05-07-2007, 07:22 PM
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Quality designed sump, skimmer, and fuge. Money. Money makes tank keeping simpler. If you can afford top notch equipment it will become less physical labor and more enjoyment. My 400g has a skimmer rated for over 2,000g, a huge UV sterilizer, an ozone generator, a 40g sump, a 200g refugium, an external water tank that holds an additional 300g of water to increase my total water volume to around 1,000g.
It's what you put into it that you get out of it.
For really simple I'd get a nice sized reef ready tank maybe 75-120g, a nice sump/fuge (you can make a decent one from a 40g long), Eheim 1262 return pump, UV, Euroreef or ASM skimmer, and stock lightly.
Less fish, less maintenance.