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amberc12
02-13-2017, 04:40 PM
Hi Everyone! Im new to Canreef, so hopefully I put this in the right forum!:biggrin: Well I took the plunge...just ordered my 96x30x24 custom tank! I have a 80g now and a couple of 20s but I am def going to need some advice on this bad boy..I am eager to hear everyones suggestions on equipment...and any other advice you may have, I have only been reefing for just over a year or so!!!

96x30x24
euro-braced
Starphire glass
Polished edges
Approx 75 g sump
Awesome custom stand, 36 inches tall

Thanks all!

DKoKoMan
02-13-2017, 05:36 PM
Looking forward to the progression of the build. Lots of really good tank builds on Canreef with tons of information and pictures.

Oh btw... :welcome:

amberc12
02-13-2017, 05:50 PM
Thanks so much! Yes I have been drooling over some really sweet builds here, hopefully I havent bitten off more than I can chew with this build. So much to figure out still, but loving every minute of it. Thanks for your support!

tang daddy
02-13-2017, 06:07 PM
Post some pics when you get a chance so we can see what the tank and stand look like. Is it plumbed already or are you in the planning stages?

amberc12
02-13-2017, 06:19 PM
Just placed the order on Thursday. Gives me a little time figure everything else out...but not much!! Will def post pics when it arrives! Should only be a couple weeks. I really need help deciding on lights!!

WarDog
02-13-2017, 07:38 PM
I really need help deciding on lights!!

What livestock do you hope to keep?

amberc12
02-13-2017, 07:53 PM
It will be a mixed reef. My other tanks are mostly LPS so I would like to have more SPS in this one. Hoping not to break the bank too badly since I went big on the tank:lol: Fish Im not too sure about yet, apparently my hubby has a list of his wants started, but this beast is my tank,(I take care of all of em:biggrin:) so we shall see...

WarDog
02-13-2017, 08:06 PM
24 inches deep, mixed reef, and after reading your other thread, I personally would stick with T5's and the Reefbrights. 2 x 8 bulb 48" fixtures and 2 x 48" reefbrights on the front (4 if you really want that wow factor). Bulbs only need to be changed every 9 months and the Reefbrights are amazing LED's to give the corals that pop.

LED only is possible, but you'll be spending a small fortune to cover 8 feet.

Halide also an option, with reefbrights, but now you're adding a ton of heat.

At 300+ gallons, things start to become very expensive.

amberc12
02-13-2017, 08:25 PM
That does sound like my best option. I have been tossing the idea around of having LEDs with retro fit T5s under a custom canopy too.
Oh I knew full well I was giving up my home renovation for this tank...but hey priorities right?:biggrin:

Myka
02-14-2017, 02:09 AM
I agree with Warren's lighting advice.

Great to see you sharing your adventure here! :D

amberc12
02-14-2017, 03:05 AM
Thanks! Love to hear anymore recommendations or advice!

Myka
02-14-2017, 02:48 PM
Thanks! Love to hear anymore recommendations or advice!

Make sure water changes are easy because you'll be doing a large volume. :)

amberc12
02-14-2017, 03:37 PM
Make sure water changes are easy because you'll be doing a large volume. :)

I got someone pretty fantastic coming over sometime to give me some pointers on that very thing:mrgreen: Mindy!

Got any skimmer recommendations?:biggrin:

MitchM
02-14-2017, 08:32 PM
I've found that the most reliable heater for a larger system is a closed loop PEX line off your hot water tank.

DKoKoMan
02-14-2017, 08:42 PM
Bubble Magus skimmers are a pretty good bang for your buck. I have the IceCap K2-160 which I absolutely love (skins great, it's quiet and looks sharp). That being said I have never sourced out a skimmer for that big of a setup :biggrin:

amberc12
02-15-2017, 03:28 PM
I've found that the most reliable heater for a larger system is a closed loop PEX line off your hot water tank.
Interesting! Not sure if Im quite ready for that...looks like it could be risky(for me:biggrin:), I'll have to do some more reading

daplatapus
02-15-2017, 04:24 PM
I've found that the most reliable heater for a larger system is a closed loop PEX line off your hot water tank.


