He's stuck on using Bio spira to get his tanks started and then stocked with fish. Does it in his shop and for installs. But that's another sotry in another thread someday.
What I'm trying to help him with now is to get better bacterail growth in his reef and invert tanks. Everything just looks so darned clean.
Here's the deal:
2 x 120g, 2 x 30g, & 6 x 40g for a total of 540g for reef, inverts and some hardier fish. Got those tied together and using a bare 75g sump.
Also got 6 x 40s tied together w/another 75g bare sump. In both, just a wall built where the return lines feed into it.
He also likes to use tonga branch (very little) in the display tanks. Boring and low on bacteria and nutrients IMO
. He likes the clean look. I think he may be robbing his inverts and coral of good stuff. His coral display tanks are bare bottom also.
Trying to get him to consider nice porous fiji pieces in the sumps and maybe some nice funky looking garf grunge.
Considering that maybe only 40 - 50 lbs of rock would fit into each of the sumps described above (with the total gallons mentioned also), is it worth the effort and expense to add the rock and grunge? Of course the beds would never be disturbed, I guess thereby avoiding creating a nitrate factory/bed.
Is this something I should continue to pursue? If so, would LR
.com rock w/low die off be OK to add? I guess it'd be the keys rock (or whichever might not get the mantis). Also, there is currently no light in the sumps.
Any ideas for the reef and invert tanks?
I'll post another day on the tied together fish only tanks since copper is an issue with those. Stuff just looks too clean to me.