I have been talking a lot about my 180 gallon tank lately, but first things first. I have an existing 38 gallon reef that in 4 weeks must be completely moved. This thread will document my progress and methods of moving this tank. The tank will be upgraded to a 58 bowfront in the new condo. I will document the 58 build in the pics and video area, starting in 2 weeks.
Here is the 38 gallon as it exists today: 38picFull.jpg
My plan is to first set up the 58 gallon bowfront, the weekend of March 5th. A short 2 weeks later, the weekend of March 17th, all livestock will be moved from the 38 into the 58. There will be many steps involved designed to have a "mature" aquarium in place in only a 4 week time. When I say mature, i am not talking about Ammonia and Nitrite. It will be child's play to get Ammonia and Nitrite to zero. I also want a thriving copepod and amphipod population and I hope to avoid the typical algale and diatom blooms.
So... here goes!
Today I purchased 25 pounds of fully cured live rock. The rock if very porous and light weight for its size. If this rock were from Florida it would easily weigh 50 or more pounds. The LFS employee did not know the origin of this rock, but to me it appears to be from Fiji, based on weight and colors.
Before I left home I cleaned out a 20 gallon storage tote and filled it with 15 gallons of saltwater. Tote.jpg
I spent a good 30 minutes at the LFS picking through the live rock containers, finding the perfect pieces. I look for rock which does not have an odor, is very light weight, has nice coraline growth, is porous, and has flat areas that make for easy coral placement. I always do my own digging and simply will not buy rock if I feel rushed or unwelcome. I weigh my own pieces and box my own rock. This is the deal. If you want my business, we do it my way.
I cover the rock with paper during shipment: LiveRockpaper.jpg
More next thread...