So as not to hijack this thread, you have PM :)

Bblinks
02-15-2017, 06:43 PM
That does sound like my best option. I have been tossing the idea around of having LEDs with retro fit T5s under a custom canopy too.
Oh I knew full well I was giving up my home renovation for this tank...but hey priorities right?:biggrin:

That's the route I would take.

If money is no issue then 2 ati 48inch hybrids.....

MitchM
02-15-2017, 09:54 PM
Regarding skimmer choice, tests have shown that there is no difference in performance based on the design of the skimmer.
What it really boils down to is budget, room that you have available for the skimmer, ease of servicing the skimmer and availability of parts.
I'm not up to date with what's currently out there, maybe others can tell you their experience with good suppliers.

amberc12
02-16-2017, 07:56 AM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the advice and support!

DKoKoMan
02-16-2017, 09:11 AM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate the advice and support!

Keep up the good work on this big reef tank.

Myka
02-16-2017, 02:39 PM
I got someone pretty fantastic coming over sometime to give me some pointers on that very thing:mrgreen: Mindy!

Got any skimmer recommendations?:biggrin:

Bubble Magus is definitely good bang for the buck.

One of my clients has a tank 96 x 24 x 24" (240 gallons) which is about 60 gallons less than you. I have a Bubble Magus Curve 9 on that tank, and it does quite well though the skimmer cup could be larger (needs emptying twice a week). That said, I also have a Curve 9 on a 120-gallon client tank where I have heavy stocking plans. The Curve A9 is the DC pump version. I don't have any clients using the DC version for long enough to make any recommendations there.

The big question is, do you like to stock lots of fish or less fish? Do you plan to have very many large fish (like Tangs, Foxface, Angelfish, etc)?

If you plan to have a significant fish load (like most people do), you may want to step up a model from the 9/A9. Some manufacturer max tank size recommendations are way too optimistic, Bubble Magus is one of them. If Bubble Magus says for tanks 1000-2500L, consider the 1000L the correct tank size to use the skimmer on. So for your tank, this is most likely the range you're looking for within the Bubble Magus line.

Regarding skimmer choice, tests have shown that there is no difference in performance based on the design of the skimmer.

This is true, according to the one "study". However, it didn't take into consideration how likely the skimmer is to fail, to overflow, how fussy it is to dial in, etc, etc. Some people (not saying MitchM is one) came to the conclusion that all skimmers are equal after reading that article, but that is not the case. All it proved is that the basic design of the skimmer (the shape of it, the style of air injection) doesn't make very much difference at all.

MitchM
02-16-2017, 02:51 PM
Right.
That's where budget comes in.
Quality of materials and how well the skimmer is designed overall will more than likely mean a higher priced skimmer.
Anticipated DOC load is certainly a factor that should be taken into consideration.

amberc12
02-17-2017, 02:50 PM
Exciting times around here! Well I bit the bullet and ordered my lights yesterday..lots of info and different opinions to consider...and a rapidly decreasing budget..lol

I went with 2 - 6 bulb 48" ATI and 2 XHO ReefBrites strips

amberc12
02-17-2017, 02:58 PM
Bubble Magus is definitely good bang for the buck.

The big question is, do you like to stock lots of fish or less fish? Do you plan to have very many large fish (like Tangs, Foxface, Angelfish, etc)?

If you plan to have a significant fish load (like most people do), you may want to step up a model from the 9/A9. Some manufacturer max tank size recommendations are way too optimistic, Bubble Magus is one of them. If Bubble Magus says for tanks 1000-2500L, consider the 1000L the correct tank size to use the skimmer on. So for your tank, this is most likely the range you're looking for within the Bubble Magus line.

Thanks, yes hubby really likes his fish...have to throw him a bone where I can:lol: It would be fish only if was up to him..but it is not..:biggrin:

amberc12
02-23-2017, 04:11 PM
I should have mentioned that none of this would be possible without Colby Bay from Bayside Corals, helping me every step of the way and holding the paper bag when necessary :lol: Big Thanks to him. Thanks Mindy for your ideas!

Thanks also to everyone else who has helped me so far! And who has given me advise, no offence if I didn't take it, I still appreciate it!!

