Cheers Mech, been working hard on it.
Its a 65 gallon Deep Blue shallow reef measuring 1' tall, 4' wide, 2' deep. I'm running a gyre 130 pump, a pair of Maxspect Mazarra lights, 2 stock 250w heaters, and a 3 fan chiller, and a few other miscellanious bits. Heater and chiller are on a temperature switch to turn on and off as needed. The hospital and quarrantine tank is in another room
. I've got 2 clowns, 1 lawnmower blennie, 1 reef chromis, 1 chalk bass, 1 anthea, 1 solar wrasse, 1 cleaner shrimp, and numerous snails and crabs in attendance, along with a number of assorted corals.
The tanks down below are actually the 'hidden' part of SW systems and act as the filter. Theres a 20 gallon thank down there with 3 chambers. The first takes water from the tank and houses a 110gallon Reef Octopus protein skimmer, which removes unneeded waste. It also houses the heaters. The water flows to the second chamber that contains a few shrimp and a crab to catch big pieces of gunk, along with some plants to provide hiding places to 'pods' that live in the plants and get swept up into the main tank every once in a while for food. Theres also a few rocks in there to act as natural filters. The third chamber contains the return pump and a space for any media I might need, attached to this chamber is that round tube. The tube is a Ferric Oxide reactor and it removes phosphate from the water, preventing algae buildup. The smaller tank under there holds 10 gallons of water has an auto pump that tops off the main tank when water drops due to evaporation (I lose about 1 liter a day).
Recently bought an aquarium controller (computer with outlets and probes attached) to leave a good portion of the maintenance to a machine. Going to try to figure it out this week and see how it goes. Would be nice to recover a few hours a week of time for me to do other stupid crap.
When you're ready to take the plunge, would be happy to help
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