This tank has now been running for about a year. Heres how I did it:
I converted my freshwater Trigon 350 to a reef tank.
I already had one reef tank, but decided to go reef with my trigon as well.
I had massive success using a chaeto based refugium / sump in my existing tank, so I did the same thing with my trigon.
I bought some parts and manufactured othersg the others (e.g. wier) myself. I have the luxury of a full workshop and CNC laser cutter!
Here was my basic idea:
The sump is 21x21x21 custom made to fit. I made acrylic baffles using the CNC laser.
Drains are 2 x 50mm. I aquired a eheim compact+ 3000 as the return pump.
The wier was laser cut from clear acrylic. I won't be skimming the tank, as I've always been successful without skimming. I will be keeping mostly softies anyway.
The tank is lit with a combination of T5s and Cree XP LEDs on a custom build. 16 White XP-Gs, 8 Blue XP-Es and 8 Royal Blue XP-Es, if I remember correctly...
In terms of rock, I did quite well for myself. I spent £240 and have got somewhere in the region of 70 KG live rock, some with large corals on.
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