I, too, converted to SW
a few months ago and am loving every second of it. The colors are extraordinary!! It's like going from a black and white t.v. to a big screen HDTV.
I do have a couple of things for ya...
Wet/Dry Trickle Filter (Bio Balls Removed) with skimmer and heater
Is this going to simply be a sump if you are removing the balls? I would think that you would be better off buying a cheap Rubbermaid container and use that as a sump if this is so. I got a 15 gallon from Wal-mart for around $3. They have them as large as 75 gallons as well. Just don't want to see you purchase a wet/dry if you are not going to use it as a wet dry.
80# Florida Live rock from http://www.liverocks.com
- DSB with Southdown and 40# of Live from above source (most likely - waiting on an email to see what's in their live sand)
80# is a good amount of rock for that tank. It gets you over the 1lb per gallon mark which is great.
Getting the right amount of sand was my biggest problem. I had to make two trips to the LFS
. I have a 40 gallon tall and had to use about 70# of Aragamax to get the DSB
depth of 4-5". The southdown is so cheap anyway that you should buy at least two 50# bags. When you lay the southdown in, build it up to around 4-6" and then lay the LS
directly on top.
, you could also seed the sand yourself by purchasing a detritivore kit from www.inlandaquatics.com
. It will take a little longer to seed but it may save you some money.
Custom Sealife PC with Moon-Lite 4x65
Do you know what, if any, corals you are going to keep? I would think that with that lighting you could keep just about all of the LPS
corals as well as the softies and polyps. SPS
would be out of the question though.
I purchased a 250w Metal Halide for my tank so that I wouldn't have to worry about if "x" animal would have enough light. I can keep just about darn near anything with that fixture. I think the lighting is really the most defining piece of equipment you will have for your tank. It sets a precedent on what you can keep.