I have two smaller (29g and 10g) freshwater planted and have always wanted to try my hand at a saltwater setup. I spent three years in Okinawa, JP and logged over 200 dives, living in AZ I miss the ocean terribly. I came across this tank on a forum for a local planted tank club. Well long story short the deal was too good to pass up. The transfer was a pain. I moved 80% of the water in three icechests with the live rock, left a couple inches and the substrate in the tank, dissasembled the stand, and bagged the fish for the hour and a half drive. Other than a few very minor breaks it all made the transfer.
When I got the tank it was already setup and established with a couple years of good coral growth. With that the back was completely covered in corraline algae, which did not make the transfer in the empty tank. When I got it home my primary goal was to get the water, rocks, and fish transferred quickly so I setup the stand and carefully placed all the rocks/corals/water/fish randmonly in the tank and got the skimmer, heater, powerheads, and filter turned on. This resulted in a complete silt out. I used a total of three HOB filters running only sponges to clean the water, still took about 24 hours to get clear. I then started the aquascape which again clouded up the water for a couple days. Just removed the two extra HOB filters and did a photo/video shoot.
Here are the specs
40gal breeder tank with black stand and glass top
6 bulb 36" T5 Tek Light w/ Acrylic shield and bracket legs
AquaC Remora/Remora Pro Protein Skimmers
4 Hydor Koralia Powerheads
Live rock with various corals and macro algaes
Livestock includes a clown fish, 2 pajama cardinals, a lawnmower blenny, a couple hermit crabs, and 2 snails.
Thoughts or suggestions? This is my first saltwater but I have been doing a ton of reading the last three weeks prepping for the tank. Here is an overall photo and a link to a video.
I want to get a couple more fish, as well as some crabs or shrimp. What are any stocking suggestions to go with the current inhabitants? 40g Salt Water Reef Tank - YouTube