Ok, so I lied...I got 4 of those Reefbrite strips..I have also got a Bubble Magus Curve 29 coming along...lots of others goodies lined up too

Plumber friend coming over to check out that closed loop PEX line off the hot water heater idea....

MitchM
02-23-2017, 04:15 PM
nice amber.
There are some pictures of that pex loop on my profile page. 600g album.

amberc12
02-23-2017, 05:14 PM
nice amber.
There are some pictures of that pex loop on my profile page. 600g album.
Awesome, thanks!

Scythanith
02-23-2017, 05:36 PM
T5's with LED supplementation is the route I'd suggest. All I can say about the other equipment is buy the best you can now to avoid buying something twice. Get a quality pump, skimmer, heater, ato, etc. off the hop.

mseepman
02-24-2017, 04:43 PM
Looking forward to this taking shape.

DKoKoMan
02-24-2017, 04:54 PM
I will be following this one :smile:

amberc12
03-02-2017, 05:20 PM
Bit of an update. Carpets out, new flooring down, and a butchered looking hole in my wall. Tank arrived yesterday! With a lot of help we managed to get it in the house. Thanks again to Colby, Mindy and Gustavo for the help. I hope everyone can still stand today! Still waiting on the stand, but we can use the extra time to keep getting ready...hopefully these pics are attached.

DKoKoMan
03-02-2017, 09:14 PM
Looks sweet! I'm excited to follow the rest of the setup.

Scythanith
03-02-2017, 09:37 PM
Super fun! Be glad to have you come by and check out my setup to learn from my mistakes if you ever want to.

Your mermaid (merman lol) needs a shave job!

amberc12
03-02-2017, 10:00 PM
Thanks!
Super fun! Be glad to have you come by and check out my setup to learn from my mistakes if you ever want to.

Your mermaid (merman lol) needs a shave job!

Thanks! We might just have to take you up on that! That merman has been doing all the work while I'm stuck in the hospital...so no way I'm asking for a shave! Don't want to push my luck!:wink:

amberc12
03-23-2017, 04:48 PM
Hi all just an update for everyone. Well my drywall will be completely done today! Stand is here, arrived on Tuesday. Electrical is done. Gots many new toys I can't wait to start using! I'm a little technically challenged but hopefully I managed to attach a couple pics...:lol: if the pics don't work someone is going to have to teach me...:biggrin: Getting super excited now!
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DKoKoMan
03-23-2017, 05:42 PM
Coming along nicely!

Dearth
03-23-2017, 06:21 PM
Sorry I'm a late comer to the discussion but looking pretty impressive

You had a question about lighting and most of it was answered already but I'll add to it anyway

What are you looking for in a budget on lights?

Unless you luck out with acquiring used LEDs on an 8' tank your looking at easily 3 grand for the lights then there are the adding things like controllers, goose necks and timers which all adds to the cost but the upside the costs are only huge to buy and setup and to run would be cheap

T5 and T5 hybrid lights are cheaper to buy than LEDs but running costs are considerably higher with yearly replacement of T5 bulbs and with hybrid lights the LEDs have been known to be an issue on older models

Metal Halides again can be pricey to buy but offer the best "natural" light options but the down sides are huge amounts of heat produced and yearly bulb replacements

In the end it comes down to what you want and what you will have in your tank and what your willing to spend

Nate
03-23-2017, 07:42 PM
I've got two ap700's in the for sale section I'd gladly ship out to you

Just sayin

amberc12
03-28-2017, 04:24 PM
Thanks Dearth and Nate for the info, I already bit the bullet on the lights. Well we are even closer yet

amberc12
03-28-2017, 04:43 PM
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DKoKoMan
03-28-2017, 06:28 PM
Amber what lights did you end up going for?

tang daddy
03-28-2017, 07:21 PM
Amber what lights did you end up going for?

Looks to be the ati!

