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Wildechild_01
02-03-2014, 01:31 AM
Hey everyone,

Decided to hit up the journal section here, Today my tank crashed.... and hard. With some quick thinking, a little over Half a pail of salt, lots of work, and encouragement from people here I am confident i have saved what i can. As I look at my tank now I am actually very pleased with how it came out, all things considered of course. The list of dead is appalling, but the fact that the majority of my corals look like they are going to make it is comforting.

A little history on my experience and this particular tank. Ever since i was a kid i have loved aquariums, and always wanted a wall that was a fish tank. About 5 years ago I finally got my first fish tank... 1.5 yrs in I went Salty and haven't looked back (probably because i still keep a FW tank too) Last June I bought a house with an unfinished basement, and while I couldn't make an entire wall a fish tank i was able to build one into the wall

This is what it looked like about 2 weeks ago
http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/FTS.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/FTS.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/IMG_1519.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/IMG_1519.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/IMG_1513.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/IMG_1513.jpg.html)

And here is todays FTS after damage control,

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/FTSafterNemSuicide.jpeg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/Fish%20Tanks/Wall%20Reef/FTSafterNemSuicide.jpeg.html)

All in all not too different, other than only the clown fish left.

Anyway, i plan to make it a fairly slow rebuild and am going to be focusing on the reef side of the tank firstly this time around, once the water settles out I plan to build up the corals and variety, the idea being to have an amazing reef then add a few fish at the end just for some character and i wanted to document things this time around because it is always fun to get peoples ideas and opinions and to go back and look to see how far things have come. And so........ here we go again.

mark
02-03-2014, 01:55 AM
nice tank, beautiful bluetipped and zoas, hope they make it

Wildechild_01
02-05-2014, 04:29 AM
So today I came home to my yellow watchman goby and his pistol shrimp hanging out in a new cave. Huzzah more survivors


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eli@fijireefrock.com
02-05-2014, 04:36 AM
Following the build..
How did the crash happen or what went wrong...

Wildechild_01
02-05-2014, 04:38 AM
Anemone committed suicide sushi style via my VorTechMP40.


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Wildechild_01
08-17-2014, 03:04 AM
Well, apparently life got in the way of posting anything here, the best news, pretty much all of the corals made it. In the middle of the crash the BTA decided to split, and both survived. I am back to adding stock again the clowns survived along with the goby, I added a mandarin since i had kept one for over a year that had survived the upgrade from 90 to the 120, but he seems to have passed :( so wont even be attempting that again for a while. Today i found a baby Banggai Cardinal during feeding so that is kind of exciting. All in all the tank is doing quite well, bit of a Kenya Tree and Mushroom overgrowth situation but there are definitely worse problems to have than overgrowth of coral i guess. Anyway I will try to throw some pictures up tomorrow and better document the rebuild.

Wildechild_01
08-17-2014, 04:38 AM
So anyone with gorgonian experience? From everything I have read it seems that the majority of the purple species are at least partially photosynthetic. If that is the case I would love to add one. If not then I will wait until I am ready to give nps corals a go


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Wildechild_01
10-19-2014, 06:36 PM
Just wondering if anyone knows anywhere in calgary I can get some additional dry rock for my tank. The tank is well established but I've decided I want more taller rock work and maybe a shelf across the back and in the interest of saving a little cash and not throwing my tank into a cycle dry rock would be better. 13323


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hillegom
10-20-2014, 01:50 AM
http://www.fijireefrock.com

eli@fijireefrock.com
10-20-2014, 04:13 AM
http://www.fijireefrock.com
:thumb:
Best dry rock you will ever find and I think they are based in Calgary and do Canada wide delivery..lol...Any time you want just let me know and we could pick any rock you want.

