I will say one thing, I'm REALLY good at finding tanks in trouble.
I evaluated another FOWLR
tank today which is also in a restaurant. I only talked to the owner of the restaurant, and will be talking to the employee who maintains it next week. Here's the skinny:
Approx 250g custom acrylic
30-40g acrylic sump w/bio-balls (lots), decent skimmer, and 2 external pumps
2 powerheads in tank
Approx 150 lbs LR
w/light amount of cyano
Aragonite gravel substrate, 3/4" to 1" deep
2x 18" Coralife 10KK/Actinic PC
1 Yellow Tang (owner told me their clowns died recently, don't know about other fish)
Here's my observations, API kits unless noted. Hold on to your seat, it gets bumpy:
Temp 65.4 F (yes, 65.4)
Salinity 31 ppt
Nitrate 600-800 (I diluted the water with RO
20:1 and got 30-40ppm)
Salifert Phosphate 8-10 (read 0.25 to 0.5 with same 20:1 solution, and over 3 with 2:1)
Owner told me his employee 'scrubbed the rock' recently which is why I'm guessing there was only light cyano
A friend of mine had done some work on this tank, and isn't able to anymore, but he told me that it was a 'copper tank', that at some point in time, it had been treated. So my question, hence the thread title, is what now?
Since copper tested 0 ppm
, is there any way this system could be redone as a reef tank, or even a FOWLR
with inverts, etc?
Would that involve a total tear-down, clean-out, piping replacement, etc, the whole works, or is it just not ever going to be able to house corals or inverts - ever?
Either way, in my opinion, it's a total tear down. I did that other tank with the big puffer in my other journal
Tank Journal - 135 FOWLR
And I'm still fighting the cyano
battle after 2 months. If I do this one, it's a redo - only 1 fish to save, and I can do that at home in a hospital tank.
Thanks for the input ahead of time!!