A little more than a year ago I tore down my reef tank. My pride and joy. I had built the ultimate, nearly self sustaining high tech tank complete with multiple sumps, refugium's, nearly every gadget I could buy and the tank was nothing short of spectacular. Tearing it down and selling off livestock wasn't easy . But as people came over to take the jewels that I had made such an extreme effort to grow, I had Amano's book on the bar to look at and look forward to the next evolution of my tank. Some of the people asked why I was tearing it down and I would typically say "I'm sick of the energy bill" (3200 watts of light and over 6,000 gallons/hr water flows. Plug that into your light socket
) The other part of it, I was bored. Been there, done that, success, next. I showed some of these people what I was planning. They would look fairly uninterested. Must be a reefer thing. But it was definately that book that kept me inspired.
The tank will eventually be stocked with discus and a large school of rummy nose. As far as equipment I'm running 2 filstar xp3's and an xp4. I added a booster pump to the xp4 and it's working great. DIY co2 reactor, Aqua UV, Aquacontroller. I'm a tech junky so I'm putting in place full automation. I currently have water changes automated complete with dosing the w/c water with potassium bicarbonate to raise kh. I'm setting up a pressurized system to auto-dose ferts. My goal is to go 1 month hands off.
This is my first planted tank and I had no delusion that I could create something at Amano's level but it was certainly my goal. Since I planted last week I've had my hands in there 4 times moving stuff around. I think I'm ok with the results. I'll just have to let it grow in a bit. I'm very anxious to see how stuff grows up and around the manzanita. I tied java moss to the manzanita and I'm still looking for bolbitus heudoloti to tie to the driftwood.
Anyway I'll try to attach some pictures to this message.