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Old 01-15-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
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equipment suggestions for new 120 gal sw tank

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I am planning a 120 gallon sw tank that I expect to stock with fish, corals and invertebrates. I am looking for suggestions on models of the following equipment:

RO/DI unit
submersible pump (to sit in sump for wet/dry filter)
power heads (also, how many are needed)
Water test kit

I plan on getting the turbofloater 1000 protein skimmer.

Can someone provide suggestions on models that will work well in my planned setup?

Lastly, the tank itself is a 120 gallon All Glass that is 48 inches long and 24 inches wide. Any suggestions on lighting?
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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Re: equipment suggestions for new 120 gal sw tank

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Any suggestions on lighting?
What kind of corals are you looking to have? Soft coral,LPS corals,SPS corals or polyps and mushrooms. Your lighting will depend on what you want to make it.
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I would get some input on that skimmer. I haven't heard of that particular brand....
I agree with mel, lighting will depend on what types of corals you want. Check liceaquaria.com for some ideas of critters that catch your eye, then post back and let us know what you plan on adding.
I have a 125G with 4 SEIO 820 ph. I have two 300W titanium heaters (for redundancy). I would also suggest a refractometer, titanium grounding probe, salt mix and a reef SW test kit. I like to get my stuff from drsfosterandsmith.com, they don't charge extra for weight or bulky items.
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Thanks for response. I plan on getting both soft and sps corals. I've read so much on the subject and my thinking changes with each article. Some of the corals I like require a lot of light and there are others that do not. I am planning on MH lighting and but also actinic flourescent. I expect to place the low light corals lower areas and under cliffs. I'm looking for a system that will house a combination of both MH and flourescent for the purpose mentioned. I'll wait on the lighting until I know exactly which corals I want to purchase.

I will check on the skimmer. Any suggestion on good models. Whenever I buy electronics I check consumer reports ratings in hopes purchasing better products. Is there a site that rates the different equipment? There are so many vendors and models to choose from I would hate to by an inferior product and need to replace it. Pumps, power heads, etc. so many models to choose from.

What is a titanium probe?

melosu58 - Nice setup. I particularly like the pink panther and the green button. What type of lighting do you have?
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VHO lighting about 3 wpg. I think you are talking about the pink squareback anthia. No panther in my tank.
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The turbofloater is a great skimmer. My friend has one on his 75g reef. It works great. My only concern is that it might be a little undersized despite what the manufacturer says.
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Here is a good article on equipment you`ll need. It was written by one of our mods

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=76139
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First I would ditch plans for a wet/dry filter. You neither need nor want that type filtration on a reef tank. Mud sumps with caulerpa work really well. I've had good success with the Ecosystem sumps. You can build one yourself and just use their mud in it though for a lot less $$. I haven't used a Turboflotor skimmer. They have been around for a while and I've heard good things about them. I prefer Aqua C skimmers...they're simple, they work, there are no parts to wear out. I'd go with an EV180 for your tank. I would also go with an external pump for 3 reasons. It's quieter. It will last a lot longer. It will not add nearly as much heat to the water as a submersible. Ditto on the powerheads. I'd recommend an external pump on a closed loop with a SQWD or at least split returns in the tank. Powerheads add heat to the water, clog up, tend to suck unsuspecting inverts in, and don't really add to the overall looks of the tank. I would shoot for at least 2500 gph total flow in the tank...or even more. I'd recommend a 2x250w MH lighting system. A pair of 48" VHO's or 65w PC's would do for actinics. If you go with 14k halides, you don't really need actinics IMO. It's a matter of personal preference. I've always liked the Salifert test kits.
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Thanks to all. I appreciate the information.
Melosu58, when I click to view your gallery and then click on the picture of the Green Button a window opens with the picture. Along the top of the screen are 5 smaller pictures of other corals/polyps. The second from the right is a picture of a Pink Panther. I thought it was yours but after looking at it again I see it was posted by another user. Take a look at it. I think it is very nice.

I've read so much literature over the last 2 months and have found there are many conflicting schools of thought as to what is required. Some say the wet/dry is not necessary and others seem to swear by them. LoganJ, I will read up on the mud sump as I don't believe I have heard that term before. I'll take time to digest this information and am sure to have more questions soon. I agree with your comments on the pump for the exact same reasons. Many people have stated that their heaters never go on because the water is heates so much by the lights. They have stated that I'd definitely need a chiller. Because of this I don't want to increase the water temperature with a pump when there are alternatives.

JM, I think I am now going to investigate the model/brand suggested by loganj.

I know the initial setup is important and I want to research as much as possible in order to provide the best environment for the future inhabitants. I expect the tank to arrive in about 2 weeks or so. I'll keep the thread open and post each step along the way. Thanks again to all.

One last question/update, JM, do you live near Essex County? I am always looking for new LFS's.
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