Scythanith
03-28-2017, 08:50 PM
I think you will be stoked with that setup!

amberc12
03-29-2017, 01:26 AM
Amber what lights did you end up going for?
Ended up going with 2x 6 bulb ATI with 4x Reefbrite XHO's

DKoKoMan
03-29-2017, 03:43 AM
Awesome! Those throw some serious light on the tank. I like it :smile:

amberc12
03-29-2017, 05:25 PM
Thanks all! Im super fing stoked to start getting H2O in the beast:biggrin:

tang daddy
03-29-2017, 05:41 PM
Ended up going with 2x 6 bulb ATI with 4x Reefbrite XHO's

You didn't your tank right by going with the best combo for growth and pop. Good job thus far��

amberc12
03-29-2017, 10:18 PM
You didn't your tank right by going with the best combo for growth and pop. Good job thus far��
Thank you thank you:biggrin:
Tank to be in place later on today!:biggrin:

DKoKoMan
03-30-2017, 09:12 AM
:mrgreen: looking forward to seeing it in place!

amberc12
03-30-2017, 03:35 PM
Tank in place, and slowly filling lol. A buddy asked me to turn all them lights on, so of course more pics:mrgreen:
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DKoKoMan
03-30-2017, 04:47 PM
Looks awesome! Now that rodi will be painful to watch... but when you see a water line it will all be worth it :smile:

amberc12
03-30-2017, 05:53 PM
Looks awesome! Now that rodi will be painful to watch... but when you see a water line it will all be worth it :smile:

Thanks! lol, yup gotta couple inches now...:lol:

Tigweldpro
03-30-2017, 10:22 PM
Wow that is a nice tank!
It may be cheaper to fill the tank with money and put the RO line on the carpet instead of stocking it :)

amberc12
03-31-2017, 01:55 PM
Wow that is a nice tank!
It may be cheaper to fill the tank with money and put the RO line on the carpet instead of stocking it :)
Lol, yea true that, but not nearly as fun:mrgreen:

Myka
03-31-2017, 02:44 PM
Looking good! Love the wall cut out.

Bayside Corals
03-31-2017, 04:24 PM
Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the aquascaping.

amberc12
03-31-2017, 05:07 PM
Looking good! Love the wall cut out. Yes it turned out pretty good! Wish I could take credit for that idea but alas Im not that creative, it was all you!!

Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the aquascaping. Yea I cant wait either but again my lack in creativity is proving challenging!!

Shout out to both of you for all the help so far, none of this would be happening without you guys!!:mrgreen:

smokinreefer
04-01-2017, 02:22 AM
like the clean lines of the stand.
the cut out is great.

the potential for your set up is great!

look forward to seeing the progression!

tang daddy
04-03-2017, 09:05 PM
Looks good, are you putting in dry rock or live?

Was it your plan to go bare bottom or put sand in?

amberc12
04-04-2017, 03:52 AM
Thank you! Hopefully I can live live up to the potential:lol:

Looks good, are you putting in dry rock or live?

Was it your plan to go bare bottom or put sand in?

Thanks! Went dry rock and sand more pics soon....

amberc12
04-04-2017, 07:02 PM
Closer.....
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Tigweldpro
04-04-2017, 09:54 PM
oooo la la, me like eee! hindsight says the cutout should have been round and painted to look like a port hole. but still very jealous.

What will the First fish be?

Myka
04-05-2017, 04:42 AM
That tile looks wicked!
oooo la la, me like eee! hindsight says the cutout should have been round and painted to look like a port hole. but still very jealous.

What will the First fish be?
Good idea!!

dino
04-05-2017, 04:13 PM
I disagree I love the square cut-out and the tile

tang daddy
04-05-2017, 11:46 PM
Awesome choice of mosaic tiles, and bonus a place to rest drinks and take a peek down the tank!

amberc12
04-06-2017, 05:27 AM
Thanks everyone!!

oooo la la, me like eee! hindsight says the cutout should have been round and painted to look like a port hole. but still very jealous.

What will the First fish be?
Yes but then it wouldn't have been square...like me!!:lol:
Not sure on the fish yet...still up for debate!!

DKoKoMan
04-06-2017, 05:41 AM
Looks great! I like the tiles as they ad a little bit of depth around the tank and clear sight lines.

amberc12
04-09-2017, 11:18 PM
We are plumbed! Just t5s on in these. Thank you to Mykas Aquariums (Mindy) for getting her all plumbed up!:biggrin:Hopefully its alright you made the build pictures!!!

