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Old 03-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #11
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this tank will be in my living room so i dont want a sump being an eyesore. the can will fit under the tank but a small sump would too, if i can build a small one. i already have 2x24w t5 ho hagen glo, life glos. should i get a tank mounted metal halide, like 150w. okay need powerheaDS AND REFRactometer..anything else?
Have you seen the photos of some of these sumps/refugiums? Some are as beautiful as a display tank!!
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The canister will start to produce crazy nitrates if you don't clean it out once a week. They tend to more of a pain then help. And yeah for the sump I would go with the biggest that you pos can. Remember that u still need room to access it invade something goes wrong.
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Dont be cheap with your live rock. And get a sump for sure it will be best in the long run and if you want a reef get the metal halide as well gives you more options down the road good luck..
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Dont be cheap with your live rock. And get a sump for sure it will be best in the long run and if you want a reef get the metal halide as well gives you more options down the road good luck..
What I would do is buy lots of base rock and then like 1lb of really good rock with lots of coroline algae on it. It will save you lots of cash and plus the dry base rock will turn live I'n time without the hitchhikers that come with live rock. If you go with mh lights you will have to keep an eye on temp. They tend to get very hot thus needing fans on your tank.
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As long as the base rock is porous. some places sell things like concrete or other non-porous rocks. You need the porosity (that a word?) for good bacterial growth. That's your main concern.

+1 for base plus some Live. It will help.

IMO MH's are only necessary if you want to house SPS. A good T5 system will go a long way for soft and LPS.
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so how small a sump or wet/dry can i get away with using?
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i use tufa rock in my cichlid tank, it is very porus, could that work?
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Check craigs list and local forums for live rock there is always someone taking down a tank or has gotten to much rock. I get real live rock that has been in someones tank for between 2 and 3 a lb, stores charges between 5 and 16 a lb. Just keep your eyes open for the deals.
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I would go with a 10g minimum. Mostly because u have more of a variety you can do with it. Also a key thing is if your power ever goes out the water that is I'n your return line and some of the dt water will flow down into the sump. It's nice to have the extra room In the sump just incase that ever happens.
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