So, its been awhile and alot has happened. First off, I am really happy with how all of the equipment is working out. The sump that I built is working great with the filter sock. It needs to be cleaned out about once a week, but I have found a great way to do it. I fill up about a 1/2" of water in the bathtub, lay the filter sock in the bottom, and tap on it. The brown nasties come right out.
The protein skimmer is pulling quite a bit of skimmate out of the tank, which I didn't expect. I have only fed once, so I know I am not overfeeding but I assume some of the live rock die off was contributing originally.
WE HAVE FISH! We purchased two percula clownfish over the weekend. The wife used to have some ocellarius and loves these guys. They are doing great and loving 150 gallons to themselves.
When we originally fed them, we found a crab come walking out of the live rocks. He must have been hungry. Ugly guy too, brown with red eyes and big pinchers. Wife screamed "gross" and he quickly moved back into his cave when he saw us. Here is a picture of the ugly guy:
As you can see, we caught him. We tried with some food in a long shot glass first, but we woke up the next morning to all of the shrimp being gone and the crab fat and happy in his cave.
The larger glass above did the trick. I would have felt bad killing him so we dropped him off at the LFS
and they were happy to take him.
Unfortunately we also know that we have a mantis shrimp. He is about 2" in length and was looking for food the first time we fed too. We haven't seen him since, but the wife is constantly claiming she is hearing clicks. Gotta work on catching him.
So here are a few shots of the tank as it stands now.
So how long should we wait before getting a lether coral or something?