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Old 02-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Salt water tabk setup

Good afternoon guys!

I am starting this thread to simply discus the equipment and brands of equipment I will need to get started.

I'm currently scouring CL for a 75gallon tank that id like to be drilled but if not I think I can do it myself.

My questions were what should I keep an eye out for? I know I need things like power heads, a protein skimmer, a sump, probably a RO/DI although I honestly don't know what that does I've just read about people using it on here.

What brands should I look for?
What size should I look for each object.

I've also read about the protein skimmer going inside the sump? Is this a common thing or is an HOB better?

So many questions but that's all I can think of now. Lol
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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I can help a little bit here. The skimmer should be rated for double your tank size. I use a reef octopus in sump skimmer and it's great. I prefer in sump not hob so it's out of sight and I think they work better. The sump I would go a big as you can fit under your main tank . Do you plan to make your own sump? Powerheads most recommend are koralia . As far as the size of the powerheads hopefully someone else can help there since I dont have a reef just a regular fowlr. Ro di is used to make pure water . I get my water at the Lfs so I can't recommend one to you. Hopefully that will give you a good starting point to research equipment.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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I can help a little bit here. The skimmer should be rated for double your tank size. I use a reef octopus in sump skimmer and it's great. I prefer in sump not hob so it's out of sight and I think they work better. The sump I would go a big as you can fit under your main tank . Do you plan to make your own sump? Powerheads most recommend are koralia . As far as the size of the powerheads hopefully someone else can help there since I dont have a reef just a regular fowlr. Ro di is used to make pure water . I get my water at the Lfs so I can't recommend one to you. Hopefully that will give you a good starting point to research equipment.
It sure does thank you! I'm not exactly site what a sump is or how to make one. Just know that I need one. I'm looking to probably do as little DIY as possible because I don't really have any tools or area to do it unless its pretty simple. I'm in an apartment. Also I guess I need to choose a sump before the protein skimmer then since I also like the idea of it hidden.

Any other input would be greatly appreciated!
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Bulkreef supply has very good rodi units little pricey but well worth it
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:31 PM   #5
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yep i have a bulk reef supply ro/di and love it. there is a group buy starting on the 14th if you want to get in on it. it will probably save you 10-20% on ro/di units. i also got my reef octopus skimmer from them during a group buy and saved about 20 bucks on that.
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Yep, the group buy is set to start on tueday the 14th. if you want in all you have to do is PM me your email address and last name.

I am getting a ro/di unit from them during this buy, it'll be $20 off regular price. My poor little portable ro/di unit needs a break, I think I may have killed it with my water demands. lol
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Sump is basically a smaller tank that goes under your big tank . It's very easy to make . You just get glass or plastic baffels and silicone them in place . Here is a pic of the one I made. It's ugly but it works
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Sump is basically a smaller tank that goes under your big tank . It's very easy to make . You just get glass or plastic baffels and silicone them in place . Here is a pic of the one I made. It's ugly but it works
I don't care how ugly it is lol. This I could make. What size sump should I make if I'm looking at a 75 gallon tank. It has to go under the stand?
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When you get the stand figure out the biggest tank you can fit . And use that one .
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When you get the stand figure out the biggest tank you can fit . And use that one .
Alright sounds good! Thanks!
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