Who knew all I had to do was buy her a new house? 8)
In return I went out and bought:
DAS ECO 60 Gallon Rectangle Aquarium (glass 40x16x22)
H99 integrated Reef filtration system w/Protein skimmer
2 JBJ SP-1300 Powerheads for in-tank Circulation
250w Visa-Therma Heater
Aquarium Systems fasTest Master Kit
Unit from AHSupply in a Custom Built Hood
2 Combo Actinic/10,000K bulbs
1 10,000K bulb
Blue Moon light
Red Night viewing light
Deep Six Hydrometer
Nets, floating glass scraper, etc...
I have also ordered 30 lbs of live sand and 45 lbs of Premium Fiji Live rock from The Marine Center here in DFW. The lights should be here today and the sand/rock next week.
Here is where I need the help/reassurance
I am taking the position that this is a 12 to 18 month project to get setup and established. I am planning a shallow sand bed ~1" to satisfy some sand sifting creatures, but not enough to have a DSB
. I will be adding more live rock to get to 75-90lbs. I plan on cycling the tank for between 3 and 6 weeks before adding any creatures and then the first group will be an algea eating pack of snails and crabs. After that all settles, I want to add some different corals, not sure which ones yet, but research is the really fun part right? In the end, I want to have a pair of clowns with a nice anemone (the whole Nemo thing for my daughters), a large blue Tridacna Clam or two(I know lighting may be an issue, but I will place them higher in the tank), and several different Reef Safe Fairy Wrasses. I wanted a yellow tang, but I have heard the Tang Police stomping around and I know the feelings towards tangs in this size tank.
I am having an issue with what type of chemicals/supplements I need to add. My lfs
sells pre-buffered RO
top-off water and premixed saltwater, so I will be using their water as my supply. Until I get my first batch I will not know what the standard parameters are, but will post those as soon as I can. I have a huge fear of Kalkwasser because it seems so difficult to dose properly. Is there a simpler method using a premixed calcium liquid? I have thought about using the Kent marine series of reef supplements since I have read good things about those products. Any help on what, when and how to best add things to the tank would be greatly appreciated. I would also like to hear more on the shallow sand bed since I do not want a DSB
but I do want sand sifters. Thanks in advance for your thoughts, and I am glad to be here with such knowledgable people.
PS- Future posts will be much shorter!