Sump pics will be delayed until later this week.
Today I made the decision on which sand to use for my 58 reef. This was not simple at all. In the short term I need this aquarium ready to go, so that I can move my 38 reef into it on March 21st. The 58 will be my temporary reef tank for about 4 months, until the 180 is complete and ready for livestock. After the 180 is complete, this 58 is going to be a FOWLR.
Wanting to speed up this process as much as possible, I choose to use CaribSea Live Sand. The price of the live sand was the same as the CaribSea dry aragonite sand, which made the decision easier. The # 1 reason I made this decision is that this brand of live sand requires no rinsing whatsoever. You can add it without any clouding of the water, which will save me a couple of valuable days.
On the down side, I usually like a larger grain size for a DSB, so this will be somewhat of a new experience for me. For my 180, I will use the Nature's Ocean brand, but that is another day.
Here is the CaribSea Live sand: LiveSand2.jpg
I also bought a 160 gallon bucket of Instant Ocean salt.
This is already getting expensive!