So sorry everyone! I've been so busy lately I have not been able to keep up. I haven't been on AA in months!!!!! But here I am!
The ATS came out well its a pretty unique design that turned out to work well. Right now I'm focusing on getting quality testing equipment, my protein skimmer, and of course my lighting. Fishman- I'm definitely doing LEDs. Probably Build my LED
lights to be exact. I came on to ask a question or two about them also:
1. Anybody have them? If so, did they come with a manual dimmer or do I have to buy one?
2. How do different lights blend? I am going to get four fixtures ($1000 EEK), two 20000 k
and two 12000 k
to get an average color temp of around 16000 k
is the perfect mix of blues and whites. If I alternate with the fixtures (20, 12, 20, 12) will the light blend, or will it look a little awkward? My tank is so hard to light due to the unique dimensions and aesthetic requirements from my family (no big and bulky fixtures like the taos)
My progress so far is considerable actually. The tank finished cycling, and I got a single bar goby to hold down the fort and keep the bacteria fed. All the sand is in, and yesterday I FINALLY finished the aquascape. Oh what a chore! I ordered a 50 lb box of key largo from reefcleaners, and an extra 8 lbs from my lfs
. All dry, no live. Then i drilled holes through the centers and ran polyethylene tubing through each one and epoxied all the rocks together with JB waterweld and PC11. Each pillar and arch is seperate and was put together and epoxied underwater. It took three days of nonstop work! It may sound easy, but it surely was not. Yet the reward is excellent! I love the outcome. Once I have my lights and get some coralline growing so the rocks blend in with each other it will look so much better! the algae will also grow on the epoxy so you will not even tell it isn't rock.