After running my first 100G tank for the last 3 years and getting frustrated carrying around 5G jugs of water back and forth to my living room, I am considering upgrading my salt aquarium from 100G to 125G and am starting fresh with a new tank and new refugium/sump.
I will set these up in a new room with the main tank wall flush mounted in the living room.
I went to Melevsreef.com - Welcome!
for insights and want to try a DIY approach.
I have been struggling with a number of questions:
-What type of wall insulation, humidity management systems should I use in the new room? This room has one window and one door, the only other opening is for the main tank.
-Are there special considerations I need to take into account for electricity management?
-What size plumbing should I use to move water around the sump area, is 3/4" schedule 40 sufficient? I need piping to and from cooling system, skimmer, etc.
-I would like to do my water changes directly from the sump/refugium, I'm guessing that I need one compartment that would hold about 25% of my main tank water volume, is there another way to look at this?
-I currently use activated carbon and nitrate absorbing material where I keep the flooded return pump, any suggestions on how I could do better? I am considering external pumps this time around.
-I want maximum flexibility to take pipes apart and have cleaning access.
Thanks for all the kind advice!