Ok, my dad likes my tank a lot, and wants a large system in our new house we are building... I'm going to be setting it up and all, and doing maintenance on the weekends when im home from school. The only thing is, he wants a lot of fish, beyond the normal "recommendations" and Im wondering if there is a way to increase the capacity. The actual show tank is going to be 178 gallons. Im going to have it plumbed to a large fish room in the basement. What im thinking about doing is getting one of the large 150 gallon rubbermaid stock tanks and filling it with LR
rubble. This way I would have a whole lot of space for denitrifying bacteria to live, therefore increasing my bioload. Im also going to have a 70 gallon fuge on the system. Do you think this would help increase my capacity? Now, I do know that Im going to have to worry about capatibility a little more, especially when it comes to territorial fish.
Also, I need recommendations on a pump that will be able to have a good turnover rate at about 18 feet of head, and a protein skimmer that will handle this load.