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Posted By Axle314 1/13/2012 10:16:26 AM
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Axle314
 Posted 1/13/2012 10:16:26 AM
 

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i have a 55gal with no sump at this time, i will picking up a 150gal this weekend. i am looking for advice on what kind of set up to run, from on tank filters to a sump, size, skimmers and so on. have been reading alot and want to ask the pro's here. i will only have few fish and LPS / soft coral's and runnning 2 36" T5 HO's (already have these).

thanks for any and much guidence

scott

argi
 Posted 1/13/2012 10:24:43 AM
 

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Hey Scott,

I'm assuming this is going to be a reef tank, correct?

Can you use the 55 as a sump on the 150, or does it already have one?

What are the dimensions of the 150 gallon tank?

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 Posted 1/13/2012 11:56:39 AM
 

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I'm sure I could, and yes a reef tank, about 74x18x24 is what he sent me on size, he said it was a 125, but I did numbers and is bigger than that. What would I have to do to make the 55work as the sump, dividers of any sort or do have a better idea. This would save me some money as well.
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More than likely the actual size is 72x18x24 which comes out to about 135 gallons (I had that sized tank about 6 years ago...nice tank).  That is a fairly common size that many manufacturers make.

To use the 55 as a sump, you could try not using any baffles but most do prefer to put in some baffles.  You could either get some glass pieces cut and silicone them in (that would be my preference) or try to glue in acrylic pieces.  The problem with using acylic is silicone won't properly bond to it, so they can come loose fairly easily.  As far as where to add baffles, my best suggestions would be to google a search for aquarium or reef sumps and see what others have done and copy that.

For a skimmer, I would recommend looking at the AquaMaxx line of skimmers.  They have some really nice insump skimmers that would work great and the prices on them is very affordable.  There are tons of other skimmers out there, so just take a look around and feel free to ask about any of them.

For lighting there really are three popular types of lights to go with: Metal Halide (with or without supplemental lighting), T5 and LED.  Halides are nice and most are fairly affordable, but they can cause extra heat to the tank so you MAY need a chiller to help during the warm months. 

T5 are good, but it would require quite a few bulbs over your tank.  Overall the tend to run cooler than halides and many systems are fairly affordable.  The type of corals you want to keep would dictate the amount of bulbs you would need to get (more light demanding corals will require more bulbs, less light demanding corals less bulbs).  More than likely you would need a fixture with at least 8 36" bulbs.

LED's are very popular now, but unfortunately also tend to be the most expensive initial cost wise.  But there are no bulbs to replace for a long time (years) and they generate very little heat and are cheaper to run on your electric bill. 

Have a look at this article on Items needed for a reef tank.  I think that will cover most of the stuff you need to get for a reef tank...but please ask away if there are questions on specific items.

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 Posted 1/14/2012 11:06:13 AM
 

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I picked up my 135 today, and to my surprise he gave me the complete sump plumbing system, I will post some pics soon of it have tons of equipment but need help arrangeing it ,what goes where. It has 2 chemical filters one short one tall model AF93 and AF93-29. the pump, lifeguard heater module model AF92, lifeguard ultraviolet sterilizer model QL25, and a large looks to be 2 gallon filter pot with media. Plus digital temp alert and Inline PH monitor. Need help on the order in which they go. Also need to buy a bulkhead fit tank 135 Oceanic
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 Posted 1/16/2012 7:21:24 AM
 

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This 135 has only 1 hole on the far right corner of tank also
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Once you get some pictures posted, hopefully will be able to help some with arrangement.  You can get more information about the lifegard filters here:

http://www.marinedepot.com/filters_pentair_aquatics_rainbow-lifegard_inline-ap.html

HTH,

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Axle314 (1/16/2012)
This 135 has only 1 hole on the far right corner of tank also

Is this the one you need the bulkhead for?  If you measure the size of the hole we can let you know what size bulkhead to get.

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 Posted 1/16/2012 8:59:07 AM
 

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Yes it is, I will post pics and measure I a little while
Thanks Scott
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so with all this inplace, hopefully, i wounldnt need to have a sump tank ?? water will just run through this system and back to tank ?


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