Thanks and that's correct. I've set it up in a corner. I know that kind of defeats the purpose for a peninsula style but I went with this because I like the more rectangular proportions. Since the location was set, I would have had one glass panel against a wall anyways regardless of tank style.Looking great.
It seems, from the pictures that you watch the tank most from the left side. is that correct?
The scape also showns that direction.
Noob here, what's NSA?Some updates.
I have my aquascape done. It turned out okay. I think it'll grow on me. I think I just had too many must have's for this to be uber successful. I wanted the 'scape to be:
- NSA (or something like it)
- Provide access to the sand
- Only touch the bottom of the glass once
- Provide ample room for corals
- Have as much as possible to help with the biological filtration
I very much realized that having a small tank makes this difficult. Successful NSA's usually have a few touchdown spots to create those cool arches, etc. I couldn't/didn't want to do that so I tried some cantilevers. Of course, the more you cantilever one end, you have to brace it on the other end to balance. At the end of the day, I think what I have is fine and once filled with corals, all good. I do wish it was taller but, again, if taller, I would need to go out more and I don't have any more room. If you look at the top view, I do have a good amount of space for corals. Boy, is the glue accelerator awesome! It makes doing this easy. The below is approximately 7 lbs only.
I ended up switching 1 of the 2 smaller rocks out with a larger one once I put it in the tank. The scale felt better to me. The 2 loose rocks are meant to be islands of zoas, etc, not 100% sure yet. The main rock is reserved for SPS.
In the tank:
It's hard to see the true volume and depth from the photos. The main cantilever is pretty dramatic.
This allows me to get access to the sand for cleaning, etc and provides good swimming room under the main "terrace" for the corals. I don't know where the future rock 'nem will go though as I have read they like to hang out where the rock meets the sand. I don't have much of that with good light.
As for next steps, I have at least 2 more weeks until my 80/20 gets here so I can't wet the tank at all until I get that and install the light mount. So I started to organize the inside of the cabinet. It's a sea of wires now and that'll be fixed. Everything is on velcro for easy access. I didn't realize how much wall space all of this takes. If I had a sump, I'd have to take this all outside.
The Reef Angel relay and modules are on the left as well as a utility power bar. I will be plugging in an old android tablet mounted to the cabinet door for the controller on the strip and that's also where I will plug a small pump for water changes. The controller head unit is on the right and the Avast ATO (and pump) are below that with the wifi attachment sneaking out to the outside wall for better connection. The ATO jug will be just below that.
I have zip ties, hooks, etc to manage the wires and it'll end up being clean.
This came today:
Love the size! It's so small inside. Hope it turns out okay.
Since I can't even get my tank wet for maybe 3 more weeks, I've decided to cook my rocks in a brute and get the nitrogen cycle started. Since I'm using dead "live" rock from my previous build I believe there is nothing on it do die off. It's been sitting dry for 6 years. That said, I will run it for 2 days and do a NH3 test to see if there is any die off. If not, I will start to ghost feed. Once tank is ready, I will move the cycle into the tank. I anticipate the rock being out of water for 15 to 30 minutes during the transfer from brute to tank. I'll likely continue to cycle a bit longer until I call it done. Progress but not fast enough!
I like the stand. It is the PW2418. I'm not sure they sell them by themselves anymore. I bought the stand (and the tank) while on discount back in late December. Believe or not, the stand was $189.50 and the tank was $179.99. I couldn't pass any of that up. The stand is very sturdy and made well. If you have built ikea, you can build their stands. Their quality is much better though.How are you liking the stand? I assume it’s for the 25 which I have and I’m on the fence about paying $500. How are you liking the icecap skimmer as well?
Wow that’s crazy! Yeah just checked and it’s $500 stand onlyI like the stand. It is the PW2418. I'm not sure they sell them by themselves anymore. I bought the stand (and the tank) while on discount back in late December. Believe or not, the stand was $189.50 and the tank was $179.99. I couldn't pass any of that up. The stand is very sturdy and made well. If you have built ikea, you can build their stands. Their quality is much better though.
The skimmer is fine. It took forever to break in from the micro bubbles. I still only have it on overnight to keep my ph levels from dropping too much. It doesn't skim much, mostly because I have not set it up to do much skimming, mostly for agitation. Very quiet.