This week, my used protein skimmer from eBay arrived. This is a CPR Backpak 2. New, it goes for about $150 dollars or so, but I bought this from someone who was upgrading to a bigger tank for $40.00. Woo-hoo.
The other piece of equipment I acquired this week was a Mag 7 submersible pump. (I forgot to take a picture of this, but it’s not all that exciting to look at anyways). It does 700 gph, so is massively overrated for a 40 gallon + 20 gallon sump, but I want a lot of flow and a lot of turnover if I end up with a cephalopod. Otherwise, I will probably dampen it down as needed. This pump would normally have been about $75 to $85 retail, but is about 50% more affordable than the Eheim 1260, another similar pump. Also, I had almost exactly this much in store credit left anyways, so I didn’t actually pay anything out of pocket for this.
So now I have most of the actual hardware needed to run the tank! All I’m missing at this point are some plumbing parts, a thermometer (thinking I may spring for some digital ones), sand and live rock, and the actual stand. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about the stand. I’ve looked at plans for building them, and I may try that, but I’ve got to admit, I’m a little leery, as I have very little carpentry skill at this point. There’s always the option of stacking some cinderblocks and using some 2X4’s or plywood, but that’s not the best looking option for sure. If I outright buy a stand, they retail for about $200, and a lot of them are pressboard garbage. Need to figure this part out next.