Thanks, Mike. It looks like I'll be foregoing the carbon and ceramic pieces and running the tank "Berlin" style. That's the correct term, right?
I'm waiting on receiving a protein skimmer inlet from the company. The one that shipped with the product was faulty but they were really good about it and a new one should be in the mail.
Assuming the new inlet arrives this weekend, we're going to get 15 red-legged hermit crabs and 15 turbo snails. It was suggested that red-legged hermit crabs were better... does anyone know if there is any merit to that and if so, why? We're also going to stock it with inverts, assuming the water is ready.
I've heard there are two schools of thought when it comes to adding coral...
1) get as much of what you're going to want to get at once so they can each find a place and settle in or else you will have trouble adding others later because the first ones in will "take over"
2) add them slowly, 1 or two inverts every few weeks or so
Which would you guys say is the better approach?
Finally, we removed the giant snail from the reef tank and put it into the fish only tank. Somebody very experienced in maintaining reefs suggested that the snail could end up dislodging corals or otherwise ruining the live rock bed as it pushed its way around. It was the size of a fist. I say was because my girlfriend removed it's dead body/shell from the fish only tank just this morning. I feel bad, that thing was incredible.