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Old 10-19-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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please help choosing equipment

It has been a few years and have set up a 55 gal salt water tank. I would like to purchase a sump or wet dry, skimmer and pump. So many options are available can any one help me choose a good option.

What do you think of the PRO CLEAR AQUATICS PRO 150 WET/DRY FILTER w/PREFILTER it has a built in skimmer.
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Eshopps WD75CS Wet/Dry, Single Intake, 10-75
Gal; 18 x 10 x 16

W/ Eugene Danner Model 7 Mag-drive Pump 700 GPH
w/Coralife Super Skimmer w/Pump 65 gal


If anyone can recommend a got set up it would be appreciated.

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Old 10-19-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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If you can get the coralife cheap like I did ( about $30 used on ebay) go for it, but I personally wouldnt buy it brand new ( anywhere from $90-120). It works pretty well ( good skimmate), but i've had it overflow several times. I would probably spend the $40-50 more and get an octupus skimmer. I hear they're a lot better for just a bit more ( especially if you're buying new).

Im not sure about the other items, but thought I'd give you my opinion on it since I own one.
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Melinda, Thank you I will look into the octopus. I am FOWLR but would like to buy what I need to do a reef system. My head is spinning with all the options and oppinions on what to use. Any advice on a tried and proven set up is appreciated.
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If you are wanting to go with a reef eventually then I would avoid spending the money on a Wet/Dry filter. They just don't cut it for a reef tank. The octopus line of skimmers are great and at a good price. For good filtration on a reef you want 1.5-2lbs of LR per gallon of water and a decent sized sump with a refugium (packed with macro algae). Your sump does not need to be a store bought acrylic beauty either. You can use smaller tanks or even rubbermaid containers for your sump and fuge.
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i use to have a coralife skimmer they are okay but i went with the octopus skimmer and by far a better choice. they are great i have the recirculating 150. i would go with a sump style w/fuge not a wetdry. a mag 9 would be good with the head loss it will put you at 700gph.
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55 gal FOWLR to reef build for dummies like me

55 gal FOWLR to reef build for dummies like me.

I am truly enjoying all of the information and advice in all the posts. I appreciate the experienced guidance. I will be making a detailed list of products as I go through this build. I will be honest, the more I read the dumber I feel so please feel free to set me straight.

I plan on doing a 20 gal glass tank as sump/refugium. Please recommend design ideas.
Eshopps PF300 Overflow Box, Single, 75 Gal; 6 x 3 x 10 $39.99
Eugene Danner Model 9.5 Mag-drive Pump 950 GPH $78.19

Many options for the octopus. Can you recommend an option.
Octopus INT-TS-120 Protein Skimmer $150.00

thank you for your support.
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55 gal FOWLR to reef build for dummies like me

55 gal FOWLR to reef build for dummies like me.

I am truly enjoying all of the information and advice in all the posts. I appreciate the experienced guidance. I will be making a detailed list of products as I go through this build. I will be honest, the more I read the dumber I feel so please feel free to set me straight.

I plan on doing a 20 gal glass tank as sump/refugium. Please recommend design ideas.
Eshopps PF300 Overflow Box, Single, 75 Gal; 6 x 3 x 10 $39.99
Eugene Danner Model 9.5 Mag-drive Pump 950 GPH $78.19

Many options for the octopus. Can you recommend an option.
Octopus INT-TS-120 Protein Skimmer $150.00

thank you for your support. I'm still making the list.
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55 gal FOWLR to reef build for dummies like me.

I am truly enjoying all of the information and advice in all the posts. I appreciate the experienced guidance. I will be making a detailed list of products as I go through this build. I will be honest, the more I read the dumber I feel so please feel free to set me straight.

I plan on doing a 20 gal glass tank as sump/refugium. Please recommend design ideas.
Eshopps PF300 Overflow Box, Single, 75 Gal; 6 x 3 x 10 $39.99
Eugene Danner Model 9.5 Mag-drive Pump 950 GPH $78.19

Many options for the octopus. Can you recommend an option.
Octopus INT-TS-120 Protein Skimmer $150.00

thank you for your support.
I know the PF300 is rated for a 75g tank however if you are planning on using the Mag 9.5 as your return pump you are going to need more then the PF300. I would suggest at least the PF-800 and if it were me I would go with the PF-1000 just to have the dual drain lines. Since you are going to have a sump with a fuge being able to have your drain lines split and go to different sections can be very nice when you are plumbing.

What kind of stand are you going to put the 55 on? Is it a store bought stand or are you going to build it?
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Ziggy Love your tank

I appreciate your help. I am studying your build and you have great information. I need to get my 55 through my wifes buget and then hope to build a larger tank next year. I will need advise on all the plumbing soon.

I bought the tank used w/ stand. I have a woodworking shop and love your design. The ID is 10" x 47" but can enlarge the width easily.I hope to build a canopy similar to yours. I have the tank set up behind a couch and is veiwed on all sides. I will get some pictures to post soon.
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Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad that my thread was able to help you out some!

Check on Criagslist in your area for equipment. There are always people selling old stuff off.

The reason I ask about the stand is having a dedicated fuge and a sump makes a big difference in how you plumb things. I have 3 different sumps running on my system so I have plumbing going every which way. Let me know if you need some help I would be glad to offer my assistance.
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