Harmys 75 gallon set up - build-diy projects- and much more
purchased a 75gallon today. will pick it up on the 3rd or 4th of may. possibly sooner but i work nights and my next "weekend" is split so not likely. i will prolly build the stand next week thou(pictures will of course be included) this is the first of my saltwater tanks. if all goes well i want to do a nano or 2 in the future and a large 500+gallon plywood system.
Tank- 75 gallon AGA tank 48x18x20
wont be drilled so hang on back overflow
back painted black or dark blue.
shrimp cycle( fishless ) i used bottle of ammonia last time. ill use shrimp this time
Stand - DIY
looking to make a design that incorporates a book shelf on one side and equipment storage on the other with doors.
thinking of making it tall so tank is more eye level. maybe 4-4 1/2 foot tall? or is that to big that would leave the tank at
4 1/2 - 6 foot viewing hight. would require step stool/ small ladder to get in.
Sump - refuge - yes - not sure on details of this yet
my thoughts. running some kind of 3 container system.
container 1 would be a basic sump. mostly just lots of small rocks. this is where the water would enter from the tank.
container 2 would be refuge. some rocks, sand, micro algee. lighting. 24 hours
container 3 would contain 2 heaters. some rock, temp prob and if i get one a skimmer. also the return pump. possible start a copepod population here
if 3 container system wont work ill go tradition sump/refuge set up
Lighting- way unknown.
im guessing a combo of mh
and high output t5s? any thoughts or suggestions here would be greatly appritiated. i want to really be able to stock about anything. for example i know i want a clam so thats high light req. im guessing what ill need is 2 250w mhs and some t5 for support/color options?
Refractometer - ill get one off ebay or on line.
Power heads- not sure how many ill need here. i know ill need about 4 for the tank? 1 or 2 for the refuge to tumble micro algee? 1 for making saltwater and one to use as a pump of water changes? im not sure on exact needs here.
In tank power heads - koralia
in refuge/salt making/ water changes = maxi jet 1200?
Salt - IO
Will most likely order online when i can. Its cheaper then the 2 stores i visited today even with shipping. and those stores are 60 miles away. will most likely get 2 30 gallon totes on wheels one for making the water in and one for taking water out of the tank. also will need a heater for the salt water being mixed.
Sand- will get white sand from some where.
to bad you cant use pool filter sand or play sand like in fresh water tanks. 5 bux for 50 pounds of that lol. im looking at a 2-2 1/2 inch sea bed i think. unless i need to go little bigger. i know i want a goby / pistol shrimp pair so i will have tunnels.
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Liquid Master Test Kit
salifert to fill out the rest of the tests not included
Filtration - DIY rock
100 pounds inside DT. plus more in the sump system maybe 50 pounds more?
im not sure if im going to use a skimmer yet or not. i know most people are going to say its worth it but that may be a down the road thing if i do it. i want to go really heavy on rocks and micro algee and see how things go there first.
ill find something on ebay and hook it up to the bathroom sink.
im guessing a 10g on this one. my tank isnt long enough for a tang or any large fish so i dont think ill need any thing bigger then a 10. if there is an emergancy and i need to evacuate the tank i can use large tote containers.
pair of clowns
Red Mandarin ( will prolly wait for ORO tank bred ones)
blenny of some kind
not sure if i can add any more or what the limit would be for a 75g.
Pipe Organ Coral
unkown mix of everything
any suggestions or thoughts on what i have written so far would be good. id expecially like some opinions on lighting.