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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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If money was no object...

I'm planning a large build. The room that the tank is going is still a carport at this point so it's still a good ways off. (1-2+ years)

But I was wondering, if money was no object, what type of equipment would you guys get? Not talking about a tank itself, more skimmers, reactors, ect. Also interested in any type of multi-stage sump system. I have a couple of designs on paper for this, but would love to see some of you guys ideas.

My plan is to buy the 'non-perishable' equipment as I can afford it, that way once the time comes to set up the tank, the only expenses I'll have are what's actually going in the tank.

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The MPs are a definite. And those bubble king are fierce... but so is that price.... Don't think any amount of saving would get me one of those!

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I know this isn't "equipment" per se, but I'd either find someone who is a master at making DIY arago-crete rock, or I'd buy a bunch of Marco rock as my live rock structure.


I would, however, cure the Marco rock first. It's supposed to be organic-free but I've seen it cause algae blooms that seemed to be using up nitrogen or phosphorus (or both) that was in the rock. Even still, it's beautiful stuff.




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I know this isn't "equipment" per se, but I'd either find someone who is a master at making DIY arago-crete rock, or I'd buy a bunch of Marco rock as my live rock structure.


I would, however, cure the Marco rock first. It's supposed to be organic-free but I've seen it cause algae blooms that seemed to be using up nitrogen or phosphorus (or both) that was in the rock. Even still, it's beautiful stuff.
I was planning on building some of my own pieces, and using macro as the bulk of it. But I was still planning on getting some shelf pieces and maybe like 10-15 pounds of natural rock for some eye catchingness. My two base pieces in my display right now are arago-crete that Grace made!
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This isn't equipment either, but I recently drew up some plans for a tank that had a normal sump in the stand that pumped water up into a refugium that was hidden in the wall behind a rock waterfall... The water overflowed out of the fuge and down the waterfall into the DT. If money was no object I'd love to turn a whole room into a jungle with that tank being the main feature. I think I might even get a cockatoo and some loose guinea pigs that would live in the room just for the ambiance ;D

I know that isn't really what you're looking for but... Haha
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As far as rock goes I would go with Real Reef Rock. It's man made rock that is very hard to tell it didn't come straight off the reef. You can.get.it.in boulder or shelf and it.has a water based dye in it that gives it the appearance of having coraline the day you put it in the tank. the.best part.about it is that its live rock that is 100% pest free, as lo g as the company you buy it from keeps it in a sterile environment. When I get an order.of this stuff in I keep it.in a bin that doesn't have anything else but this to guarantee that there are no pests/algae at all. There are a few people on here that have gotten it from me and can tell you how nice this stuff is.but you can get it just about anywhere.

As far as equipment, what type of lighting do you plan to go with?

I'd go with an external return pump, they last forever.

Heater - Won Bros heater (you'll need a controller for this though).

Skimmer- ASM orBubble Magus are what I'd use.



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H&S skimmer
TUNZE powerheads
maxspec leds (but by the time you get it setup they will probably be better options than that)
calcium reactor
gfo and carbon reactors
i also agree with the marco rock
and a very nice return pump
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As far as rock goes I would go with Real Reef Rock.


I had forgotten about this stuff. 100% agreed, has all the necessary benefits of both wild live rock and dry rock/man made.




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Planning on doing a diy LED build.

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