All plumbing pieces-parts on hand. I'm going to plumb tygon tube off of the overflow barbs and between the main pump and intermediate plumbing so I can remove sections and add flex to the system. Valves and such will be in PVC
and pipe clamped to the stand. I'll put a valve on the pump discharge to throttle it and add and extra valve with hose to do water changes. I'm out in the boonies and have a septic tank, so I'll have to pump to a bucket and dump the SW
on the driveway (gravel).
Just got FL base rock from marco. They need lessons in packaging. I have about 90 lb. of base. Holding off on live until later. I'm going to sculpt the rock into ledges. Probably 3 tiers for varying light levels so I can do all types of corals and clams. I'll probably support it by drilling and using 316 1/4" stainless rod. I'll epoxy horizontals but leave verticals just rod so I can install/remove the rock in layers. Don't want to have to hoist 150 or 200 lb. into the tank all at once. Bottom will have crevices for cave critters.
Plumbing will probably be done tomorrow. I'll also look at bracing my floor joists. Tank will be next to a wall, so foundation will carry one side and I'll brace just opposite tank center from wall. Probably put levels on tank and have my wife call out zero-bubbles while I'm in the crawlspace running the bottle jacks.
I'll be adding water this coming weekend. Plan on using half of the salt bucket with initial fill (it says for 150 gal
. and mine is 120). I'll make minor adjustments from there. I bought 80 lb of live sand and had planned to have a sand substrate in both the tank and the sump. I'm thinking I might put a cotton filter in the inlet or outlet slot of the sump when I do the first fill to get rid of the cloud when you first wet the sand or rock. After running the system, I'd remove it and just use the refugium.
I was thinking I'd just run the system with nothing more than base rock and live sand for a few days (or weeks) while I got used to the plumbing, chemistry, and other stuff. Hoping that the live sand would suffice for a cycle. Once I'm used to that, I'll add some live rock and see what happens. I'll see if LFS
has some good green junk to put in the refugium about that time.
Plans are to have:
Corals- not sure what types, but hopefully the lighting, sculpted levels, and everything else would support any type.
Clams- once tank is stable and very clean.
Anemones- blue/green carpet and bubble tip.
Clowns- one or two mated pairs of gold stripe maroon.
Moray- one zebra.
Lions- one pair of antennata.
Crusty's- ????. Would like to keep cheap hermits in the sump to feed the moray. Not sure if any snail or crab would survive in the tank with the above fish. Or could I just keep replenishing them?
Anglers- If the clowns were big enough to avoid predation.
I'm keeping it slow and pacing myself. Hopefully I'm not on any wrong tracks here. Again, any advice is appreciated.