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Hi all. I'm not so much new to saltwater, probably just out of touch with current methods and equipment. I have short term memory issues so often forget much of anything I've done I  recent years.....including my fish keeping exploits! Anyway, after a 3 Yr break I treated myself to a drop off tank for Christmas and did a freshwater fully planted set up. However, it doesn't challenge or hold my attention. After years in the hobby it's just too easy after keeping a mixed fish/sps tank.when discussing my intended change back to saltwater with my lad, also a fish keeper, he reminded me that I had multi stage r/o, mixed my own water, had 4 channel dosing, auto top up, refugium etc, none of which I recall.
So, my questions are simple. On the clear seal drop off I have a relatively small 2 chamber sump. Lighting wise I'm not sure what to go for. I am on a low side budget of £800 for lighting, wave makers, atu, possibly doser and upgrading my return pump.  I've also got to factor in maximising my small sump space. I'm undecided on a skimmer at this point. I will be using live rock and stocking will be more focused on the corals than fish. Tank capacity is 250ltrs. Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Image attached s the initial set up, unfortunately I had to add condensation trays and make the pelmet due to 2nnew house cats

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Hi @Damo2567

Love the drop-off tank. what kind of corals are you looking to keep?  That will help you make the decision for lighting/flow/filtration 😊
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Thanks. I think my list isn't too demanding.
Zoanthids.Pulsing zenia, mushrooms, green star polyps, pipe organ and an anenome, but not sure about that yet. Other than a clean up crew I'll be looking at a few, maybe 4/5 fish to add movement and colour.

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Thanks. I think my list isn't too demanding.
Zoanthids.Pulsing zenia, mushrooms, green star polyps, pipe organ and an anenome, but not sure about that yet. Other than a clean up crew I'll be looking at a few, maybe 4/5 fish to add movement and colour.

Those are all happy in (relatively) low light aside from the anemone which tend to appreciate med to high light.

Something flat like a TMC Illuminair v2 might be quite nice with the pelmet, a lot of lights are going to stick up out of the top. Should be plenty of power as long as you get the right length.
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Hmm, yes I had the V2 illuminairre on my last set up, (I think).
Fans each end but from what I can remember the supports are a little flimsy if extended too far? Anyway,  good call, that would look pretty similar the the fluval plant 3.0 I'm using now on my planted tank. Thanks for your input.

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Fluval Marine 3.0?


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No, sorry, it's a freshwater plant light.

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My tank.is 100cm so the v2 900 would fit fine. Still a bit pricey for a relatively older model though, or sam I being harsh there? I also like the look of the tmc reef photon, the twin light version but can't find any helpful reviews

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Sorry I should have been Clearer, why not consider the Fluval Marine 3.0? I have one on my tank, softies thrive Kenya Tree, GSP, Fuzzy Green Mushrooms, Green Mushrooms so on...


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No worries, I'll have a look at that. Had a nightmare with controlling algae initially. Ended up dropping power down to below 50%. It was made more difficult with the 2 different depths. Sand was clean in the deeper water, choked with cyano higher up. Anyway, I'll take a look at that tomorrow. Cheers.

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