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Old 11-19-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm looking into a SW aquarium. I'm 14, have a lot of time on my hands, and money isn't much of an obstacle.

I'd like to get a 100 gallon tank to start. I would like to have a wonderful assortment of coral and fish in the tank, and have read up about the subject a little bit. I was just wondering on what everybody's suggestions were on what to put in the tank. From what I've read on these forums, compared to my book, the book seems awfully outdated. It still suggests using undergravel filtration systems and cycling the tank using fish. Personally, it seems outdated.

I was just wondering, without going all out and taking up a ton of space and money, what everybody would suggest for starting with? It's been slightly difficult to gather what I really ought to use for the aquarium, with a lot of information coming from different sources.

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Old 11-19-2005, 06:48 PM   #2
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First I would suggest going to the "articles" link at the top of this page. LOTS of useful info there.

Some books are outdated. I think even the much-touted "Consciencious Marine Aquarist" by Fenner is getting to be more and more out-dated, but it still has lots of useful info. (He advocates UGF systems and fresh-water dips, as I recall, both now not encouraged). And by the way, he's still around, and in the hobby. Maybe he'll write a new version.

PS. To the experts: Are there any really NEW up-to-date books which could join Fenner on the "Must read" list? Nacht and the rest of us could benefit!
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:07 PM   #3
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From what I understand now, it's better to use a sump (I already have several 5 gallon tanks that I wouldn't mind aside for the purpose), and filter it through some rocks and some filter floss. If somebody has a link with some pictures or an alternate suggestion to this, I'd appreciate it. Also, with this, would I need a protein skimmer also? Would a sump aerate the water enough that I wouldn't need to do anything else to it?

As for lighting, for such a large tank, and approximately 3-6 watts per gallon, I'd need several fluorescent bulbs. In the book I have, I read something about it being important to include specific spectrums of light. Would I be fine buying 4 fluorescent bulbs from the LFS after deciding what exactly I want to put in the tank?

As for a tank stand, I have no problem there. There's a cabinetry place down the street "Brakur Custom Cabinetry", I'm sure they'd be more than happy to have me come down, throw money at them, and build something strong, good looking, and functional. (Hey, they might even build a hood to go with it)
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:31 PM   #4
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That's a great idea. Stands that are functional AND good looking are hard to come by. All the ones locally are crap, I had to bribe my roommate with beer to build me one.
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:38 PM   #5
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In our old house, they did a LOT of custom work for the bar in the basement. Some parts of it were 4" thick solid oak (The lip of the bar). All of the cabinets, etc were all custom too.

The cabinets in my dad's new house (Where I'm conveniently typing this from), are Brakur as well. Nice company. Not too much of a money hoard, but nobody can resist anything when you can throw money at them.

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Just looking around, found a few prices. Would probably do a 50 gallon tank, as it allows me more freedom as to where I would place it. Would probably have the place build a small overflow into one corner of the tank. The overflow would run to a sump. The sump would do what a normal sump does (Duh), and then it will be pumped back up to the other side of the tank. I'm going to put in some sort of smooth waterfall-y mechanism in order to prevent splashing and noise.

General List of Things:
1x 50Gal Tank (Main Tank)
1x 5Gal or 10Gal Tank (Sump)
2x Won Pro II 250W Heaters
1x ??? Submersible Pump
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I would suggest at a miniumum a 10 galllon tank for you sump..
Actually I would recomend looking around for a good skimmer and basing how big the sump will need to be on how big the skimmer you get is..
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!0 gallon minimum. You could definitely with that size tank go to a 30-40 gallon sump
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I was suggesting something bigger then 10 gallons.. most good skimmers need more room.. :P
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Alright, what would be a good setup for a 75 gallon aquarium then? It would still be large, but also fit in more spaces. Probably a 75-gallon reef ready from Oceanic Systems. (A local retailer is selling them for $400 each) I think they come with sumps too. If not, it wouldn't break me to build one. They seem like nice tanks. Anybody have any experiences?
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Are you planning on corals, because if you are not then the watt per gallon rule does not apply. If you are planning on corals than standard fluorescents won't get you anything. Metal halides or compact fluorescents are the way to go. Here is a list of things:
Sump with return pump
Good skimmer
2 heaters
100 pounds of lr
75 pounds of SAND not cc
and whatever lights that you think you will need
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