Items Needed For 100 Gal Tank?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by Rj Forster, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Rj ForsterValued MemberMember

    Hey everyone. Im saving up for a 100+ gallon reef tank. I have about 2500$ right now. Im still not sure everything i need for the size of the tank.

    How much:
    live rock
    • power heads
    • protein skimmer
    Should i get an ro setup?
    Lights im ok with

    Ive been doing research i just seem to have more questions than answers.

    Thank yall so much in advance
  2. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    A general rule of thumb on live rock is two pound of rock per a gallon of tank space – however, other things should be taken into account:

    See link:


    Live sand very general rule - 1.5 to 2 pounds of live sand per a gallon of tank space.

    Powerheads will depend on what you stock with.

    As a very general rule of thumb, your powerheads should produce turbulent, non-laminar turnover of at least 10 or even 20-times the volume of your tank. A 100 gallon tank should have minimum total turnover from the combined powerheads of at least 1000 gallons per hour.

    See link:


    I don’t know a lot about protein skimmers but this link was really helpful:


    Not sure what your question is on the Refugium.

    I don’t have any info on sumps – sorry :(
  3. Rj ForsterValued MemberMember

    Thank you for takimg the time to respond. It just seems like so much. I want to take my time and really do it right
  4. meyowmeowValued MemberMember

    That's the smart thing to do - otherwise all the time and money you put in will be a waste. Sorry I couldn't help more!
  5. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed, patience is key.

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