Hey how is everybody doing? My roomate and I are upgrading our fish tank situation and i have been reading here and figured it would be a good thing to show my progress.
We have a 55 gallon FOWLR
and just purchased a 150 gallon tank. Both are acrylic and the 55 is pre drilled with one inch holes while the 150 is not drilled. We plan on changing the 55 to a reef tank and the 150 to a predator tank.
Okay so we have cycled the 150 and everything is all good. Presently we have two damsels in there with 10 blue leg hermit crabs and 5 snails and 5 of the snails that look like slugs and two chocolate chip star fish. There is a hang on the back filter and a decent sized protein skimmer. We only have about 15 pounds of LR
but we have about 60 pounds of the live sand stuff you can buy at petco. The tank is a little on the cool side at ranging between 72 and 78 degrees. We have a 400 gph
powerhead circulating the water as well as a proteim skimmer and a filter.
The 55 gallon presently has a 5 inch picasso trigger a 4 inch puffer a 4 inch rabbit fish and a snowflake eel around 15 inches. We want to transfer all the fish over as well as around 40 more pounds of live rock. What do you guys reccomend i do to transfer them? One every three days or two every friday or what? Everything seems really healthy including the fish.
Once everything is transfered over we will be draining the 55 gallon and polishing all the scratches. I will then recycle the tank and turn it into a reef. The one inch holes can handle 400 gph
. I will be using a 30 gallon sump/refugium. The return pump attached to two returns that ripple the surface. I plan on adding a 400 gph
powerhead inside the tank. Do you guys think this will be enough flow?
Okay now looking to the future once the tank is cycled via the dead shrimp method i plan on adding 50 pounds of live rock with about 40 or so of base. I want to add around 50 hermit crabs then probobly 20 snails. Do you guys think this will be too many crabs? I am unsure what i plan on adding to the tank on top of corals an anenome and invertebrates. I want one "main attraction" fish. Coming from the FOWLR
community i do not know much about reef compatibility. If i was to leave a decent size sand area open would a sting ray be out of the question? Also are there any eels that are reef safe?
Well that is all i will type for now. I will throw some pics up here to show you guys my setup. I look forward to the knowledge and help im sure you guys will share.