Does your equipment specs measure up with other same size tanks?

Are you satisfied with the equipment you have running on your reef tank now?

  • Yes I'm satisfied

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  • Somewhat satisfied but I want to add more in the future

    Votes: 246 48.6%
  • No not satisfied

    Votes: 43 8.5%

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n21benson

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Aqua Reef 400 Marine Aquarium

Lighting - 4 x T5 light tubes
Skimmers, Filters & Filtration Equipment - Red Sea RSK-300 and Marine Pure
Powerheads - 2 x Aqua Medic Ecodrift
Live Rock/Substrate - Appox 80lbs of rock and 60lbs of substrate
Sea Salt Mix/Saltwater - Red Sea Salt
Heater/Chiller - AquaOne 300W
RO/DI - None
Reactors - None
Aquarium controllers - None
UV Sterilizers - None
Other? - None
 
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Do you ever wonder how your tank stacks up, equipment wise, to same or similar sized tanks? What are you missing? Do you have too much stuff?

So in order to make this work we have to have you tell us about your tank! So do it by answering the following.

What size reef tank do you have and how much total water volume?

Please list all of your equipment:

  • Lighting (brand and how many)
  • Skimmers, Filters & Filtration Equipment
  • Powerheads and water movers
  • Live Rock/Substrate (what type and how much)
  • Sea Salt Mix/Saltwater
  • Heater/Chiller
  • RO/DI
  • Reactors(any kind calcium, carbon etc.)
  • Aquarium controllers
  • UV Sterilizers
  • Other?
Don't forget to tell us your tank size!

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Just got the last component in. Now I'm happy. I'll get back to you on my accessories. 46 gallon tank, 46 gallon sump
Now I just need to close door carefully.

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Aqueon 75g & stand.
Mixed reef SPS dominant w/a Gorg and some GSP.
Custom 60g sump (cut down from a standard 90g) in office.
115g total measured system volume

ATI Powermodule 8x54watt custom wired w/4 separate timers.
9" DIY 'canopy' - no jumpers !! Essentially a box for the light to rest on.
4 doors w/full open front access

23lbs Real Reef Rock - selected the most porous larger pieces from the LFS.
45lbs Caribsea aragamax select

IO regular

DA RKE w/remote display and 5 x PC4s, SL1 and SW5

4 x MP10wQDs running from 24x to 80x tank turnover/hour @ max 85%.
8 programs over 24hrs w/Reeflink and ESL.
2 x 18Ah batteries w/Battery tender

Elite Aquatics ghost-style overflow w/high float alarm, 1-1/2" Herbie, 1" return Tee'd to 2 Locline Y's with 2 each 3/4" nozzles for a total of 4 all run by an Eheim 1262 running wide open @ 550GPH (4.8gph system turnover/hour)

7" sock tray.
Skimz SK181 Kone with outside filtered air and a high float shutoff.
1/10HP chiller, 2 x 120mm sump fans, 3 x 200watt Jagers, 1 Ranco controller w/250watt Jager as backup.
Whole home AC.
AquaFX dual reactor for Carbon and GFO - no longer required and been out of service for 4 years

2-part w/BRS-style pumps and Space saver thin 4L jugs

Tunze 3155 and 10g tank.
Vertex 100GPD RO w/HM DM-1 tds meter and second PSI gauge
 

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105 total water volume
2- kessil 360 we
eshopps 120 skimmer & sump
brs carbon & gfo reactors
uv sterilizer
finnex heater w/controller
apex jr. to run everything
 
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GoVols

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Red Sea / S-400 with the built in power center and built in 6 gallon ATO reservoir

Old FTS
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Lighting / Patent pending Kessil "Stealth Bomber"

Three a80 (afterburners), with one AP700
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Bubble King Mini 160 skimmer
Alkatronic Gen III alk monitor / controller / GEO 5 gallon ATO to hold Alka-T's reagent
Apex Jr / with two PM1 modules
GEO two stage cal reactor / Tunze "Silence" as feed pump
GLA dual stage SS-Pro regulator
Teco TK1000 Chiller / Heater... Backup heater inside S-Series overflow
AquaMaxx GFO reactor (Rowaphos)
Abyzz A100 main recirc pump
Original Gyre 130
Vertex Deluxe 100 gpd RO/DI unit
Reef 2 Reef sticker, stuck on sump glass... :p

Lol...
Pretty much went overboard

Fish Livestock:
Regal Angel
Royal Gramma
Purple Tang
Hawaiian dwarf golden moray eel
Achilles Tang
 

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Standard 125 somewhere around a year up and running I guess.
3x radion xr30 g2 pro
2x icecap gyre
2x sicce voyager 3 on a wavemaker
2x sea swirls for returns

40b sump
2x rio2600 return pumps
2x finnex 300 finnex titanium heaters with analog control plugged into an inkbird
50watt cob led grow light on an outdoor christmas light timer
GHL 2.1 doser
ch1 Brs soda ash
ch2 Brs Ca
Ch3 TM part C
ch4 vinegar/vodka

