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4. 150 Gallon Marine Fish Tank
Aquarium Connection - Marine Fish Tank, Saltwater Aquariums, Reef Tank, Aquarium Supplies, Saltwater Aquarium Supplies, Fish Tank, Aquarium Fish, Saltwater Fish This solution outlines the necessary equipment to set up and maintain larger systems and recommendations for advanced filtration systems and peripheral equipment. The guidelines below can be applied to larger saltwater aquariums as well.

For tanks over 155 gallons, good choices are the
ADV-200 3rd Generation Advance Series for tanks up to 200 gallons, and the ADV-300 3rd Generation Advance Series for tanks up to 300 gallons. These filters are great for both reef and fish-only systems.


For the ultimate 100 gallon+ saltwater system, only drilled, 'reef ready' tanks should be considered. If an existing tank is not drilled you can still have a great tank with a siphon box. These larger systems generally have a high fish load so equipment choice is crucial. The fish population alone can be worth a house payment so skimping on quality or amount of filtration is not wise. Some of the "high tech" options that may be borderline for smaller systems make larger systems function much better. An important feature of these additions is less maintenance.

Why a trickle filter?
As with any size system, filtration is the most critical component. Adequate filtration means the difference between a healthy thriving system and disaster or frustration and disappointment. Good mechanical and biological filtration maintains good oxygen levels and keeps harmful fish waste and other decaying debris from polluting the water and killing fish. Trickle filters, because of their size and expanded biological surface area, perform these tasks better than any other form of filtration and should always be considered the first choice. Trickle filters are more reliable and easier to maintain. Since there are no costly cartridges to replace, trickle filters are also more cost effective to operate.


Eshopps ADV-200 3rd Generation Filter
Designed for tanks up to 200 gallons, The ADV-200 has a very unique three channel design. In addition to all the benefits of the 3rd generation refugium sump, the advance series also features a third compartment that allows hobbyists to add bio-balls or matrix for additional filtration. The unique Eshopps Channel Design (ECD, Patent Pending) combines three independent compartments into one compact size sump while providing enough space for each compartment.
Features
• Unique Three Water Channel
• Large Skimmer Compartment & Viewable Refugium in Front
• Built-in Probe Holder & Float Valve
• Removable shelf
• Quiet Operation


Eshopps ADV-300 3rd Generation Filter
Designed for tanks up to 300 gallons, The ADV-300 has a very unique three channel design. In addition to all the benefits of the 3rd generation refugium sump, the advance series also features a third compartment that allows hobbyists to add bio-balls or matrix for additional filtration. The unique Eshopps Channel Design (ECD, Patent Pending) combines three independent compartments into one compact size sump while providing enough space for each compartment.
Features
• Unique Three Water Channel
• Large Skimmer Compartment & Viewable Refugium in Front
• Built-in Probe Holder & Float Valve
• Removable shelf
• Quiet Operation



Syncra 4.0 Aquarium Pump 12.5ft Head 951gph

Inlet:
1 threaded
Use hose size: 25mm x 32mm
Use hose size: 1 up to 1-1/4

Outlet:
3/4 threaded
Use hose size: 21mm x 26.5mm
Use hose size: 3/4 up to 1


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Protein Skimmer

Protein skimmers. while not mandatory on a fish-only system, are considered one of two options on the “ultimate” system. Because of the maintenance required, they are not for every system, however, they are beneficial to any system. Protein skimmers remove proteins and waste aiding in algae and water quality control while lessening the need for carbon in fish-only systems. Remember, all skimmers require cleaning and regular checking.

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MSDS
• Hydrometer
This important instrument is used to measure the salt concentration (salinity or specific gravity) of the aquarium water. A good economical and accurate choice is the
Fluval Sea Hydrometer. Another quality hydrometer is the Ammonite Hydrometer.
  • Synthetic Sea Salt
Vibrant Sea Salt Mix, 60# box - Vibrant Sea is a highly concentrated blend of salts formulated for marine and reef aquariums that contains all essential major, minor, and trace components found in natural seawaters, plus the added advantage of enhanced potassium levels. Its formulation is ideal for the reef environment and will provide accurate seawater concentrations of magnesium, calcium, and strontium with proper alkalinity and pH for closed reef aquarium systems. Vibrant Sea is an anhydrous salt, which allows for unparalleled uniformity from batch to batch as well as the ability to produce more saltwater from less salt.


• Refractometer
For saltwater enthusiasts with an interest in a more precise and sophisticated instrument to measure salinity, the
AquaLife Refractometer with automatic temperature compensation is a consideration.
• Substrate
20lbs Choose a CaribSea product. Natural, calcium based substrates are best for saltwater aquariums. A good rule of thumb is 1lb of substrate per gallon of water.


• Heater
Fluval E 200watt Electronic Heater
• Always add a high quality dechlorinator anytime tap water is added to the tank. AquaLife Complete is an excellent product that not only dechlorinates but adds important elements to maintain slime coat integrity and reduce stress. AquaLife Complete also detoxifies chloramines if they are present.


• Algae Scrubber
AquaBlade Scraper for glass
MagFloat 30 for glass

MagFloat also makes cleaners for acrylic tanks.
• Starting Bacteria Culture
Use Activate Saltwater. Seeded biological media is sometimes available to speed up the cycling process. Super Porous Filter Media is an excellent media for this purpose.


• Fish Net
Hagen 8" Net with 12" handle
• Thermometer
Hagen Floating Thermometer with Suction Cup.



 

The filters shown above have room for placement of two revolutionary chemical media, Chemi-Pure and Polyfilters - both of these media should be used in a saltwater tank of this size to ensure success.


• Never underestimate the importance of water testing. Fish trapped in water with even small amounts of ammonia and nitrite can die within hours. Water test on a regular basis and be prepared to act quickly is something goes wrong. A
Saltwater Master Test Kit contains accurate testing supplies for pH, ammonia and nitrite.

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• Fish Food
Nutrition is second only to filtration in importance. Saltwater fish should be fed 80% frozen foods since these foods most closely match their natural diet.

• Do not overfeed the fish. Feed fish only what they will eat in two to three minutes 1-2 times per day. Vary the diet. Different types of frozen foods from
Ocean Nutrition and San Francisco Bay with VitaChem dripped on them combined with occasional feedings of SERA foods will ensure the health, longevity and color of your fish. It is important to try and duplicate the foods eaten in the wild.

AquaLife CSPro Flake and Stick Foods
Formulated from the best ingredients, and fortified with vitamins and probiotics, CS PRO foods offer a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids [eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)] together with astaxanthin, for healthy growth and maximum coloration. Plus, every batch is packed with a triple dose of immune-boosting vitamins.
• All-in-one formulation: complete nutrition, omega-3s, and vitamins
• Great for all fish, both freshwater and saltwater
• Rich in color-enhancing astaxanthin
• Scientifically formulated in line with the latest research
• Highly digestible, all-natural ingredients with NO preservatives
• Will not cloud water



• Do a 25% water change monthly or a 10% water change twice a month. Remember to dechlorinate the water and adjust it to the same temperature as the aquarium water.

• The pH should be 8.2 High quality salt such as
Fritz RPM has added buffers and with proper water changes, pH should be stable. Aquavitro Salinity is sold only at local authorized dealers, like our local store. For other high quality salts available online, see Vibrant Sea Salt Mix . However, if water changes are being done and pH is a problem, use Marine Buffer by SeaChem. Further information is available on water parameters in the Log Sheet section.

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Further Reading:
9. Mixing Saltwater
11. Supplements & Additives
12. Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle


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