Skimmer King
10-20-2014, 06:21 PM
:thumb:
Best dry rock you will ever find and I think they are based in Calgary and do Canada wide delivery..lol...Any time you want just let me know and we could pick any rock you want.


lol ELI shame on you

eli@fijireefrock.com
10-20-2014, 07:20 PM
lol ELI shame on you

I feel like someone is stocking me...mods help please...someone is after my rocks..:biggrin:

Wildechild_01
10-21-2014, 05:04 AM
Okay, it has been a while since i actually posted anything other than random questions as seen above. To be honest i haven't been super enthusiastic about the hobby the last while, life has been crazy and the tank kind of fell off as far as being able to maintain and grow. The last little bit I have been itching to take the tank to the next level, an actual tank upgrade is not an option at this point so looking more to tackle things like new scape, more corals, get rid of some corals that seem to be taking over??? The wanted to venture into the SPS a little more will probably require a lighting upgrade at some point too, but the cost of some of those lights out there is a little daunting but I'm sure there are some other options out there too. A few thoughts I'm working through right now are, figuring out what to do scape wise, and how to do it disturbing the corals as little as possible. More concerned with upsetting BTA's than corals, the corals can pretty much sit in a bucket while i re-scape. But what to add and how to do it with as little disruption to normal life in the tank.

All of the awesome tanks I see seem to run with suspended LED fixtures over an open top tank? Does this provide better light? Does evaporation become an issue with the open top? Does removing the glass help with light penetration? I would obviously need to lift the lights higher but then would get more "Spread" with them too???

As I move to more SPS, because that's what looks amazing and what people think when you say coral, im guessing i will need to start looking into dosing pumps and the like, what kind of investment am i looking at for that??? Will i have issues mixing the SPS with LPS because i love my Euphillia (sp?) corals?

And now I am rambling. Here are a few pics of what i am currently dealing with display wise, will get details on equipment and accesablilty soon.

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1712.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1712.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1715.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1715.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1726.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1726.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1718.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1718.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1716.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1716.jpg.html)

Skimmer King
10-21-2014, 05:28 PM
HEY LOOKS GOOD MAN oops caplocks . you are getting bored and want a change. I get like that. sometimes adding a cheap set of actinic will boost your thoughts on the tank. try adding a school of smaller reef fish to the tank that is a thought. add some color that will swim around wrasses, flame angel

Wildechild_01
10-21-2014, 09:35 PM
I will admit there is a bit of bored and wanting change but I would also like to move more towards an SPS dominated reef and just more Corals in general. And more rock space will definitely allow for more options placement wise. This is also why I would be looking at lifting the lights above the tank to help get better spread light wise towards the back of the tank where I will be placing the added rock.

Wildechild_01
10-24-2014, 08:29 PM
Okay, looking for input from those who know better than me. It will be little down the road yet but i have been looking at upgrading lights as I want to move to being able to keep more SPS in the tank. Since I am dealing with a 6 foot tank (apparently my thread title of 120g is wrong) i will need to purchase at least 2 light fixtures to light the tank effectively so my quesiton becomes... best bang fro buck...

Evergrow IT2080
or.....
160W Maxspect Razor

both seem to have some excellent reviews in several places on line, and the price points on the two fixtures are comparable most places i have found them, so just wondering what people who have seen them in action or have even used them would have to say as far as a recomendation goes.

Trigger Man
10-24-2014, 08:55 PM
I looked at the 160w Maxspect Razor and the Reef Breeders LED units (same as the Evergrows) as they are warrantied out of the US. After seeing a few tanks I ended up going with the Evergrows as the overall light spread seemed a bit better for my application. I did like the thinness of the Maxspects though. The pricing on the Evergrows comes in a bit better as well. All the tanks I saw the units on were growing well and no one was regretting their purchase.

Wildechild_01
10-25-2014, 06:38 PM
Well, its Saturday morning... and that means time to re-scape the tank.... need to rearrange what i have to see what i can do and what i will want to add rock wise. Looking at my tank i have a couple of really large man made rock pieces from way back when i first hit up salty that are covered in Zoa's. My thought is zoas are pretty tough so i should be able to take a hammer and chisel and break the rock up without too much harm to the zoa's does that make sense to people? I am also thinking I have a couple frogspawn unintentional frags from the move a year ago that are getting pretty big and I should maybe frag them and or sell them once i look up reasonable private sale price and find a buyer.

Super Happy to be enjoying the tank again rather than just keeping it alive.

Wildechild_01
10-25-2014, 07:02 PM
13357 I will post a proper before/after but here is where it is headed. Everything to the left of the magnet is just there while I decide what to do next. Ideally I think I want to keep it open sand from rock to magnet and then maybe build a shelf along the side wall of tank..... Need to break up a few big rocks covered in Zoanthids still trying to decide best/safest way to do that, have a few errands need to run may look at some rock while I'm out may not haha....


