Water: I am adding to water from the grocery store dispenser. "Glacier" is the brand. I can't tell from reading if it is also distilled , but it hoes through a 7 step precess. I drove to every pet store and grocery dtore in town snd this looks like the best option other than 1 gallon jugs if distilled water off the gricery store shelf. The only other sources from the big machines are the " primo" brand dispensers that have minerals added and they are $13 per 5 gal
jug! I think that the minerals are a no- no?
When I top off for the evaporation I have been putting the glacier water in the sump. No salt. I did add salt once because my salinity was low. Now it is up where it should be. So every few days I just top it off to make sure my pump stays covered
Power heads: I've only got one at opposite end of tank from where the water comes in. I have those 2 black nozzles pointed at different areas of the tank (what is that black nozzle thing that returns the water called anyway?). Do I need another power head? I've got another smaller one in my box of extra stuff.
Dead space : what do I do with the back corner of the tank where the black plastic box is ... (Pipes are inside) And what is that thing called?! I tried to put some live rock in the area yet still keep room for fish to swim back there if they want to. But I'm guessing there's not much flow back there
Next steps: near complete water change this weekend to get rid of trates? Maybe a fish? I've got to make the 100 mile trek to the semi local fish store to buy light bulbs. Can I bring back a fish assuming I get the nitrates taken care of?