I'm setting up a 120 gallon tank right now. I've painted the background and trim, stained the stand and canopy and will transfer my lights to a new fixture for the bigger canopy sometime this week.
I need any tips or suggestions to minimize a cycle reoccurance.
I currently have a 55 gallon reef/fowlr
setup going for about a year now. This tank also has about 60 lbs of live rock and 50 lbs of aragonite sand for a substrate.
Current inhabitants -
I have sitting in another tote full of saltwater/heater/powerhead for the last week about 75 lbs of live rock that has been sitting outside in the sun/dead rock now. I need to scrub the sand out of the rock and clean them off with a sponge but I'm curious if there is anything I can do for the rock to be ready in a week to add with my current rock to the new tank.
I'm going to purchase about 120lbs of playsand from HD. I know it is silica based but it should not be too big of a problem. I will be mixing it with my aragonite sand for a 1:3 ratio.. approx.
I figure I can drain about 15-20 gallons of water out of my current tank into a rubbermaid tote and put my fish into that tote. with an airstone running.
Then I plan to pull out all my lr
and sand. Put the sand in a bucket and the rock on some towels. Move out the tank and stand to the back bedroom and move my new stand/tank to where this tank is currently residing. Fill it up with water.... but here is the problem. My RODI
unit only does 125 gallons a day. I need a really cheap container for water I guess... and stick a heater in there with a powerhead. ??? Then I figured I can add my salt to the tank with the water and mix it up in the main tank before setting in the sand. Then set the sand in by feeding it down through pvc
to minimize the floating particles/cloudyness... Then set my liverock/deadrock then finally fish back into the tank.
I have a two canister filters to use. Fluval 204 and 304... plus three powerheads... two 700 gph
pumps.. and a 300gph pump. Should I look into a pvc
rack for my liverock?!?