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tang daddy
04-10-2017, 04:03 AM
Nice return pump!

Not sure if you posted this but are you going to be running a reef controller?

corpusse
04-10-2017, 02:34 PM
Love the cutout. Tank is looking really good.

Myka
04-10-2017, 02:40 PM
We are plumbed! Just t5s on in these. Thank you to Mykas Aquariums (Mindy) for getting her all plumbed up!:biggrin:Hopefully its alright you made the build pictures!!!

Yeah, such a good pic of me too! :eek: :lol:

How's the cycle going? Have you tested ammonia and nitrate yet?

Scythanith
04-10-2017, 05:10 PM
Wouldn't be the worst idea to build some little supports that come out off the back of your stand to support the weight of the plumbing when it's full of water. Otherwise over time the lopsided load will pinch the seals in the bulkheads and you would get leaking. Just my 2 cents :) Exciting times though!

amberc12
04-10-2017, 06:20 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words!!

Nice return pump!

Not sure if you posted this but are you going to be running a reef controller?
Thank you! Yes got the new apex had an issue with one of the outlets so replacement will be here this week. If I ever get all these cords managed I will post a pic..lol

And Mindy you look great as usual!!

Wouldn't be the worst idea to build some little supports that come out off the back of your stand to support the weight of the plumbing when it's full of water. Otherwise over time the lopsided load will pinch the seals in the bulkheads and you would get leaking. Just my 2 cents :) Exciting times though!

Yes we do have a support snuck in there if you look closely one of those pipes is not like the others:lol:

amberc12
04-10-2017, 08:57 PM
How's the cycle going? Have you tested ammonia and nitrate yet?

First tests are in....Ammonia between.25 and .5, nitrate between 10 and 25, 0 nitrite

Scythanith
04-10-2017, 09:09 PM
I see the on long brace pipe from the floor to the bottom of the return pipes long horizontal run, but anything supporting the overflow pipes?

Myka
04-10-2017, 10:09 PM
I see the on long brace pipe from the floor to the bottom of the return pipes long horizontal run, but anything supporting the overflow pipes?
Not needed. The main drain is plumbed through bulkheads on both ends and is only 1" pipe and a little over 3 feet long, so there isn't a lot of weight. The other two are even shorter and won't see more than a dribble of water their entire lives unless something is wrong in which case they still won't weigh enough to need support. :)
First tests are in....Ammonia between.25 and .5, nitrate between 10 and 25, 0 nitrite
Woohoo!

DKoKoMan
04-13-2017, 09:43 AM
This setup is looking better and better! Keep up the good work.

amberc12
04-20-2017, 09:44 PM
oooo la la, me like eee! hindsight says the cutout should have been round and painted to look like a port hole. but still very jealous.

What will the First fish be?

Well it looks like the first fish is going to be a stupid pajama cardinal lol my husband insists, since he has been in everyone of our other tanks. Very close to adding him!! Couple more pics for you, one of them is with my newest toy!!

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/0DCAB48F-96FF-4739-A42E-F00AE54B1186_zps5qvenzrd.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0DCAB48F-96FF-4739-A42E-F00AE54B1186_zps5qvenzrd.jpg.html)
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg.html)

DKoKoMan
04-21-2017, 01:08 AM
Wow that sump is so clean! :wink:. It's always nice to get that first fish added.
*following*

WarDog
04-21-2017, 03:40 AM
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg.html)

OMG.... git yer dirty hands off my new tank! Lol...

Looking good... but keep your eyes on that Mindy kid... she's shifty. :wink:

amberc12
04-22-2017, 04:39 PM
Wow that sump is so clean! :wink:. It's always nice to get that first fish added.
*following*
Thanks!! It won't be that clean for long!!

http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/DECE2900-F396-4E8E-BC50-77219C1A5BBC_zpsbek0drpf.jpg.html)

OMG.... git yer dirty hands off my new tank! Lol...

