Combing through the past few pages I realized I have mentioned a 120 gallon tank to replace the 40 breeder in my living room.
I still haven't posted the pictures of that tank.
I have the sump baffle kit and new 40 breeder that I will silicone together in the coming days.
Then I will need to double check everything needed before enlisting help to get the tank from the garage into the house.
If I had to guess I'd say a month to 6 weeks until I start a new thread regarding the 120.
I have a tank, T5 light and stand.
So, I'm feeding the fish after work this evening and notice Madeline the larger clownfish chasing Dory away, quite aggressively.
So I decide to watch her more closely, she goes to the bottom corner of the tank and flips over and flutters at the glass, after 5 minutes of thinking "what's wrong with her", I notice some small reddish brown dots on the glass and Nemo coming to flutter on top of them.
It dawns on me they're spawning!!
I'm super excited!!
Here is a shot of them beginning to spawn this evening.
I think I have my sump set up the way I want.
From left to right
Chamber 1 - Roller Filter
Chamber 2 - Skimmer
Chamber 3 - Heater/Fuge section (No plans for fuge at the moment) Change my mind...Always open to suggestions
Chamber 4 - Media Tray/Bubble Trap
Chamber 5 - Return Pump/ATO
Going to use painters tape on both sides of each panel/joint for thick and clean lines
Using ASI Black Aquarium Silicone I bought from BRS
Any pointers or suggestions before I stick this thing together with silicone?
The hardest seals will be in your close together tall baffles. Depending on the fit of your baffles, spacers can help ensure silicone joints are solid. Good luck. I just did a custom sump with glass baffles.
I'm about 2 weeks from set up!!
I have my sump siliconed together.
Just need to get the 120 carried in from the garage and start messing around with a couple plumbing bits before initial set up.
I've been sitting here trying to do puzzles in my head of how I'd make 40 gallons of RODI, heat and mix salt then get that in the aquarium in a decent amount of time while the fish corals are in buckets waiting for the tank to be filled.
So my answer is; I need to go grab another 44 Brute can make an extra mix container temporarily, the one I already have full, plus the 40 gallons in the current tank will only get me to 80 of the 120 needed.
I just spoke for 25# of live rock with a bunch of coral on it, to get the tank seeded properly.
I just ordered a bottle of Fritzyme as well to help with bacteria availability.
I was kind of worried about messing up the cycle having 75% new Saltwater with 25% old Saltwater but with the Fritz and 3 year old live rock I feel pretty safe about throwing fish and corals in right away.
I also ordered a nifty pump that sucks from the bottom and can empty a bucket or whatever it's in down to 2mm from the bottom!
The Sicce Ultra Zero is a multi-purpose utility pump, perfect for when you just need a sturdy pump to move water from one place to another, such as for pumping freshly mixed saltwater to your tank after a water change, or refilling reservoirs. The Ultra Zero has plenty of power to pump water...
This will be used for water transfer from here on out during water changes; dirty water out the window and then SW Brute can to tank.
I'm going bare bottom, high flow.
My goal is to get the bottom encrusted with Leptoseris, Cyphastrea and GSP.
I've attached a photo of the rock with coral that I'm getting.
For rock there's a tower, arch and cave totalling 25# or so.
Corals included are GSP, Xenia, Cespitularia and small amount of pink zoas.
Step 1: Get the tank moved from garage into the house - CHECK!
Step 2: Tomorrow pick up 1x3 furring strips, 44gal Brute and black spray paint for the strips.
Going to use the furring strips to beef up the stand a bit, just for peace of mind.
Now I'm throwing around the idea of flipping the tank and painting the bottom, since I'm going bare bottom this time.
Any thoughts, tips or suggestions on this?
who else reading this is running a bare bottom tank?