First of all, welcome to AA and to the saltwater hobby! The jebo filter is a canister filter? It can be used, but especially for such a large tank, canister filters can be nitrate factories. Sumps are the way to go and a DIY sump isn't too hard (tons of youtube videos/articles on how to do it). Sumps are for reactors, protein skimmers, and refugium (or bioballs which can also be a nitrate factory so don't recommend those).
If you don't have a liquid test kit, I recommend you get one as it is very important to know your parameters. If it's an API test kit you can ask the company to send a saltwater color card. If not Red Sea and Salifert test kits are more accurate.
You'll also need:
-Salt (Red Sea Coral Pro salt, Reef crystals instant ocean, Kent Marine are quality salts for reef tanks. The regular instant ocean salt is good for FOWLR
-hydrometer or refractometer which is more accurate.
-powerheads (optional, but really recommend. Koralias are good/cheap)
-heater (temp should be around 77-80 F)
-Protein skimmer. Tons of brands, but reef octopus is a popular one.
System. Since you have a large tank I suggest you invest in one of these. Buying RO
from the LFS
(local fish store) weekly is a lot of work and hard to keep up. A last resort option is buying distilled water from the grocery store, but that's hard work to bring back and forth too. Don't use tap water though. There are lots of choices, but a popular/good choice is BRS RO
system (found on bulkreefsupply.com).
-ATO (auto top off) system is a good idea b/c replacing evaporated water everyday is painful
, LEDs, MH
are options for a reef. LEDs have become popular because of the strength, length of life, and inexpensive price tag that they have. Taotronics, for example, are cheap & grow everything from what I've read. Zoas, mushrooms, and most LPS
like duncans are great beginner corals.
Fishless cycling is the way to go IMO
. You can add pure ammonia or put a table shrimp in a net and let it rot until the ammonia goes up to 4-5 ppm
. Only add a fish or CUC (clean up crew) when there is zero ammonia, zero nitrite, and a small amount of nitrate (lower the better).
Ordering online is much cheaper than the LFS
livestock options, quick stats:
Good luck and best advice for SW
is to be patient