bought it already setup and cycled. with live rock and a small red mantis shrimp
got it as an anniversary present.
when we drained it i had the guy take the rock out and put the rock thats the mantis's home in another bucket so he didnt get into any other rock.
i got everything home, cleaned it up the best i could with the sand still in there(wet) and made up 5g of fresh saltwater(1.025)
added it to the tank and put in the heater(100w titanium with external controller) will be switching out if the temps get crazy, right now its staying at 79.
only thing that bugs me is its a silver heater and the tank is black....its really obvious...lol
i may try to hide it behind my rockwork once i get the rest of my rock(friend is trading me rock for the shrimp and rock)
will have barnacles for the blenny to play in
the tank currently doesnt have any bulbs(they were nasty and corroded so i threw them away.
*will be getting more*
this tank with have no corals in it other than the single pink majano thats in there(its pretty)
i did also see a few aiptasia*i will be using pickling lime soon*
i plan on a macro tank, the tank gets some good ambient sun light(well not right now, its snowing like crazy here) ugh!!
thanks to another reefer for the inspiration i will be removing my ac20. and just running a powerhead or 2 and 2 g weekly water changes...will help with salt spray.
the macros should help with nutrient export and with only one fish i should be ok.
i am also going to just run the stock bulbs and add one of these for moonlights and to add some blue.
*************stocklist will be as follows********
tailspot blenny(SO CUTE!!!!)
zig zag perriwinkle snails(5)
green stuff from john(reefcleaners) no idea what it is
and any other macro i can get my hands on except blue ochtodes, dont want that again...lol!!
i have a few things i need some input on.
would the stock halogen bulbs be best or the leds? for macros?
the mr11 bulbs dont have a splash shield, would it be ok to silicone a piece of glass or acrylic over the bulbs to keep salt off of them? heat issues?
also with that true lumen light, can i use any 12v adapter? i dont want to spend $16 on the adapter for a $9 light. lol!!
any ideas for more inverts/crawlies? dont want any more fish, just one.
any other ideas to help with my build?
thanks and pics tomorrow!!
Edited by briansbelle, 13 January 2012 - 04:33 PM.