Plans for the tank are to create an environment for Seahorses. I have been doing research on this for a while and am still reading up.
LR will be 2 to 3 pieces of shelf rock in the middle of the display and stalks of variable length branch rock behind the shelf rock. I will have a few different species of decorative algae on either side of the LR centerpiece. I already have a nice cluster of Halimeda in my 29 Biocube that I plan on transferring to the CADLights tank when ready.
Corals will be pretty basic. I plan to have Rics/Yumas on the shelf rock and a few Monti Caps mounted to the higher stalks of branch rock. I noticed that Montipora was not as highly recommended as I looked at it's SH compatibility rating in another forum. Was that rating more applicable to the digitata and encrusting varieties of Montis? Would Monti Caps pose an issue?
I do plan on having at least 1 fish in the tank (Mandarin or Red Scooter Blenny). I also plan on using snails (Nassarius, Trochus, and maybe Ceriths) and probably a conch. I'm not a big fan of hermits, so they won't be in the mix. Any other recommendations for inverts?
During cycle I will evaluate whether or not I can maintain temps in the 74degree range without the need for a chiller. My challenge with that will be the lighting fixture that will be used (24" Outer Orbit 1070 - 150 HQI plus 4x24watt T5HO plus 6white and 6Blue LED). There is a fan that comes with the tank package and it will be placed over the sump inside the stand. I will be adding an additional fan atop the display to help keep temps down. Of course this will cause a higher rate of evap, so I might also be adding an ATO.
I was getting my RODI from my LFS, but that will be a PITA with 2 tanks running. So, I bought a WaterGeneral unit (Model: RO 6102 DINT).
So, that's the general plan. Now I just need my tank to ship so I can get going on it.
I have approx 5 years of SW experience, so I'm very familiar with tank setups, cycling, and maintenance. However, this will be my first venture into the SH world. Please feel free to provide your thoughs on my setup as well as any recommendations or advice you may have for me.
Edited by mkregs, 26 January 2010 - 05:44 AM.