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Wildechild_01
10-26-2014, 02:48 AM
Took a swing by Concept and picked up some awesome rock thanks to www.fijireefrock.com for having some available there :) playing around with it a little tonight. I want to secure it all together before throwing it in a bucket for a few weeks so I don't throw my tank into a cycle.


Maybe something like this?????


http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/25/4c156e5715cccd7fd389823a816f831e.jpg


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Wildechild_01
10-28-2014, 01:15 AM
So yesterday the rock found its way into a bucket of salt water with a heater and some power heads for flow lets get in cycled and in the tank was the plan.... Got home from work today and could smell the rock cooking as soon as I walked in the house haha. Ammonia levels are off the chart in the tub and water looks pretty nasty. Going to leave it for a few days and then do a water change in the bucket just to remove some of the solids floating around but I guess for now I just let the rock cook


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Ginu
10-29-2014, 01:09 AM
If you're not far in the soaking process, I'd recommend taking your time with the rock... Its beautiful, light super porous but full of stuff which will leach for some time to come
Acid bath then cure for a month is even better.

My rock from eli is in a bucket and it's been there for at least three month . I still expect a nice hair algae circle once it makes its way in the displa .

Wildechild_01
10-29-2014, 03:30 AM
Yeah, the tank is doing well how it sits right now, the real trick for me at this point is patience, just keep telling myself "nothing good happens quick when it comes to reef keeping". The time will give me a chance to keep researching lights and what corals I hope to keep, and where to put it.

Wildechild_01
11-04-2014, 01:45 AM
Okay, so while I now wait for my rock to be ready to add to tank I have been doing a lot of reading, these are some of my current thoughts, curious if anyone has any feedback

Lighting:

To have the tank I want I will eventually need to upgrade lighting, I am impressed with the Evergrow IT2080's and the price point is a little gentler than some of the other options. Reading on the Hybrid light fixtures though got me second guessing, then i realized I have a few T5 fixtures kicking around. Sure they don't dim, but no reason The can not run off a regular on/of timer if i decide i want them for colour on the corals.

Dosing:

Well if current results on my Calcium levels are to be believed, I should get on this sooner rather than later. I started my first tank with man made rock the seller claimed would slowly leach calcium into the water and for quite a while it seemed to be the case. With changes and a move there is very little of that original rock still in the tank. This along with my admittedly lax tank maintenance for the last year well, lets just say I think i may be lucky my corals are as healthy as they are, also might explain the random loss of a few corals this last year.
POint of all that... wondering if anyone has any experience with the Red Sea reef care line, it looks to be slick package of tests and supliments designed to make the process easy. I worry that cost could get a little crazy as reef grows but thinking it may be a good easy place to start with entering the world of needing to dose my tank to keep the reef happy moving to bulk products down the road for cost effectiveness down the road, likely staying with a two part product to keep Ca and alk in line.

Living in a world of automation would also need to look into the world of dosing pumps, have not looked into this much at this point, but probably have some time to do some reading, the automation can come after getting things back in line manually if needed.

Coral:
Okay im thinking when i am ready most of my initial sps coral is going to come from Coral Master here in Calgary, stuff looks amazing and peoples reviews are great.

Will always be on the look for great stuff everywhere though.

Need to set up a frag tank.... not sure where that is going to go at this point, may need to re arrange my pretty small fish room or get permission from my other half to set it up somewhere else... then i need to frag a few things and find homes for them. I have a lot of zoa's that i just don't need or want at this point, well... really would like fewer of the ones i have and add some more variety.

anyway, thats where my head is at as far as my tank goes lately so thought i would share

comments thoughts and ideas always welcome

Ginu
11-04-2014, 02:11 AM
I think the most cost effective would be to use some sort of a two part system controlled by dosers. I tried looking around but didn't see anything in regards to an aquarium comp, are you using any?

For example I'm using apex which does the monitoring and in that I have two dosing pumps from BRS and they dose alk and ca. I dose mg manually as it takes quite a bit to dent magnesium.
In my new system I'm going to dose zeo products which will be done manually.
I've also preordered a apex dos which will take care of water changes so I recommend looking into that as well.

