Planning my first tank

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Hey all,

Having a marine tank has always been a dream of mine. I’ve looked into it a few times now to get ideas of costs and other bits and bobs but I never got around to doing it due to various other life things getting in the way. I want to have another look at again now to see what’s changed, look at some options and get some ideas. I’ve only kept freshwater fish in the past. I’m predominantly a reptile keeper.

When I first looked into it I got overexcited with the variety of gorgeous marine fish out there, I found that once I started looking at things like tangs, the tank size started to get very very big. I also love puffers so my dream was to have one of them but after learning that they need a lot of space, they’re very messy, aren’t good with corals and can be quite territorial i had to push that one aside. I looked at GSPs recently too as a smaller puffer that start in brackish and eventually move to saltwater but they have similar drawbacks.

Thinking about it again now I think I’d just like to focus on a smaller tank with some nice corals, some clowns, a couple of shrimp and maybe a couple of other smaller fish. Maybe something around 200 litres. I really like the cube shaped ones like the Juwel Lido. I’ve seen some really nice setups with cool formations of live rock in the centre with lots of nice corals. If I remember rightly it was the Red Sea tanks that were considered the best before, is that still the case? I think the second most expensive thing was the lighting. I see Red Sea do their own now so I’m wondering if they’re any good.

I’ll focus on the finer details later but I want to start with tanks. Is 200 litres suitable for a few clowns and a couple other things? I’m not worrying about bigger things like tangs this time around. Just looking for inspiration around the 200 litre mark. Would be very interested to see other people’s setups around that size.

Thanks :)

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Yes 200 litres is fine for percula/ocelaris clowns 👍  You can have a few nice fish in a tank that size as long as they aren't territorial.

Red Sea are still a 'go-to' brand for quality.  There are also D-D and EA which do similar style tanks around the same quality.

For lighting,  I don't know enough about the RedSea ones yet, but either AI Hydra HD or Radion LEDs are known to be good.  They are expensive, you can save money if you go with a lesser known brand.

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Thanks ajm83


Ahh Al Hydra rings a bell. I think that’s what people recommended to me before.


Do you think it would be better to go with one of red seas max all in one tanks with the sump on the back or get a reefer with the sump in the cabinet and put the other bits together myself? I don’t know how those two kinds of sumps compare. I imagine the ones on the back would be harder to clean and maintain but then, I don’t know how often you need the clean that kind of stuff? I guess the general idea is that you leave it alone most of the time? Apart from filters and such?

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Thanks ajm83


Ahh Al Hydra rings a bell. I think that’s what people recommended to me before.


Do you think it would be better to go with one of red seas max all in one tanks with the sump on the back or get a reefer with the sump in the cabinet and put the other bits together myself? I don’t know how those two kinds of sumps compare. I imagine the ones on the back would be harder to clean and maintain but then, I don’t know how often you need the clean that kind of stuff? I guess the general idea is that you leave it alone most of the time? Apart from filters and such?
No problem.

Tbh Both types of tank have advantages. 
Much less chance of a leak with a rear chamber rather than a sump and no complicated plumbing.

The plus sides of a sump are getting ugly/smelly/noisy equipment out of the way and loads more flexibility in terms of what you can run like algae scrubbers that you wouldn't want on show (unless you like having your room lot up bright pink over night ) .  Plus adding the sump increases your water volume.

I've had both and prefer the under tank sump, but might go back to a rear chamber setup one day for the simplicity factor.

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Hmmm. I think I’ll go for the under tank sump then. Sounds a bit more flexible. Just need to work out what else I need. I know I at least need a protein skimmer (bubble magus was recommended before I think), pumps, power heads and various filter medium.

Are there any good guides around or it best to just ask?

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How’s your set up progressing?

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Hi just to throw another idea in the mix,you can buy marine setups with the internal filter system,I'm about to set up mine in a week or two,I've had marine for over 15 years with different types of setups,I've now got juwel 180 marine setup that came with everything lights ,heater  filter, stand ,is a good size to,and you don't have to have a protein skimmer that's nonsense,I've never had one in all the years I've had marine ,yes it has its good points but it's not a must have bit of equipment to keep marine,plenty of live rock a good clean up crew and don't overcrowd with fish.
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Another major benefit to the sump is the increased water volume for the system . Increased water volume means it's easier to keep the chemistry stable , and a little extra leeway for those pollutants .

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