I am moving a single blue chromis(last of 4) and a few pieces of LR
from a 29/15 reef tank that was abandoned at my house into a 55 Fowler, which I may try to attach the 15gallon sump to somehow if I can make it fit inconspicuously. Will need to buy an overflow as there is no built-in in this particular 55 gallon.
Is there an alternative to re-using all the rather colorful algae infused sand in the older tank? I have an extra 45 lbs of cured rock, and can afford a new bag or two of quality sand. I happen to have a 5lb bucket of pebbles from the seller of the 55'.
I use either Flourite or Ecocomplete in my fresh water tanks and vacuum detritus with little circular swoops without disturbing the root tabs under the surface. With sand in salt tanks I notice I need to deeply plunge the vac into the sand to get any of the pink, green and rusty pockets out of the sand.
I would like to have a healthy and low maintenance substrate - and plan to have a FOWLR
with either chromis or a single puffer or trigger fish of some type if possible (55+15 gals if I can get the sump to hook up somehow!)
Thanks for any tips!