One of the reasons why the Ultima system is also somewhat appealing is that a store in Hawaii has them for sale, which will remove the need for me to pay for excessive shipping to Hawaii. As far as the pumps go, they seem slightly smaller so shipping may be slightly less painful, however that same store sales aqua wave pumps I believe. On it, it said Lim I think...anyway, it seems that they aren't self priming like the artesian, and the store salesman claimed them to be high efficiency, although I haven't heard much about those otherwise. Anyone else have any thoughts about the pumps?
So right now it seems that the advice summed up would be to get 2 ultimas (4ks? expensive but probably worth the money)
Use 1 for my BDs and one for the skimmer.
And it seems a vortex chamber seems to be highly advisable.
Any suggestions on bio filtration? I've read quite a bit about K1 media, but I'm not sure what type of setup I would use to use that media. Also seems like lots of aeration in the Bio filtration chamber is good, as well as aerated BD seems to also be somewhat helpful. I'm not too sure how the aerated BD is plumbed together, so if anyone has a pretty clear explanation of that I'd appreciate it.
Anyway, thanks everyone for the great advice, I need to start zoning in on my system, so I can figure out what kind of budget I'm going to need for the project.