First off I would like to say hi to everybody and thank all of the great users for all of there input. I have been browsing these forums for months and think that this information priceless to our hobby. So thanks!
Now to my questions. I have been considering redoing my system for quite some time now and have finally gotten to the point where I am ready to do it. I am going to be redoing practically every aspect of my tank and am looking for as much information/input as possible on ways to improve what I already have, or what new equipment I should get. My tank is currently a FOWLR
but I am interested in doing reef (mainly softies, easy to keep corals, and clams) and will plan my new setup accordingly.
My current setup is as follows...
Tank: 180 gallon Acrylic, not reef ready
Stand: 36" tall, built it myself but am going to be building a new one
Filtration: 250lbs Fiji and Tonga Branch rock, 320 lbs sand, 35 gal
sump, 20 gal
refugium with dsb
, 20lbs live rock rubble and macro. 36 watt UV
Sterilizer. Coralife Super Skimmer 220.
Circulation: 2- 1200gph return pumps, 2- hydor powerheads 950gph, 1- 850gph pump flows through UV
then to refugium. Auto top off system.
Lighting- Display- 2@ 250watt Metal Halide (20,000K bulb temperature) Refugium- 1@ 110watt power compact (10,000K bulb temperature)
Current Water Parameters
I want to build a new stand, I am getting a 135 to use as a new sump/refugium. I want to drill my tank for over flows, and am considering installing a close loop system. Upgrade lighting to T5.
If you guys have any questions about my setup or any suggestions please ask. Thank you.