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Old 10-22-2004, 10:37 AM   #11
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Pre-drilled is the only safe way to go! Read the book "the New Marine Aquarium" for good info. A hang on overflow can and will fail you during a power failure and you will end up with lots of saltwater on the floor. Live rock is sufficient for filtration. With a wet/dry you will still need to get a skimmer. The only difference between a wet/dry and a sump is bio balls and a sponge type filter. If you use an old tank or rubbermade container as the sump you can reduce the cost vice buying a wet/dry.
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Old 10-22-2004, 11:36 AM   #12
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Ok, You will want a tank with built in overflows. these will run to a sump or "fuge" that you can load with extra Live Rock and Live sand to help out your tank with filtration.

for a 125 gallon tank you will want probibly close to 200 lbs of live rock. ( live rock takes care of the filtration by the way)

a nice Aqua C remora with the in-sump attachment would make a great protien skimmer, and you will want enough powerheads in the tank to turn over the water between 10 and 20 times an hour. (thats 1250 to 2500 gallons per hour)

I have always loved canister filters, and I, and some friends of mine, think they work really well on a SW tank. You could add one to your tank to help out your Live Rock a bit. I have one loaded with activated carbon on my 37 gallon and my amonia. Nitrite, and Nitrates are at a rock steady 0. (but, my bioload is still rather small.) If you were to get moray eels, lionfish, puffers, or any other messy eater, the benifits would be much more apparent.

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Old 10-23-2004, 01:54 AM   #13
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See thats the thing ,i want to use a sump but i dont want to crowd the tank with 200 lbs of liverock. I want it to be more open for the fish to swim around.
I really want one of those little bamboo sharks so i want to leave a lot of room for him to swim around on the bottom.

So if i add one of those canister filter how much less rock can i use at that point?

Also how much does that aqua c remora skimmer go for ? Where can i find it and other good stuff like pumps and equipment?
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remora is $163 with a maxijet 1200 from marinedepot. but if you're looking for 200lb of LR your tank is probably over 100gal, which means you might want the remora pro, or a bigger in-sump skimmer. Some people put LR chips or not-so-pretty rocks in the sump. this counts toward your overall weight.
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See thats the thing ,i want to use a sump but i dont want to crowd the tank with 200 lbs of liverock. I want it to be more open for the fish to swim around.
200 lbs of Live rock in really nothing. Look at my gallery and see what 40 lbs of rock looks like in a 37 gallon. That large rock in the back is flat so It looks bigger than it really is. If it were a normal shape, then none of my rocks would extend more than 8 inces above the sand. (and I have alot of floor space still available.)

200 lbs of live rock would do about the same for you. You could stack it along the back of the tank and leave a large swimming area in the front. You really will want about 200 lbs of rock though. It offers plenty of hiding places for your smaller fish and plenty of food for your inverts.

If cost is an issue, you could go with 100 lbs of Dry base Rock and 100 lbs of Live Rock.

I hope Bloodman doesn't mind but here is a pic of his tank: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/photop...cat=542&page=6

Its a 188 gallon tank with 180 lbs of base rock and 90 lbs of live rock for a total of 270 lbs of rock. As you can see, there is plenty of room to swim.
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