400 Gallon Tank

The easiest way to maintain an aquarium is with some type of controller. Nowadays, you want it web-ready, providing information up to the minute, and it should text you as soon as something is out of range.
This list varies over time. You can read about the fish, corals and inverts I keep.
Salt brands are heavily debated...
A great reef starts with quality water, and I use RO/DI water at all times.
A deep sand bed helps with denitrification and overall just looks nicer to me.
Return lines plumbed, drain lines plumbed, manifold explained, penductor assembly documented.
To quickly sum up what makes my reef tick, I'm listing the gear that I use and some components of the fishroom.
The benefit of water tests is that you know specifically when something is out of range. Try to avoid the tendency to not test because you might not like the results. Instead, use those test kits frequently, and track the data to watch how the water trends over time. If a kit can be used 50 times, that means it will last you a year. The expiration date is a clue that it won't last forever.
The new tank needed a new stand, and I was determined to get a powder-coated steel stand this time. Lots of room, access from all four sides, and a walkboard to make maintenance a breeze!
The best plan is a well designed one, and from the point of deciding that I was upgrading to a bigger tank, I spent months planning out the perfect room. Built from the ground up, I poured the concrete, built the walls, ran new circuits, added insulation, ventilation, hot and cold running water as well as a full length french drain in the event of a flood.
To get the desired circulation and chaotic flow in my reef, I knew I'd be using Vortech pumps and Penductors on the return lines.
With this setup, I still opted to use Lumenbright metal halide pendants and VHO lighting. I loved the idea of being able to roll the entire light assembly out of my way, and the EZ-tube material coupled with a rolling track from McMaster was the perfect fit.
To make sure the tank could be topped off with RO/DI water for a full week unattended, I built a large acrylic container.
The plan with this sump was to provide a viewable refugium, a big area to house the Euroreef protein skimmer, and have enough room for dual external pumps. The entire set up had to fit under the tank within the steel stand, so nothing would be in the way of walking around the tank.
When it was time to get a new aquarium to replace the leaking 280g, I contacted Marineland. That is when I learned they build custom tanks - and with that I let my dream become reality. I drew up what I thought would be the ideal set up, and their engineers checked the tolerances before construction began. The tank is 84" x 36" x 30" with Starphire glass on the front and end panels.
Providing power for everything the reef needs takes some consideration. Timers, switches, plenty of plugs, and a way to keep it tidy, that's the difference between a safe set up and a fire hazard.