Ok, its been a while since ive updated this thread, so here goes.
I decided to go full mixed reef on my 55 gal
setup. I bought a TEK 4x 54w T5 setup. Blue+,6500K, 75/25, Aquablue. It looks great! Got the 4" argonite sandbed down and overflow in place. Im still hunting power heads though. Bought 2 Korilia 1's froma friend, but they are too weak for a 55. Looking for some tunzes at a good $.
I am buying a premade used sump from a local friend that is 75 gal
. I know it sounds huge, and it is!, but my plans are to have a very big refugium and other 'chambers' of fun..
I decided that the stand on the DT was limiting me with the sump i originally designed in my mind to accomidate my needs, so i went with putting the sump in the next room from the DT and run the tubes through the wall. Easy enough. I will end up putting the sump on cylinder blocks and such if i cant find a low coffee table that will hold its size.
I bought a coralife skimmer with a mag 5 on it, but i may want to upgrade that now that im adding alot more water to the system then i orig planed.
I have a mag 7 i orig bought for the main return, but what i really want to have is 3/4" tubing and the mag 7 only has 1/2". I may go up to a mag 9.5, run 3/4" and implement my 2 SCWD's (3/4") and have 4 incoming returns spread out in the DT. This will give me alot of flow and good balance with distributing heat into my DT. My overflow is big, and im assuming around 900-1200gph, so mixed with the 75gal sump,. i should be able to move alot of water. Ill prob have the sump slow down in the fuge and skimmer for best exporting.
Im not going to setup a reactor because the worries with the co2
tank, so ill just dose until i feel the need to setup a kalkwasser. I have a Reefkeeper Elite v2 and i plan on hooking it up to alot of functions like ATO and dosers, etc. I ordered the RKE-NET module earlier this week. I cant wait to play with that!
Still trying to locate some decent live rock here locally.. PITA!
I should be posting up some pics with water here in about 2 weeks or so. Until then, heres some of the lighting.
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So thats where im at right now, post any questions or comments! Thanks