Alright, well I've found a nice tank for sale and it's a whole lot bigger than I orginally planned for (which was an 80 gal
) , but the price seems right.
It's a 260 gal
acrylic and is currently a FO
tank with a large dog face puffer, pork puffer, 2 yellow tangs, emporator, rass, and a large maroon clown. I'd want to convert it to a reef system over time, but first I need some help from all of you here at AA.
According to the owner, it's got:
two over flows with extra bio balls
lots of coral (Fake) and rocks
custom hood with 4 long tube lights (unknown wattage, my assumption is they're VHO
's, def. not MH
I got the photos and it looks like he's got a wet/dry filter under the tank and I've heard from many people that you do not want a wet/dry if you're going to run a reeftank. Can anyone provide some input on that? Pros & cons maybe? I could just empty it out and just turn it into a regular sump, right?
Also, if I do decide to turn this tank into a reef system, what sort of light requirements would I need? I don't plan on having any stony corals b/c I know I wouldn't be able to keep them alive w/o MH
's. I would like to have clams though if it's possible. And how important are actinics in a reef? What benefit do they provide? What would I miss without them?
More Q's about the reef conversion...
Can I just start swapping the regular rock with LR
, or use some of the existing rock as base rock for my LR
, or is it slightly more complicated than that?
Is Live Sand really necessary? What are the pros of it and what are the cons of it? Could I just put a layer of live sand over the already existing sand, and would it seed the regular sand over time?
I know I just threw alot of questions out there that could be discusse for pages, but I would really appreciate some input here. This would be my first SW
tank (I stuck to FW
in the past for simplicity's sake). I've done a good amount of research on how to keep a SW
tank and a reef system, but have a good while to go to become nearly as educated as any of you all. Once again, any help would be highly appreciated. One more thing, is there anything in particular I should keep an eye out for when I'm checking out the tank to make sure everything is ok?
(I'm so excited)
Oh I almost forgot, here are the pics. They're big so I'll just link them for you.
Edit: I fixed the pics. thanks for pointing it out
12 gallon Eclipse: 5 Cherry Barbs, 4 Columbian tetras, 4 amano shrimp, 1 one in. pleco,
30 gallon tall Eclipse II: 4 Praecox Rainbow Fish, 2 Australian Rainbowfish, 3 zebra snails, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 Congo Tetra, 2 Boesemani Rainbowfish, 1 Red Irian Rainbowfish, 1 Bronze Corydora, 1 Golden Panchax Killifish, 1 Aplocheilus lineolatus Killifish, 1 Common Pleco (~5 in.), 1 candystripe Pleco (~1 1/2 in.)
My online photos