I thought i would do this reef step-by-step guide for people who are just starting up in the marine world. The sizes of equiptment may differ, but the principles are still the same. A quick run down of the equiptment used for this reef system.
48 x 24 x 18 All Glass Aquarium
Aragonite 1.0 - 2.0 grade reef sand
25Kg ( 55lbs ) Ocean rock as base rock
30Kg ( 66lbs ) Mixture of Indo and Fiji live rock
2 x 5000 litres per hour powerheads
2 x 150w heaters
2 x 150w Metal Halide pendant
Glass internal thermometer
API Test kit for Ammonia, pH, Nitrite and Nitrate
Salifert kits for Calcium, Alk, Mag and Phosphate
Notes on equiptment choices
Sand - I have chosen the larger particle sand with this reef as the tank is going to be housing sand burrowing creature like jawfish and pistol shrimp.
Lighting - Decided to go for the 150w lighting this time, as i dont intend to house any real heavy light intensive inhabitants for the forseable future.
Background - Between the usual choices of blue and black, i chose black as i think that black really makes the colour of the inhabitants stand out, and i also feel black aids in giving the tank depth.
Live Rock - I have chosen a mixture of the two common types of live rock to hopefully aid in adding some diversity to the system as a whole.