New here but not too new to the hobby. Had a 65G AGA that I built a sump for and had going but due to a sump failure I wound up with an open steel stand which I didn't like too much. I just recently retired (Feb. 23rd) from the FDNY due to 9/11 issues.
Anyway, I have a new boxer puppy coming in June and I didn't want him/her getting into a sump and ingesting tank water and with a skimmer sloshing all the time and all the wires from the skimmer pump, the RKL with 4 PC-4's and the lights and reactors there would be WAY too many dangerous temptations for a young pup exploring their world around them.
Because of that I decided to go back to an all in 1 so it would be a sealed system and decided to go with a Red Sea Max 250. I know it's just a bunch of rocks right now, but I will update each step of the way to have a nice tank diary to look back at.
Well here are the pics of the first steps and aquascaping. So far I really like the tank. I'm leaving a bunch of the sandbed open all the way around the rock to be able to purchase rocks with multiple ric's on them and/or other corals or just to add islands when and where I want them. It's been cycling for about 5 days now so I have another 4 weeks or so to go before any livestock. Hope you enjoy:
Placed the rock:
Laid the sandbed:
When the tank was first filled:
And after adding the last of the rock and scaping it:
I used all Real Reef manmade rock. I'm pretty happy with it.
I know it's an all in 1 but I'm still pretty proud of it, and am glad I will be able to relax knowing the tank is puppy proof open water wise.
Feel free to comment- good, bad or indifferent is all good, I always appreciate feedback.