We're in Houston, TX, sure, swing on by - Maryland isn't THAT far of a drive.
Thanks for the welcome to AA
I'll try to get some pictures posted this evening or next. In the mean time, I can give you verbal descriptions of what you're asking for and links to representative pictures.
This is the sump that her setup came with. The intake on the right side has what looks like vacuum cleaner hose or flexible pool hose attached to the bottom of the tank and the pvc
coming out of the box. There's a TON of bubbles generated here - I read somewhere that a sock (4 micron?) over this would help reduce the bubbles some but that it would become biological over time and require constant maintenance. The protein skimmer is currently turned off (we were told to keep it off for about a month or until the tank cycles completely?). Also, not sure how to properly prime a pump - is there a trick? It's definitely putting out some strong flow in the tank, so...
The guys that set up the tank took out about 50% of the bio balls in the middle chamber - said we didn't need that many. I've thought about getting some LR
to put in there instead, but gotta fix the other stuff first.
The return area doesn't seem to have any bubbles in it, so we both seem to think the bubbles on one side aren't making it all the way through to the other - we think they're not the cause of the problem.
We've got a 9.5 mag-drive pump for the return and I have no clue what's hooked up for the protein skimmer, yet. There's no pre-filter on the return pump, and we've looked through what was left - no pre-filter to be found, got any suggestions?
Here's a quick run-down of the tank:
105g Oceanic, pre-drilled
100Lbs cured LR
260 watt coralife dual PC
daylight/actinic with moon lights
oceanic stand and matching wood canopy
PH is at 8.2
nitrate trace (or is it the other way around?)
We were also told that cycling may or may not happen with that much LR
or that it may go real fast. She's ready to put another 75Lbs of LR
in the tank.
One more thing - we'll be going to MACNA this weekend - what's the best day to go - primarily interested in the vendors and exhibits.