Nick Jovita aka TekNick. Pretty new to the hobby as I just started my first tank this past March. Still learning so much but I am already obsessed with coral. Glad to be apart of a group within Arizona. Looking to meet some of you at the meet.
Hey Sal,HI Nick,
Welcome to the group. We (me and my wife) went to my first meeting in July and I have to say the entire group is a great bunch of people and alot of adivice to draw from.
The tank looks good.
We had a 140 acrylic tank built a little over a year ago and I built the stand,canopy and sumps. So we been back in the hobby for this time but prior to that we had tanks in NY. Me and my friend were servicing tanks and helping another friend import fish into New Haven CT for many years.
Last Nov we decided to have a 300 acrylic tank built, 96x30x24 height. We did not get it till mid Dec and we started the build process, which we are not rushing since we want to get what we feel is best from all the advice out there. This last month I have been cutting and gluing acrylic to make two sumps(24x28x15) and a 2 chamber refugium (30x13x16 height) which will all be tied together with 2" pipes. I designed the sumps by using the best of the best ideas out there and incorporated my ideas to try and solve the problems that we all learn over the years. I think this will allow me to be able to clean a chamber in a sump without totally upsetting the balance and have the flexibility if needed to add stuff in the extra chambers if or when needed.
Since we are doing no sand in the 300, so we can increase flow for all the corals where needed, the refugium will have 2 " layer of sand and critters in the second chamber.
Sump 1, which will be mechanical and biological, heater ,skimmer, Brightwell blocks and it has a large chamber in it for coral rubble.
Sump 2 is for mechanical and chemical processes, reactors, UV and dosing chamber.
The 140 is going to get relocated so that the 300 can take it place. The 140 will stay up while the 300 cycles. we are going to seed it with filter media and water from the 140. Then we will sell the 140, stand and all the EQ.
You have a lot of frags in your tank. Are you testing the water? Ca,Alk,Mg ? Are you manual dosing? ( I am on the 140 but will not be on the 300)
Are you using any kind of supplements to feed your coral?
Hope to see you at the next meeting....