OK, the 180 is going into high gear. The eyecare center called this week and said they were ready for the tank back. So I'm scrambling to try and bring it all together. The best part is that they are having an open house the first week in May and they would like their tank to be looking good by then. That may be difficult. The stand is almost done. There are a few things, ordered from Champion Lighting, that haven't come in yet. A Little Giant 4-MDQX 1225 gph
pump. Two 4" fans for the canopy. A Pro Heat 2 titanium heater (350w). Bulbs from Aquatic Tech ( www.aquatictech.com
) will be here Monday.
The stand is wired and the sump is installed. 2 Icecap 660 ballasts are in place. The reflector is in the canopy. I used white painted aluminum for the reflector...took about 15 minutes to make it on a sheet metal break. Lighting will be 2 URI actinics and 2 URI white actinics. I'm using the old Little Giant 3-MDQ pump as a closed loop. The 4-MDQX will be used for the sump circulation. Other circulation will come from 4 Maxi Jet 1200's and a Natural Wave wavemaker. Since Home Depot declined to transfer the Southdown sand, after they told me it would be no problem, I'll have to use something else. After checking with www.purearagonite.com
, I found that I can get CaribSea a little cheaper from one of our wholesalers. The plan is to put in about 300lbs of CaribSea Aragamax and top it off with LS
. Then about 100lbs of base rock and maybe 50-60lbs of LR
. I think I'll start the cleanup crew out with about 100 blue legs, 50 astreas, 20 scarlets, and a couple of emerald crabs. Any suggestions appreciated. Here's a few pics.