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Old 03-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Ok so I've been thinking about starring areef tank for awhile now.i was gong to do it in my 40 gallon breeder. I'm looking for everyones best ideas I'm willing to take my time and build anything i have to i want it to look good.but i have no idea where to start first things first what do i need for equipment.definatly going with a sump
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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OK, so you are going sump, you are going to need high quality lighting, and skimmer. In your sump you probably want to set up a refugium.

You are going to need rock. Live rock, or dry rock, or DIY live rock. But you need it in the tank for biological filtration.

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Ok cool thanks what is the tefugium for
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And how much live rock
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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Live rock about a pound a gallon give or take.


Refugium allows you to support/shelter life that would not go well in the display tank. Also you can fill it with macro algae and it will use the nitrate in the tank. Lower nitrate means less unwanted algae in display tank.
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Thank you guys now how about the fun stuff.stocking ideas i would like a full fledged reef with corals and such and fish inverts etc.
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Another question do you think a fluvsl 306 or 405 would be fine? Without a skimmer?
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Another question do you think a fluvsl 306 or 405 would be fine? Without a skimmer?
I am running a PennPlax Cascade 1000. Wonderful on its own for a freshwater tank this size, but saltwater is a whole different game. Even with purigen I would say you still need a skimmer. I am removing about 1/2 a cup a day of nasty smelly skimate.
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Alright so either way i need a skimmer cool beans
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Yeah definitely go against the external filter and get yourself a decent skimmer.


You can do a refuge un but they're not 100% necessary. I'm doing one on my new tank for the same reasons stated before, to prevent nitrates creeping up, prevent algae growth in display and grow Copepods.

Have you thought about how you're going to monitor your parameters? If you're going for a heavy stock coral tank you might want to consider a calcium reactor. You could also manually dose. To start with on my tank I'm going to periodically test my water and do a water change every 5 days. This should do until I get more corals.
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