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Equipment list for a 150 to 180 gallon build

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Equipment list for a 150 to 180 gallon build
Old 05-30-2010, 12:38 PM   #1
 
Equipment list for a 150 to 180 gallon build

I decided to do a little bigger than the 120 that I was going to upgrade to and am currently looking to put together a wish list of high quality equipment that I will need to purchase. I would like some suggestions for protein skimmers, reactors, top off systems, lighting systems (going to do LPS and SPS in addition to my current softies), rodi systems, heaters, pumps, etc.

I have done some research but I want to know what the veteran reef keepers here prefer equipment wise so I can start looking for deals on everything I will need.

Thanks all.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
 
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for that size tank i would go a metal heater, it wont rust over and it heats a lot faster and is a lot more energy efficient. let me find a link: http://www.petsolutions.com/Via-Aqua...630+C1021.aspx
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:53 AM   #3
 
Are you planning to sump or not? That affects the skimmer choice greatly.

A Deltec APF600 might be a good idea. Good price to performance ratio.

How much money do you want to spend though? You say top quality, but this hobby can get seriously expensive..



Edit: An Aqua Medic Ocean Runner for the sump return pump is highly, highly recommended.

That brings me on to another point, where in the world are you?
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #4
 
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im guessing somewhere in NC, but i could be wrong :P
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
 
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im guessing somewhere in NC, but i could be wrong :P
I have no idea where NC is. It sounds american?
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #6
 
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north carolina, yup USA
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:06 AM   #7
 
Price is a secondary concern. If there is a drastic price difference between the best and something that is a step behind and costs much less I would like to save the money. Quality is my first concern and price is secondary.

I will be using a sump. I don't think I would want to attempt a tank this large with anything hang on back.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:19 AM   #8
 
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Might I recommend http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/8391/product.web? The C-Skim 1800 in sump protein skimmer. This baby is a monster for a great price. I would recommend that you watch the you-tube video on this skimmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK4fAXdALxI.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:24 PM   #9
 
Thats true, the C-Skim is a beast.
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