Originally Posted by bcopley
I just got a 150 gallon reef ready tank and would like to set it up for a cichlid tank with mbunas and peacocks. It is empty now....no lighting, filtration, heating, substrate, etc. I would love suggestions/opinions on setting this up the right way. I've always had aquariums, but never this big and never a reef ready tank. Thank you!
Since the tank is reef ready it has two built in overflows for a sump filter. You will have a couple different options like a wet dry filter or a refugium. You can make these by yourself with a little research and less than half the price of buying new. If you do a refugium you'll need to add another light to grow plants inside your stand. You'll also need a pump pushing around 1500-2000 gph
One nice thing about using sumps is your tank will always look full and any other equipment as in heaters can go in there. Mthat doesn't cluster up your display tank.
Cichlids love sand and there are many to choose from. There is play sand, pool filter sand, sand at a fish store, blasting sand, general purpose sand. Some are a tan color some can be found in black. Black would be the way I would go if it was me. I have the tan color and wish I would have done black. Anyways you should need 3-5 50 pound bags depending on how thick you want it.
With a heater I'd buy two 350 watt or two 400watt
These articles should help you out some with a few different things.
Nice tank and house by the way, if you have any other questions just ask.