I set up a simple 37g for 1 pair of seahorses. I planned to keep it simple with a BH-90 HOB skimmer and a fluval canister filter. (yes I do weekly maint. on it) The tanks is set up and cycled with 10 lb LR and 20lbs live sand. I added feather caulerpa, zoanthids, GSP, Clove polyps, mushrooms, and ricordia. Added a few micro hermits, 4 large Mexican turbos, and 10 astrea snails. I acclimated 3 FW mollies to SW and they have been in the tank for 2 weeks. I ordered the reef octopus BH-90 skimmer today at 11 am. This tank is in my office on a metal stand so there was no room for a sump. I was waiting to add seahorses because I wanted to add 20lbs of branch rock but it is out of stock till Mid February. I was thinking it would be a few months for the new rock to cycle and the tank to be safe for the seahorses.
You would think after 10 years of keeping seahorses (took a 2 yr break) I would learn....NOPE
Fast Forward to 8PM tonight. I just "happen" to be skimming Craigslist for fishy stuff.. and I found a 60g RR rimless cube. 24x24x24 at a great price. Paypal sent and I pick it up Saturday
Now I'm not sure what to do. I "could" order the pair of seahorses now and add them to the 37g as it sits now.
Then while I am training them to the feeding station in the smaller tank, I can be working on the 65g Cube.
I will need to build a custom stand, because I now need to fit a decent sump under it. Premade Cube stands lack sump space. By custom building one I can increase the room for a larger sump. Since I can not get the branch rock till Mid February...I have plenty of time. I will now need twice the rock, but I can get twice the seahorses ha ha ha . The seahorses can stay in the 37g until the 60g cube and the new live rock and sand cycle. Once everything is transferred over to the 60g...I will use the 37g for one of the grow out tanks. Babies can't stay in the tubs forever.
So much for my 1 small and simple 37g 1 pair of SH tank plans. I should have know I can never go small, and 1 pair is never enough.