About two weeks ago, I found a great deal on a used tank, a 40 gallon hexagon with stand and some spare parts. I have ALWAYS wanted a hexagon tank for nestalgia reasons. When trying to imagine what I could possibly throw in it, to me, the most beautiful option was saltwater. My heart will always favor freshwater, but I just can’t imagine fresh being well showcased in a hexagon. Anyway... so here’s my current setup:
- 40 gallon hex
- red devil 120 skimmer
- barracuda rodi system
- aqua clear 70 mod with chaeto and chemipure blue and Fluval Nano light
- 165w Chinese box light (might be the first thing I upgrade)
- hydor ato with aqua lifter
- 2 koralia 425 with wave maker
-30+ lbs of dry rock
- 10+ lbs of live rock
- 25lbs live sand
- dragons breathe, lettuce, and calurpa macros in display
- and 1 mp10 with the control
Grocery list of items to be purchased before upgrades:
Guards for pumps
Possibly a sump, but not really confident in how to proceed. I had way too many accidents with a hang on over flow and not really confident in drilling the tank.
So far, I’ve noticed a big difference this go around compared to my first try. The cycle is much more “on time” as far as diatom bloom and test kit numbers. I threw in a couple bottles of biospira, and currently my numbers are ph 8.2, Am 0, Ni 0, Na 5, and phos 0. Couple days ago I threw in 5 blue legs and a plain clown. Depending on my numbers, I’ll throw in 5 astrea and 5 other snails. Maybe a week after that another clown. We’ll see though. Right now, my focus is research and keeping the pace slow and steady.
Let me know what you guys think. All suggestions are welcome. I’m trying to be patient and concentrate on equipment to give myself and the tank the best shot going forward.