I just picked up a 90 gallon tank with corner overflow off of craigslist yesterday. Spent the day improving the stand and now i'm ready to get the rest of the equipment that I need and put sand and rock in. I have a few questions on equipment and rock.
As far as equipment I have found a bunch of reef equipment on craigslist that I have been picking up on the cheap. So far I have the following:
6x54 watt T5 NovaUSA light fixture
Precision Marine RL-125 Protein Skimmer
Mag-Drive 7 return pump
DIY Calcium reactor with power head and CO2
DIY Phosphate and Activated Carbon reactor power by Mag-Drive 5 pump.
Aqualifter pump with float switch
DIY acrylic Sump with refugium with Macro-algae.
I am in the process of tracking down a RO
unit with a booster pump, but probably won't get that till after Christmas. I live in CT and the ocean is only about a 10 minute drive so i have been thinking about just using ocean water rather than the RO
option. What is your opinion on that?
I know that I need some powerheads, but i'm not sure what exactly I need.
I am looking to do DIY rock mixed with dead rock but I am unsure how you seed the rock and how exactly that all works. And can the same be applied to the sand/crushed coral?
I am not looking to add any coral for about 6 months to get everything perfect before doing so.