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bsmith22
01/26/2009, 10:53 AM
Hey all!

Beside the basic set up of an ordinary reef tank...what other kind of equipment might be added to a 55 gallon reef tank? In other words, Not including the tank, basic lights, skimmer, powerhead, heaters, sump... what kind of awesomeness can be added either now or in the future?

Some thoughts I had were:
1. Refugium
2. Automatic top off
3. Kalkwasser dosing...what else?

Hubby and I are trying to figure out a nice layout of the "extra" luxuries so we won't have to move the stuff around later....

fishysteve
01/26/2009, 10:59 AM
I'd say an auto top off is definately a nice thing to have.

ckusnierek
01/26/2009, 11:01 AM
auto WC but you need to DIY

ckusnierek
01/26/2009, 11:02 AM
Oh DUH!
A CONTROLLER

corbett_n
01/26/2009, 11:02 AM
moon lights

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:08 AM
Moon lights would be part of the lighting system...I'm talking more like something awesome that is available that I might not know about. We are trying to get ideas of how much room all the "extras" might take up and hubby wants to put all the stuff in the basement and plumb the stuff to the DT upstairs. He's a real DIY kind of guy. But since we are new to the hobby, I was hoping to hear from some experienced reefer in regards to some awesome equipment they have....

Keep the ideas coming....

fishysteve
01/26/2009, 11:13 AM
Where in Pa are you?

r-balljunkie
01/26/2009, 11:14 AM
+1 ATO.i wished i would have bitten the bullet early on in the game, instead of playing el cheapo for a couple of years, messing with float valves.
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bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:18 AM
We live near Hershey PA - Chocolate town

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:20 AM
I few other things we thought of:
A battery backup and/or generator

Sugar Magnolia
01/26/2009, 11:27 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14245627#post14245627 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by bsmith22
I few other things we thought of:
A battery backup and/or generator
Good idea for sure. Phosban reactor, kalk reactor.

GSMguy
01/26/2009, 11:31 AM
Generator,
Tunze osmolator
Aquarium controller

New lights, skimmer, powerheads.(nobody gets these right the first time...)

landlord
01/26/2009, 11:35 AM
Here's another 2 cents for you.

Design your own stand and canopy as big as possible. Possibly like an "Entertainment Stand", possibly with side cabinets. I only say this because no matter what new toys come out onto the market down the road, as long as you have enough space to hide it all you are golden!

landlord

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:39 AM
Oooo...good answers...I'm writing these down!

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:40 AM
Thought of another one... a chiller?

davocean
01/26/2009, 11:43 AM
RK2 w/ live cam(super cool)
Cal reactor
Some kind of random flow/wavemaker
And yes on sump/ATO

davocean
01/26/2009, 11:44 AM
oops, meant fuge/ATO

Jerm77
01/26/2009, 11:44 AM
fluidized media reactors
-carbon
-GFO (granular ferric oxide)

chiller

calcium reactor
-ph controller for calcium reactor

RDSB - remote deep sand bed

RO/DI Filter - choose to fit capacity and amount of filtration(how good
is your tap water?)
- storage container for fresh water ( for top off or salt mixing)
- storage container for mixing salt

aquarium controller / monitor (i.e Neptune Systems
AquaControllers, Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Controller, etc.)

QT tank - spare tank for quarantine of fish, corals, ect. (alot forget this in planning)

Frag tank - extra tank for growing frags from your coral colonies ( for trade, selling, ect - corals are expensive!)

Aj Flip
01/26/2009, 11:51 AM
a timer for your lights

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:51 AM
YES! Thats what I'm talkin' bout! Love these answers! You guys rock! (Of course, I have to look some of these things up! LOL)

QT tank--definitely!

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 11:52 AM
Anyone know if there's a computer program that can run all these things?

crvz
01/26/2009, 11:54 AM
I'd do a controller, and if you're really into gadgets a webcam. I've got a couple buddies who have a wireless webcame to view their setups remotely.

