Starting a Reef... Need help

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  1. Express Reef

    Express Reef

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    I want to build a reef tank. 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm with 10mm glass. I`m going to make use of a coast to coast overflow. Can anyone give me any recommendations?

    How big must the sump be? What will I need to start a reef tank??? I`m new to Reef, and is busy with my research... All advice will be helpful.
     
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    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here. Well, for starters, I suggest you read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - great info and a short but nice read ;)
     
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    Express Reef,

    As Tobes says... read the beginner thread. However, to answer your question.

    Sump must be as big as possible, this usually fits under the main tank in your stand so it can be neatly closed up. Some guys choose to run smaller sumps so they can have chillers, reactors etc underneath as well. The bigger the total system size, the more stable the entire ecosystem will be.

    In summary:
    Lights (T5, LED or Metal Halide)
    Powerheads
    Uplift Pump (to pump water from the sump to the tank)
    Skimmer
    Aragonite (Sand)
    Live Rock (Rock with live stuff on it) :)
    Water
    Heaters
    Chiller (depends where you live)

    This dumbs it down... a lot.

    Goodluck!

    -P
     
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    Welcome - yes read and ask and then make a informed decision:thumbup:

    My advice is always go as big on the sump as you can and watch out for the skimmer compartment to be large enough.

    Then all the above
     
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    My design

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    Hi Express Reef (mind if we call you ER :whistling:) and WELCOME to MASA and to this great hobby.

    Your C-to-C will be great, but I would suggest that you use at least three down pipes, sized that any two will be able to carry all the water flowing to the sump. As with most things in this hobby, one would be wise to design in some redundancy in whatever one can - pumps, heaters, capacity of down pipes... things tend to break or become blocked at the worst possible time, and if you do not make adequate allowance for my friend Murphey you will regret it at some stage in the future.

    Enjoy the planning, and the build, and especially the stable, well-matured tank that will be your gift to yourself if you take it slow, and do everything right.

    Hennie
     
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    welcome ER, you asked for advice and there is none better than the section in bold above. plan twice,measure thrice and cut once
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]This is my latest design. 1200mm x 600mm x 600mm. With a coast to coast overflow, with a center channel 100mm wide with a 50mm drain pipe to the sump. With the gravity and the force of the water, I doubt that my 50mm pipe will block...

    Please give feedback on how I can improve on my design.

    Regards,

    ER[​IMG]
     
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    thats a cool design. Will the channel be able to cope with the litres per hour?
     
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