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Old 04-20-2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hi can anyone give me a list of equipment needed and what would be best to start a sw aquarium please? I have a 5 foot x 2ft x 2ft tank with sump and an external filter and wave maker
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Need to know what you are trying to end up with, fish only, corals, or full reef, you have a decent start already, what is the sump size, and what's the external filter?

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Sump is 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5 ft. External filter is a jbl cristalprofi e900 also av vecton 600 uv on tank too. Would like to have live rock with corals and fish
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Sump is 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5 ft. External filter is a jbl cristalprofi e900 also av vecton 600 uv on tank too. Would like to have live rock with corals and fish

That's a decent sump for a 135-140 gal tank. You're going to have a sweet setup once it's all done.
I would loose the canister filter and get a return pump. A mag12 or 18 will probably be needed. Is your tank drilled? If it came with a canister filter it might not be. I would drill it if you can. Otherwise you'll need an overflow.
In the sump you will need a protein skimmer to fit in the first section of the sump.
Lights will be determined by what you put in the tank. Corals and coral friendly fish, or some of the cool fish that aren't so coral friendly.
I would loose the uv filter too. They only kill bacteria in the water column and the health of our tanks depends on a healthy bacteria population.
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Yea there's a weir and the tank Is drilled do you mean a return pump from the sump? If so there already is a pump in the sump. What skimmer would you use and how big?
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The recommended is for twice the tank volume. So a 300 gal one should do.
I have a reef octopus which I find too noisy. Don't really recommend it if the tanks in a living room.
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Ok what media would I need in sump?
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I wouldn't put media in there. Just more live rock
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Ok so any filtration apart from the skimmer?
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Nice size for the sump, personal feeling is your lighting will likely be the most costly item you need, then the skimmer, I agree with the above post, 300 cap would be good

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