i am currently on the fence, i would like to try the rotating drum, however for a reef tank i am thinking something more mainstream would be a better idea, but i still haven't decided.
well the reef tank size is much like the ATS
design... still up in the air. i should have a 20 gallon and a 30 hiding somewhere in the house however i yearn for the days of the large reef tank again. so i might just buy bigger tank the next time they go on sale locally, i am thinking something between 55 and 150gallons.
however my local tap water has fallen in quality recently and there is a steady increase in phosphates for some reason now. i have a 55gallon tank up and running for over 2yrs now with a pair of 10inch iridescent sharks, and couple of comets that out grew their last tank (side note: i would love to do more with this tank, but the sharks behaviors destroy everything very quickly, if i could unload these guys on someone/someplace i would in a minute.) and after top-offs and water changes i get a nasty case of green water almost every time i add new water to the tank. so maybe i will just try the rotating drum design on that tank, and see if the algea has the power to conquer my green water problems and to work out any bugs of the ATS
system. and i know its not my plumbing as a family friend who lives in the same city as i do, has the exact same problem.
i would say ash has a complex system installed on his tank, and judging from the first pic he posted (showing the screens in all their glory) that is just the holding tank for the ATS
, there is another pic he posted that shows his co2
setup and varies other things and there is a large tank in the background that looks to be a sump. however i really want to know what his flow rate out of the ATS
is, then we can determine how long the water is held, and have some concrete info. i wish my local library was faster, i have requested that dr adley book like 2wks ago and still waiting for it be shipped from 2 cities over. sigh..
i have always loved discus, however don't they do best in moderately planted tanks with lots of cover to 'hide' in, if my memory serves me correctly that is, have you thought of weather you will do that, with real or fake plants ?