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The155BowFrontBuild

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. MuralReef

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

    Pics or it didn't happen. Isn't that what we always say?

    I just like the pretty colors.
     
  2. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    @MuralReef Wait I can do that? Just have origami mobile of spinning fish!

    Yep got to be on 1/20/20 that's the official 1 year point. It will be better than a spinning mobile! I once saw a fake Koran Angelfish on a string with like a little plastic anchor to go in the sand. Maybe that's what I've got going on over here....
     
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  3. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    He’s just playing with his puppies rather than photographing his tank...


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  4. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Coming from the guy we’re just going to look! Lol
     
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  5. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    It’s Chris’s fault. 60073764821__3A1F5BDA-5094-48B6-8F85-DD632A2F744C.JPG


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  6. 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'm ridiculously good at spending other peoples money!

    My two new beasts from the same litter as @Dr.DiSilicate

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  7. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    You are good at spending other people's money

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  8. 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

    That's a skill I should learn better!

    Sent from my Nexus 6 using MASC mobile app
     
  9. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Well, post #85 in this thread shows the tank up and running, that was January 20, 2019. That makes today, January 20, 2020 the 1 year tankaversary! Thinking back I think it was a good year, it wasn't frustration free....but it was all manageable. I can only remember losing 1 fish, a yellow coris wrasse who jumped to his demise before I got the screen tops installed. I've added some fish, a leopard wrasse and a blue star leopard wrasse, both are doing great. All of the other fish have survived and are doing just fine. I thought it would be interesting to lost what I am running for equipment, what corals I have, and the fish swimming about.

    Fish I currently have:
    Powder Blue Tang
    Foxface
    Blue Star Wrasse
    Leopard Wrasse
    2 mated clowns (in display)
    2 clowns, 1 lightning and 1 gold nugget (in Basement)
    2 mated watchman gobies
    2 blue chromis
    Copperband Butterfly
    1 Bangaii Cardinal (in basement)
    Pistol Shrimp who I never see, but I hear every night
    Couple emerald crabs
    snails and hermits
    2 pincushion urchins, one in display and 1 in basement

    My coral stocking list is what I am most perhaps excited about. Having been keeping reef tanks for 10 years I've never had good success with SPS. I could keep it alive for a while, then it would die seemingly overnight. In fact the same scenario was playing out in this tank back in May/June. I was contemplating giving up on the SPS all together and turning this into a nem tank! I fought high nitrates, I tried NoPox, Bio pellet reactor, water changes (10% per week), Auto water changes with Dos @ 2 gal per day, and finally settled on strict regimen of carbon dosing via vinegar. Nitrates dropped, and SPS and LPS started sticking around and *gasp* started to thrive! I am by no means declaring victory, I am more than aware that they might up and die on my. But my long term optimism is trending upward.

    Corals:

    Zoas/palys:
    Pink Zippers
    Gold Midas
    Insane Rainbow Paly
    Sunny D
    Rastas
    Seductions (from MASC grow out competition)
    And 6 other colonies of zoas that I don't know the names of

    SPS:
    WWC Yellow tip
    Miami Orchid
    RR Vinh
    Gonzo Blueberry Diesel
    PC Rainbow
    Tri Color Valida
    Green Slimer
    And 5 more frags that I've forgotten the names of.

    LPS:
    Space Invader Pectina (one of my all time favs, never been able to keep it alive)
    Jack O Lantern Lepto
    2 Blasto colonies
    2 Acan colonies
    a mystery favia coral
    Cornbred flaming buggati chalice

    Monti's:
    Red Cap
    Spongodes
    grafted setosa

    Randos:
    2 rock flower nems
    2 rainbow nems (in display)
    2 rainbow nems (in basement tank)
    Tube anemone (in Basement)
    GSP skull
    GSP covered 40b
    Mushrooms


    On the equipment side of things there has been some significant additions, and one major deletion.

