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Old 06-26-2013, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. This is my first attempt at SW. I've had FW since a kid and now want to try a SW as a FW doest have the cool fish. I want something that mimics the ocean, has color and just looking to try something new. So for now looking at a FOWLR setup.

Things I have so far and need to keep in mind are:
Built my stand ( 8 double 2x4 post)
Diy rock ( sitting in circulating water)
45 gallon tank
Need: Budget conscious as the wife does not want to take a second mortgage out.
I want to keep her happy as this will make this build a lot more fun and will keep her interested so I can keep moving forward.

I have been contemplating a diy sump w PS or a hang on the back PS. The hang on the back seems better for me in regards to price and as this is my first SW and I need to keep it simple first until I gain experience.
What i see I need to get going is a few pumps for water movement, the skimmer, live rock to seed my dead diy rock, better submersible heater, .. And not sure what else.
What hob skimmers do u guys feel is the best bang for the buck. Looking to do 200 or less and was curious on the reef octopus bh1000, back pak or what you guys may consider better. Was watching LA fish guys w reef dynamics and their PS skimmers look awesome but price is to high for this beginning stage.
I know I have more questions but kinda overwhelmed and not sure right now. I know my questions list will grow as time goes by. Thanks to all in advance for any feedback.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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Re: Skimmers .. the Reef Octopus BH-90 is a decent one for a HOB. It's got a cylindrical body, which allows for better flow, etc than a rectangular body.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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I keep swaying. I want to make a sump and get a in sump skimmer. Are there any that are good quality and also functional in the protein removal but don't cost an arm and a leg? I was looking at the vertex in 100 although that was made in 2010 it goes for around 220. That's doable. Are there better ones with everything included ( pump and so forth) for a smidge over 200 or less?
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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Diy sump without a doubt. I have a 55g diy on my 125 and it cost me under $100 to make it
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Diy sump without a doubt. I have a 55g diy on my 125 and it cost me under $100 to make it
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55g tank from petco $1/gallon- $55
3 acrylic sheets cut to dimension-$20
1 tube of GE Silicone 1-$5
Thats $80 all said and done. I realize that the 1/gallon sale comes once a year, if you check craigslist you can prob find the tank to fit your needs.
As for design i have a single baffle between chambers 1+2, and a double over-under baffle between 2+3. My drains empty into filter socks in c1, where the skimmer is. My live rock rubble, caulerpa, and heaters are in c2 (have dual t5 bulb over it) then my return pump in c3
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As for design i have a single baffle between chambers 1+2, and a double over-under baffle between 2+3. My drains empty into filter socks in c1, where the skimmer is. My live rock rubble, caulerpa, and heaters are in c2 (have dual t5 bulb over it) then my return pump in c3
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First one is of the double baffle between 2-3. Its almost impossible to see the baffles themselves but you can see the white caulking. Second pic is of the first chamber.
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This is a 20 gallon diy.

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Cleaned it up a bit so the baffles were visible
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