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    Need advice and input on this setup!!!

    Hey all,

    Anything I missed? Shopping list for the week...

    Tank: 56 gallon tall aquarium 30 x 18 x 24, with stand - 350$

    Lights: Sundial T5HO 30" 4 X 24 Watt T5HO 10K with integrated timers and lunar light - 280$

    Skimmer: Coralife Super skimmer 3000, Rated for aquarium up to 65 gallons - 140$

    R/O Unit: Coralife Pure-Flo II R/O 50 GPD-2 Canister - 220$

    Powerheads: 4 x Hydor Koralia 3 @ 850GPH - 230$

    Refractometer: RS-RHS-10ATC Refractometer - 60$

    Heaters: 2 x heaters, rated for 30 gallons - 70$

    Live sand: 20 to 40 pounds - guessing 50$

    Thermometer: ?? - 15$

    Live rock: 50 pounds, fully cured from old established tank

    Salt: Already got a bag of caribSea, enough for 55 gallons

    TestKits: No idea, really need advice!!!! - 75$

    1460$$$$

    Now a couple of things...

    Any sponsers in Ottawa interested in this jackpot? Can you beat these prices? I would love to do a one stop shop! )

    Second, as this tank is pretty deep (24 inches), do you guys think the lights are enough for softies like mushrooms and zoo/polyps?

    How long do you think I should let this guy cure before putting in the live rock and clean up crew?

    TEST KITS!!! please help, I have had the worse luck! This time I am almost inclinded to make a journal...

    Any advice on how to mix the salt initially?

    Thanks in advance everyone! Very excited on starting over... hope it does not snow for awhile, cos this is supposed to go to tires! ;o)

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    it's always great starting a new system, why don't you tell us a little about what exactly you want to keep and maybe we can go through your list and help you make some decisions on what equipment will help you get there. this hobby is expensive enough without having to buy equipment twice.

    my first question.... have you considered getting a drilled ( or having the tank drilled ) tank and running a sump and refugium??
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    I would love to run a sump and refugium, but as I am in a condo that will have to wait till we get a house... unless there is such a thing without drilling, max 10 gallons?
    As for inhabitants, my fiancee is demanding a remake of Finding Nemo, I will just be happy with shrooms, zoos, bubble coral... etc.
    No hard corals, without better plumbing, I do not think that would be viable, especially with the lighting I am prospecting.

    Nice tank, btw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Reynolds View Post
    I would love to run a sump and refugium, but as I am in a condo that will have to wait till we get a house... unless there is such a thing without drilling, max 10 gallons?
    the sump can be under the tank in the stand, this should be one thing you give a lot of consideration to. a sump will give you a place to hide all your equipment, giving you more room in the DT. a refugium will give a place to help with nutrient export as well produce some free food for the tank.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Reynolds View Post
    As for inhabitants, my fiancee is demanding a remake of Finding Nemo, I will just be happy with shrooms, zoos, bubble coral... etc.
    No hard corals, without better plumbing, I do not think that would be viable, especially with the lighting I am prospecting.
    Dory would get way to big for the tank but the clowns would be nice. :b15:

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Reynolds View Post
    Nice tank, btw!

    thanks :b7:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    But can a sump and or a refugium be done without drilling/overflow?
    And any input on lighting/skimmer, will they be powerful enough?
    As for Dora, a yellow tail damsel was sitting in for her in 'Finding Nemo, Take 1'... sole survivor still in my old decrepit 55... nemos decided to host a powerful pump and became sushi, tang thought he was dinner and jumped out the tank to my Maine Coon's delight... and the Shrimp? Still impeccable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Reynolds View Post
    But can a sump and or a refugium be done without drilling/overflow?
    And any input on lighting/skimmer, will they be powerful enough?
    no, it would be best to have the tank drilled. using an over the top overflow "can" lead to serious problems and a big mess.

    the lights should be fine for what you want to keep.

    the skimmer is undersized, especially if you are not going to have a refugium. without the macro algae to help remove nitrate and phosphates, your next best option is to skim like mad and try to pull all the proteins from the water before they can become a nuisance.

    also for a reef tank you will want to go with a RO/DI unit for water purification. the DI stage will pull the last bit of contamination from the water, allowing your corals to thrive.


    i know it would be more convenient to get all your supplies from one place but if you look around the sponsors ( online and on foot ) you may be able to get some really good deals.

    HTH
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Reynolds View Post
    ... hope it does not snow for awhile, cos this is supposed to go to tires! ;o)

    had to say it eh ??? ...... you better check the forecast :b13:
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    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


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    I agree with Neil about the RO unit. Please whatever you do stay away from the coralife units!

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