Looking good... but keep your eyes on that Mindy kid... she's shifty. :wink:

Thanks!! Yes that was me that sinned and put my hand on there!! Yea I got my eye on that Mindy!! I do have to thank her again for putting my skimmer together, even though Colby tried to steal the glory:lol: Thanks Mindy and Colby!!

amberc12
04-23-2017, 03:08 AM
So lights are off but can you see what's lurking midway in the tank?? :razz:http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/5DF99632-2B97-4AF8-B564-8C44D8335C52_zps2ludpnlf.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/5DF99632-2B97-4AF8-B564-8C44D8335C52_zps2ludpnlf.jpg.html)

Frogger
04-23-2017, 05:22 AM
So lights are off but can you see what's lurking midway in the tank?? :razz:http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/5DF99632-2B97-4AF8-B564-8C44D8335C52_zps2ludpnlf.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/5DF99632-2B97-4AF8-B564-8C44D8335C52_zps2ludpnlf.jpg.html)

No what's lurking? This doesn't sound good.

amberc12
04-23-2017, 05:47 AM
Lol!! Its my first fish addition, you really gotta look hard...zooming helps:lol:

Frogger
04-23-2017, 06:22 AM
Lol!! Its my first fish addition, you really gotta look hard...zooming helps:lol:



That's great, you had me worried with the "lurking"

Myka
04-24-2017, 03:35 PM
Yea I got my eye on that Mindy!! I do have to thank her again for putting my skimmer together, even though Colby tried to steal the glory:lol: Thanks Mindy and Colby!!

Hahahaha!! You're welcome. :)

So lights are off but can you see what's lurking midway in the tank?? :razz:

It's PJ!!!!! :multi::whoo::rockon:

DKoKoMan
04-24-2017, 05:22 PM
Sweet! First fish... then many more :smile:

amberc12
04-25-2017, 09:19 PM
Hahahaha!! You're welcome. :)



It's PJ!!!!! :multi::whoo::rockon:

Hahahaha!! Yes it is! I'm glad you can see him!!

Myka
04-26-2017, 02:59 AM
Hahahaha!! Yes it is! I'm glad you can see him!!

It took me a few seconds. :lol:

amberc12
04-30-2017, 01:55 AM
Lol, so hubby keeps sneaking fish in there when I'm not home!! He's transferred some of the little guys from the 20g we are shutting down lol. And then while I was out on Thursday he snuck this in....
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/6CA48BA7-8172-423B-B1BE-DA79BEBF1A49_zpsa12sf1av.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/6CA48BA7-8172-423B-B1BE-DA79BEBF1A49_zpsa12sf1av.jpg.html)
I'm going to have to put him on scraping duty for this :razz:

amberc12
05-03-2017, 04:58 PM
As of 2 days ago we have diatoms!!!:biggrin:

DKoKoMan
05-03-2017, 05:22 PM
That is awesome that your husband is transferring over some fish from the previous build. It's nice that you both have personal touches on the tank :lol:

amberc12
05-03-2017, 05:33 PM
That is awesome that your husband is transferring over some fish from the previous build. It's nice that you both have personal touches on the tank :lol:

Lol thanks! Yea fish are really his gig, I'm in it for the corals :lol: Although I have requested one fish, gotta have an Achilles now that I have the room!!:mrgreen:

amberc12
05-08-2017, 06:53 PM
Drum roll please....lol first coral is in the tank it's a pretty special beauty, born and raised at Bayside Corals! A very stellar gift for my new tank!! Thank again Colby I love it!!
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/F27407B7-F1AD-4B6F-B3C4-27C115430452_zpsi2tt8ink.png (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F27407B7-F1AD-4B6F-B3C4-27C115430452_zpsi2tt8ink.png.html)

tang daddy
05-09-2017, 08:26 PM
That is an awesome gift, vibrant colours, almost led like.
You're off to a great start. People always say wow when they see my tank, I only put the brightest colours in. Fish are a plus too...
The Achilles will be a great first tang addition!

amberc12
05-10-2017, 03:11 PM
Thanks tang daddy!!
Lol so my tang dreams have been realized!! So stoked!! And another couple of sweet pieces I added!! Mmmmm double bubble
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/755C6531-630A-400F-854B-883F860AD68F_zpsgsc1p3yi.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/755C6531-630A-400F-854B-883F860AD68F_zpsgsc1p3yi.jpg.html)
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/2AE2595D-6DE4-4A6A-B53A-F238113DEDEF_zpsutmmxlyk.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2AE2595D-6DE4-4A6A-B53A-F238113DEDEF_zpsutmmxlyk.jpg.html)
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/81D053F2-1CB7-43AF-AE62-DCD22C3B0ED2_zpsra9oi55v.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/81D053F2-1CB7-43AF-AE62-DCD22C3B0ED2_zpsra9oi55v.jpg.html)

