Anyone have any comments about using a fluidized bed filtration system, if used properly in the chain of filtration?
What would you all do to maintain a system like this? Would anyone also use a mini sump and/or refugium underneath every main tank? How about using a protein skimmer on every main tank?
How would you use a uv
sterilizer in this type of system? For example, would you use a UV
filter at each overflow coming out of each display tank or just one large uv
sterilizer going from the central sump output to all of the tanks?
I've never used a UV
sterilizer but was wondering how slow the flow rate would have to be in order to properly 'sterilize' the water.
In building my addition, I will actually be plumbing the pvc
pipes through the walls, with the overflows into the central sump slowly going in a downward angle, to keep the siphon going. I also understand this may not be the best idea, because if a leak occurs, it'll mean having to rip out a wall to fix it. Thankfully, I do have experience building and rebuilding walls, flooring, etc.
Considering this would be a low-pressure system, how many years can one expect the seals to last before any possible leaks? Does saltwater deteriorate the glue any faster than normal city water? It seems that a lot of reefers have leaks when they first put complicated plumbing systems up.
Lots of questions, but I think it's better to know what you're dealing with beforehand and make adjustments to plans accordingly.
With all of this being said, there are some doubts about maintaining the system when I go out of town sometimes, for as long as a month. There will be someone that can do basic stuff, like feeding, but knowing me, I like to make pretty complicated setups. It's like my home theater systems. They have about 300 wires and hundreds of buttons, and no one but myself knows how to use them. So, you could only imagine how many 'things' that would be used to make the system work.
If I absolutely couldn't do a saltwater system, because of the commitment it would take from outside parties when I am away, how would a freshwater system do with a central sump? I'm fascinated by gar fish. In fact, in a small creek in Texas, a couple miles from where I vacation, there are thousands of garfish.
It seems like it doesn't matter the time of day or season. You could almost just scoop them out with your hands. I don't know what type of gar these are, but they are way too large for any aquarium I am considering. Some of the smaller gars may be a nice aquarium addition however, along with aquatic turtles. I've experience with lots of turtles over the years, from painteds, muds/musks, maps, cooters, sliders, and common snappers.
I'm not sure a common snapper would play well with even a gar fish, even though it would be a good choice for a turtle that didn't need a basking area, and some of the smaller mud/musk turtles would probably be food for the gar fish.
At one time, I actually had a large mouth bass in an aquarium, pictured below:
but he attacked, killed, and tried to eat fish that were bigger than him. These fish are actually really cool to watch in an aquarium, because they eat other fish and then spit out the scales. It's just not good with tank mates. They grow so fast that it ends up being too expensive to buy larger fish for them to eat. So, I actually had to buy smaller fish, raise them up larger, and then feed it to him! Well, a combination of that, earthworms, meal worms, frozen shrimp, and going to the lake to catch live minnows, smaller bream, and ghost shrimp.
Any ideas about a freshwater Florida natives system of the same size as the reef system?