I currently have a 30 gallon reef tank that is running quite nicley and have developed acute Galonitis! I want to make the move to a 120g as I have the perfect Hardwood sideboard just over 6 foot long with 2 big cupboards underneath. Ideal as a cabinet as I dont mind drilling into it and removing shelves underneath for sumps etc.
I want to do this over a period of time and would like the first step to be the creation of a sump/fuge or both that will be suitable for use on the 120 when I get it. The reason to start with the sump is that my current tank does not have one at all and I would like to run it on that tank until Im ready to transfer everything across.
My main questions are:
As the return pump I will need for the 120 will probably be an Aqua Medic 6500, would this be way too much turn over for the 30g in the meantime? If yes, is there a way I could temper the flowrate but still only have to buy the one pump without causing undue wear on it?
Could I use my Prizm hang on skimmer/UV
unit on the sump and still expect it to cope with the increased water volume of the sump + the 30g? (how big a sump would I need for a 120g)
Would 2 sumps, 1 filtering/skimming etc and 1 fuge at different ends of a 120g be a good idea or a waste of money?
Any suggestions on a better way to approach this would be appreciated