Upgrading Tank vs Upgrading equipment

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  1. Mtroboer

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    Hi I currently have a std 4ft tank with a +-110L sump. Equipment specs is:

    TS 1 Skimmer
    2000Lph Via Aqua return pump
    2x 5000lph Hydor Knock-offs
    1x 3000lph Hydor Knock-off
    2x 54w T5's on reflectors
    DIY Kalkwasser dripper (Nothing Fancy!)
    Small filter containing PO4 remover

    So here's my thinking:

    Either go for a 1200x 600x 900 Display with a decent sump. Upgrading equipment as follow:

    TS 2/3
    2 or three more circulation pumps
    Bigger return pump
    6x T5's

    and then upgrading as $$$ comes along.

    Or upgrading my current tank with the following:

    add 2x 150w MH's
    a Moonlight
    a Calcium reactor
    a PO4 reactor
    a Auto top-up
    Maybe a 1/2hp chiller
    Maybe a bigger skimmer

    Decisions, decisions... please HELP!!;)
     
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  3. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi MtroBoer - what would the difference be in your 4ft (4ft = 1.2 metre) and the "new" 1.2 metre tank?

    I would firstly upgrade all the filtration/lighting on your current tank, and then LATER on look for a bigger tank......

    IE: get a TS2 skimmer (I am not sure a TS3 would fit in your current sump), or perhaps even an External recirculating ReefOctopus skimmer - ie. DNW200 or DNW250 even.....

    Then upgrade your lighting - yes - as many T5's as you can fit on your tank.....

    Then you can start keeping the more/most intricate and delicate species of fish and corals.... and you should then also be able to increase your bioload (ie the amount of fish you can keep).....

    Then - only later on - start planning your actual final (perhaps?) tank design. Take it slow - you should then still be able to reuse the lighting and the new skimmer in the new tank....

    How much litre/hour water-flow do you currently have? How many times your display tank water turn-over is this?
     
  4. Mtroboer

    Mtroboer Thread Starter

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    Hi Jacques, my current tank is a 1200x 500x 500 holding about 280L of water. The new one I'm planning is a 1200x 600x 900 which would hold approx 615L. I think when it comes to a new skimmer I would opt for a Reef Octo this time, would you recommend more T5's over MH's? My tank is only 500 deep so imo that will also maybe better than 2x 150w Mh's. I currently have a 53x total water turnover in the display.
     
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    I just finished going from a 300l to a 900l display...much much better...
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    MtroBoer - it is always better to have more water volume. So, IF you indeed want to go that route first, then by all means. An external ReefOcto is great. Just the plumbing that you have to worry about.
    Just remember, with those specs your tank is MUCH higher than currently. So, IF I understand correctly, the tank will be 900mm high?
    In such a case, you will indeed need to rather go Metal Halide, than T5.
     
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    Mtroboer Thread Starter

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    It is going to be 1200lx 600Hx 900D, I want the extra depth as aquascaping my current tank is a pain! Just try moving something so that it doesn't knock the glass is quite a mission, I also like a tank with a few towers as focal points and the rest as open water with a few lps and softies in between.
     
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    The dimensions sound lekker.I like the width!
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Kimberley is going to get another groot gat.:thumbup:
     
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