12-21-2009, 07:18 PM
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Flipping heck. The tank is full!
Here's the shopping list of everything non live (bar the sand and including rock). Add anything if I have forgotten it..
Visitherm Aquarium Heater 300W x2
TMC V2 Skim 1000
Caribsea Ocean Direct 120lbs
Red Sea Salt 25Kg
I will probably add another NeWave 6500 at some point in the future, but for now 17x flow should be fine. I have selected the NeWave over the comparable Koralia because I trust the brand. I have used their heaters for years and my nano uses the same brand powerheads and heater.
I have no experience with the red sea salt, but it will save me enough money for a first fish which cant be sniffed at. 10 or 20 quid here and there seems nothing compared to the overall cost of the project, but waste not want not.
An interesting choice I have made is to go with a quite shallow sand bed. Actually about 1.5 inches, which isn't what I would normally recommend, but after accidentally getting a similar depth in my nano and having none of the usual problems associated with this depth of the same substrate I figure there should be no problems on a larger scale. Time will tell I suppose.
I have no experience with the TMC skimmers either, but they are cheap and review well so sod it. Going with a cheaper skimmer will allow me to get a massively over rated modal. I might even go to the 1500 money permitting, which could theoretically come with three times the volume of my tank.
I think I will add the sump later down the line. The skimmer can be run HOB for the meanwhile. If the skimmer being stuck on the back doesn't bother me I won't need to sump at all, which would be convenient as I could run a large water container underneath the tank for water changes.
I'm going to DIY the lighting. Probably looking at 4x80w t5's, which I can get running for under £100 using ballasts from egay. When the time comes that I want some more demanding corals I can always retrofit some more t5's on there somewhere. Theoretically I could fit 38.4 (realistically more than I could ever need/want) t5's over the tank so it's not a worry.