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Old 06-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #11
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You don't really need the CO2 system and the UV sterilizer, but I may buy the CO2 tank and gauges off of you for my beer making hobby if you buy the set up. The 4 lamp fixture will allow you to keep everything but clams and sps.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:39 PM   #12
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You don't really need the CO2 system and the UV sterilizer, but I may buy the CO2 tank and gauges off of you for my beer making hobby if you buy the set up. The 4 lamp fixture will allow you to keep everything but clams and sps.
I was gonna say... ya need CO2 for FOWLR? But didn't wanna butt in where I have no expertise. So I started Goggling it, then found a YouTube of a Jungle Bubble tank (basically a large fish bowl, way over stocked but w/ less stock, pretty cool)! Got totally sidetracked & forgot to come back here. I'm glad mr_X chimed in. I don't even use CO2 in my planted FW tanks but Ima keep-it-simple kinda person.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #13
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Pro-clear Pro 150 Wet/Dry Filter (MSRP $330)
Coral life super skimmer 125g (MSRP $150)
CPR Large AquaFuge2 Refugium (MSRP $150)
Marineland Reef Capable LED lighting System 24"-36" (MSRP $150)
Coralife 48" Aqualight Pro - Professional Series 150 Watt HQI (MSRP $799)
TMC V2 Refractometer (MSRP $50)
hana instruments calcium Checker digital (MSRP $50)
hana instruments alkalinity checker digital (MSRP $50)
Air, Water & Ice Ro Typhoon III Extreme 150 four stage RODI (MSRP $280)
Hydor THEO Heater 300W (MSRP $30)

I can buy all this for $700 which is a little more then I planned on spending at this time. What items in the list would you suggest to buy in order of importance? The refugium, skimmer and wet/dry filter I might not get because I have a 20 gallon tank I was planning on turning into a sump and I want to make my skimmer.

Or could you guys list what equipment you think are most important for a reef tank with fish and ill shop in that order.

Thanks for all the help.

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:32 PM   #14
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You don't want a wet/dry in a reef
You want a better skimmer than a coralife ss
you definitely don't want a 2 x 150 watt halide fixture (worthless IMO)


You definitely want a quality protein skimmer
a sump can be made out of a plain glass tank for cheap
lighting is very important. I would suggest you put some thought into that.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:40 AM   #15
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So when setting up a reef with fish what am I looking for in the lights?
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So when setting up a reef with fish what am I looking for in the lights?
LED... the other lights are old school. They heat up the tank undesirably & the bulbs are expensive to replace which has to be done yearly. I'm looking at $200 to replace my bulbs, thinking of just getting LED fixtures.
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You would need to figure out exactly what corals you intend to keep and then buy lighting accordingly. If you are just thinking soft corals and possibly some LPS, then moderate lighting is fine, but if you want SPS, clams, and anemones, you'll need something stronger.
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Pro-clear Pro 150 Wet/Dry Filter (MSRP $330)
Coral life super skimmer 125g (MSRP $150)
CPR Large AquaFuge2 Refugium (MSRP $150)
Marineland Reef Capable LED lighting System 24"-36" (MSRP $150)
Coralife 48" Aqualight Pro - Professional Series 150 Watt HQI (MSRP $799)
TMC V2 Refractometer (MSRP $50)
hana instruments calcium Checker digital (MSRP $50)
hana instruments alkalinity checker digital (MSRP $50)
Air, Water & Ice Ro Typhoon III Extreme 150 four stage RODI (MSRP $280)
Hydor THEO Heater 300W (MSRP $30)

I can buy all this for $700 which is a little more then I planned on spending at this time. What items in the list would you suggest to buy in order of importance? The refugium, skimmer and wet/dry filter I might not get because I have a 20 gallon tank I was planning on turning into a sump and I want to make my skimmer.

Or could you guys list what equipment you think are most important for a reef tank with fish and ill shop in that order.

Thanks for all the help.

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You don't need all this stuff to get started, you can buy it along the way as you set up your tank. I've left out the unnecessary items at the moment. It will be awhile before you even add fish much less corals, etc.
--Skip the Wet/Dry filter
*SKIMMER--Coral life super skimmer 125g (MSRP $150)
*REFUGIUM--CPR Large AquaFuge2 Refugium (MSRP $150)
*LIGHTS--Marineland Reef Capable LED lighting System 24"-36" (MSRP $150)
*REFRACTOMETER/HYDROMETER--TMC V2 Refractometer (MSRP $50)
You could skimp for now & buy an inexpensive Hydrometer but you'd end up spending even
more money later so if you KNOW you're
gonna buy a Refractometer, might as well buy
it now.
--Skip the digital instruments
--Buy saltwater from the store until you get your RODI system.
*HEATER--Hydor THEO Heater 300W (MSRP $30)
it's summer time... your a/c set below 76
degrees?? Or does your house get cool at
night?? If yes, then you need the heater. I'm in
FL stays very temperate in houses here b/c of
a/c & I am originally from Maine, 50 degrees at
night in the summer & 85 during the day, no a/c at my dad's house.
*Get some Live Rock, Base Rock & sand or other substrate--looking at a few dollars per pound per gallon of water the tank is to get started.

Good luck!! HTH!
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What do I look for with LED lights? How do I judge strength?
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Wattage per diode mostly. Optics also increase potency by channeling the light. What do you want to spend on lighting? What options would you like? There are fixtures that light the tank and do nothing else and there are fixtures that make lightening storms and cloud cover and just about anything else you want them to do. The latter being much more expensive, but both will grow corals.
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