So understanding the end goal is a healthy, thriving ecosystem and also being aware there are multiple ways to achieve that goal I have decided to journal two very different tanks. While they are starting at the same time the journey for each promises to be very different.
Tank 1: 150 Deep Dimension cube (36x36).
Filtration: E-shopps Sump with 2 inches submerged pond matrix and sponge insert.
Water movement: Sicce return pump and Jaebo WP-20 switching every few days between wave maker, else mode and just standard flow.
Lights: 2 Reef Breeder Photons suspended 15" above the tank with the blue channel off and several of the blue led's blocked with electrical tape. Running 5-4-5.
Dosing: 10mL Metricide, Greenleaf PPS (amount TBD
), 1 bottle of DIY CO2 just for fun. Flourish substrate tabs.
Substrate: 2-1 ratio of Eco-Complete and Activ-Flora.
Livestock plans: Large school of neons, cleanup crew, and pair of south american cichlids either angels or rams.
Scape: Heavy on lava rock and local river driftwood and plants mixed with tissue culture plants TBD
Plot: This tank was a successful reef for several years. I was looking to simplify and given my passion for kayaking and the local rivers I wanted to have a piece of that at home. Traditional aquarium cycle, adding plants a few at a time. I plan to have high light level options and am willing to invest in CO2 if necessary.
Tank 2: 27 Marineland Cube (20x18)
Water movement: Empty canister or power heads
Lights: Marineland double bright and either planted+ or satellite+ (looking for recommendations). Running 5-4-5.
Dosing: fish food
Substrate: 1 inch potting mix. 1-2 inch black diamond sand.
Livestock plans: Quarantine for the big tank. No chemicals.
Scape: Same as large tank.
Plot: This small cube is something of an experiment. A completely different approach to it. No CO2 or fertilizers, low to moderate light, little to no maintenance.