I am thinking of the problems in two broad categories
1) Water (Quality/Chemistry/Contamination)
2) Equipment Issues
In Group 1, I like the idea of a total of over 100 gal
water system to keep the chemistry more stable once fully established as opposed to having several smaller systems to keep acclimated.
I like the idea of setting up different zones for different inhabitants in the big system to keep incompatible species separately.
I realize that in order to keep from contaminating the entire system, I will have to set up a pretty strict QT regimen with all new introductions, but I should be doing that anyway to keep any system healthy.
The question is, what is less of a hassel; a) keeping a small system stable enough for corals, or b) keeping a strict QT'ing regimen to keep the larger system clean of disease and parasites.
In Group 2 are the Equipment issues. I figure I can keep a single sump with the necessary equipment to service the larger water system. The plan would be to keep a 20 gal
sump inside a larger Rubbermaid tub to contain any spills b/c of power outages.
I figure for this setup, the additional equipment I need is 4 x overflow boxes (2 off the 55 gal
to feed each tank, and one from each side tank to the sump) 3 x 20gal aquariums, 1 x Large Rubbermaid tub, 1 pump to go in the sump, and the necessary lighting for the side tanks depending if I go with a 2 x reef system or 1x reef and 1x fuge.
Anything I seem to be missing in thinking about this?