I've recently had the opportunity to set up a new custom 180-gallon reef aquarium at home, and it's been a pleasure to play with.
The tank came from Florida (I'm in Michigan) this summer...sustaining a little damage in the process...but nothing I couldn't fix.
|I boosted the light output from two to four 90 W VHO tubes, and added a chiller in my basement for the summer months|
|I ordered a "package" from Tampa Bay Saltwater and cannot provide enough praise for the company. I received 180 pounds of live sand, 360 pounds of live rock, and tons of critters that came with the package.|
|This was not some of the reconstituted Fiji junk that is "cured" (i.e., stripped of all life) and then reseeded later on. The sand and rock I received was sitting on the ocean floor a couple days before.|
|The sand arrived first and the tank cycled in about three weeks. The rock arrived crawling with crabs, clams, barnacles, hermits, sponges, and corals.There literally wasn't a surface that didn't have life on it.|
|I added my fish from the two aquariums I was dismantling (having to get rid of my three prized triggerfish), and they immediately took to the new setting.|
|Using exclusively RO water and having tons of snails and blue-legged hermits has kept any trace of hair aglae down. I only have to give a quick wipe-down to the glass every few days and do a partial water change once a month.|
|Tampa Bay Saltwater also sent along a bunch of "extras," thing I never even paid for, like fantastic sponges and anemones. This is really a great source for live material.|
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