180 gal nps tank biuld

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  1. fragginawsome

    fragginawsome Skunk Shrimp

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    it will have balonophyllias, tubastrea lots of tubastrea and many gorgs
    it will have 1 wavebox 6215 with 3/4 seaswirl for flow and skimmer on every 6 hours along with a plankton reactor for help.

    slow drip of food deluted in repta dripper
    oyster feast 10ml
    phyto feast 5ml
    cyclopeeze 6ml
    trigger pods after aqaucultured in bucket
    and a dozon more things...
    reed mariculture 5ml and automated rotifers from bucket every 2 hours with reef snow and roe every 2 hrs 3mls each
     
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  3. Thatgrimguy

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    Sounds great. Are you planning a refrigerant system? And where are you getting the plankton reactor? Are you planning to go dual and have phyto dump into zoo and zoo into the tank?
     
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    yes,nots sure, and this may be stupid but do you meen zoo planktton
     
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    Yes, zooplankton. BRS is about to release some reactors that work with your ATO they seem really interesting. To the best of my knowledge it is either this exact one or something very similar Aqua Medic Plankton Reactor & Plankton Light Reactor | Aquarium Supplies
     
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    cool, but where will i find zoo plankton
     
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    What's your plan for filtration and what skimmer do you intend to use? Also, you may want to reconsider your wave box, NPS seem to do best in a more laminar flow environment. Doing a NPS build of this size is going to take a lot planning. Filtration alone is going to be very interesting. Many of the builds in the 65 gallon range are doing up to 5-10 gallon water changes daily. What's your plan to handle this?
     
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    i have the guys from capistrano reef helping me get equipment, im thinking AquaMaxx EcoMaxx EM200 In-Sump Protein Skimmer on every 6hrs to suspend the food density.i will be running biopelets, kalk if needed, carbon and vodka dosing. i will have a pump leading to a 10 gallon aquarium taking 5 gallons a day
     
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    I wouldn't recommend that skimmer for a standard 180g SPS tank, there is no way it's going to be enough for a true NPS build. With the amount of foods you will need to broadcast you are going to need something much much bigger... I'm looking at downdraft skimmers that are rated up to 1500 gallons for my 40b NPS build to give an example.

    For the balanophyllia and the tubastrea your plan sounds ok. But if you are serious about Gorgs, or any soft coral NPS, then you are going to have to completely revamp your plan from the ground up. The LPS style non-photosynthetics can handle daily feeding or even weekly feeding and be just fine. Gorgs and soft NPS are going to take multiple daily feedings to sustain and will blow that filtration plan away.

    Also I would worry about the flow plan, many NPS occur naturally on cliffs where water pushes down over them in a very laminar pattern and many of these creatures have adapted to capturing food in this manner.
     
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    if so what skimmer do you recommend and how wuld i create the flow your taking about