OnlyGenusCaps Posted November 28, 2022 Share Posted November 28, 2022 Well, I've been working on this for a while. Takes time to afford all the you need/I want for a marine set up. But my previous "Pseudo-Saltwater" tank has been completely torn down and is now in the process of becoming my first real saltwater aquarium! The fish that lived in there have been given good new homes, thanks in part to the MAS club auction. Now with the tank cleared out, I've been able to recon figure the sump. I had hoped to put in a roller mat, but the one I got ended up needing more vertical space to change the mat than I had under the cabinet. Luckily I figured it out early enough that I was able to return it for a full refund. At this point that might have to be a later modification. For now, the sump setup is actually simpler than it was for my FW setup. Check it out: The nice thing was, because I ended up having to go with a sock for the time being, I didn't even have to re-plumb the sump. That's a serious bonus! The next step has been working on the aquascape. Here I am basing this a bit off the BRS HNSA style of aquascaping, which involved breaking up the marco rock and gluing/epoxying it back into more interesting shapes. Mine is still a lot bulkier than Ryan's, but I'm okay with that for now. I decided to reuse my marco rocks from the previous setup, reasoning that the FW algae would die, but it can't release any more ammonia upon decaying than the stuff that doesn't make it on the "live rock" some marine keepers use. Plus, this stuff will die! It just doesn't look very even right now. But with any luck, the pods will et the dead FW algae and the coraline algae will cover it soon enough. Here is the view from the front with everything glued and epoxied (I still have to use the crushed marco to cover the glue lines): It is sort of hard to get the depth in the rocks there, so here are shots from the left side and the right, respectively. Hopefully it makes it clearer than there are gaps and spaces between the different formations that form like little canyons between the rock. I've also go a couple of swim-through arches and some overhangs. I am hoping this setup will create good habitat for both the fish and the corals I want to include (the CUC will have to be happy with whatever 😉). I guess the last thing is, why the name Tavarua? Well, that is the name of a private island with a famous set of breaks off of the same name (though each have their own names). Most of these breaks are shallow over coral reef, and that's what the reef tanks are - shallow reefs. So this is my first, private, little, shallow reef. My Tavarua. 3 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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