Restarting a Reef Tank
Glad I found this site as it has been very helpful. My background will sound familiar to a lot of people here. When I was a kid, I kept some small 10 gallon freshwater aquariums in my bedroom. After moving to college, I got out of the hobby for a while. I got married, had a couple of kids and then bought a new house. When we moved into our new house, I wanted a fish tank for my den. I decided to go with saltwater and purchased a 55 gallon fish only set up. As I read more and got more into the hobby, I bought another tank (29 gallon) and put a small trigger and a dwarf lion in it. I decided I wanted a bigger tank and went out and bought a 75 gallon tank. As my den looked more like a fish store, I decided to combine them into a large reef tank. I bought a 150 gallon tank (with 2 10 gallon tanks and a 15 gallon tank sump set up)and combined all of the fish. I started adding corals after that as well. All went well for about 7 years and then something wiped out most of my fish. I changed over to a freshwater system for about a year. I was preparing to switch back to saltwater when one morning I woke to find a crack in the back of my tank from top to bottom and water cascading all over my floor. Fortunately, I hadn't made the switch yet. The 150 gallon tank wasn't salvageable, and I had sold the 55 gallon and 75 gallon on e-bay, so I only had my 29 gallon tank. It is currently running with as a fish only saltwater set up as I wait for my 65 gallon (largest my wife will let me get now after the cracked tank) tank to show up at the fish store. I will pick it up Friday and get it set up. Once I have it going, I'll post pictures.