Also dosing systems are good although I've never used one, but a bubble magus or vertex or any other reputable brand will do the trick.

In regards to lights, that's a huge topic and it all depends on budget and preference so its tough to pick one.
The new trend I see is LEDs and t5 although some reefers love their halides so its very debatable.. On my 34g cube I had a 150mh producing a ton of heat, on my 75gal I went with two radions which I liked but hated taking pictures under and on my 120 I'm going to try a ati 6 bulb fixture, would like a ati6 bulb hybrid with LEDs, but that ain't cheap...

Wildechild_01
11-08-2014, 02:40 AM
The waiting is driving me absolutely insane... I'm still trying to find the best way to Frag my one rock of zoa's it is a large man made rock so... solid concrete in the past breaking them up has involved a hammer and a cold chisel... not sure how the zoa's will feel about that. The more i look at them though the more i want to frag them up place a few of my favorites around the tank and find new homes for the rest. This weekend I will be seeing what i can do with the small storage/fish room about fitting in a frag tank. I'm thinking best option might be under the stand, just not super nice for working in. and if i have time look at a suspension system to lift the lights a bit and see how tank does with existing fixtures lifted.

I am wary of running open top tank being paranoid about things jumping, and i will also need to keep an eye on humidity levels as realistically there is going to be significantly more evaporation.

Anyway this update is more just to track the thought process as I work on the tank.

Happy Weekend :biggrin:

Wildechild_01
11-09-2014, 12:43 AM
Okay question.... Yesterday after work did a 100% water change in rock bin to remove all the floating crap that had come off the rocks, physically removed some of the larger bits of old death from the rocks. Now 24 hours later the ammonia reading in the tub is still 0. I'm thinking that this means the rock has enough bacteria to deal with any remaining stuff that may still be on the rock and so I should be able to add it to the established tank without too much concern for negative impact on water quality. I am off work Monday so may do it then... Or tomorrow what with winter arriving tonight and all.


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Wildechild_01
11-09-2014, 03:56 AM
Okay so maybe not offending, but my first few types of Zoos I bought back in the day have definitely grown in and well... while they all have attributes that i like, I want to thin things out for sure to make room for some fancier stuff.

Other than the ones i am certain i have seen called Watermelon I have no idea what any of them are. Still wondering about the best way to frag...

Do i take a razor knife and cut them off the rock and glue to disks? Do I take a chisel and just break the rock up as much as I can? And then once that is sorted out whats the best way to find new homes for them??????

Anyway here are a few pics under various lighting

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1744.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1744.jpg.html)

Doesn't quite do them justice, the centers of the above are actually a brighter orange/redish colour but can not seem to the the White Balance right to show it.

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1743.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1743.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1736.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1736.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1726.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1726.jpg.html)

http://i1001.photobucket.com/albums/af134/Wildechild_01/wall%20reeff/IMG_1727.jpg (http://s1001.photobucket.com/user/Wildechild_01/media/wall%20reeff/IMG_1727.jpg.html)

DSlater
11-09-2014, 04:44 AM
My 2c on the lighting...

I picked up one of the Evergrow D120 full spectrum LED fixtures a while back and it does a decent job on a small tank but I wasn't overly impressed. You would probably be happier with a DIY if you go LED. If you have a controller you can also pick up some dimmable(0-10V) T5 ballasts. I had a supplier mess up an order of office fixtures and they had to supply me dimmable ballasts at cost, they were only 20 bucks each. Based on your work you might be able to leverage the same kind of deal...

Wildechild_01
11-09-2014, 05:10 AM
Yeah I have been considering going DIY with LED fixtures and funny you mention the dimmable T5's as just yesterday i fired an email off to a few of our wholesalers at work to see what they could do for me. Looking into home lighting automation stuff too... there is some amazingly affordable home automation stuff out there now for lighting, heating, and window coverings... haha but that is a whole different thread.

Back to functionality... what if i went custom sump build... took advantage of being under a 6 foot tank and had a chamber probably mid way through sump to house frags... kind of solves the where do i put it question, but then can't double as QT for new tank additions........

DSlater
11-09-2014, 06:05 PM
I'm way happier with the DIY LED, light quality just does not compare. As soon as I bite the bullet and pick up a controller, I'm adding a couple t5's and going with a hybrid setup.

