Originally Posted by cmor1701d
Some more pics would help. Include more closeups showing manufacturer and model number if you can find a label. Here's a quick list of what I saw:
MAG0608/9 Coralife 48" T5 (dual tube??) Model number would help. Probably light for the sump/refugium
Coralife 6' 250w MH
/ 4x96 PC
MAIN TANK LIGHT
Gen-X PCX-70HP main pump - return from sump to tank?
MD-55 pump - probably for the skimmer
Tank 84 x32 high x 24 deep
unit (3 stage??) 1 sediment, 1 carbon, 1 membrane - NO DI
IMG0636 appears to be HOB
skimmer - not sure of brand or quality
IMG0637 appears to be skimmer parts - not sure of brand or quality
IMG0638 more pics please
IMG0645 cooling fans and gloves (obvious)
IMG0647 RIO 600 pump
IMG0650 pumps / power heads
IMG0651 power head
IMG0653 SEIO M820 power head
IMG0654 QuiteOne 2200 pumps
IMG0657/8 MagDrive pumps (Model 9.5B)
IMG0662 possible refugium? older sump
IMG0664 older sump or wet/dry with bioballs? use it as a fuge, skip the bioballs
Looks like you also got an octogon tank
IMG0668/9 Power heads (Koralia 4)
Do you have any photos of how it was set up before you got it?
Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of how it was set up before I got it. I just know it was set up in a wall instead of a Stand.
You say some of the parts are Old, Are they still usable? Do I have everything I need or do I need to purchase more items. I'm guessing the small aquarium that goes under with separating glass inside is what everyone is calling the sump. Is it big enough to handle the BIG aquarium or should I get a bigger one? Do I need to buy a skimmer? Are the pumps enough to handle all wateer cycling loads?
As for the Stand, I was thinking about making the Stand 3ft tall using a strong frame as instructed above. I might also add a top cabinet to hide the lamp and to maybe provide a vent to get all the water vapor straight out through the roof to avoid any water smell entering the inside of the house. I'm really going to take this in baby steps!!!
So, to begin the first move. If I tell my friend to make me a 3ft tall Stand using the Lenght and width dimensions of the tank as basis for the complete frame. Would that provide enough room for all the Filtering systems? I am going to attempt to have a full blown Salt Water Tank with live Corrals, Rock, Sand, etc.. Sure it will be a process that will take a long time, but I would like to know that my Stand was built right to care for all y aquarium needs.
Also, Do you experts consider it necessary to forget all the filtering I have and simply buy an entirely new filtering system? If so, what kind of filtering system should I buy for my tank size? I will have a tap water faucet and drain right next to the aquarium. (Plumbing work to begin once I have it all planed out.)
As for the lighting I couldn't find a model number, it was probably a sticker that ended up falling off within time put that thing is heavy!!! will it sufice?
Sorry for all the questions, I am reading all your answers and will re read them over and over until it all sinks into my head.
One last question. Since my aquarium is used and quite dirty, what to dou recommend to clean my aquarium and to remove all the residue/salt/minerals that are all dried out. I even believe I have dry coral that began growing on the sides glass of the aquarium.
You know what would really help? First ME, I got to do a lot more research and read a lot more about everything. I'll be making time for that soon. But whaht would also help a bunch is a little diagram that labels my tank, The most recommended filter and it's best position in the tank and or Stand, skimmer? Sump? Wet Dry? do I need all? and where should I position them in my Stand or tank? I've also been hearing about bioballs. where do I install them? do I need them?
Sorry once more for all the questions which most probably sound pretty lame. I know many would be answered if I just read. I'll be doing that soon. But anything you reply here I will most certaintly read aswell to add to my knowledge.
LOL, I think I'm asking for a personal aquarium designer...
Thanks in advance!