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Old 12-17-2004, 10:12 PM   #1
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Advice on setting up a 220g!

OK, me a Chase need your help. If you remember Chase is the guy that owns the lfs that I have become good friends with. He has a brand new 220g tank that he wants me to set up, and I want your help.

The tank is not drilled, and that is out of the question so what can I do to make this a nice reef tank, and that is not super expensive. What is some good hardware that you recommend? Skimmer, lights, etc....

Also I am going to go with a dsb and I was wondering how much I need.

We are going to fill it tomorrow and get it started with some LR.


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Rev - I can't offer advice but I'm glad to hear that Chase is still plugging along and you're still helping him.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Demisions please.. If its going to be reef at 220G forget cheap, that option is out at around 75G, less you luck up on a deal. However, if it were me (and it ain't) I would consider starting with VHO. VHO is still a lot of bang for the buck and can get you into softies, shrooms, zoos etc right off. Not much more to tell without details. As for the DSB, thats a risk the owner probably should take if its going to be viewed by customers. Nothing more embarrassing than a tank full of dying crtitters cause the dsb crashed out..imho..

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You might look into an Ecosystem type filtration system. I'm not endorsing it as I haven't tried it yet, but I think it's an interesting concept. That would eliminate the need for the DSB and the skimmer which would save you some $$. You wouldn't have to buy an Ecosystem sump...you could easily build one to use their system. Just a thought. I'm going to set up a 55g soon using the mud/caulerpa sump and see how it does.
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Well, I have almost 500 lbs of sand in mine for a 4" sand bed. My tank has built in overflows so yours will be a little different.
I would definately go with a overflow and a sump system. I use a 55 gallon sump. If can house all your pumps, skimmer, machanical filteration, etc.
If you section if off, you could alway make a section of it into a fuge and eliminate the need for a DSB is the main. That is my eventual plan.
I use a HSA250 for a skimmer and it is a monster, does a great job. For a return, you could create a closed loop return with a SQWD and a monster Mag pump (like a 1250). Just a few ideas.
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