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Old 10-14-2003, 11:18 AM   #1
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Equipment suggestions for a new tank

I am going to buy a 225 gal all glass tank that has two overflow drilled into the bottom of the tank. I need help with suggestions for the equipment. Right now I am looking for a fowlr tank. Maybe in the future I will go to a reef tank. Can anyone give me some suggestions for the equipment that I can start with?

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Old 10-14-2003, 12:07 PM   #2
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Well with the tank predrilled you will need a sump and a return pump or two. For that size tank you could do two return pumps with 1 going to each return.

What size pump will really depend on how much flow you want and how many feet the sump will be below the tank. For submersible pumps look at the Mag drive product line. Maybe a pair of mag 12.5's

For the sump it does not have to be anything extravagant. For a tank that size I would suggest maybe a 40-50gal capacity sump. Now you wont end up running the sump at full capacicity as you will want the water level low enough to provide for if water flows back down the overflow and return lines when power cuts off.

For the two return lines you could get one way flap valves that will help prevent backflow of water from the returns.

A skimmer is something that would be of benifit to you.(in the sump)

A pair of 300W heaters would be good (place them in the sump)

Lighting. if your doing FOWLR then you wont need HIGH output lights but you will probably be happer with lighting that is brighter than your standard florecent tubes.

Maybe go with 6 110W VHO bulbs or maybe a half dozen 96W PC bulbs.

How long is the tank? A pair of MH bulbs with VHO actinic would look really sweet and if you put 250W MH bulbs you would be set for most corals if/when you go that route.

Other things you would need as far as equipoment would be test kits, hydromoter, and themoter.
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Old 10-14-2003, 01:11 PM   #3
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wow, big tank...

you may also want a few small powerheads to help move the water around and a sign that says, "we don't pee in your toilet, so keep yer stinking fingers off the glass!"
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Can you give me a little more info on the sump? Is it something that is best to buy from the lfs or make it myself?
As for the power heads that is what I had in mind. We will also have the sign since we have kids

Tank is 30lx24wx30h
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Old 10-14-2003, 02:28 PM   #5
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Lighting. if your doing FOWLR then you wont need HIGH output lights but you will probably be happer with lighting that is brighter than your standard florecent tubes.

Maybe go with 6 110W VHO bulbs or maybe a half dozen 96W PC bulbs.

How long is the tank? A pair of MH bulbs with VHO actinic would look really sweet and if you put 250W MH bulbs you would be set for most corals if/when you go that route.

Ok this is Greek to me right now. Let me do some more reading on lighting.
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A sump can be as confusing or as simple design as you want. It could be as simple as a 40gal rubbermaid tub or as complex as a mutichamber acryic box with bulkheads for extneral pumps etc.

Both are sumps and both surve the basic purpose.

Buying a sump from the LFS is probably going to end up costing you 1 more than its worth.
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Old 10-15-2003, 01:58 PM   #7
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I went to the LFS today and they wanted to sell me a wet/dry and a Uv sterilizer to start with then a skimmer later on. Sounds like more than I need right now.
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That does not supprise me at all. For more info on if you need a UV you can check our articles area and make up your own mind on them.
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Here's my sump : http://www.marks-aquaticlife.com/setup4.html It's a used wet/dry I snagged off of ebay. It's made of acrylic and has about a 30gal capacity... You'll need something larger.

You'll notice a protein skimmer... is a RedSea Berlin Classic. You'll need a larger one because I have a 90 gallon tank.

As for the lighting, if you want to do a reef tank down the line, you'll need better lighting eventually. For FOWLR, PC lighting will be fine.

For powerheads.. I would reccomened MaxiJets at 295GPH - Shooting for 10 times Volume water movement... that's 2,250 GPH or 9-10 powerheads.... Plus the movement from your return pump... So, maybe 8? The choice is yours... the better the circulation is always better.

As for main return pumps... I use a Quiet One Pump... I would reccomend against submersible because of teh increase in heat in the summer... Unless you plan on getting a chiller. I'm not too keen on Mag pumps for main pumps... I use a Mag for my skimmer.

As for additional equipment... I broke down and got a UV setrilizer when my tangs and angel came down with "glass eye". It cleared it right up and now I swear by it...

I use Pro Heat Titanium Digital Heaters because of the ease of control and I just think they work better... I don't even need my Ebo jager heater because of teh pro heat...

Depending on the fish and other inhabitants you'll need little incidentals, but basically... what we all have discussed it what you'll need.


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Tank is 30lx24wx30h
You say these are the dimension of the tank ???? To me that comes to 93G !!!!
Are you sure of the capacity or the size ?
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