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Smiddy's Reef 360 Peninsula

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by Colored Sticks, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Update:

    Ornate arrived alive! Step one. Very stressed out. As to be expected. Noticed slightly injured mouth and some fin tears ( noted as blemish from DD). Not expected but not surprised as leopards do not ship well and are known to damage their mouths trying to burrow into things that are not sand.
    I got a good look at it and it seems to be a male Ornate coming in at 4 inches with good weight/mass.

    Lights remained off for approximately 6 hours to help with acclimation. Lights where only turned on for 2 hours super low to feed its QT partners.
    Ornate showed zero interest in the sand box I provided. Wedged himself in the between the sand box and the glass for those 6 hours.

    Lights came on and normal ISH day time behavior began. ( I was surprised and figured it wouldn't move much for at least 24 hours)
    He than went ahead actually ate! He ate three pieces of frozen mysis and demolished approximately 10-15 PELLETS!!!! I was blown away that he ate pellets. He showed zero interest in masstick. Step two of getting him eating before raising to therapeutic levels of copper shows high promise.

    Still showed zero interest in the sand box, until the significant other was like " why don't you put a rock on the sand so it doesn't look so "fake" ". I will have to give her the credit on this one. Two seconds after I put a rock on the sand. He went straight into the sand. ( I know the rock with soak up my currently 1ppm CP levels. I will remove in the next day or two once the wrasse is comfortable and will begin bringing it back up)
     
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  2. NDaquarist

    NDaquarist Copepod

    That's great to hear! Depending on the size of the rock it may not absorb that much copper. I'd check copper levels at 24 and 48 hrs to get an idea of how much it truly absorbs.
     
  3. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    I check Copper daily for QT so we will see!
     
  4. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Next batch of QT fish have been sourced. Currently 7 fish in total. I only picked out two ( leopard and Lubbock's) . The fiance picked out five... One being the smallest convict tang I have ever seen, also skinny as can be. " We can save it" Luckily it has been pre conditioned with metro and a short copper treatment. It needs to go through a thorough QT and we will see. He might be a fuge dweller for a few months with fresh Ulva and Red OGO to get him ready for the big tank.

    Photos to come.
     
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  5. SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    So what are the other four fish you got?
     
  6. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Carptener Flasher Wrasse
    3X Firefish

    Sourcing a few other fish currently, but from a quarantined source.
     
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  7. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Update:

    All QT fish are doing great. General cure first dose has been completed, since all the fish are eating nicely, specifically the Ornate. Copper is being raised to therapeutic levels slowly but surely.
    Ornate Lepoard wrasse 2.JPG

    Refugium and filtration are fully functioning now. I have spent more time in the QT setup and process then anything else really. All four fish in the DT are doing great.

    Fish Room 230.JPG

    I need to decide in the near future if I am going to do a Calcium reactor or 2 part. I want to do a calcium reactor... but $1500 bucks to do it right is such a deterrent at the current moment. I wont have any SPS for another few months, so still some time to kill.



    MASC members:

    @Haddonisreef has a beautiful PBT available, that he caught for me. My QT is currently full and in process. Does anyone by chance have room to hold her for me for about 37 days? I don't have anything to trade at the moment, but I can pay rent if needed. If not I do think I can take the PBT at this time and will be filled with guilt!


    @TheRealChrisBrown do you have a calcium reactor in your stash?? need it rate for 400 gallons.
     
  8. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I do not have a CaRx, but I believe @Andrew_bram does! I'm not sure on the size.
     
  9. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Damn figured your new equipment business would have it.
     
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  10. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Lol, If I don't have it, I can usually find it....take a trip on down to Crazy Chris's Aquarium Surplus Depot!
     
  11. NDaquarist

    NDaquarist Copepod

    The wrasse looks great, and that convict tang is itsy bitsy! The ulva seems to be taking off as well, has the convict started to eat any of it yet?

    Depending on how large of frags/colonies of SPS you plan on putting in the aquarium I don't think you'll need to add a calcium reactor for at least 6 months. With the water volume you have and a DOS pump I think you'll be more than okay dosing 2 part for a bit while you save up, or look for a used one.
     
  12. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod


    I know! The convict is so small. He does eat fresh ulva, but prefers fresh red ogo more.... of course the slower growing algae.

    Oh yeah I got time for it... but the time to start looking for that size CaRx reactor is now because larger ones aren't that available used. My coral QT comes soon and I was toying with the idea of using two dos pumps for adding new SW to the display, pump old to coral QT, the Coral QT to wast water line. Not sure how well you can sync these pumps to do that without have an ATO freak out. For now the plan is still 2 part for a while.
     
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  13. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Fish room is also starting to come together! Specifically in QT department. I find it very interesting the different rabbit holes you can go down in this hobby to keep it intriguing.

    Building/designing a tank. Let it cycle.. so time to plan and play with automation and controllers, set up QT for fish since it is the first thing you can add. QT in itself is a huge rabbit hole, then you can go down the different types of fish/how to stock the tank and in what order the fish need to be introduced. 3-4 months later you can start introducing some tester corals.... Oh wait lets QT corals first.. build an entire coral QT system.. Now picking corals.. now I need to handle the uptake of elements and overall nutrition of the DT... calcium reactors, fuges, misc reactors, supplements, maintenance routine... how can I automate my maintenance.. fancy new equipment...
    I can defiantly see where all the money goes and how those who spouses get a stern talking to every now and again HA.

    Photos of the developing fish room:
    Fish Room 33.JPG Fish Room 32.JPG
     
  14. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    A few new arrivals coming in today, from a truly quarantined source! Micheal was also able to source me the other half of fish list. Should be due in 3 weeks post QT.
     
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  15. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Fish Status:

    A few are not pictured yet.
    Ornate Lepoard wrasse 3.JPG Tangs.JPG Anthias.JPG
     
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  16. NDaquarist

    NDaquarist Copepod

    That's exciting! Did the fish in the aquarium all go through QT before going in?
     
  17. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    That is correct. All fish have been QTed. I wont be putting any fish in the tank with QT ( method depends on the fish)
     
  18. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    First time I have had a tank that I intentionally grew food for tangs/herbivores. Seems to be successful so far. Also means if ulva did ever take hold in the DT, I won't have to worry about removing it.

    Algae.JPG
    Tang & Algae.JPG
     
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  19. flagg37

    flagg37 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    My tangs didn’t really like ulva. I don’t know if it was just something they weren’t familiar with or what.
     
  20. Colored Sticks

    Colored Sticks Copepod

    Maybe because I haven't let them taste dried nori yet? Not sure, but like everything else in this hobby some things work for some and not for others. Can be frustrating at times.
     

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