advice on a system set-up

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  1. Ash

    Ash Coral biologist

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    Hi all. I'm new here, never realized that reef keeping had such a big following in SA! Its great!

    Quite simply I'm looking for input on a few systems I'm setting up. Three in the long run but one 1 000 lt coral only tank for now. The other two are a 1250 lt and a 10 050 lt system.

    It is up and running but has no filtration other than about 50 kg live rock. Water quality is a huge problem and temperature is even worse. I have just had a air cooled water chiller made and it is getting installed next week.

    What I plan on doing is making a DIY wet/dry trickle filter placed on the tank outflow which then runs into the sump. In the sump will be 2 medium sized skimmers, 50 kg aragonite sand as a DSB, and a phosphate reactor on a separate loop. I am undecided on whether or not to use a calcium reactor or kalk reactor.

    Also the top-up water comes from an ocean well point and has a slight sediment problem, 0.122 g/l! Fresh top-up (@10% per day) I think should be run through some sort of mechanical filter before being introduced into the system. Would a sand or cartridge filter be best for this?

    And lastly, i need very good water flow for the spp we plan on keeping. Does anyone have an opinion on SCWD's? are they worthwhile and will they give adequate water movement in a 1000 lt tank?

    Thanks! any input would be great.

    Ash
     
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