The tank is 10 feet long, 3 feet high and 4 feet wide. It came from IAP - they just delivered it today. The stand and hole in the living room wall is going in next week. I still have to order a sump but am waiting until the tank goes in and the stand to be finished so I can nail down the size I need. The fake corals come from www.livingcolor.com.
So its not technically a reef tank - hope I am still welcome!
Still deciding my fish list. I have a problem with impulse buying fish and overstocking. Really trying to avoid doing that this time around.
So far I am pretty set on
- zebra moray eel
- some kind of puffer -golden, mappa, etc.
- naso vlamengii
- naso brevirostris
- personifer angel
- grey angel
- mated pair of bluejaw triggers
- sargassum trigger
The corals were more than the tank! My last tank was an SPS/clam tank. I am looking foward to being able to keep some fish that I couldn't before. Plus a reef tank at this size really isn't feasible cost wise. This tank is 4 times bigger than my old one but will be less maintenaince and lower monthy running costs.
Once its done I will be more than happy to host some kind of event for the PSAS.
I am lighting the tank with 8 50 watt Ushio MR-16 bulbs. They are 12 degree narrow spot beams that will give me that "shimmering" look you get with halides. I have two 8 foot tracks so I can move them around and highlight certain points.
The kelvin is stated at 6500K - they look much more like 10,000K. Tough to say until I see them running through water. Most MR-16 bulbs are around 3000K - way too yellow. I am supplementing them with PC Actinic bulbs to bring out more blue.
Obviously they don't have the intensity of 250W halides but they have alot less energy consumption as well. I was going for the shimmer effect without having to need the photosynthetic ability of a halide bulb.