This is really cool and I dig the fishes you plan to stock. Sorry if you covered this already but how do you catch blennies? I'm fascinated to see how this turns out. Thanks for taking the time to share and good luck!
Thanks Bart! So far, I've caught striped blennies using dip nets. I have yet to catch a feather blenny, but hopefully I will. I've caught several of them this way so I don't think stocking will be a problem, they aren't rare in the bay. Fish traps also work. A buddy of mine in college used to catch them by putting a milk crate filled with bottles placed horizontally down next to his dock. They love the bottles and will retreat to them when in danger, and that includes lifting the milk crate out! Also, sometimes you will find them in empty whole oyster shells.
I also found an oyster farm that will be a good source for my oysters. I will try and see if I can get permission to collect the fish specimens there too.
I'm not sure about the LED part of this project. After reading DIY threads I'm wondering if I have the technical ability to become versed in electronics at that level. It's a maybe at this point. I might order some parts on a small scale and try practice before moving on to a big project. Also, I'm not impressed with the LED options out there for purchasing entire units, either because reasonably priced ones don't offer the functionality that I'm looking for, and the ones that do offer that are very expensive. T5 lighting might be the ticket just because it's easy to set up. Then again, my sense of adventure points to DIY as much as possible, LOL. So, if I go the T5 route then I may upgrade to LED once prices come down. We'll see...