Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-15-2010, 01:49 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic


 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Rockwall, Texas
Posts: 598
New to SW: Help me set it up, please!

I've been a member here for quite a while (though inactive). I've always had FW tanks, though. I tore down my planted 75g and it has sat dormant in the garage for over 2 years. I've decided I want to get a SW tank running now. I've done my research and I BELIEVE I know what I need equipment wise, but I don't know specifics. Let me give some details of what I have:

75 gallon (standard) glass aquarium
29 gallon (standard) glass aquarium
20L gallon (long/breeder) glass aquarium

Hehehehe, that's it. Everything else is going to be fresh, from the ground up.

- I know I want a sump (which spare tank should I use? I'm guessing the 29 is the obvious choice).
- I know I need a skimmer (recomendations?)
- I know I need 2 MH lights (200/250W or 400W?)
- I know I need a SW test kit
- Do I need any PH's for water circulation?
- How do I set up my sump, especially since my tank isn't "reef ready"?
- What else do I need to know to get started?

Any advice on ANYTHING is greatly appreciated. Budget is a slight factor, but I don't want to go super cheap or super expensive. Just average setup.

Thanks in advance!
__________________

__________________
75 Gallon High-Tech Planted Community
3.5 WPG using T8's
Fluorite w/sand mix
Rena Filstar XP2
Pressurized CO2 w/SMS122

29 Gallon Goldfish
4" Red/White Ryunkin
4" Orange Fantail
Penguin 100
AquaClear 20
FMJnaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
Ok welcome back first.
You don't 'need' a sump. That's something I think it's important for people to know. It is good to have one though. Everything else sounds good. As for test kits get a test kit for:
Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
Phosphate
Calcium
Ph
__________________

__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010, 06:58 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Quote:
Originally Posted by FMJnaX View Post
I BELIEVE I know what I need equipment wise, but I don't know specifics.
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.

BTW welcome to AA
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010, 07:43 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thominil's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: In the middle of the corn....
Posts: 2,773
Go with a Reef Octopus skimmer. I would use the 29g for the sump. You don't need halides on a 75g, T5 HO will be fine, I would go with either the Current USA Nova Extreme Pro 48" 6x54w or 8x54w T5 HO fixture. The 8x54w fixture also has lunar lights. Try Hydor Koralia power heads, aim for 20x-30x tank volume turnover per hour. Go with with an API Saltwater Master Test Kit. I would just use HOB overflows to get water to the sump.
__________________
~Thom
Any questions? Feel free to PM me.
Hitchhikers on live rock? http://www.xtalworld.com/Aquarium/hitchfaq.htm
Like someone's post? Show some appreciation with the reputation button!
thominil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2010, 11:36 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic


 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Rockwall, Texas
Posts: 598
Thanks Thom! Those lights look very familiar to what I used to look at for my planted freshwater. I decided to go DIY, though. Is there a WPG rule of thumb that you shoot for with SW (I think we will do FOWLR; at least starting out)? I'm pretty sure I'm going to DIY the lighting if I'm not going to hang MH's. At 324W, do I want that all in white light or split with actinic?

Thanks again!
__________________
75 Gallon High-Tech Planted Community
3.5 WPG using T8's
Fluorite w/sand mix
Rena Filstar XP2
Pressurized CO2 w/SMS122

29 Gallon Goldfish
4" Red/White Ryunkin
4" Orange Fantail
Penguin 100
AquaClear 20
FMJnaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2010, 12:08 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thominil's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: In the middle of the corn....
Posts: 2,773
WPG is pretty much a dead "rule" in SW. Factors such as PAR, penetration, and type of bulb (T5, MH, etc...) are more important. I would start half and half with 3 10k bulbs and 3 actinic bulbs, and change it up a bit when you need to change bulbs until you find a combo you like. For FOWLR, any old light will work, even the stock hoods that come with the tank will work.

Here is an article that covers lighting: Aquarium Lighting; Kelvin, Nanometers, PAR, Bulb, Watt, MH, LED, light basics.
__________________
~Thom
Any questions? Feel free to PM me.
Hitchhikers on live rock? http://www.xtalworld.com/Aquarium/hitchfaq.htm
Like someone's post? Show some appreciation with the reputation button!
thominil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2010, 01:39 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic


 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Rockwall, Texas
Posts: 598
Alright, I think I'm getting close!

- Going to run a DIY setup of 3 10k F54T5 and 3 actinic
- Going to build a DIY PVC overflow using 1 1/4" (should handle 600GPH easily)
- Going to go with 2 Hydor Koralia PH's to give me about 2000GPH
- I have a good idea on the skimmer, but just need to itemize which one to go with
- 29g gallon sump

My open questions (which are pretty minor) as of right now are:

- When picking out a pump, do I find a submersible or an external? Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought external was a "closed loop" setup, so how would that work sitting in a sump? Hmmm.
- I'm looking for a pump in the 600-750GPH range (a 9-10x turnover rate). Is that a decent range, something like a Mag 7?
- How should I set up my sump for filtering?
- Am I OK running rigid PVC plumbing from overflow to sump and then from sump back up to tank?
- Based on above, I'm thinking of ending my return with a spraybar type setup. Any concerns with that?

Thanks in advance!
__________________

__________________
75 Gallon High-Tech Planted Community
3.5 WPG using T8's
Fluorite w/sand mix
Rena Filstar XP2
Pressurized CO2 w/SMS122

29 Gallon Goldfish
4" Red/White Ryunkin
4" Orange Fantail
Penguin 100
AquaClear 20
FMJnaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Got it set up Landy Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 10 12-10-2008 04:19 PM
Our New Set Up tdoyle Cichlid Discussion 4 07-07-2008 12:08 PM
if u had this set-up, how would you? sirfishmaster General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 12-06-2004 11:04 AM
55 gallon set up and 25 gallon set up in coastal nc beachbumin Archive 5 09-19-2004 10:19 PM
Am I set up right? Xenos Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 07-22-2003 10:04 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.