My name is Alan and am new to this community, although not new to the hobby.
My 180 gal
reef tank (up and running for 8 yrs) suffered a catastrophy when I was on vacation back in May. Breakers tripped for the lights and pumps. I lst everything, except for a green mushroom cluster and 3 snails.
so, I decided to revamp my system and get a somewhat clean start.
First, repace the lighting system. I had 3 400w MH
and 2 60" T-12 140w Actintic. Replaced the MH
with Power Compacts 4 36" 96 Actintis and 4 36" 96w 10K. Big reason for this was my electric bill. Those MH
's caused my chiller to run constantly and heated up the house causing the A/C to run harder.
Second, replace the aragonite substrate with live sand.
Third, re-cure the live rock to get rid of the algea and clear all the decaying worms, etc.
forth, replace my Read Sea Berlin skimmer with a new Euro-reef RSA 250.2 skimmer.
So, I have everything back in the tank (excpet for the new skimmer, still waiting for that to be delivered. Tanks seems to have cycled (fast, I guess because the live rock was still very active when I recured it.
Lights up and running. got one of those R2 Moonlight Controllers. We'll see how long that last. And replace my Wave Maker with a Reef Master.
Let the fun begin. Looking forward to restocking and recreating it all.