Finally have some time to toss a thread up here on my newest drain on my time. With a whole lot of help from JMKarcz (Thanks Jason! Again!), I finally have a sturdy and stable 92 gallon tank set up and running. This is still a work in progress (what tank isn't?) so I apologize in advance for the bits of plumbing still peeking out and the lack of live rock in a few key places. As I said before there is still some work to do.
Tank equipment is as follows:
92 gallon AGA corner bowfront aquarium
Titanium heaters of various kinds
2 250 watt MH lights with 80 watts of actinic supplementation- Light hood will be changed soon!
Sump filtration system located in the basement
Reeflo Blackfin pump - New and FANTASTIC!
Here is the sump system in the basement. Water drains from the main tank into a 29 gallon tank that will eventually be filled more completely with live rock. The water then drains into a 55 gallon tank divided into compartments for the skimmer, a deep sand bed (under construction) and a drain area. Water leaves the 55 and heads into a 75 gallon tank also divided into areas for macros ( chaeto area and an area for lowere light reds and browns), coral frags and a return. Water returns to the main tank thru the Reeflo Blackfin.
Upon leaving the Reeflo, water returns to the tank thru six 3/4" returns drilled into the back of the tank (thank you again DrillMaster!). The general hope is that the six returns coupled with the flow from the Blackfin will eliminate the need for powerheads. Time will tell.
The two drains for the tank are done in the Calfo style and add a little shade to the back of the tank. This seems to give the illusion of depth (at least it does to me) to the tank.
So far corals have been in the tank for about 2 months now. The ones that resided in the sump for a month of construction seem to have made it pretty well. I still worry about the hammer corals which bleached quite a bit. New corals (2 aussie acans and a superman Monti) were added last week and seem to be enjoying their new home). Sorry about the coral pics- my camera she is not so great.
Fish residents are a Powder Brown Tang, a Vlamingi Flame Tang and a Pygmy angel. Non-coral inverts include cleaner shrimp and the usual clean up crew of snails and crabs.
During the next few weeks an algal turf scrubber will be hooked into the sump system between the 55 and 75 gallon tanks. A newer larger frag tank will also be hooked into the sump whenever time permits.
So far so good on the latest experiment in a long line of tanks. Any thoughts about lighting or comments in general would be appreciated.