A large reef aquarium is something we your Guides Stan and Debbie had dreamed of setting up for a long time. After much planning and saving for this system, here is a step-by-step outline that simply shows you how we set up our 92 gallon reef tank.
By using pictures with brief explanations on each step of the process from start to finish, you can clearly see what we did to put it all together, which is something anyone can do just as easily with any size and style aquarium desired.
To begin, here is a list of all the equipment and other items we initially purchased for getting this aquarium started on October 21, 2007.
- All-Glass Aquarium 92 Gallon Bowfront w/OF Combo (Set included tank with built-in overflow, cabinet/stand, 36" standard daylight single bulb light strip, and a glass canopy.)
- All-Glass Aquarium MegaFlow wet/dry sump filter and overflow plumbing kit.
- Pondmaster Magdrive 950 gph water pump.
- A piece of hose suitable in diameter and length for connecting the water pump in the sump to the aquarium.
- A suitable sized plastic ball valve, two barb connectors, and two hose clamps.
- 2 Marineland Maxi-Jet 1200 submersible powerheads.
- Marineland Stealth 150 watt submersible heater, and a thermometer.
- ESU Coralife 36" Compact Fluorescent Lunar Aqualight Strip (192 watts).
- ESU Coralife 24" Compact Fluorescent Lunar Aqualight Strip (130 watts).
- ESU Coralife Single Digital Power Center.
- CaribSea Aragonite Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand (55 pounds).
- Fiji live rock (30 pounds), combined with dry base reef rock (21 pounds).
- Aquarium Systems Instant Ocean Salt (160 gallon pail).
- Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) Saltwater Master Test Kit (High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate), individual Phosphate and Calcium test kits.
- Kordon AmQuel (16 ounce bottle).
- Hiatt Distributors Ltd. Saltwater RightNow! Bacteria (2 60 gallon dose bottles).