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NC Frank 05-30-2010 11:38 AM

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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teddyzaper 05-30-2010 12:04 PM

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:

willieturnip 06-02-2010 05:53 AM

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?

teddyzaper 06-02-2010 05:16 PM

im guessing somewhere in NC, but i could be wrong :P

willieturnip 06-02-2010 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by teddyzaper (Post 396275)
im guessing somewhere in NC, but i could be wrong :P

I have no idea where NC is. It sounds american? :lol:

teddyzaper 06-04-2010 06:02 PM

north carolina, yup USA

NC Frank 06-05-2010 06:06 AM

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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Pasfur 06-12-2010 10:19 AM

Might I recommend 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:

willieturnip 06-12-2010 11:24 AM

Thats true, the C-Skim is a beast.

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