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xpat
12-05-2014, 04:34 PM
This should probably be called my reef revival! I setup this tank 2 years ago with the best intentions. Maintained and checked it religiously! But daddy duties and work got the better of me. I neglected the tank for pretty much 9 months. Only cleaning the powerheads to keep water moving, adding water to the ATO and feeding the fish 1 once or twice a week :embarassed:

So Nov 1st I couldn't take it anymore I was going to look after this tank properly or get out of the hobby. Just before this picture I had cleaned most of the green algae balls off the substrate. The saving grace of the tank was the biopellets and calcium reactor. I'm pretty sure without them I would have killed everything in the tank with my neglect. Over the last month Iíve slowly brought the parameters back to where they should be and have been regularly feeding the corals and fish. The improvement in growth and color is nice. Better current pictures to follow.

Just after setup December 2012
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/Display_zps8e11f2f6.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/Display_zps8e11f2f6.jpg.html)

Nov 1, 2014
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20141101_140048_zpswon94l8h.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20141101_140048_zpswon94l8h.jpg.html)

xpat
12-29-2014, 11:14 PM
Please excuse the cell phone pictures. I'm hoping to get the dslr going soon. But a little update on the tank even if the pictures aren't so great.
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20141229_173608_zps9ls6zzry.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20141229_173608_zps9ls6zzry.jpg.html)http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20141229_173523_zpsjfxkyhsp.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20141229_173523_zpsjfxkyhsp.jpg.html)http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20141223_112719_zps0btelf6t.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20141223_112719_zps0btelf6t.jpg.html)http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20141229_173246_zpsf7jx4wqf.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20141229_173246_zpsf7jx4wqf.jpg.html)

toytech
12-30-2014, 01:43 AM
I should neglect my tank more often , growth looks good ! Color looks good too and that clam is huge , whatever you've been doing has worked.

xpat
01-26-2015, 02:51 PM
A little lazy photo update. Mostly top down with my cell phone. I would really like to get the DSLR out but the wife is mad enough i on how little i use it to take pictures of the kids. So i would defiantly be in the dog house for doing a photo opt of the tank...
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20150124_150047_zpsjz94prhq.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20150124_150047_zpsjz94prhq.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20150124_150151_zpsfezyzbds.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20150124_150151_zpsfezyzbds.jpg.html)
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20150124_150157_zpsakwaccbf.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20150124_150157_zpsakwaccbf.jpg.html)

And my new little itsy bitsy clam I just picked up yesterday
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/d82ce6c1-1d30-4e22-97fc-9556d085022b_zps62865919.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/d82ce6c1-1d30-4e22-97fc-9556d085022b_zps62865919.jpg.html)
It'll take awhile to catch up to grand daddy!
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20150124_150144_zpsnu0sfdt7.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20150124_150144_zpsnu0sfdt7.jpg.html)

ron101
02-03-2015, 08:09 PM
Nice! Thanks for sharing pics.

xpat
02-20-2015, 01:36 PM
Well my tank got a re-scape. I had been wanted to remove a lot of the rock and open the tank up for some time now. But had no interest in the amount of work i knew it would be. While a new fish forced my hand! I let me wife talk me into a Gold head sleeper goby :mad: I did do a brief search on my phone in the store and found it to be reef safe(debatable) and wouldn't get to big. I didn't read far enough to find out about the sand sifting! OMG in the matter of two day this little @!#%$$#^ buried my new baby ultra clam and every other piece on the sand bed. I tired a fish trap but he mocked me by buring that as well....

Here is a pic, I don't count anything being in its final place yet as it was midnight and i needed to go to bed.
http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/20150220_063644_zpscfuk4dcq.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/20150220_063644_zpscfuk4dcq.jpg.html)

xpat
02-27-2015, 06:25 PM
Things have settled in with the rescape nicely. I haven't lost any SPS and for the most part everything seems happy. Even the wife who gets to see more of the fish.

A short video take 2 days after the rescape.
http://youtu.be/MzWEq_y5IgI

I'm excited because tonight I get to install some new supplemental lights. In an effort to boost the color and reduce shadows that LED alone seems to deliver!

I'm hoping to get white balanced photo's of the tank and corals month by month to see the changes the new light might make. And if the investment has been worth while!

twisty
02-27-2015, 07:15 PM
Nice tank... great vid

xpat
02-28-2015, 09:42 PM
Well better late than never finally got my DSLR out!

http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg513/xpat_667/120%20Reef/120%20Reef%20v2/FT_zpsovzugper.jpg (http://s1241.photobucket.com/user/xpat_667/media/120%20Reef/120%20Reef%20v2/FT_zpsovzugper.jpg.html)
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