I find myself discussing with fellow hobbyists how they filter their fish tanks. Everyone has a different strategy that they swear by but each ultimately isn't perfect. The idea overall is pretty simple, you want to export waste and debris out of the tank that you're introducing in through by feeding your fish. When the design for the reef tank started, there were a few discussions on how it will be filtered. The guys at the local saltwater store swore by a protein skimmer and canister as all you need. The refugium is another common filtration system. There is the deep sand bed, and even chemical products like seachem purigen. The entire stand needed to be designed, plumbing installed, and lifestock planned out and filtration is a semi-permanent choice for the aquarium. I found myself looking at all these different options whilst at the same time watching various marine programs on NOVA, Animal Planet, and other cable programs to really get a good glimpse of the natural habitat.
I am on my second reef tank after my recently retired nano and I'm still learning a lot about the ecosystem. I welcome all information on all things aquatics to help build my understanding of the system. I came across a post, Aquarium Chemistry: Phosphate And Math: Yes You Need To Understand Both today which offered a really in depth look at the nutrients and phosphates going into the aquarium. The information was thoroughly researched with a lot of supporting data behind it.
Some aquarists are under the misconception that eaten foods do not
contribute to the free phosphate in the water. Many aquarists are told
the mantra of feeding only as much as is eaten, and they confound this
idea with the assumption that when doing so, one minimizes the phosphate
release. That idea is simply untrue.
This tanks contents all originally came from a larger 4Ft aquarium which was laid out as a Planted Discus aquaria. The hassle of keeping high maintenance Discus was too much for me so I downgraded to the 2.5Ft which is an odd length but matched with a 2Ft depth gave it the same water volume as the 4Ft tank.
Discus Fish are large cichlids from the Amazon River, its tributaries and flood plains, in South America. First described in 1840 by Dr. Heckel as Symphysodon discus, this name is now in use for the Heckel discus variant. The three "original" color types got their own name, the green Discus Symphysodon aequifasciata aequifasciata, the brown discus Symphysodon aequifasciata axelrodi, and the blue variant Symphysodon aequifasciata haraldi. Discus are social fish and live in large groups in their native waters, and have a very advanced social behavior; they are one of the few real schooling cichlids. Remember always keep this in mind when starting care for discus; always purchase a group of animals. They need the social interaction to develop their character to its fullest.
Discus Fish have a large amount of intelligence and personality. They often rush to the aquarium surface and greet. When your Discus Fish are acclimated to you and their new home they will feed right from your hands, and over time they will come to recognize you and approach the aquarium front when there are owners or family members present...
My first saltwater tank I built with my roommate. He previously had a 10g nano which we upgraded to this 55g.
Since this was going to be placed in the living room, noise was a huge consideration for me. After much research I decided on attempting to build a beananimal overflow. The results turned out pretty good. It's absolutely silent and couldn't be happier with it. The overflow box was made out of a few pieces of glass siliconed together and then siliconed onto the tank.
For the return pump we first tried a Quiet One but unfortunately it was not as quiet as the name implied. The actual noise it produced was not that much but it vibrated alot. Putting some foam under it helped to dampen the vibrations a bit but that still left the vibrations in the hose causing noise. Next I tried an Eheim Compact+ 2000. This one was great and just has a very low hum but really only noticeable when you are close to it.
The stand was an old one I bought off craigslist. After buying it we decided we didn't like how it looked so I thought I'd try and renovate it.