Thanks for all the input. The process is right in its infancy stage. As of right now the aquarium is still on the sled we moved it in. I have stripped all the caulking and am going to be re-sealing the whole thing. THEN I have to build the stand (using 6x6 and 4x4 beams). The aquarium will be the centerpiece of my man cave sitting behind a bar on one wall. And yes there will be a minimum 18" service access "hallway" behind the tank. It will run parallel to exterior wall so I can vent all excess heat and humidity to the outside world with relative ease.
I am planning and planning and re-planning because I am working with a clean slate if I plan it out well I wont run into any after thoughts down the road. A tub of this size is tough to re-modify or re-tool once it is set up.
I have to set aquarium then build the man cave around it so it will take some time before I even have the tank cycling, let alone populated. At this point I am doing as much research as possible and asking as many questions as I can because I really only have one shot to set this up and do it properly.
As stated I am a relative rookie, spent the last 2 years just reading, and reading and researching and researching before I even considered an aquarium. Started with a 33, up to a 55, still fowlr
, but just learning as much as I can before I really start sinking money into this. Slow and steady. Plus I am just a simple blue collar family man, so I do not have the bank roll to go nuts like some of these boys do with their beauty set ups.
I promise to attach photos as I proceed. If I still have your attention, most importantly what types of corals should I be avoiding? I would like a nice mix and hope to get good enough to add some Acros too