It was time to give all those extra tanks their own names and to decide on the final layout, stone, fish, shrimp and plants:
this will be my first journal, and my first tank. I spent quite some time over the last 4 or 5 years reading into reefs, but changed my direction when I saw some of those astonishing Iwagumi setups.
Needless to say, my tank will have a Iwagumi "style" layout. I won't adhere to all the implied rules, but stick to simplicity, perspective, scale, San Sui stones and lot of carpet.
All that being said, I'm still waiting for some parts.
I hope some of you guys come along for the ride, I will have plenty of questions and can use all the help.
Here is my equipment, plant and inhabitant list:
Took the following photo last week, this is one layout I came up with. Cliff to the left and an elevated "Plateau" to the right, bordered by that wall of rocks. Short carpet in the main / left area, a bit longer carpet or hair grass on the Plateau. I don't want any long plants. Going for a really clean and simplistic look.
Here I tested the tank for leaks and the Eheim filter. At first the pump didn't circulate the water and I had to force water into it, in order to get it started. I love the electronics of the Eheim which allow me to adjust the flow or even simulate waves. I know that the pump is overkill for my 90 x 30 x 30 tank, but if I ever want to upgrade, I won't have to exchange all the equipment.
The Giesemann LED light and Bluetooth controller arrived a couple days later. Border control ripped the package open for inspection and just smashed everything in the large box, what a bunch of asshats.
Man is this light powerful. Glad I'll be able to adjust color channels and output. Haven't figured out yet how to connect my iPhone.
Some of my second order of San Sui stones arrived today. This is another layout I just came up with. The right side would be still elevated past that small wall of rocks.
I spent even more money in the past couple days. I have 50 pounds of San Sui stone on the way to give me more options for the scaping and also some for the "refugium".
Talking about the fuge, I will put everything in quarantine before moving it to the main tank. That being said, my fuge will be a dedicated display tank. It will also be my backup tank if things don't go right in the main tank.
For the fuge I have ordered a JBJ Saltwater tank with build in filter / heater housing and LED. This will allow me to run this tank with no visible tubes, wires or equipment hanging around. This is a photo with a saltwater setup:
It holds 8 gallons, plenty for my needs. Will sit on the kitchen countertop. When things are settled in the main tank I'll keep mainly shrimp in it and maybe a few fish.
I also ordered the glassware: small ADA Violet in- and outtake, 4 double union ball valves, all tubing for the PH probe and silicon hoses.
Only pieces missing are the cabinet, reactor, plants, shrimp and fish. The custom cabinet should be ready in about 10 days.