I looked through the entire forum and articles on this resource and made sure that it is very difficult to find useful information, since a lot has been written that is not relevant and this is normal for such a huge Reef2Reef.
I decided to share my experience and knowledge with you here in my thread:
My name is Alexander, I'm from Russia.
I have been into Marine Aquarium since 2005.
Since 2010, I started doing this professionally.
My store "Reef Exclusive" is one of the most popular in Russia
And most likely many of you are familiar with him from my photos and videos on Instagram.
Since February 2022, I moved to live in the USA and opened my new store
Reef Exclusive in Los Angeles.
And so I start write for an English-speaking audience, because the correct and
there is almost no readily available information.
So, let's begin:
The first thing you need is a properly made SAMP, Display, Drain and Water Return System.
I'll give you an example on a 3000 gallon system.
First: The display can be of any shape, but for good degassing, the Width should be approximately equal to the Height.
Second: The drain shaft must have an overflow at least 20 inches long and three drain pipes at least 1.5 inches in diameter. Two of these pipes are the main ones of the Herbie type and One Emergency Durso.
Here, in the Drain Shaft, you can place the Fourth Return Pipe, its diameter depends on the maximum size of the outlet of the Return Pump.
In my opinion, it is better to glue the longitudinal stiffening ribs, they will strengthen the structure of the display, partially prevent fish from jumping out and prevent water from overflowing when you clean the glass.
The first compartment of the SAMP is the Degassing Shaft for draining water from the Display, flowing in a huge turbulent stream (in the next episodes I will talk about degassing in more detail)
Second compartment with Thick Fleece Filter Bags or you can use another kind of filtration, but I don't recommend it.
The third compartment is a Biofilter with Living Rocks or Separax for example (later I will talk more about the Biofilter).
Fourth compartment for skimmer
Fifth Compartment for Return Pump and Adsorbent Box (more on that later).
The pump must pump at least 10 volumes of the entire system per hour, that is, 10.000-12.000 liters per hour.
When creating the right SAMP, you need to follow only Four simple rules:
First: When the return pump is turned off, all excess water from the Display must fit into the SAMP
Second: The water from the degasser goes through the Top into the Filter Bags.
Third: The water from the Skimmer compartment leaves through the bottom of the baffle.
Fourth: Water enters the Return Pump compartment through the top.
That's all for now, see you soon.
Further it will be much more interesting.