I am compiling the ideal setup for my tank. I will likely update this as I figure out more items. Pictured to the right is a similar sized tank.
Tank – 48x24x24 rimless low iron and tempered with all holes pre-drilled. The aquarium will be a Lifetime Aquarium
Sump – SeamLess sump also from Custom Aquariums. I would like a 4 sock filter tub, a baffle tub and 2 reservoir tubs, one for refugium and one for evaporation. All with circulation lines.
Return – Two Siphon Stoppers. These seem to be the safest option for preventing flooding when problems happen.
Stand – Custom Majestic Stand with more room below for a large sump and a side door. I would also like to hide a large ATO and continuous water exchange system.
Bio Media – Seamless Sump Ceramic balls. I’ve read a lot of info and this is what I want to start with. I’m a fan of simplicity, and this is simple.
Purigen – Seachem Purigen seams like a great way to keep your tank clean. I don’t want to use it constantly, just when needed. I’m going for natural bio balance first and supplementing when needed. I’m also terrified of “recharging” it.
Protein Skimmer – I don’t know yet. I only know I want it to fit in the 4 sock seamless sump filter tub. I do not want an external skimmer. If I end up with an external skimmer I will also go with a single sock or dual sock filter tub. Eshopps is likely unless I find a reason to use another brand.
Pumps – Don’t know yet. Will probably go with what is recommended for the seamless sump. I think they use Aqueon and Eheim by default.
Lighting – 2 RapidLed Onyx units. These appear to be excellent lights for a reasonable value. Will likely need 2 of them.
Monitoring – PH, ORP and Salinity are all part of the base Apex system. Additional units will be purchased if necessary. I am not sure about Dissolved Oxygen monitor.
Power Heads – WAV Starter kit from Neptune Systems. These are fully programmable. I don’t see any advantage over the VorTech models and they cost quite a bit more.
Continuous Water Exchange – DOS from neptune systems. Also good for other dosing needs.
Light & Pump Control – VDM from Neptune Systems. This is the module to dim the RapidLed Onyx I think. I’m not sure it is needed as I think some of these ports are in the Apex base unit. The same unit should be able to control variable pumps.
Light Monitoring – PMK from Neptune Systems. This will allow me to fine tune the lighting on my tank. Very cool.
Leak Detection – ALD from Neptune Systems. Not sure how I feel about this. Being notified of a leak sounds good. Most likely, if this is happening, hell has already broken loose.
Automatic Feeder – AFS from neptune systems. This is primarily because I have to go on trips for a week or two at a time.
ATO – My guess is this will be connected to my tank controller. But I haven’t figured it out yet. May use neptune water sensors and a linked pump.
RO/DI – Don’t know the exact system yet, but the intent is to hook it up to provide a constant supply of RO/DI to a large reservoir for use with the ATO and water exchange system.
Reactors – I really don’t know yet. I imagine some calcium reactor will be desired, but this will depend on my tank needs.
Wow that’s a lot of stuff. The thing that bothers me is the majority of this equipment is what I need/want for any tank. The only cost control I have is the size of the tank. Or don’t do all the digital monitoring/controls. That just hurts the geek in me. Plus, putting all that in a small tank just feels silly.