Description: 100 gallon acrylic (48" long x 24" wide x 20" tall) saltwater aquarium (2 36 inch T8 flourescent) with 1" live sand, 100 pounds of live rock.
Equipment: Cascade 1500 canister, Reef Octopus BH2000 protein skimmer, CPR Hang-on refugium, Koralia 750 powerhead, inline Aqua UV 15 watt sterilizer, inline Hydor 300W heater. 24 times water turn over per hour.
Water: live rock is arranged as an island in the middle (with 3 large tunnels for a place to sleep) so fish has swimming room around tank's perimeter, Nitrate is 5-10, salinity 1.023-1.025 (ocean's 1.026-1.027), 10% weekly water change with tap water filtered by charcoal and floss, temp 77 winter - 84 summer.
Advice: Anything in living room needs the wife approval so I would recommend the book "The Inspired Aquarium" by Jeff Senske and Mike Senske.
- The Tropical Marine Fish Survival Manual by Gordon kay
- Marine Fishes by Scott W. Michael
- 500 Ways to be a better saltwater fishkeeper
- The Conscientious Marine Aquarist
- Aquariums for Dummies
MY BOTTOM LINE ADVICE:
0. MOST IMPORTANT: This hobby is expensive. This setup is $2500 with a used tank and used live rock. This setup new would be $4000. Add $400 for dead fish... I lost half the livestock in the first 6 months while the tank is getting stabilized. Annual costs $300 for salt, electric, bulbs, replace broken equipment, frozen food.
2. Maintain the best water quality (get a Reef Octopus BH2000 protein skimmer with external pump to minimize heat. Don't buy the useless AquaC Remora protein skimmer because it's noisy, has ugly pump inside your tank, adds heat to your water, and I've only seen it work with the water as dirty yellow instead of clear water)
4. Butterfly fish (even heniochus so I gave up after the 4th one died due to aggression from emperor angel, coral beauty, singapore angel and yellow tang) are very very fragile so don't waste your money.
5. Use Selcon food additive to prevent HLLE disease.