Sudz Mixed Reef 60g

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The photos are in the overview area if you tab over but I will add some more here to make it easier.
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I’d like to share more about my setup and the cost involved. I feel this hobby can be intimidating to get into due to cost, and my minimalist design may be an option for people to successfully enter the hobby. I will describe my setup and there are photos in my build thread of most of it. I will put some rough prices at the end.

Prices can vary so significantly on tank and stand combos so I won’t bother with that, but this is a clear for life acrylic tank with no holes drilled in it, so a basic tank designed for HOB or canister setup.

I set it up with live sand and a mixture of live rock and dead rock for the aquascape. It is approximately a 50/50 mix of live rock and dead rock. The live rock then seeds the dead rock fairly quickly.

I run the aquamax HFM filter. It is a HOB design with built in protein skimmer. The skimmer is quite effective. The water passes through a mixed media chamber consisting of ceramic rings, a bag if carbon and a cut to fit poly pad.

The water then moves to the third chamber that I have setup as a mini fuge. I have to cheap underwater led plant lights on 24/7 in there with chaeto and a small live rock. This third chamber also adds ports for my dosing pumps to deliver their daily doses.

Speaking of pumps I have a jaebo 4 station pump I keep below the tank which requires inline check valves but has kept it out of sight and works well. Channel 1 is B ionic part A which delivers 4mls twice a day. Channel 2 is B Ionic part b and delivers 3mls twice a day. My third channel is RO water that delivers 200 mls three times a day to keep up on evaporation loss.

Lighting I have two Smatfarm LED LIGHTS that are on 9 hrs a day. After they ramp up and down I have a Fluval led strip with all blue running as a night light. (The moonlight features on the Smatfarm are just too bright for the tank. The tank is left in complete darkness about 6 hours a night.

Finishing the setup is my Jaebo wave maker. I have it on a pulsing wave setup and just have the one power head. Flow on the other side of the tank comes from the HOB.

Prices for this setup:

Live rock $8 per pound about $200
Mixed rock about $100
Live sand $35
Dead sand $20
I do a 30/70 mix live sand to dead sand.
Aquamaxx HFM (skimmer filter Fuge) $112
Jaebo dosing pump $70
Jaebo Wavemaker $100
2 Smart Farm LEDs $300
Heater $28


So aside from the tank and stand I am in to this tank setup for under $1000

Yes many other odds and ends, scrubbers, test kits, food, air pump for drip acclimation, dips, B ionic. Etc…

But with tank and stand I want people to know that they can have a very nice reef tank for under $2000.

I’ve had this setup for about 4 or 5 years and have not had any major issues. Maintenance if filters is monthly, biweekly water changes, and annual pump breakdown and cleaning.

Hopefully this is helpful to people and I am happy to answer any questions.
 

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