And I just put the closed loop back together with the replacement parts. Its running (inside a drip pan just incase) now, and the shrimp are moving around.
A local guy is parting out his 165gallon tank, and I get to have the 10" x 18" x 4" piece of Tonga in it. He is just selling off the corals sitting on it first (I dont mind waiting). I also picked up another couple of pieces of Tonga today (you can see one of the pieces in that top picture as it looks way to dark compared to the rest).
My next step is getting the sump finished while this cycles.
By the way, since I have more base rock than I'll use, can I break some up with a hammer to make it rubble, and add it to the inlet of the sump where Im going to have some LR
rubble? It will cure slowly this way, right?