This is my first update of my 210 gallon reef aquarium. I have several questions but before I ask any I will tell about some of the progress that I have made. I have added another marineland canister filter. I have also added an xl diatom filter, metal halides, two maroon clowns, two ocellaris clowns, a hatian anemone, electric flame scalop, horseshoe crab, and an algae eating blenny. The tank has progressed both in water quality and just overall how it looks. This brings me to my first question.
I mention that I added a metal halide. I had a 320 watt t5 ho
system. This I found was not near enough. I added a 1,200 watt metal halide system and built a box for it with cooling fans. My question is, is this to much light? My corals are blooming with the added light but I just want to take precautions.
My filtration consist of a c-360 and a c-530 as well as an xl diatom filter, two protein skimmers, a phosphate reactor, two 1,300 gph
sump pumps, a 55 gallon sump and bio balls that are in rotation in the sump. The canisters are used only for mechanical and chemical filtration. I let the sump and the live rock take care of the biological. Question being, is this filtration adequate for this aquarium? Do I need anything?
My next question being do my corals look healthy? I think they look fine but I am not avid in coral health knowledge. If they do not please let me know which coral(s) and what is wrong and what I can do about it. I want to add many corals to my aquarium but it is a bit overwhelming. Does anyone have so good ideas for corals that I should put in it? I like acropora a lot and just about anything unique and/or colorful. I do not care for a lot of brown. I have enough brown in there already. Green is fine but I have quite a bit of it too.
Continuing with the coral subject, I would like to reaqascape my tank. I want to expose more of the rock to light as well as make more room for corals. Is this a risky move for my tank? Will it cause shock to the tank ecosystem?
Please look at the pictures below and let me know what you think. I am very open to criticism and or thoughts or comments. Let me know of anything you like or that you think I should change! If you would like more pictures please let me know and I will do my best to get it.
Thank You for your time and your comments!