I had a choice today: Write a paper that's due Monday morning or mess around with the reef project. That was a no brainer.
(I uploaded some photos of where I'm at so far in my photo gallery for those so inclined.)
I didn't like the way the back of the stand looked. It just looked wimpy to me so I took it to the shop and added some plywood braces to the back. I feel alot better about it now.
I'm still waiting for a big-box-O-stuff in the mail that has my heater, skimmer, canister filter and powerheads. I also went ahead and bought a retro light kit w/2 96W PC
's. I priced out the kit from AH Supply and others and the price on this one was good enough to just forget about making a hood. This one has the 3 moon glow lamps in it too. Night time should look pretty cool in my small apartment. If I decide later that I need MH
, I'll take this one apart and salvage the innards and build another with some MH
in there too. I actually don't think I could have bought all the parts for what I paid for this one with bulbs, a fan and the groovy moon lights:
I put off my paper some more and figured I'd check the tank for leaks. I started adding water and figured I had to fill it up to really check the whole tank so I did. Then It just seemed stupid to empty it only to re-fill it again later so I went and bought my bucket-o-salt, a hydrometer and a Rio 600 to circulate it all. I'll stick the Rio in my quarantine tank (that I don't own yet, yet.) after I get all my stuff in the mail.
I bought the bucket of Red Sea Salt and it came with a 5 gallon container to keep a mix handy and it was on sale. The instructions were for Lbs. per Gallon!? I don't have a scale, not even a bathroom scale. So I guessed on the conservative side. I'll check it in the morning.
What would be the Cup per Gallon for the Red Sea salt? Anyone? Anyone? I put in 1 Cup per 5 gallons. This is probably half of what's required. But I really didn't want to write that paper so I had to do SOMETHING.
I feel better now that there is at least water moving around in there. I had nightmares that it was going to just explode while I was filling it and drown my neighbors downstairs but no such luck. I need to locate some sand and get that in there. It should have gone in before the water but it'll get to the bottom just fine on it's own, I figure. After the much anticipated "box-o-stuff" arrives I'll order the live rock and I may buy some here locally too that came out of someone elses tank who moved and couldn't take it with him and sold it to the LFS
. Variety is the spice of life.
Now for that paper. Well, maybe tomorrow.