So I was thinking I'd leak test the tank today with RODI. I got some leftover planks of flooring to place under the feet, leveled the stand/tank and then noticed this gap on the rear right corner. 3/4" plywood with 1/4" foam tank pad under tank. There is about 1/16" inch gap on the back corner. Not sure if this is imperfection in the wood that will level once I start to fill the tank with water or something to worry about. I think my only option would be to shim between steel stand top and plywood if it is a problem.
Could use some advice on how to proceed. Start to fill and observe that gap or what?
So after talking with a few fellow reefers I've decided to slowly fill the tank. I leveled the outside 4 feet and left the centers with no pressure for now since the back middle seemed slightly higher. It seems like that allow the stand to give to the tank a bit and at 1/4 way full I no longer have the gap. As i was filling i was sliding a gift card around the tank edges for gaps.
Ill adjust the middle feet to the floor and continue to fill over the next few days. Probably verify my home owners insurance covers aquariums while I'm at it, 🤣
Ha! Yeah that's the part I'm going back an forth on. If I'm patient and let the rim grow in witg tabling acros top and bottom I think it's look nice down the road and allow for large colonies. The top with tenuis, bottom rim stags in back and red dragon/lower light sps on bottom from and sides. Not sure I'm that patient though!
I really wanted an open section/valley for acros to branch out into. It's hard to capture but from my couch I can see right down it.
It looks much more natural in person. The can lights are shining from the front and washes out the over hangs. Once the light source is directly above and casting shadows it'll stand out more and have more depth.
So tank has been cycled for the last week. I've added 3ppm of ammonia one several occasions and it zeroed out the next day on both ammonia and nitrite. I performed a large water change and brought my nitrates down to 5ppm.
I have 3 survivors from QT.
1 tomini tang 2"
1 mimic tang 3"
1 scopas tang 3"
They've been in QT with clear dividers and seem to ignore each other. I've been thinking of adding these guys first to my DT. One, to clear my QT and start getting some wrasse going in there. Two, because I'm worried about adding all three to a small 4x2x8" frag tank. Short height worries me about jumpers and small water volume with all my coral and 3 big poopers. Would it be a huge mistake to add 3 tangs as first addition? I'm not worried about a nutrient spike in DT, I'm worried about adding future fish (non-tangs) going forward and only having tangs with no distractions from one another.
Originally I wanted to pack the tank with tangs but I ended up going with less rockwork so I dont feel that's very realistic. Id love to add a blonde naso and I am tempted to try a imperator angel if i can find a tiny one again.
Next batch of QT fish will be wrasse dominant.
I was talking with Ali from Amazing Reef and he plans to make a Biota captive bred order soon. I'll be getting rainford and links gobies, striped fang and Forktail blennies through him. They'll go straight from the bag to in the tank. If anyone wants to order from Biota hit him up soon, sounds like he only does it a few times a year.
I'll be transferring my fish from frag tank soon.
Long nose hawkfish
That is a pretty docile list however I will tell you this. I have a scopas and that thing is a badass. He was about four inches long when I put in a 11 inch vlamingi and he told the vlamingi what's up. When I had my Powder Blue Tang Fiasco he's the one fish that didn't get injured by the powder blue and I think he's the one that took it out. My point is that species of fishes tend to be one disposition or another but each individual fish has its own personality