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Greets all, looking for some guidance. This will be my first saltwater aquarium, I have a small freshwater one. I'm not going to rush it, still learning.🧐 It will be a mixed reef tank. Starting my shopping list - I guess a tank should be at the top right? Looking at 4 models. I know there may be better options than these but it's a matter of cost. I'm in the UK. Waterbox Marine 45.2 TMC Reef Habitat 60 Aqua One ReefSys 180 Aquarium Systems L'Aquarium 2.0 250 Would love to hear thoughts on recommended kit and things to avoid. Thanks all🍻
Hi everyone, This is something I've been meaning to do for ages but not had the confidence to do so until now. I've had a few setbacks through the years but have learned from them and am proud of how things are going. This feels like The right time to share... This is my third, and largest by far, marine tank and has been up and running since October 2016. I have been keeping things as simple as possible and running on a fairly small budget. The tank is an Aqua One minireef 180, measuring 90x45x45cm, and is still mainly stock. I have not seen many other tanks like mine on the fora, maybe my experiences will be helpful and offer an alternative to the IM and Red Sea tanks favoured by many. Being UK based, I apologise in advance if any terminology or common names differ from the norm on this site! Currently, the tank is running as follows: Equipment: Aqua One minireef 180 (39 imp g, 47 US g) Stock 40W LED lights Stock return pump Bubble Magus C3.5 skimmer Maxspect gyre XF150 4" Bubble Magus filter sock TMC reactor (currently not in use) Livestock: Pair of small occelaris clowns Green coral goby Starry blenny Yellow longnose butterfly Babi wrasse Black backed wrasse Porcelain crab 2x cleaner shrimp Nasarius, turbo, top hat & astrea snails I am currently keeping the reef as a soft coral reef, including toadstools, leathers mushrooms, ricordia, zoas etc. In the future, I would love to add some euphyllia and gorgonians, however having lost some in my inexperienced past I am holding off for now. Perhaps when I have upgraded the lighting (or convinced my partner to let me!). I also currently have a multibar angel reserved at the lfs as a final addition , just waiting on seeing him eating before collecting. FTS 20th August 2017