Nathan Explosion Posted February 9, 2009 Share Posted February 9, 2009 So I think I have a good handle on how to keep a saltwater tank going. I have started with a FOWLR tank and had good success, now I have been getting some corals (noen green starburst, mushrooms, leather's, zoas) with good success also. I want to start getting into the larger reef set up. So I am gonna be building my own stand, and building a custom light, and I need some advice and pointers that other people wish they would of known when they started. My first thing is that i konw slow is better. I dont plan on stocking it to the max rite away, i mite have a couple of fish 6 line wrassel, mandarin dragonette (i had one for 3 years till my seal went out and drained my tank on my floor ) some green chromis, and fire fish. LIGHTING- I am an electrician and also have had experience with digital electronics technician exp. I am gonna build my own light (not 100% for sure on that yet) but was wondering for a 75 gallon tank I hear people saying like 8 watts a gallon. I was wondering where people get their supplys for that stuff, what light spectrum (in general) corals prefer. The only reason I ask is because I am thinking about instead of using MH or VHO I might use LED's (like hundreds of them) and they will cover the spectrum with over half the watts being used. But I need to know the spectrum that (in general) corals thrive on. TANK- All I know about the tank rite now is that it is either gonna be a 75 or 90 gallon, dont know if its glass or acryl. but i know that the filtration is gonna be a sump and it needs to be drilled. Anything else i should maybe know or you would reccomend? i am just looking for ideas on how to do this the rite way this time. FILTRATION- Is gonna be a sump. This area I dont know anything about, this is where the most advice would be helpful. I want the skimmer to be able to used inside the sump. I want an extremely clean looking tank ( no cords or pipes that obscure the view) When I build the custom stand I will be plumbing all hard lines in, around, and under the tank. Power heads, what kind are good and economical. This part to me is the most important, is there a set up that you guys use that works great, or a set up that you wish you bought? STAND- I am building a custom stand, its going to have a 1.75" thick granite slab for the top with pre drilled holes for the plumbing, then 4"x4" uprites, a 29 gallon ( the tank i have now ) QT. the whole front will be removable, as will the sides for easy servicing. Anything that you would reccomend that you wish your stand had? what else should i be wanting to put inside? filtrattion is the area where the help is needed the most. i have come to realise that planning is the way to go. when i first got into fish tanks i had NO idea on what to do, everything was trial and error. and if i could do it over i would of saved a lot of time and $ in the process. i plan by next year having this thing up and going. not even stocked, just the tank rock and water. thanks for the input, it is much needed. if you have any ? just let me know. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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