The only reason I wouldn't put a frag tank on your main system is that if you start to have water problems, there is nowhere to put your corals. Our 220G has some larger tangs so we have had problems keeping the phosphates/nitrates low at times. Ended up setting up a separate 45G tank that is way easier to control those levels in, especially through the summer months when these things get a bit neglected.

Wildechild_01
11-09-2014, 06:14 PM
I think the most cost effective would be to use some sort of a two part system controlled by dosers. I tried looking around but didn't see anything in regards to an aquarium comp, are you using any?

I am not currently running any form of aquarium monitoring equipment if that's what you mean. It is something I have considered a few times just never actually gotten around to researching and justifying cost to myself.

For example I'm using apex which does the monitoring and in that I have two dosing pumps from BRS and they dose alk and ca.

Does this monitor your Ca and Alk and dose as required? Because that would be kind of awesome... provided it works properly.

Also just reading on the DOS as well and that looks pretty crazy awesome..... hmmmm.... looks like i need to ask for cash for christmas so i can spend it on the reef.


Okay next item. Currently my Ca is lower than I feel it should be (360ppm @7dKH) which would explain why my corals are just kind of hanging out as opposed to growing like the used to, and the lack of Coralline growth as well

My thought is that I should go ahead and pick a product for my 2 part dosing and manually bring things up to where i want them and continue with the manual until I sort out lighting options and get around to adding more corals at which point i will need to set up the automated dosing since the tank will likely require daily dosing at that point.

Thoughts? Ideas? Product recommendations?

Wildechild_01
11-09-2014, 07:27 PM
I'm way happier with the DIY LED, light quality just does not compare. As soon as I bite the bullet and pick up a controller, I'm adding a couple t5's and going with a hybrid setup.

The only reason I wouldn't put a frag tank on your main system is that if you start to have water problems, there is nowhere to put your corals. Our 220G has some larger tangs so we have had problems keeping the phosphates/nitrates low at times. Ended up setting up a separate 45G tank that is way easier to control those levels in, especially through the summer months when these things get a bit neglected.

Yeah i need to do a little more reading through the DIY section on some of the LED stuff from a technical standpoint definitely something I am capable of doing, just need to find the time and ambition. The ability to build something to match my actual tank dimensions and needs is pretty tempting. And custom building a hybrid fixture is pretty tempting as well rather than trying to find ways place multiple fixtures over the tank.

That is essentially my concern with housing frags in sump, if something goes sideways I'm stuck. I may be able to swing permission for a frag tank outside of the designated fish area but may have to trade that for permission to build an arcade machine..... I should have bought a bigger house... hahaha.....

Wildechild_01
11-17-2015, 04:16 PM
Well, It has certainly been a long time since I posted anything here. I am going to try and do a better job keeping things up to date here with the newest rebuild. A little over a week ago I came home from work to find my 120ish 6 foot long tank with a water level a little below 1/2, and all of that extra water on the floor in my basement. Luckily(?) the auto top off had timed out and turned itself off, the main return pump had burnt out so at least I wasn't adding water to the problem. Needless to say it was a bit of a panicked evening. I euthanised some feeder goldfish that had spent the summer in my pond and quickly cleaned that tank out and slapped it full of salt water. I moved all of my prized big corals (we are talking Euphyllia with 40+ heads) into some buckets got some live rock in the 40g tank and got the fish along with the BTA's into that tank. The corals and some LR spent a night in the buckets while I tracked down an extra tank to house them in. The next day got the corals moved into another tanks with some LR that had spent the night in a pail with heater and power head, unfortunately something somewhere died in that tank over night and by the time I got home from work on day 3 the corals were done....... I managed to save 1 Hammer Coral head, some GSP, and some Watermelon Zoa's in the tank with the fish. The bright side is I no longer have a mushroom problem in the tank. After panic clean up mode I found that the tank was leaking along the seam between the front glass and the tank bottom, I am not 100% certain what happened but at that point decided I was done with the tank. Yes I probably could have cleaned it up and re-sealed it but I would never trust that tank again. So the decision was made to change things up a little bit. Enter a 150XH, slightly more volume, and better viewing angle for where it is being installed. Ordered up the new tank and stand from LFS only to have it back ordered. The LFS then facilitated having a tank built by Concept Aquariums, so needless to say I now have a beautiful tank. The tank was delivered yesterday but needs to sit until at least thursday before it can hold water. The reality is it will likely sit even longer. The plan is to wait until this weekend to do anything with it at all and that will very likely only be final placement and leveling and masking non viewing angles. If we are feeling particularly ambitious may start some rock placement. We will likely pick up some new dry rock, likely Pukani because it looks so awesome, to work with along with some existing LR knowing that there will then be a cycle process before the fish can move over. This however will let us do the rock placement in a dry tank making things a lot easier and ultimately more stable. The plan is to take this rebuild a little slower now that the corals are all but gone and the remaining livestock is doing great in the 40G sp no need to rush.

