fixtures-$250 + shipping
2. 2 boxes of 200g IO reef crystals $114 +fs
3. API reef master test kit-$22+ fs
4. 50 lbs key largo dry rock- $109 +fs
5. new bulkheads- roughly $50
6. new plumbing for drains/returns- $20
7. new fish and corals- ??
8. Jabeo WP-40- $75 shipped
I believe that's where I am at right now in terms of purchases for the tank. ive been throwing around some ideas in my head over the past few days of what else needs done/changed and im starting to settle in and actually make decisions. not going to replace my LR
with better rock. Also going to hold off on the GFO
reactor till I get a few months under my belt with the more powerful (and controllable) WP40, to see if the phosphates and trates begin to slowly creep downwards. so that's 2 more things I'm holding off on. the one area I can't seem to stop thinking about is the skimmer. when I initially found this skimmer for sale, it absolutely blew my mind at the sheer size of it. (if you go back far enough I have the dimensions listed) and I thought that it would be more than adequate at handling this tank, but I cant seem to get it dialed in at all, and coupled with the fact that the pump now has a short. I really want to upgrade it too. so as of right now I understand that cone skimmers are prob the most commonly used new tech out. that being said, a lot of skimmers now are coming with venture bubble size control knobs (which I like) and also run 2 pumps. these are the 2 skimmers I'm looking at as of now.
reef octopus nwb200 pinwheel cone skimmer-$289.99- seems like its decently built and would handle the job. also a bit easier on the wallet. heard great things about R.O.
Bubble Magus BM-NAC77-$289.99- cone skimmer that's well built, houses pump under cone, therefore reducing footprint, only stands 19" tall. 500L/hr
if you have ANY dealings or experience with these skimmers, by all means let me know.