Ecotech M1 to feed header fuge

Custom 10 gallon ATO reservoir
Avast marine ATO

72x12x12 header fuge
Coral box rn-1(really too much flow)
2x Current usa marine IC orbit lights

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GoVols

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Standard 125 somewhere around a year up and running I guess.
3x radion xr30 g2 pro
2x icecap gyre
2x sicce voyager 3 on a wavemaker
2x sea swirls for returns

40b sump
2x rio2600 return pumps
2x finnex 300 finnex titanium heaters with analog control plugged into an inkbird
50watt cob led grow light on an outdoor christmas light timer
GHL 2.1 doser
ch1 Brs soda ash
ch2 Brs Ca
Ch3 TM part C
ch4 vinegar/vodka

Ecotech M1 to feed header fuge

Custom 10 gallon ATO reservoir
Avast marine ATO

72x12x12 header fuge
Coral box rn-1(really too much flow)
2x Current usa marine IC orbit lights
Can't fit them over here, but are you happy with your Sea Swirls?
 

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Can't fit them over here, but are you happy with your Sea Swirls?
Yeah I like them. The only issue I have is my choice of VCA nozzles on all my returns including the sea swirls. The nozzles cause more drain back into the sump than I want, but I still have plenty of reserve in the sump so I guess I shouldn't complain.
 

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660g Mixed reef
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660 gallon tenecor custom acrylic tank
140 gallon custom acrylic sump w/ triple 7" mesh socks

5 orphek Atlantik lights
2 Orphek OR120 bars
Reef Octopus 3000 skimmer
BRS dual reactor
BRS large CO2 scrubber
Apex 2016 controller with CMM, AFS and PH controller
Vertex RD-6 calcium reactor
Reeflo Hammerhead gold return pump
JBJ chiller unit 1/2 HP
Marine Depot 4 stage RO unit
 

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Tank is a Waterbox 100.3 approx. 75 gal display, 25 gal sump. 36" wide x 24" front to back and 22 1/2" tall.

lighting: 2 Ecotech Radions XR15s G4 Pros with diffusers...both on the Ecotech arm mounts
skimmer, etc: Reef Octopus Regal Elite 150 int skimmer
Reef Octopus Varios 6 return pump
don't run any mechanical filtration, well almost never
do have a broken up bio plate in the sump
Clearwater 50 scrubber
Tunze 3155 ATO
Water Move: 1 Ecotech MP40wmqd
Rock/Sand: 80lbs sand Caribsea I believe, supposedly live sand
140 lbs of Caribsea rock base and structures, supposedly coated with live bacteria. Its purple looking.
Salt: Red Sea Blue bucket
Heater: 1 Jaeger 100w heater, Inkbird controller
RO/DI: BRS 6 stage water saver 150 gal per day. 35 gal food safe storage tank
Reactors: BRS dual reactor, running a bit of GFO only
Controllers: No controllers really, the Reef Octopus skimmer and Return pump come with some control, and MP40 controller and the Inkbird
UV Sterilizer: Have one, used it briefly early on and have had it in storage ever since
Other: 3 Kaemor Bluetooth dosing pumps
1 dosing container, 3 x 2000ml compartments
DIY screen top
QT tanks and a shameful amount of misc associated stuff

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Back where it all began

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I’m certain I wil be odd man out, but it’s not the equipment it’s the knowledge of its usage that matters. I have a 75 with no sump, hob reef octopus skimmer, hob cpr refugium and viparspectra lights. I run 150lbs live rock and sand and I raise softies and great fish and inverts. My tank takes more hands on, but my results are much to my liking and everything is thriving.
 

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Currently, I'm happy with both my tanks configurations with gear. Sure there's alot of cool stuff out there but what I have is working and working well. It's taken about 5 years to stabilize from all the bonehead things I thought would've worked. My Kessils work well for my mixed & SPS stuff, Vortechs work well for the same. Skimmers, ATOs and Apex classic and minor add ons are all "doing what they're supposed to do". Overall I'm pretty happy and I spend more time these days enjoying the tanks vs making adjustments. Now my 8 gal nano frag tank is another story...
 

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New build here, BareBottom 60g 24x24x24 cube with 30g 22x20x16 sump I put together. Mostly old equipment from previous tank.
1 - 250w 14k Phoenix bulb metal halide, Hamilton Cayman Sun reflector, IceCap ballast
1 - Radion XR15 Gen4 Pro
2 - Tunze 6105 controllable pumps
- Eshopps 120 skimmer
- Sicce 2.0 return pump
- GHL Doser2.1 dosing kalk and small amount ESV Bionic 2part and ESV mag
- ATO and AWC using the Smart Aqua unit (loving this by the way)
- No controller
- Hanna Alk and PO4 ULR checkers and Salifert for the rest
- Basic home depot fuge light for now
- filter socks and a bag of carbon on occasion once a month maybe
- lots of rock in display and rock, rubble and miracle mud in sump
That's about it, simple kinda old school setup, mostly just skimmer and rock. And now on month 5 has been super easy to maintain. The only piece of equipment I think I'll add is a kalk stirrer, been looking at the IceCap magnetic stirrers. Also just added 1st SPS tester frag and it is doing good so floodgates are opening.
 