Myka
05-10-2017, 03:40 PM
Sweet coral picks!! I noticed that rock was missing yesterday. It was pretty cool to watch those little baby Euphyllia grow up from a spawning event! I thought you weren't buying the Achilles?! I've known that Achilles for a few years, I think you should probably name him "Debi". :lol: ;)

DKoKoMan
05-10-2017, 05:38 PM
The joys of having the room and 300 gallons. I love the tangs! #jealous. :biggrin:

tang daddy
05-11-2017, 05:36 AM
Is that new coral on the sand a button scolly or acan maxima?

Myka
05-11-2017, 01:27 PM
Is that new coral on the sand a button scolly or acan maxima?

Acanthophyllia commonly called Donut Coral or Meat Coral.

amberc12
05-11-2017, 06:18 PM
Thanks everyone!! Pretty happy over here!

Sweet coral picks!! I noticed that rock was missing yesterday. It was pretty cool to watch those little baby Euphyllia grow up from a spawning event! I thought you weren't buying the Achilles?! I've known that Achilles for a few years, I think you should probably name him "Debi". :lol: ;)

Yes muhahahaha it is mine!! I know very cool!! Lol!! I just wasn't buying it that first day! I love him, lol no never debi, he is spike and the naso is chester!

amberc12
06-17-2017, 11:33 PM
Hi all! Long time no post lol. Well many things to report I guess. I finally got my GHL doser and made it my bitch:surprise: I transferred a few pieces from the 90g and have acquired a few new gems. Hubby has been busy adding fish, including another one of my dream fish! I tell ya this tank is coming together now! :mrgreen:http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/F70064EE-57EB-4762-B15A-2094D5BFB380_zpsepxch8t8.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F70064EE-57EB-4762-B15A-2094D5BFB380_zpsepxch8t8.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/A4271B53-E8D0-4DDD-9F02-CD3D8331B75A_zpsrhnzumxb.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/A4271B53-E8D0-4DDD-9F02-CD3D8331B75A_zpsrhnzumxb.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/100AEB60-37E5-410B-B365-D8F50A8A72F8_zpspanuiuuu.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/100AEB60-37E5-410B-B365-D8F50A8A72F8_zpspanuiuuu.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/DF21E9AA-2AB5-4A60-841F-668FAF5A9103_zpsxlyn8kle.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/DF21E9AA-2AB5-4A60-841F-668FAF5A9103_zpsxlyn8kle.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/5AD033E9-C213-4FF8-8E19-AB9047ADE90B_zpstech7twh.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/5AD033E9-C213-4FF8-8E19-AB9047ADE90B_zpstech7twh.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/AE1B2893-EDFD-48C4-A2BC-17392478CF65_zpsqbfda0qd.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/AE1B2893-EDFD-48C4-A2BC-17392478CF65_zpsqbfda0qd.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/0A122A28-6932-4B75-A86D-1F8EFBC77321_zpscy4ktgwz.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/0A122A28-6932-4B75-A86D-1F8EFBC77321_zpscy4ktgwz.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/F9576633-5E1A-4C5F-9E26-B405626A3258_zpsotwupwuq.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/F9576633-5E1A-4C5F-9E26-B405626A3258_zpsotwupwuq.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/216F72F7-FEEB-4F64-8C5A-58299CF0B1A5_zpsbrzw4xoq.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/216F72F7-FEEB-4F64-8C5A-58299CF0B1A5_zpsbrzw4xoq.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/73A22871-65D2-44A7-B419-D72F98A3E77F_zpsy2ecxttw.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/73A22871-65D2-44A7-B419-D72F98A3E77F_zpsy2ecxttw.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/147C3AFD-FEBE-4985-A7CF-3034F03B822F_zpsyowoodep.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/147C3AFD-FEBE-4985-A7CF-3034F03B822F_zpsyowoodep.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/B4493F86-09E2-43C1-87D1-DCDDE482D473_zpsqwieyy0l.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/B4493F86-09E2-43C1-87D1-DCDDE482D473_zpsqwieyy0l.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/39B6B43C-8E1D-481C-96EA-0C50880A3993_zps2iuvngr0.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/39B6B43C-8E1D-481C-96EA-0C50880A3993_zps2iuvngr0.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/A60FE1A3-9769-4D7F-852B-85FA81FDFE4C_zpse3nlj1ic.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/A60FE1A3-9769-4D7F-852B-85FA81FDFE4C_zpse3nlj1ic.jpg.html)http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/07F655A4-54B6-49F0-9E16-37C82D6FF79E_zpsztmwhqtb.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/07F655A4-54B6-49F0-9E16-37C82D6FF79E_zpsztmwhqtb.jpg.html)

