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DIY wet/dry

hey, i have a 5 x 2 x 2.5ft 700L tank. i am planning on setting up a reef tank, and want to build a wet/ dry filter system,in my 5 x 2ft stand. with a skimmer and UV sterilizer how would i go about setting it up and how big could it be??

your help is greatly appreciated. cheers, eddy

ps. i'm not shore how tall my stand will be untill i now about the filter system
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You might want to rethink the UV for the tank. Ive heard that It kills some of the important things in the water that a reef would use. I dunno if thats 100% true or not.
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duno

yer it probably would, but i think it would be worth the trouble, i mean if a disease gets into my tank how do i treat it, cant put in medication, so i thought a sterilizer would be for the best.
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Have you posted on Reef Central (http://reefcentral.com/index.php?s=)? Real good info there on wet/dry filters and setting up a reef tank (type wet/dry in the search). I wouldn't go over 3 feet in length, leave a couple feet accessories. I put the biggest sump that would fit in my stand, it is vert crowded in there, I have to wedge my CO2 cylinder in there.
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diy wet dry

in a reef tank i would not use a wet dry they turn into nitrate producers, a reef tank shold have lots of live rock to take care of filtration at least 1-2 lbs per gallon . setup a tank in your stand and use it as a sump only . you can use it to put all your gadgets ,skimmer heater ect., a properly setup reef should only have a few fish and they should thrive if conditions are right a uv will only solve the problem temorarily but it may be used as a safegurad but not all the time it will also remove some micro inverts/plankton ect that usually thrive in a tank and provide food for fish. I had a 75 gal reef setup for about 12 yrs and really never had to feed unless company came over and i just wanted to show off for substrate you have many ways to setup egg carate coverd with screen coverd with 1-3 inches of gravel this will cause a low oxygen zone and bacteria down there will go anarobic and consume nitrate (denitrification) a thin layer of sand or gravel or a bare bottom. i like a thin layer of sand just enough to cover bottom . msg me if you have questions
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If you are open to options and not set on a wet/dry, do a fuge.
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thnx very much
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