New member needing some advice ....
Iíve had several saltwater aquariums. I got too busy and gave up that hobby about 10 years ago. I really enjoyed it and have missed having them. Iíve always been drawn to the planted tank displays at aquarium shops. I decided to give that a shot and get back into the hobby. Iíve set up this unit and havenít put water in it yet as I make a few tweaks.
All-Glass 110 X-High - 48 7/8Ē x 19Ē x 30 3/4Ē
Drilled with small overflow boxes in upper corners in the back
Cabinet hood with 2 - 175w 6500k metal halides (it also has 2 - 96w compact fluorescents, but these are of the 4 square pin design .... which I think is obsolete)
I install heated cables on the bottom and covered them with a couple inches of Flourite substrate
The overflows are draining into a sump
I added a UV sterilizer
I added a submersible heater in the sump in case the cables couldnít keep up
I bought a large CO2 tank that I had filled
I also got the Milwaukee dosing setup
Iím returning the water to the display tank through a 3í spray bar located a few inches above the substrate, along the back
1. Will I get enough CO2 bleed off with the wet/dry to warrant buying a canister filter instead?
2. I plan to return the CO2 enriched water through a spray bar at the bottom of the display tank. With the lack of surface agitation, will my fish be getting enough oxygen?
3. Do I need to supplement my halides with more light?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this lengthy post and commenting.