Fellow AA member and my male accomplice, Nightmare (who has yet to post here, and needs to do so, or risk public flogging and dire embarrassment), and I are new to this whole saltwater madness.
It's been a while since I've kept a tank (probably ten years?), and the tanks my family and I have always run were freshwater set ups.
Mike/Nightmare's last set up was in the same tank we're using, a 135 gallon Oceanic (http://www.oceanicsystems.com/
), housing a pair of Pacus.
Thus far, we have 80 pounds of sand in the tank (and I figure we'll put another 20-40 pounds in there after all is said and done).
Wednesday, we set up 50 pounds of base rock, and 50 pounds of live rock in the tank. We're going to go to the LFS
tomorrow and get another couple pieces of rock, as I think it looks quite dinky with what we have, and I figure the more rock, the better.
Other specs are:
1 MarineLand Emperor BioWheel 400 filter
1 Red Sea Prizm Pro DeLuxe Protein Skimmer
1 Penguin 1140 powerhead (with one more in the works)
an Accura 300 water heater,
and a Rena 400 air pump for the air stones.
Pictures of the tank are located at:
Checked the ammonia levels yesterday and today, and were at about .3 both times.
The rock we put in the tank on Wednesday was curing in their tank for about a week before we go it.
Hopefully we have enough to be able to cycle the tank with rock. If not, we'll go pick up a bag o' frozen shrimp sometime next week and share our shrimp alfredo with the tank.
Tentative plans for stocking are:
3 blue flasher fairy wrasses (and/or 2-3 barlette's anthias)
1 flame angel fish (or other dwarf angel)
5 green chromis damsel fish
1 royal gramma
2 ocellaris clown fish
1-2 butterfly fish (not sure what kind yet)
1 purple tang
Curious as to how soon we can add a snail or two or three. I'm dying to have something moving around in the tank.