REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Welcome to R2R! This video from Bulk Reef Supply from their #BRS160 series is helpful to get a base level of knowledge regarding DIY and retail sumps and some things you may want to consider before pulling the trigger on anything. (All of the videos from this build series and their "52 Weeks of Reefing" series are extremely helpful resources! )
Things I have in my sump that may be helpful to you to consider:
- bubble diffuser at the drain input to minimize micro bubbles
- two filter socks
- a powerhead in the first chamber to keep loose detritus suspended in the water for the skimmer to grab
- a reliable skimmer (preferably slightly over-rated for your tank capacity)
- a chaeto reactor (outside the sump but the pump and return tube are in the sump and thus part of the configuration; some use a refugium for macro algae instead)
- a GFO reactor (not necessary on new tanks, optional regardless)
- my dosing tubes dose into my sump return chamber
- Seneye Reef monitor
- additional temperature probe
- my return pump
Hope this is helpful to get the gears turning!
While I have kept fish tanks from time to time throughout my life, I have never considered myself a hobbyist and I have never kept a saltwater tank before...so I consider myself fairly new. My Mom recently called me up and told me that she was getting rid of her 75 gallon saltwater tank and asked me if I would like to have it. So...I now have the biggest tank I've ever kept with a couple of clown fish and what I think is a very fiesty sixline wrasse (although I'm still not certain on that front). It has a sizable amount of rock that is pretty overgrown with string algae. What initially started as a an attempt to figure out how to reduce/remove algae has essentially turned into a research project on everything I can get my hands on relative to building a reef. My professional background is in science, so I have really found this enjoyable.
I have to put a shout out to Bulk Reef Supply and their #BRS160 - 52 weeks of reefing project. It has been tremendously helpful and pointed me in the right direction to start with. That said, I still have many questions and am hoping to get help from this community's experiences.
I love that you’re getting to add a 180 tank to your newly built home as my wife and I will be starting the build process this summer with me throwing a fish room behind the study and the tank (180 gallons) in there like how the #BRS160 is set up. I too have been planning to go about using the Triton method and know that the wife is going to lose her mind when I start buying gear. I’m shopping around right now for my tank and have also found that I like CustomAquariums.com for a tank that’s 48” by 30” by 30” but don’t care so much for their sump or stand/canopy options. Their overflow system and returns however is very top notch and ahead of the game in my view.
From looking over your livestock list though, it does look like you will have some very expensive snack potential for some of your trigger. That’s not to say that he will eat your shrimp or other invertebrates but it is a good chance.
1. Go as big as you can in terms of gallons
2. Plan for your lines plumbing, outside air, WC, etc... for automation before hand
3. Large sump with lots of space for any upcoming upgrades or new technologies
4. Use APEX, and plan a clean wiring
5. Create a dramatic aquascape that you really really like and fish/coral friendly before moving to any other step. Look for inspiration in others builds.
6. Think about the methods you'll plan on using in order to plan for your equipment needs, eg. Triton, Zeovit, RedSea, etc...
7. Try to go +1 and/or very good quality in certain things, UV, skimmer, lights, pumps, refugium, reactors
8. Not using small grain salt, looks good but it's a mess
9. Plan to create areas where you will place your coral depending on their needs, eg. High flow, low flow, high/low light
10. Plan quarantine space
11. Shy fish first
12. If you want multiple Tangs plan to add them at the same time and as juveniles
And last but not least Bulk Reef Supply TV has a serie in Youtube about a 160g built - they go through every mayor aspect with a very good logic and sequence. I would strongly recommend you add much as possible. Is called 52 weeks of reefing.
Reef Tank Guide: 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBaMLrfToJyybUT18OE3fMomFb9XU0ffC
Hope is useful, and again it's my personal view, I certainly have lots to learn.
Enjoy your new built.
- BRS 160 Update #2: Is this the single most cost effective way to increase coral growth?, Dec 9, 2016