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Hey Reefers
After a lot of reading,researching and YouTube I am finally ready for the smell of the ocean in my house :)

My setup this far,
- 150cm x 75cm x 65cm Tank 10mm Glass, Trip bottom with a skinny overflow
- 120cm x 60cm x 60cm Sump (water level 30 - 40cm) 4 Chambers
- Skimmer Skimz sk201
- Lights, 2 x quad Odyssea 54w units
- return pumps 8500l/h & spare 3150l/h
- filters,
Chamber one
skimmer, filter sock & 300w heater
Chamber two
dsb & some live rock
Chamber three
I would like to use this chamber for temporary filters like,carbon,gfo ...
Chamber four
return pump, 300w heater & top up system

My goal,
building a mix reef tank (long term future)

Lps
- Acan's
- Galaxy
- Hammer
- torch
- Bubble
- Elegance
- Brain

Sps (After one year)
- Acropora
- bali slimer
- staghorn

Softies
- Clove
- Mushroom
- Leathers
- Zoas
- pin cushions

Fish/inverts
- Bicolour angelfish
- Power blue surgeon
- Clown fish
- Shrimp
- Diamond watchman goby
- Bennie
- Purple tang
- Regal tang
- Yellow tang
- Mandarin (after one year)
- Emperor Angel Fish
- Clown Trigger Fish
- Moorish Idol
- Blonde naso tang (Future)
- Hermit Crab
- Flame angel
- Queen angel
- Copperband butterflyfish (Future)
- Foxface
- Blue spotted puffer
-sand sifter goby

My questions
Is all zoas poisonous ?
What is the best filter system for my setup ? dsb, refugium, bio balls...
What is the best substrate for a sand sifter goby? 1mm - 2mm ?
Will my lighting be sufficient to keep lps and sps ?
Will 40 kg substrate be sufficient in the DT ?
Will 70 kg rock be sufficient in the DT?
 
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Zoas are poisonous but just wear gloves while handling them, or even better don't touch them.

Emperor, Queen angels and the puffer will eat your corals. Moorish idol and flame angel might nibble as well.

Clown trigger will eat your inverts.

Amount of Liverock depends on your aquascape, there isn't a set rule.

Your lights are great, maybe try and get good quality bulbs. Aquamedic, ATI, Giesemann etc.
 

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What is the best filter system for my setup ? dsb , refugium, bio balls...
This question will lead to lots of different options, or preferences.

I like a DSB, but having zero phosphates is a bit difficult. Luckily softies prefer some phosphate and they will grow rather nicely. SPS you need very low phosphate levels. DSB is cheap to setup, but takes its time to be matured.

Bio-balls and full on reef is not working out together. For quarantine or holding tanks, bio-balls are perfect, the better option.

Refugium, with or without DSB is another option.

NP-pellets.

Orca Cubes.

live rock in the sump.

algae scrubbers

Read up and see which option you prefer. More important, which option will fit in with your lifestyle the best.
 
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This question will lead to lots of different options, or preferences.

I like a DSB, but having zero phosphates is a bit difficult. Luckily softies prefer some phosphate and they will grow rather nicely. SPS you need very low phosphate levels. DSB is cheap to setup, but takes its time to be matured.

Bio-balls and full on reef is not working out together. For quarantine or holding tanks, bio-balls are perfect, the better option.

Refugium, with or without DSB is another option.

NP-pellets.

Orca Cubes.

live rock in the sump.

algae scrubbers

Read up and see which option you prefer. More important, which option will fit in with your lifestyle the best.
I would like to stay away from phosphate or rather keep it to the minimum.
I think I will go with a refugium containing live rock and some macro algae.
Build the population of copepods (for a future mandarin) and bacteria and at the same time keeping my ph more stable with a light in the evenings.
Just need to see how often I would have to remove overgrowing micro algae.
 
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After months of collecting everything needed, im happy to say the tank is ready and my wallet is empty :m34: Two days of sizing pieces and playing the puzzle game, reading and using some scaping techniques it is Finally done !!!. Sand is in and tank is being filled with salt water. :thumbup:
I will upload pics tonight.
 

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