I am working on a mixed reef build, or a FOWLR possibly, I would like to get your opinions but I have some questions regarding equipment.
I was wondering how much clearance typically is needed for a sump and equipment for under a saltwater aquarium? I bought a used tank, that is about 150 gallon. I have water tested it, it came with a custom stand that was built heavy duty, but I believe it doesn't have enough clearance for a sump. The max clearance I have currently is 18 inches high. I looked online, and although I may be able to get the sump into the area described the protein skimmer and other equipment would be too tall I believe.
I am thinking of building a new stand for it, but not sure how high I should go. Or if it would be wiser to just use a hang on protein skimmer and other equipment. In building a new stand however will make the tank even taller than it already is. I would build it heavy duty still due to weight etc...
The other question I have is what would be the best lighting for my situation? The tank is custom and taller than a standard 150 gallon. I know that it might take metal halides or greater to penetrate deep enough into the water. Are LED's any stronger than metal halides? or do they just run cooler?
I know I am asking a lot of questions in one post, but I hope to continue this thread or make another one as my build continues.
Thanks in Advance,