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Old 01-20-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Getting back in and considering a Reef

Hi All,

I am getting back into SW and considering a reef tank. I have plans to get a 125 gal, looking for a good price on a package deal. I successfully setup and maintained a 90 gal FOwLR a few years ago, but had to shut it down when I moved.

I need to understand the additional equipment, chemicals and maintenance required to keep a healthy reef. Pour it on! I'm a sponge.

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Old 01-20-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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Lights are your first step. second is flow. As far as chemicals Maybe I dont understand your question but most of that will be supplied by waterchanges and such.

Why dont you tell us your plans or what you want to acheive then we can recomend.
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OK. I may have lucked out. I found a complete system with tank, stand, canopy, lights, skimmer, sump, fish, LR, corals, and more. All for $550! I'm excited.

Problems: I need to move it myself and have never done that - please offer up advice for that process.

Next, I have zero equipment for SW! My first pass identifies that I need an RO/DI filter, PH buffer, Salt, Mixing tubs, PH's and heaters, tubing. What else am I not thinking about?

Are there RO/DI filter systems that aren't permanently attached to the sink?
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:19 AM   #5
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So i decided to buy that system and they have all the equipment plus testers, food and more. All I need to buy is an RO/DI.

I am hiring a local LFS to do the move. Looks like the one issue i need to address is not keeping the sand. Once the tank is setup again, what's the best way to introduce brand new aragonite?
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Before its set up again. Buy the bags before the move and have the LFS use the new sand when the re set up the system
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Just put in an order with Dr Fosters. They are having a flat rate shipping sale, so no over weight charges. I got 120# of 1-2mm Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand

Good deal if you need to buy a lot of stuff. Maybe I should have bought a bucket of salt!
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So I'm thinking about lighting for my refugium. The tank is a 30 gallon and right now the media - LR, algae, sand etc are throughout the tank. I need to eventually prepare a new tank with baffles to compartmentalize the system.

That said, would this be enough? 25w Macro-Glo Adjustable Refugium Light - JBJ

I think tank dimensions are 36 1/4L x 12 5/8D x 16 3/4H.

I also have a 2 x 65W Coralife unit i used on a 20gHigh. I can mount that under the tank using supports at the top of the stand.

AND I have a 2 x 65 W Coralifie PC unit I had on my 55. That I can mount with the legs, but it will overhang until I get something else.

How much Wattage do I need for the refugium?

I appreciate the feedback!
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You can find RO/DI systems on Ebay. I got a 100gpd for $140
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