We're not really big on kids... If they are running around our shop - we tie them to their parents with kid leashes.... and explain to the parents they don't have enough money to pay for the things their kids are going to break. I've offended several parents when I explained to them that my dog is better behaved... some of them don't come back... and that's ok... (bad attitude I know... but oh well)
So we planned on kid proofing with rock barriers - attack dogs, and electrified fence if necessary.
We had planned on taking the water off the top - side - flowing into a wet dry system, then pump the water back in to the bottom to reduce surface ripples. As far as viewing... we figured if it's real bad seeing anything - we'd put a long piece of bamboo disguised pvc
, with a glass cap at the bottom - pointing into the pond - so you could take turns looking into the viewing portal. I'm also pretty big on web cams - we have a remote controlled web cam at our site http://www.scubatoys.com
and in this new shop we were running some underwater cams in the pool - and I figured we'd also run a underwater cam in the pond - broadcast it on a tv over the pond - and grab the feed for another cam link on our site.
Reading some responses so far - it looks like I'm hearing if you run enough Live Rock - I don't need the wet dry bio ball thing... is that right?? And the Yellow Tangs are one fish I had planned on... maybe a small school of 6 or 8 of them... I always had good luck with tangs.
I was thinking of ramping up the salinity slowly and cycling with black mollies... the introducing the lion fish would slowly deplete the supply of mollies in time. I read where someone else had done that as the mollies are so darn hearty and can migrate from fresh to brackish to salt in a weeks time... Just add a few pounds of salt a day until the specific gravity gets right... truth or rumor??
Keep any ideas coming - and I'll post the link for our cam when we pull this thing off!
Thanks for all the help!