120 Gallon - First tank in years.
A very productive weekend.
We managed to pull all my old reef tank gear out and then sort, clean, and test all the relevant pieces. The controller, pH probe, temp probe, dosing pumps, 2 150 watt heaters, circulation pump, air pump, auto top off, digital backup thermometer, and mag floats algae scrapers are all ready to go. Cant quite believe that the pH probe is still good, but I'll take it. I even got everything cleaned up and put away again before picking my wife up at the airport.
Checked pH and looked up other water parameters late last week ...
- pH was about 8 and stayed about the same after sitting overnight
- hardness is a huge range of 11-230 average 76 mg/L as CaCO3 (~4.3 dKH average)
- chlorine is about 1.05 ppm via sodium hypochlorite not chloramine
- nitrate averages about 2.3 mg/L as nitrogen
- no phosphate, iron, copper, or others at important levels, potassium is not reported
Got the green light from my wife on a 120 gallon tank and a spot in the kitchen (a folding table, stools, and bedsheet to test size). It isn't my favorite spot, but it lets me get the 24" deep tank instead of just 12 or 18. Now I need to get to work on a stand that will match the kitchen cabinets or the table my wife got a few years ago, order the tank, and figure out what I want to do for hardscape...