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 12:00 PM
Oh yeah! How cool would THAT be!
My husband just mentioned that!

Jerm77
01/26/2009, 12:03 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14245864#post14245864 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by bsmith22
Anyone know if there's a computer program that can run all these things?

yes, some controllers have a pc control option.

Peter Eichler
01/26/2009, 12:07 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14245783#post14245783 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by bsmith22
Thought of another one... a chiller?

Chillers are a waste of money unless you have a hard time keeping the tank below the mid 80's, which is a tough scenario to create.

macreefster
01/26/2009, 12:19 PM
+1 to what peter said. i have a chiller and i am just using it to control my heaters as it never comes on in the summer. i needed the chiller when i had a 29g nano cube with a 250w sunpod over it though.

a whole house back up generator is something i'd love to have. lost power for 5 days last summer while i was out of town. of course the temps were in the 90's during the power outage.

GSMguy
01/26/2009, 12:20 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14245980#post14245980 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Peter Eichler
Chillers are a waste of money unless you have a hard time keeping the tank below the mid 80's, which is a tough scenario to create.


+100 often the pump that runs the chiller is such a heat pump that the only reason you need the chiller is the pump that feeds it, often enclosed lighting Canopies are to blame as well,

My tank only needs a heater never have I wanted a chiller.

DamnPepShrimp
01/26/2009, 12:23 PM
Seperate drums that hold RO/DI water and fresh saltwater, makes topoff and water changes easy. No need to wait to make water or mix it up.

davocean
01/26/2009, 01:33 PM
I was surprised at the energy/cost bump of running a chiller.
My next setup will be w/out one.

reefing102
01/26/2009, 01:34 PM
This kind of goes into the lighting scheme, but Maybe a rail system to move your lights out of the way.

A possibility that not many do anymore, Ozone. (You need to be very careful not to overdose this, if I am not mistaken)

A display refugium.

ssamick
01/26/2009, 01:42 PM
How about one of those dialyseas automatic ro/di water change machines. Now that is what I would call a luxury.

bsmith22
01/26/2009, 01:44 PM
I probably won't need a chiller either, but I was originally just looking for ideas that may have needed to be added on at some point. Lots of good responses to this post!!

digitalis
01/26/2009, 02:00 PM
a guy in town here uses a computer power center switch box to turn off heaters, pumps, skimmer, etc.

davocean
01/26/2009, 02:06 PM
Davemorris has a great write up/setup on RK2 w/ live cam.

Whys
01/26/2009, 03:06 PM
Plankton reactor(s).

This list might contain a couple other things you haven't thought of.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1526752

sassafrass
01/26/2009, 04:33 PM
I run ozone on my tank a 150 ,I run much less than suggested 50mg per hr and am very pleased with the results ,crystal clear water and much improved skimmer performance.A tank drain that runs to the waste water system of your home (if not on septic) A remote mixed saltwater storage with a switched pump that can be operated from the tank . To do a water change you just open a valve , when the water level reaches a predetermined point close the valve and flip a switch... water change done !!!

EnFuego
01/26/2009, 06:26 PM
There is a plethora of controllers available. I use the profilux line. There is a website that has a spreadsheet that compares the features of each controller that u will post when I get home if nobody has yet.

EnFuego
01/27/2009, 06:29 AM
There is a plethora of controllers available. I use the profilux line. There is a website that has a spreadsheet that compares the features of each controller that u will post when I get home if nobody has yet.

BFG
01/27/2009, 07:26 AM
Dosing pump system like the Grotech ones.

BangkokMatt
01/27/2009, 07:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14245980#post14245980 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Peter Eichler
Chillers are a waste of money unless you have a hard time keeping the tank below the mid 80's, which is a tough scenario to create.
That depends where you live :)

Logzor
01/27/2009, 07:49 AM
Litermeter III + extra dosing pump

Spectrapure ultra-precise auto-topoff

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No hassles