So, here we go. We've been fighting algae in my wife's reef tank for what seems like forever. A green slime that resisted light out for 3 days 4 times. The final straw came when one of the LED bars decided to go swimming one night. Nothing got poisoned which is good since we've had some of these fish for over 5 years. We import saltwater fish and corals from all over the world, some were gifts from collectors, some are irreplaceable since the collection areas they came from have been closed to collection.
Pull the tank down during the coming week, clean it well to get rid of the salt and calcium residue. Apply a rock wall to the overflow to hide it. It will be using a sump for the heater and filtration. We're in new territory here so I'm all ears for filtration suggestions. I was going to go with a fluidized bed of plastic rings? Maybe?
I bought 2 of the ATLEDTiS Cookie+ lights and I'm looking for a 3rd just to make sure I have the correct light intensity. If it's too much, I can remove a puck from the system. Again, I'm all ears for suggestions.
Looking to start with some easier plants to get our feet wet, then move on to more demanding species. I do have a CO2 system. I'm wondering where to place the diffuser, sump or main tank?
Smaller tetras, Hatchet fish, Rasboras, Garras, oddball Otocinclus and Botia for snail control.
While I'm not new to planted tanks, I'm new to all of this newfangled wizardry. I started keeping tanks back in 1972, I bred Bettas, African cichlids, Angelfish, tetras, South American cichlids and livebearers. Back then African cichlids were new, rare and all the rage and were quite expensive for certain species. I've kept Crypts, Swords, Elodea, Cabomba and Vals so beyond that I'm in uncharted waters.
I've been pouring over the forums for the better part of 2 weeks since we made the decision to shut her tank down and change it to freshwater tanks.
Here are a few shots of her tank as a reef tank.