I recently purchased a used 120 gallon tank that was owned by a freshwater fish keeper and I wanted to use it to set up a reef tank. I will list what equipment I purchased and maybe some of you can lend me a hand in getting this set up for Marine by letting me know what other equipment and supplies I will be needing and some cleaning tips. I am a marine newbie (I just set up my first marine tank 2 months ago, 55Gal )allthough many years ago I did succesfully maintain a Fresh water aquarium.
Ok, on to the equipment:
120 gallon tank with 1/2 inch glass roughly 6' long 25" tall and about 18 width.
4 door wood cabinet stand
Black Oak cover
2- 24" fluorescent lights
2 Fluval 403 canister filters
under gravel filter
2- 402 power heads
2- 802 power heads
3 air pumps
3- 4 gang valves
2- 300 wat titanium heaters
Misc nets, rocks plastic plants and cleaning sponges and 3 battery powered air pumps. (I got this for $250.00)
Everything just about is covered in a pretty thick layer of algae and crud I have removed and disposed of the 150#'s of rock it came with but thats it so far. Any recomendations on the best way to clean this tank and equipment would be most helpful.
I am trying to set this up as cheaply as possible but I do not want to go so cheap that I cause my self problems later. I am willing to spend the money now to prevent problems.
What would be the best Substrate to use?
Is it possible to put a base rock into the tank then add the live rock around it and have it spread to the base? And if so, what would be the best rock to use for this purpose?
Anybody have any recomendations on what type and brand of protein skimmer to install?
Should I set up a sump? And if so, what size is best (I have limited space under this cabinet but I may be able to modify it to work, or worst case scenario I will just have to build a new one).
Any recomendations on wether to use a UV
Sterilizer and on brands? Wattage?
What would be the pros and cons to using an under gravel filter and would you recomend it?
Ok, Well now that I have annoyed pretty much all of you with my newbie questions I will go sit back with a beer and ponder my empty tank.