Hello, not really new but have been working on getting my 280 reef tank set up and stable while also adding a +1 to our family. Now that my daughter has hit 14 months and the reef is as on cruze as a reef can be, time to start a new project. A local stores owner picked up a client tank after a prolonged power outage duo to it overflowing and ruining the MDF back and bottom of the stand. Cory was originally going to fix the stand but with his large fishroom and store front he passed it on to a local member, me!
Tank is 145 gallon acrylic with dual corner overflows (60x22x24) with stand and canopy. Stand is currently in several pieces while I replace the damaged MDF with 3/4 birch plywood and than the stand and canopy are getting stripped and re stained. Right now its in a blonde oak finish and that does not match our living room in the least!! Wife was nice enough to say yes to a second large tank so I will make sure it meets her approval
I have a couple options for filtration 1: Large wet dry sump with Jeboa 6000 pump or 2: Fluval FX6 canister. Doubt the wet/dry would be ideal due to wanting to use my Co2 set-up (Carbon doser, Aqua Medic Co2 Reactor1000, and Reefkeeper Lite ph controller). So my thinking at this time is to hard plump FX6 to the overflow boxes and and add the Co2 system in using a t off the return plumbing? I would like to use the overflows to get a slight surface skimming action and the tank will be set up with a ATO set up and float switches will be mounted in one of the overflow boxes to keep them at a constant level. They also make a nice spot to hide the 500watt titanium heater This will also be managed by the Reefkeeper Lite system along with lights and temp.
Lighting ATI 60" 6 bulb unit. Its a little banged up after several years of use but will be hidden in the canopy. Still researching for bulb choice.
I have several pieces of large driftwood, some nice chunks of granite and 150lbs of Flourite black sand for substrate. Plants will be pretty basic Val, swords, and java fern/moss. With a fairly open layout to allow the fish larger swimming areas.
Last is the planned fish:6-8 Altum angels or wild caught discus, a couple prs of dwarf cichlids, 20 Rummy nose tetras, 10 octo cats and 10 Duplicate corys
Nothing too extreme or off the wall and way more equipment limited compared to my reef. While I love my reef there is something very soothing about watching a planted tank with several large serene Angels or discus with a decent sized school of tetras moving about them.
Will start getting pics tomorrow on my day off and sharing as this progresses along. Comments always welcome.