I've had a few FW
community tanks, Africian & South American Cichlid Tanks, and lived with people who have maintained SW
For the past 3 Years I haven't had a tank because i've been living in an apartment.
We recently built a house and i'm going to tackle the feat of maintaining a SW
I began by purchasing a used 55g tank with a pine stand. Also included was a seaclone 100 that has a maxijet 1200 running it. Also 3 aquaclear (30s? smaller type) and an aquaclear 100?
At first I was planning on just keeping the 55g and using that for my reef and keeping a fuge in the stand. Since then I have decided to have the 55g be my fuge and buy a new 75g with a stand and use that as my reef tank.
I live a few miles and have been fishing all my life. The 55g refuge that I have I want to have a 6" or so DSB
and keep planted red mangroves and some other type of seagrass or vegetation I also plan to have a small amount of live rock in the tank also. In the fuge I want to keep a couple of pinfish and other livestock that I will collect locally. Some neat things I have caught before in my cast net/siene net include baby permit and other assorted things.
The 75 gallon I want to be my reef tank. I plan to have around 150 lbs of liverock and a 2" or so live sand bed. The live stock will consist of a couple of clowns a yellow watchman goby and then maybe a few more fish along with a cleaning crew, some corals and an anemone.
Here is a list of the current equipment that I have or plan to buy.
55g Tank with stand
Seaclone 100 with maxijet 1200 pump
4 additional maxijet 1200s
red sea wavemaster pro
3 Aqua Clear 30s?
1 Aquaclear 100?
Ebo Jager 250W heater
Overflow Bows with a U Tube
Rio 1700 For the Sump Return.
Custon Sea Life Single 96W PC
Fixture with a melted Boot
What I Plan to Get:
Orbit 48" 4x65 PC
unit with Legs and 3 Moonlight LEDs (Getting Thursday)
75g Tank & Stand
Here are my questions.
1)Is having a fuge that size over doing it?
2)is a 250W heater enought for that much water volume?
3)does anyone have any experience in collecting wild Live sand and using that in aquariums?
4) Can I still get the rewards of a DSB
in a fuge or does the DSB
have to be in the main body of water
5) for a sump that big would I need to use 2 overflows or would one HOB
overflow be suffucient. I was thinking about buying the 75g reef ready
6) what kind of lighting would you reccomend for lighting the 55g and also the 75g. I'm unsure what kind of lighting would be needed for mangroves and other vegetation
7) assuming I got the seaclone to skim properly would it be enough for that much water?
8) I plan on driving up to tampa and getting "The Package" for the 75g and using that liverock for the 75 and having a small amount in the 55. I can take the LR
back in my truck and save a ton of money. Out of liverocks.com and TBSW who would you guys reccomend to get the best bang for the buck.
Overall this started as just a 55g reef tank with a small sump and now it has grown into pretty much a 75g reef tank and a 55g localish habitat tank Be cause of my love for fishing and the water.
Please give any and all advise on any aspects of my setup. Most importantly I would love to hear about wild harvesting or livesand and wildlife.
Thanks for your help in advance.