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Synden's build-off competition entry

Discussion in 'Competition Entries' started by SynDen, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Not much to report, just did a 50%water change yesterday, pulled out some of the turf algae growing and nuked several of the apstasia with some lemon juice.
    Everything still looking good, not much growth yet but it'll get there. Likely add some more coral soon and still on the hunt for the second fish.

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  2. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Did a 50% waterchange today and tested the water, and snapped a couple quick picks.
    Been a bit concerned about the pistil shrimp though. Goby been hanging out on the sand bed the last few days and haven't seen the pistol digging or anything. I did hear his snap last night, once, but he been pretty quiet otherwise. Hoping he is okay and gets back to digging soon.

    Turf algae still an issue but I just been pulling out any that grows long enough to come off the rock.

    Parameters for the tank look mostly in line. pH and alk a tad low but nothing alarming. I'll start adding a bit of baking soda to the top off and monitor alk levels

    pH 7.7
    Alk 7.0
    CA 400
    Mg 1380
    No3 0.0
    Temp 77.9 1567361833427.jpeg 1567361873146.jpeg 1567361891467.jpeg

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  3. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Did a water change yesterday and cleaned the glass. Algae starting to receed a bit but been seeing a bit of cyano. Nothing crazy but gotta keep it in check.

    Growth is slower then I'd like. I think my pH is to low. Going to add a fan and see if I can come up with a co2 scrubber of some sort for the air line.

    Pistol and goby still doing fine. Don't see them much since they have taken up residence behind the rock.Got tons of baby snails, some stomatellas and some spaghetti worms showing up in the tank

    Been wanting to add another fish and a few more softies but haven't had the time to do it lately
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    Last edited: Oct 1, 2019
  4. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Pics don’t seem to be working.
     
  5. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Work fine for me.
     
  6. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    Huh that’s weird now they’re working
     
  7. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Did a waterchange this weekend and added a fan to help try and raise pH. Has helped some although evap now is hard to keep up with, so may need to think off another auto solution.
    Also added a rainford goby and a few more corals from the dbtc. Charged myself $10 a frag for those.
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    Last edited: Oct 8, 2019
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  8. scmountain

    scmountain Copepod

    GREN FUNGIA!!!! lol looking good
     
  9. scmountain

    scmountain Copepod

  10. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Did a water change today and mounted all the frags. Algae still steadily receding, but starting to look like a reef tank. New goby is settled in but still pretty shy. 1570925394017.jpeg 1570925416849.jpeg 1570925443647.jpeg 1570925482832.jpeg

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  11. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Going to Japan for the holidays in Dec/Jan, so gotta figure out an ATO solution for the tank. Ever since I added the fan, things looking better but the evap is harder to manage now. It only takes about 8 hours for it the evap to reach a point that the pump starts blowing bubbles, so need to come up with a simple solution to make it last 2 weeks or more. I am just going to do a real simple solution and run an RO line from my current reservoir to a basic float valve in the pump chamber. I ordered 40 ft of tubing and a float switch ($26) and I will need to make some sort of bracket to hold the valve. I have a fair amount of scrap acrylic around the house, so shouldn't be hard to make that.
     
  12. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Took awhile, and not the best pics but finally got a few shots of the Rainford patrolling around the tank 1571173093359.jpeg 1571173123020.jpeg 1571173150516.jpeg

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  13. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Parts for the ATO are in. About 40' of ro line, some fittings and float I got on Amazon for $25. I am going to use an old glass cleaner magnet and some scrap acrylic I have on hand to make to bracket. Compartment this will go over is pretty tight but should be just enough room to fit it in

    In other news, I am sad to report the Rainford goby did not make it. Not sure what happened, he was swimming around and pick at the rocks and sand as he should and next day he was floating around in the flow.
    So I think I will switch it up now and going to find a clown goby for the tank instead
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    Last edited: Nov 8, 2019
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  14. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Installed
    Just barely fits but it works 1572211159864.jpeg

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  15. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    So stopped in at Aquatic Art today and found a awesome little Possum Wrasse for the tank ($35). Ill try and get some pics of him later this weekend if I can.
    Will be hunting for a few more corals to add to the tank at the show tomorrow too. Will have to see what I find.
     
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  16. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Picked up one Coral at the show yesterday from Reef Stars for $15. Really like the colors on this one.
    Kind of got a photo of the new Possum wrasse. He is hard to get a pic of because he is always on the move. He is eating well so far and seems to be settling in nicely.
    See I have a little cyano again. Nothing crazy but kind of bothering the fungia corals. Will have to keep an eye on it and hopefully it will go away soon 1573419747872.jpeg 1573419940957.jpeg

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