The 40 is running a HOB filter with LR rubble and some filter floss to take out some of the gunk, and I have my remaining MP40 in there as well. My second MP40 didn't survive the tank leak, the controller at some point fell to the floor and sat in salt water for at least a few hours and now it is toast, additionally one of the wet side impellers is now seized, so down to 1.

Along with the new tank will come a couple pieces of new equipment. Namely a Maxspect Gyre XF150 and a Reef Octopus 150SS skimmer. I will be using my existing sump for now and my existing lighting. Down the road I will likely upgrade both but since this is a forced re-build trying to space out the expenses a little bit. Ultimately though I plan to add upgraded lighting and a dosing system to this setup with the plan of finally housing SPS corals.

I will try to get pictures up as the build progresses and hopefully life doesn't get too in the way of updates here.

Wildechild_01
11-17-2015, 04:48 PM
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/17/0664ba9ffa036f26dec80959b1546609.jpg

Here is a quick shot I took last night of the tank sitting approximately where it will be. Still needs a lot of work to look right but should be good when all done.


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Wildechild_01
11-21-2015, 01:50 AM
Well, tank is now properly leveled and plumbed to the sump, currently running a FW leak test of everything and checking out the flow with the Maxspect Gyre XF150. I currently have it running at 30% and if the movement of the micro-bubbles in the tank is any indication this was definitely the right choice over the MP40. Of course adding rock work will affect the flow but I am confident this will easily provide all the flow in the tank I could possibly need. Am going to let things run for a few hours then drain the tank so I can do rock work dry and then will start the process of the SW fill and get to cycling the tank.

Myka
11-21-2015, 03:19 AM
Welcome back!!! The new tank looks great!

Wildechild_01
11-22-2015, 02:16 AM
Quick update. Well it's cycle time. Washed the sand I saved from the 120G repeatedly as it was pretty nasty for its time in buckets, placed the rock that is not in the temp tank and salted it up. The rock work will change when the livestock moves as there are some really nice pieces in the temp tank that I will use, not to mention the anemones are attached as well. http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/21/9db88c586c745dd8bbb2ff695b505da6.jpghttp://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/21/77cd848b3d6c5ed88522ed05fd11e351.jpghttp://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/21/f38cce6de91eabc0fa617dca0df00365.jpg


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Wildechild_01
12-05-2015, 04:55 PM
Well, got my survivors into the new tank. Small ammonia spike as expected last night but as of this AM things are back where they should be. Building a scape with existing rock some of it with life attached was a little trickier but I think it came out pretty good. Here are a few pictures before and after.

This is how the tank looked while the rock I didn't save cycled.

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Where the other rock and fish were living

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How rock work looked when I decided it was done.

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How tank looks this morning.

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Wildechild_01
01-03-2016, 05:45 PM
Man oh man am I terrible at posting updates. All of the inhabitants are doing great in the tank. I have added a few cleaner and fire shrimp to the tank along with a Powder Brown Tang and some Anthias to round out the look. Some new LPS have also made their way into the tank notable mentions being a 3 headed Duncan coral, a wall type Gold Hammer Coral, a beautiful gold torch coral with purple tips and a standard green torch as well. So far all of the tank inhabitants are doing well but we are just keeping up with basic tank maintenance what with the holiday season following so close on the tails of the tank fiasco. In the coming months I hope to start prepping the tank for SPS introduction with some more testing and dosing routines. As painful as losing the other tank the way we did was, the excitement of getting to set up a new reef is certainly enjoyable.