I'm off to college next year, and intend to continue reefkeeping, but need to downgrade size wise. My plan is to use one of the standard 10 gallon tanks I have lying around to build an all in one. I think I'm going to divide the tank into two equally sized halves with a diy rock wall. One one half, will be the equipment, my skimmer, pump, ac 70 or 110, and ato. I want to try to keep chemipure, purigen, and filter media in whichever aquaclear I use. I'd like to keep the pump and skimmer and ato in a section by themselves, which leaves a fair amount of open space in the equipment half, which i'd like to use as a deep sand bed area and fuge with mangroves. The aquaclear's intake will be in this proposed area, so I will surround it with a baffled tube(likely clear pvc or pvc painted black).
Proposed lighting is going to be using a par 38 bulb, either rapidled or ledtric hanging about 10 inches off the tank. Over the fuge is going to be a typical desk lamp.
I was thinking of throwing an algae scrubber into the design, it's not overkill on a 10 gallon?
As far as flow, I am not misled in figuring that I only will need whichever pump I end up with, there isn't a need for a powerhead in a 5 gallon display, right?
I'd like to make a mock up, and have seen some great computer generated plans around nr, anyone want to point me in the right direction to a popular program to use?
Anyone see any major flaw in my plans? Any tips, ideas ect would be greatly appreciated.