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My tank is my starter tank; I wasn't too sure about the hobby as I already have quite a few other hobbies. I started off with a wish tank that was no where near as cheap as it should have been; the tank is only 17 us gallons. I then found a few second hand goodies and have been making my way with that.
  • Lighting (brand and how many)
1xAquabeauty hand me down.
  • Skimmers, Filters & Filtration Equipment
I have a modified hob filter from the initial purchase; i have since added a pond pump running through a modified 2littlefishies phos reactor for extra bio, mechanical and carbon filtration.
  • Powerheads and water movers
My 1x fluval cp2 died thismorning. Otherwise just the hob and pond pump filter monster.
  • Live Rock/Substrate (what type and how much)
2Kg of sand and 1kg liverock i cant remember the breed.
  • Sea Salt Mix/Saltwater
Redsea mixed reef.
  • Heater/Chiller
Running an inkbird wifi controller to 2x 50w aquazonic heaters and a 2 fan surface fan
  • RO/DI
Boss water systems 4 stage; all filter replaced with bunnings units last week.
  • Reactors(any kind calcium, carbon etc.)
Zombie reactor
  • Aquarium controllers
Just the inkbird
  • UV Sterilizers
Nope
  • Other?
Auto aqua smart ATO with a huge ro tank for the 5 weeks im about to go away.

(Sorry about photo quality; never been too worried about the tank photography)

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epsteino

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I guess I need to start a build thread?

so far
built in 240g DT
100g display fuge
80g custom sump
aquatic life 60" hybrid with 4x xr30, 4 Geismann bulbs
3x 1" sea swirls via closed loop with inline 120 watt UV and manifold for reactors - SP6 pump (considering red dragon DC pump)
2x MP 40
Skimz leapord L160 4220 gph return pump
Trade wind 1/3 hp chiller
2 brs 600 watt heaters/controller
Bunch of apex stuff in pic and then some...
 
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Tank: Innovative Marine 75INT
Total Volume(minus rocks, sand, plus sump):80 gallons
Lighting: 2 AI Hydra 52HD-Split schedule 6 hours from 6-noon, off, 8 hours from 4pm to midnight lather rinse repeat.
morning 6 hours is full spectrum, all channels on 100%, evening time slot is skewed blue
Skimmer: Red Sea RSK300 and its a beast-i love it
Powerheads: 2 Reefbreeders RP-M wave makers
Live Rock/Substrate: Real Reef Rock (60lbs), sand(40lbs)
Salt mix: Red Sea Pro
Heater: 2-150W Cobalt Neo Therms
RODI: BRS 6 Stage 150GPD
Other: CW-50 Algae Turf Scrubber, Jaebo 4 head dosing( not set up yet)

Mixed reef, 38 SPS frags/mini colonies,7 JB Mushrooms, assorted LPS, 40 Rock Flower nems(adults and offspring), 8 Rainbow BTA, Yellow Tang(swim Shady), Black Ice Clown (oreo), Six line wrase(sixer), Blue Chromis (BMG), Lyre tail Anthias(Bruce)
 

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Yeah I like them. The only issue I have is my choice of VCA nozzles on all my returns including the sea swirls. The nozzles cause more drain back into the sump than I want,
Same problem here, thinking about drilling a vent in the linelock Y.
Just Upgraded (Sept.) to a Xl425 112 gallon total
  • Lighting (brand and how many) ........................................4 XR15 with diffusers and an AL hybrid :cool:
  • Skimmers, Filters & Filtration Equipment......................... Clarisea 300, RO Regal 150sss DC :)
  • Return Pump........................................................................ Ecotech M2 with dual VCA nozzles..see quote above
  • Powerheads and water movers.........................................2 MP40's and adding 2 MP10's soon ;Stinkyfeet
  • Live Rock/Substrate (what type and how much)............. Natural Fuji rock w/ large stag skeleton & Special grade sand
  • Sea Salt Mix/Saltwater........................................................ TM pro Currently ;Watching
  • Heater/Chiller....................................................................... 300w Finnex on a Johnson Controls / Penn controller:cool:
  • RO/DI .....................................................................................Vertex/Puratek Deluxe :) mix sta. 65g FW 45g SW
  • Reactors(any kind calcium, carbon etc.)............................ Currently RS ABC+ until Ctrl /Cab complete, Avast Kalk react
  • Aquarium controllers........................................................... GHL/KH director w/Maxi Auto WC GHL 2.1
  • UV Sterilizers......................................................................... AQUA 25 watt WILL be going in, second velvet outbreak:mad:
  • Auto Top Off.......................................................................... Tunzi Pushing a Diaphragm pump from basmnt. mix sta:)
  • 2 Brightwell bricks, BRS 3oow heater on GHL/PB, 80/20 light stands, Red Sea screen top

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Are you still ordering livestock or are you going to wait it out?

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  • No I am not ordering right now

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