Hi guys. Ive been MIA for about 2 years or so i believe. I have a 120 gallon aquarium which i had to take apart and store because we moved. At my new house i took a look around and realized the black aquarium cabinet would look hideous with the new decor, so i decided to fancy it up a bit to match my new crib.
I spent the first week sanding and wood puttying all the imperfections. The original cabinet had two small doors on the front, about a foot apart from eachother. This prevented me from comfortably accessing the tank underneath. In fact the only way to insert and remove the sump was from the back. Nay i say to thee. I removed the two small doors as well as the support wall inbetween. To compensate i added new beams and a bar underneath as well as multiple reinforcements in all the corners. An elephant can sit on this cabinet and it won't break
In the first picture you will notice the new front doors are wood colored and not black like the rest of the cabinet. Those are the doors i made. Anway, im babbling..... i primed and painted it week two. I chose a black waterproof exterior paint for the inside. and now im at week three. i just finished doing the faux finish today all around the cabinet and in all the crevices of the overlays.
Its basically finished except im touching up the faux finish here and there, and im gonna wait 2 weeks for all the paint to fully cure before i add the glossy clearcloat.
So i plan on doing a reef tank again similar to my previous setup, except this time im going to take it slow. I want to avoid all the mistakes ive made in the past. I plan on cycling with uncured live rock. I can't decide if i should use sand or gravel. I feel like sand makes the water cloudier, quicker.
Here is a picture of what my tank used to look like.
sand or gravel for the new setup?