My main inspiration is a tank I recently saw on Reefbuilders . Other inspiration is Pelphrey's Reefer videos, a guy on R2R named Broadfield, and what Lawn is doing with his wonderful Reefer 170. The goal is an easier setup...a really nice, clean version of a tank you might see at a school or a library. Plan to do LPS on one side of an X shaped rock structure...with some basic softies on the other side, lightly sprinked with 2-3 rock anenomes.
1 Royal Gramma
1 Blue Reef Chromis???
1 Bicolor Blenny
1 Porcelain Crab
Green Leather Toadstool
small GSP island
Rock Flower Anemome
Using 22 lbs Walt Smith 2.1 rock...soaked it in RO/DI for a few days...seems good so far. Decided to give it a shot after watching BRS's 52-week tank videos. I had seen some video complaining that the purple paint was flaking...now there was some of this, but that was mostly during the initial rinse.
EDIT: Lot of paint flaking now occuring...would not recommend. I even did a 2 week soak and lots of pre-cleaning to prevent...it didnt work.
One concern about this rock is just that it's unproven, and may not be that porous. To counteract, added Marinepure in the sump, and another bit buried in the sand. Using Tropic Eden Tonga Reef Flakes for sand. Using mostly old equipment from my 30g build.
- Running an old Sicce Syncra 2.0 for main pump. (install of the green red sea tubing was a pain, but finally got it attached to the stock outlet after about an hour of forcing it)
- Old Vortech MP10 x 2 with Ecotech battery backup (opened it up and replaced the battery)
- Old Eheim heater
- Old Reefkeeper Lite controlling the heater
- Bubble Magus Curve 5 skimmer
- Old Tunze ATO
- Nanobox Duo M on a 15" gooseneck