I am getting ready to undertake a big project (to me). I have a 55 gal SW FOWLR
substrate. I am changing to a 125 gal FOWLR
tank with a sand bottom. I have several questions:
1. What would be the best way to do this. I have several options and am open to suggestions:
a.Move partial CC
, water, fish, anenomes to a 29 gal
holding tank until 125 gal
tank is up and running with 45# of new live rock using partial old CC
to seed sand bed with maybe a couple of chromis to let it cycle. Then ~ 4-6 weeks later transfer 29 gal
contents to 125 tank?
b.Cure 45# of LR
in holding tank then transfer 55 gal
contents into buckets and swap out tanks. Put in sand seeded with old CC
& water from holding tanks & buckets. Then, top with new water and reacclimate livestock.
2.Would a sump be good for this set-up? If so, what would be the best way to build one. I would gladly accept any diagrams anyone has available. What would the flow rate be for a 125 gal
tank and how large should a sump be?
be better? Would my fish eat the cleaners? I have a copperband butterfly, a tomato clown, 2 anenomes and a brittle starfish. I would like to have a variety of different species and would like any suggestions you have on what varieties are compatible with each other and the cleaners?
4.What is the best variety of cleaners that will not hurt the anenomes and starfish and not be eaten by the other fish? I have no corals or tubeworms. I am looking to eventually get a yellow tang, antennetta lionfish and some chromis.
I am sorry to ask so many questions at one time, but as most of you know, alot of these decisions need to be made prior to starting the new tank. Thanks so much for any and all information.