Originally Posted by Sniperhank
In all honesty, this is the second or third thread about this topic for you on the saltwater side of things here. You can clearly identify and have an understanding as to what works in the system, but still seem stuck on being unable to actually do anything with that knowledge. With this being the case, I'd recommend not setting up this system until you decide what you actually want to do rather than wanting others to do it for you. You will enjoy your system if it fits what you want it to be, not what I or someone else would want in their living room.
I honestly have to agree you are jumping around asking what everyone else wants and how they would do it , first thing I would suggest is settle down .
your going to hyper ventilate , looking through all your threads you present yourself as a lost puppy , not knowing anything you want as you jump all over the place,
you not only confuse yourself you confuse everyone trying to help you if you really want a saltwater tank start doing your homework , were not here to build your tank for you . take a deep breath now you can start with your number one thing you lack doing for yourself 'Research'
research is a big roll in saltwater it's not just add water and fish , the way your asking you getting over whelmed and your confusing yourself , lots of reading will give you a better understanding of what is required to undergo a successful saltwater aquarium , the key is this Baby steps yes it may sound stupid but it works .
do everything in steps keep a journal of what your doing this will give you fast reference if you ever have to fall back on something.
Start with researching what equipment will suite your system , remember no two systems are completely alike , understand how everything works together like a well oiled machine ,
knowing if your buying a prefabbed sump or building your own . this link should tell you everything you need to know about a sump
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sumps, Part I by Greg Taylor
now go out and get what you decided will work for you . learn about all the equipment you need and how it works , remember those words Baby steps
take your time don't over whelm yourself . this will help you understand every part of your system as you build it.
everything in saltwater should be done in Baby steps taking it slow helps you
in more ways than you imagine . rushing never produces a quality set up , the only thing rushing does is bring issue after issue.
I'm not going into detail as you need to do the research as every little detail needs to be understood ,
once you get through your first set of baby steps you can start your next
This is a very important step your Cycle don't rush it let it do it's thing , be sure you have the tools to do what is required to do .
Cycle your salt tank - Aquarium Advice
Research and Baby steps the best advice one can give . if everyone does it all for you , when that time comes and yes it will , if you don't know anything about your system when that problem arises , just knowing the basics can help weather you can correct a problem before it takes your stock.
Research and Baby steps are the key to a healthy tank with healthy stock
Follow the keys guide yourself in that direction of a successful tank .
Saltwater is not a cheap hobby the more you know the better you are .
many jump into this hobby with no clue of what is to come don't be that next victim better yet don't make the fish that victim ,