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Old 02-16-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

I need help on what do get like type of filter, protein skimmer, should I get a sump or not and you know like what I need to set it up. I am thinking like a 50 or 55 gallon tank. Help please
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What is your budget for this project?

I'd recommend a sump, no filter. Filters in reef systems can easily end up being nitrate traps. A good skimmer and the largest size sump you can get will go a long way towards success. Live rock will offer all the bio filtration you need, and the skimmer will help clean out proteins left from feeding, waste, etc. A filter sock can be used on the drain line to the sump, if you decide you need mechanical filtration, though I have gone both ways and ultimately I have been running my reef for a couple years with no mechanical filtration.

What are you considering for lighting?
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My budget is like 1,300 for everything live rock and like 3 fish
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That should be doable... it'll be tight. You looking for a used tank? You plan on drilling it or using an overflow?
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

No drilling it and maybe an overflow do you think I should get one. Not used
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Well if you aren't going to drill and you want a sump, you don't have any other choice... unless you buy a reef ready tank new or used... if new it will eat a good portion of your budget.
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

Can I hook up the sump to somthing else like the overflow
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If you have a sump there are two options: A drilled tank, or an overflow.
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

Ok then I will get an overflow for the sump and then if I have no filter can I put filter stuff in the stump with the live rock and sand.
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What filter stuff are you planning on?

I'd recommend no sand in the sump. It makes a mess and can be hard to keep clean. Live rock fragments can be good, but they do need to be cleaned out every now and then.
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