for a pharmacutical company and we have alot labs for testing and manufacturing which all require RO water. Its FDA regulated so its all top notch equipment providing that water.

I appreciate all your help.... Im still undecided between wet/dry and a canister, ill have to research that some more too.
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The best filtration IMO is LR and a skimmer. Really all you need. If later you decide you want a sump or refugium that will be a plus. 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per gallon of LR is good biological filtration. A good skimmer plus the LR will go a long way. Also check out the images of other folks here to see reef tanks a FOWLR tanks.
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