I try to keep my maintenance routine simple and on schedule. I clean the glass daily and perform a 5 gallon water change weekly. I use filter socks so I switch them out when they become clogged, usually every five to seven days. Specific parameters are tested at the time of water changes. Top offs are performed via an ATO.
Fish are fed soft pellets daily and corals and inverts are fed a soupy mixture of DT's, cyclops, brine, and Prime reef every two or three days.
As I remember the thought process of this tank began in the fall of 2005. After finishing my 12g Nano-Cube and becoming quite bored, I began contemplating an upgrade. I wanted a system that was not too large, but also not so small that I might lose interest after a short time. Not long after I stumbled across a 40 g breeder at a LFS and realized this was the perfect tank.
The dimensions were right, it could be drilled, and it fit perfectly in my vision of the ultimate small reef aquarium. Over the next twelve months I went over in my mind a thousand different scenarios of how this system should be built. It wasn't until I ran across a $20 halogen shop light at Lowes that everything clicked and fell into place. I brought the light home and began transforming it into a metal halide pendant. It was about this time that I started my thread "The Stoney Waters Experience" where the rest of the story is well documented. By October of '07 most of the system was complete and salt water was added. After a lengthy cycle, corals were added and the evolution began and continues to this day
尺寸刚刚好，而且可以钻洞，在后来的12个月，我心里面有上千个方案是关于如何开缸的，直到我花了20美金买了灯.我还买了反光罩的材料，开始DIY卤素灯灯罩，"The Stoney Waters Experience" 这里可以看到整个过程，07 十月，终于开缸了，在一段很长的时间里面，随着系统成熟，添加生物，就成了现在这般景像
Words Of Wisdom
Measure twice cut once.
Advice To New Reefers
• Be patient, think things through thoroughly before acting or adding anything. • Research, read, search, Google. Do whatever it takes to gain as much info as possible. • Don't ever be intimidated. Everyone was a noob at one time.
Once again, I thank Christopher Marks for giving me this opportunity to showcase my tank. This site he maintains is hands down the best source of information, insight, and wisdom on the internet. Special thanks to all the NR members, the knowledge they provide is endless. I'd also like to thank my wife for not putting her foot through the tank, and to my kids for keeping the questions coming. They make it all worth while.
Thanks to all,