And a night shot of my other tank just for fun!!http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/03D5FD36-851D-4D6B-BEF7-3ABDD33B013E_zpsubgsauim.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/03D5FD36-851D-4D6B-BEF7-3ABDD33B013E_zpsubgsauim.jpg.html)

Bblinks
06-18-2017, 01:21 AM
Nice update!

DKoKoMan
06-18-2017, 07:44 AM
Well everything tied together nicely and is looking awesome :mrgreen:

amberc12
06-18-2017, 07:02 PM
Thanks guys!!:mrgreen:

amberc12
06-21-2017, 01:32 AM
Love my quoyi so much we paired it up!!
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/E6174643-74E6-4217-BE65-C2A53AC8A60C_zpsphxg4aiv.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/E6174643-74E6-4217-BE65-C2A53AC8A60C_zpsphxg4aiv.jpg.html)
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg550/aabtosway/Mobile%20Uploads/07A2EACE-B7B8-4472-A81A-F195C9BF1691_zpspwgx9vs0.jpg (http://s1243.photobucket.com/user/aabtosway/media/Mobile%20Uploads/07A2EACE-B7B8-4472-A81A-F195C9BF1691_zpspwgx9vs0.jpg.html)

Myka
06-21-2017, 02:28 PM
Woah cool! Love the two Quoy's Parrotfish! Very nice fishies! The tank is looking awesome. All the corals look fat and happy!

amberc12
06-21-2017, 08:16 PM
Thanks Mindy!! That means a lot coming from you!!

Bblinks
06-21-2017, 09:25 PM
Woah cool! Love the two Quoy's Parrotfish! Very nice fishies! The tank is looking awesome. All the corals look fat and happy!

Aren't those coral eaters?

amberc12
06-21-2017, 09:48 PM
Aren't those coral eaters?

Supposed to be coral safe, they really like to pick at algae so if your coral is covered in it he's probably not gonna be very gentle. Someone else told me that they might go after acropora, so I guess I'll find out lol. So far they are model citizens! Fingers crossed because I love em!!

Bblinks
06-21-2017, 10:14 PM
Supposed to be coral safe, they really like to pick at algae so if your coral is covered in it he's probably not gonna be very gentle. Someone else told me that they might go after acropora, so I guess I'll find out lol. So far they are model citizens! Fingers crossed because I love em!!

Very cool! I see you got an Achilles in there too! I love them!

amberc12
07-15-2017, 02:57 AM
Very cool! I see you got an Achilles in there too! I love them!
Yes he is awesome!! Surprisingly the blonde naso is boss tho.

So.....Pairing up those Quoys Parrotfish may not have been the best idea, Fri night one started harassing the other. Kept the lights out and Sun I decided enough was enough and time for a rescue, well the poor fish was so beat up he basically flopped into the net, anyways he did not survive the night in the fuge
:sad: Ill have to get some more pics posted have added some new goodies. Soon!!

kien
08-21-2017, 08:07 PM
Nice setup ! I once had a Quoyi in my Mixed Reef and it never touched any of my corals, ever. I think I had it for two years before I decided to lighten my bioload and found him a new home. Seeing yours makes me want to add a quoyi to my tank again. I miss it! It spend all day long chowing down on whatever it could find on the rocks and scraping algae off the glass and ate pellets and flakes too.