So after 8 months of planning and reading I finally got a 72 gal
bowfront aquarium and a 4x65 Coralife lighting system.
I am in the process of setting it up right now. I have a couple of questions for you all.
1) Painting a tank - I plan on painting the back blue like at my lfs
. I expect there is nothing special I need to worry about? I can get a can a spray paint from the hardware store and paint away.
2) Plumbing - I have a built in overflow and have my bulkheads already. I need a drain pipe which I will make out of a piece of PVC
with a 90 elbow on top and an air hole to keep it quiet. From the drain I plan on going straight down into my sump. My return pump will sit in the sump and the return line will go straight up from there and back into the tank. I will have an isolation valve on the pump in case iI ever need to replace it.
3) Sump - Planning on using a 20 gal
aquarium with baffles or bubble traps on both ends made of acrylic. Sump will eventually be a fuge. This will house my heaters and aqua urchin skimmer
Am I missing anything or do I need to rethink something. Once the tank is plumbed I will add my sand and SW
. I have an RO
unit on order. Live rock will follow after that. Then the shrimp for cycling. And the the finally the fish.
Any advice on the setup would be great.