Arrgghhhh, my rockworks annoying me! ideas please :)
I started my new tank without adequate lighting. I was running lighting over half the tank and arranged the rock so I could have corals under it.
Now I'm running a second unit and the whole tank is light well.
I've added some more rock and quite a few corals but get the feeling looking at the tank it looks much more like "a big pile of rock" than it does an attractive looking thought out reef tank.
I've decided to start the scape again from square one!!!!!
Now, I've got the plan in place for how I'm going to deal with it.
Rocks coming out one piece at a time and corals will be removed into a holding bucket (with heater) while I make the arrangement.
fish and shrimp will pretty much stay in the tank I think. I'm working to the idea that trying to catch them will prob cause more stress than moving them out of the way to place rockwork.
I've got no issues about moving up to half the rock into the sump if need be to make a more open scape.
What I want is something thats quite open so I can reduce the amount of places for detrius build up. I want some height for putting my SPS up high and into an area of higher flow than at the bottom. I'm needing quite a large open area of sand so I can place my leather coral and allow it to fully open (about 12"+).
I was thinking maybe a small wall along the back (give places for shrimp to hide and also fish to go into at night) then 2 large "towers" of rock, maybe bridged with an arch. These would be coming right from the sand bed in the center of the tank with the left hand tower sitting half way up the tank (12") and the right hand tower sitting 3/4 of the way up (18").
The left would be a good place for my LPS corals, the right could home all my SPS and my softies could then live on the reef along the back and some placed on the sand bed.
I've picked up some glass fiber rods which I'm going to drill the rock and will order some epo putty and get some large tie wraps (to hold rock inplace while putty cures).
Have you guys any suggestions on the layout of the rockwork or have some pictures you can post for ideas?
Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....
Ran out of room and time!!!
Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)