Once again, I cant thank the community enough for its generous efforts to help me in my project.
Originally I was going to move a 65 Gallon Reef into a regular 120 Gallon tank. I was gonna continue to use my stone-age-simple HOB
Skimmer and Rock-Bio-Filter method which has been very successful for 2 years.
Many experienced aquarists both on this Forum and outside it have suggested that I could sieze this oppurtunity to upgrade to a Reef-Ready Sump/Refugium situation. They all feel I will love this transformation.
I have found a bunch of great gear on the internet that I can just about afford.
Even my wife has great enthusiasm about making this leap. She is encouraging me to "Go For It".
So what`s the problem?
It`s all about "D-Day":
My gut tells me that the same day transfer of my successful reef from the old system to the new system will be a more precarious one.
1) My proposed Sump/Refugium holds 40 Gallons. I`ll probably be running 25 through there to prevent flooding. So 120 Gallons + 25 Gallons - the 65 in my tank means there will be 80 Gallons of New water that I`m putting my creatures in.
2) There is about 120 LBs of Rock and 80 LBs of sand displacing water in my old tank, so there wont really be 65 gallons of Eco-System water going into the new tank. The volume difference between water the life is accustomed to and new water will be pretty big.
3)A Forum member previously detterred me from putting out-going water changes into the new tank, but in light of the ratios I`m talking about, maybe it would be less stressful to the sea-life to have a greater volume of "familiar" water to move into?
4) The circulation cant get running in a Reef-Ready overflow until it is practically filled, right? All the living stuff from my old tank will be in containers of the old water. I have to use as much "old tank" water as possible. Am I actually going to have to put living things into the new tank before I know the complex new circulating system is working properly?
Thanks again for all your help. I know you people have been there before, but common sense tells me some of my concerns are valid. One positive is that I will have a specialist come over and take me through the plumbing set-up.
please continue the guidance........I`m sure to be buying gear within the week.
What I`m planning on using:
*120 Gallon 48" X 24" Aquarium
*TRIGGER Berlin Refugium/Sump
(Last Model on WebPage)
*AquaC Urchin Pro In-Sump Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting + Mag-Drive 3 Pump
*48 inch Current USA Nova Extreme 8x54W T5HO with 4 Lunar Lights
*Danner Mag-Drive Supreme 18 1800 GPH