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Old 02-26-2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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Two PH`s will be ideal as pointed at each other will provide chaotic water flow which imo is ideal. It`s basically what you see on the reef. Tank looks nice and should work good. What size tank will fit under the stand? As far as the sump or refuge I like the mag pumps. As far as the lighting I`m not up to date on LED`s. I`m still old fashioned by using VHO`s. Looking forward to the build.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #12
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Thanks Mike - the stand is 36" long, and I think 30 or 35" tall, so I ought be able to get a decent sized sump under the tank. However, I also think I need to plan for an ATO reservoir as well - I am sure I will see quite a bit of evaporation with an open top. I was thinking of trying to do something with about 24" length for a sump if I can get away with it, and leave 10-12" for a vertical type reservoir for the ATO. Not sure where that leaves me, or if that is possible. I suppose it is possible I could try and put the reservoir outside the stand, but as this tank will be in our main living area, I am sure the wife would appreciate things being as hidden as possible.
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Your ATO reservoir doesn't have to go under the stand necessarily. I have seen them hidden in everyday household items and placed next to the tank. I believe I saw the guys on BRS TV put one in a storage ottoman you can pick up at target. No one will ever know it's housing part of you life support system, of course I guess this assumes you have any room next to the tank for such things.
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Let's talk skimmers - what would be some good options for a 57?
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:08 PM   #15
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Here is the one I just got last week:

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/...p-skimmer.html

To be honest, I have zero experience with skimmers, but within the week I've already had crazy amounts of crap pulled out. From what people are saying, it needs a while to break in, and it's already great. I at least, am impressed.
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Thanks TL, I just saw Doug had recommended that one in another post as well. It looks pretty attractive, especially at that price point.
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I ordered all the plumbing parts for my RO storage. Will post pics of the build of that once I get the parts in.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #18
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Just ordered:

175 gallon salt mix
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I guess I am all in now
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Before you go any further you might want to decide now if you will invest in a controller. For instance you can have it as a temperature and ATO instead of using other equipment.

Not sure if you've considered it or not.
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Yes, have considered it. I have so many timers, and I have a pH controller not in use, I am going to hold off on the controller for now. It is something I may want to do down the road, but for now, I am not going to go for it. When I get one, I will want a really nice one... and with the money going to the vortechs, the tank, the RO system, and the AI Sols, I don't think I wanna spring for it right now.
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