got the bells.... now what about the whistles?

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  1. wors143

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    Ok so i have the power heads and the skimmers, vibration pumps, sump, tank and lights....

    So my question is what else to get?
    picked up my RO unit yesterday so it seems like I have most basic equipment....

    Phosphate reactor? is it essential? what are the benefits? is it a must?
    Carbon reactor? is it essential? what are the benefits? is it a must?

    What else will you guys suggest?

    Planning on Fish, live rock and some lps a nenny or two and some clams.

    I would like to say thank you to all so far for all the advice and help.... It is great to hear all the views and opinions much better than going to a LFS and getting a sales pitch and buying for the simple reason becoz I can....:yeahdude:
     
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    Ok i notice from your other thread you got a new tank. Now lets make sure that the bells... you have purchased are the correct ones for you tank before you start putting it together.

    The size of the tank would be a good start then an indication and pic of your sump would also help.

    We also need to know what skimmer, lights pumps you have purchased.

    Then give us an idea of how you plan to put it together.

    If you are not going the ATS route then a Phosphate reactor is very beneficial.
    Carbon reactors are not a necessity IMO
     
  4. wors143

    wors143 Thread Starter

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    4 foot tank 700 litres. dimensions are 1220 x 750 x 800. and yes I know it is deep...... and I can't reach into the bottom but It looks awesome and I willing to suffer in silence and won't complain becoz of my own stupidity.... :p


    basic sump 3 compartments 4 baffles and DSB, Lighting consist of 4 t5's but getting 2 extra. MH not a possibility as my canopy can not house a MH. skimmer is a boyu rated for 1400 liters, have 2 sun sun 500lh vibration pumps and looking for 2 twin 6000lh sun sun's to add to this. Return from sump will be a 2000lh atlas pump.... I am currently running a litlle 100 litre system very asic and planning on transferring lock stock and barryl into the new system when I start filling it up... Just waiting for the support brace to come back from the glass shop as I had it armourplated as I had to get a hole drilled into it as I could not access my overflow box..... hope this helps
     
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    Get an auto top up for maintaining your salinity
     
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    Do i buy it ? or DIY? Going to google auto top up now HE HE HE....
     
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    @wors143 it looks like you have most bases covered. Well done. A pic of the sump with the skimmer and other bits just placed would be nice to see.

    Ok we are inquisitive to see if the DSB is large enough and the design. Remember this part of your system is the most important for long time success.

    Of course a Top off system is a must.
     
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    Your new setup will go into cycle because, seeing that it's bigger, you'll need to add more sand and rock. Be careful to just transfer everything as newly mixed salt water needs to circulate first before adding livestock.
    Anemones must only be introduced after the tank has been running for at least 9 months - they need pristine and stable water conditions to thrive, clams as well.
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    wors...sounds good...so post a pic of your new baby...
     
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    the advice given to far is good, lets see the pics.. :)
     
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    agreed.. pics needed!
     
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    You got all the bells and wistle and member may be close to you to lend a hand, the one important thing that you should have is patiense the key to a successful and happy reefing, donot rush the procedures ask and research before you do thing.

    congratulation and happy reefing
     
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    What is a vibration pump ?
     
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    You probably are not going to have enough light for clams and maybe nennies if it is 800 deep IMO.
    I would think 150w MH would be minimal requirement.
    Carbon reactor or at least running carbon is essential IMO.
    How about some pics?
     
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    ATO's are fairly simple to make. Let me know if youre interested and I will help you along
     
  16. Atilla

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    the sunsun pumps are called vibration pumps... hell knows why. just normal flow pumps
     
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    :whistling: I suppose they do vibrate some.
     
  18. Atilla

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    some pumps vibrate more than others....;)
     
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