    Currently running:
    4 T5 bulbs (2 Blue +, and 2 true actinic)
    3 x 250w MH bulbs running Phoenix 14k DE bulbs
    4 Neptune Apex LSM led's running on an Apex jr.
    2 Maxspect Gyre pumps running on back wall
    2 AI Nero5 pumps running counter to each other on the side walls.
    Precision Marine skimmer, same one I've used for years, but now with an added Swabbie from Avast Marine.
    Avast Marine skimmate locker with shut off when full
    DIY Algae turf scrubber - Wish I did a build thread on it, but it has been pulling out about a tennis ball sized amount of algae every 10-14 days.
    Marine Pure block and spheres
    Brightwell No3 reducing block (didn't work at reducing No3)
    Life Reef Calcium Reactor - tried various regulator combos, but finally settled on an eBay one that @jda123 recommended
    Reeflo Gold Barracuda return pump
    Tunze ATO
    And an AI Sol lighting the 40b in the basement.

    I feel like the big additions were the calcium reactor and the Algae turf scrubber. The CaRx has been giving me super consistent weekly test results, and the ATS has been growing so much algae.

    The biggest deletion over the year was the removal of my Apex! My Apex Lite died which was the driving force in the change. I talked with Neptune several times and they finally offered me a new system at wholesale cost, but I just couldn't decide. So I went with 2 DJ power strips to power everything and easily power things on and off. My heaters are being controlled by an Inkbird heater controller, which seems to be doing good, although it goes +-1 degree from the set temp. SO if I have it set at 77F it will go between 76F and 78F. In reading about the Inkbird some more it seems that it can do a little tighter spread if I put it in C instead of F. That might be on my list of things to look into, and implement. I'm running cheap digital temp probes upstairs and down as a backup, although admittingly I'm not great at checking them...so I'm probably putting a lot of faith in the Inkbird. I am running an Apex Jr. with the sole purpose of running the LSM night lights. I've never hooked it up to internet, and am basically using it as a glorified timer to run the LSM lights from 8pm to 8am. I get no variation in lighting intensity....just night lights at a constant every night. So far I've been happy with the switch, it felt daunting at first and then as the weeks went on it was easier and easier.

    Well that's the 1 year update on equipment, fish, and corals....now some pics!
     
  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

  11. TheRealChrisBrown

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

  12. TheRealChrisBrown

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

  13. Rigo07

    Rigo07 Prawn

    Looking good


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  14. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Be on the lookout for a used Ranco. The InkBird do not last long (even if you cover the probes) and they will eventually start to drift... not bad for the price point, but good to have a replacement on hand.

    Looking good.
     
  15. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    The basement is messy, I call it my mad scientist lair. I've spent many hours straightening it up over the years, and it never seems to improve. Visually this is really my Achilles heel, but functionally it works for me I guess.

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    Skimmer and Swabbie:
    DSC03927.JPG

    CaRx:
    DSC03928.JPG

    Skimmate locker:
    DSC03929.JPG

    DIY algae turf scrubber:
    DSC03930.JPG

    Water change station:
    DSC03931.JPG

    40b with GSP, 2 nems, lightning maroon, gold nugget, bangaii cardinal, red monti, toadstool, some zoas, tube nem (same as in my avatar):
    DSC03926.JPG

    DSC03932.JPG
     
  16. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Would I need a Ranco on each heater? I have the Inkbird version that runs 2 heaters as opposed to the more common one that controls a heater and a chiller. I'm running 2 heaters, 500w each I believe. Which Ranco would you suggest?
     
  17. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    You use one for all of the heaters. They have single and dual stage - dual if you want to run fans or a chiller.
     
  18. TheRealChrisBrown

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

    Is this the right one? It's not what I was thinking it looked like...
     
  19. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks good bow to fix the evil scientist lair lol.

    What plans do you have for the tank next. Maybe a splurge at reef stock.

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  20. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    You have to wire a new one... take your time and see if you can find a used one.
     

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