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TSIKLAUSS 05-10-2009 12:21 PM

Newb Help For 150g!
Hello All,
I am a newb to saltwater and have been reading posts here and on other forums for quite a while. A coworker is giving me a 150g aquarium to get out of his basement. All he has is a tank and I am curious to what filters, lights sump ect... I should look into purchasing. Brands, models any thing would be helpful. Now I know this is not a cheap hobby, but the most economical options would also be appreciated. I would like to start a reef, but I am more then patient. How much live rock is needed? 1" or 4" sand bed? If we are allowed recomendations on where to purchase would also be helpful. Thanks!

Pasfur 05-11-2009 09:20 PM

The basics of your setup will never change. You want a 4'' sand bed, live rock, sump system, and protein skimmer. The use of a refugium and UV sterilizer are highly beneficial. And don't forget the quarantine tank.

If you want product and brand ideas, I suggest reading the "build" threads in the pictures and video section of the forum.

B Castle 05-12-2009 05:51 PM

Lighting requirements will vary tremendously depending on what you intend to keep in the way of corals. Go ahead and make a decision about that so that you can buy once. Ask me how I know...

Go ahead and buy a good skimmer. I'd recommend Reef Octopus or MRC (My Reef Creations), the latter being my favorite. Money spent on a cheap skimmer will be money wasted IMO.

Good Luck!

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