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Old 10-21-2007, 01:39 PM   #51
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Awesome sump, and awesome looking tank. Can't wait till you add some corals or fish in there!
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Old 10-21-2007, 02:05 PM   #52
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Now tell us. In 3 years, when other living things go into the tank, what will they be?
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:57 AM   #53
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No living additions to report other than the pods that have showed up on the glass. I'm happy about that.

I do have a few pictures to show of the sump that is kind of installed. Still in a temporary fashion for testing but it's cool to see it working.





I'm waiting on the substrate for the fuge part to arrive so there is no water in that section just yet. I'll provide some detailed photos of the plumbing and automatic top off system in a few days.

At the moment the idea of what the first coral should be is the main focus. It doesn't help that there are like a million options.
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I'm waiting on the substrate for the fuge part to arrive
Thought about Miracle Mud? I did that, a 1/2 layer of sand, and rock.

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Leathers and mushrooms are a good first IMO. Very hardy.
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #55
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The substrate is in the fuge section of the sump. It ranges anywhere from 3-4 inches deep. I'm sure it will take some time for the fuge to mature and start helping. It also need some live rock IMO.

I picked up some cheato on the net. It came with some cool micro stars and tube worms, as well as a number of pods. Unfortunately I did find one Isopod crawling around on the algae. He got sucked up with a syringe and a long tube. Who knows the chances that he was alone? I know, not likely.










Still having some problems with too many bubbles in the sump return section so I made a box to fill with rubble to help break up the bubbles as the water leaves the tank. It seems to be working quite well.



Slits were made in the bottom for water to escape as the bubbles hopefully rise to the top and out instead of entering the water column.







Say hello to the first corals...







The lamp that came with the fixture was supposed to be 15,000K. However it was as yellow as could be and I was not happy with it at all. After doing some research and being tipped off by Neilan, I chose to go with a reeflux lamp. Unfortunately it required me to change ballasts too. Here is the Frankenstein version of my test ballast for the new lamp.





There is no question about which lamp/ballast combo is better. I can't tell you how much better this tank looks with this new lamp. The pictures really do not do it justice. I would not hesitate to go with the reeflux lamp in the future.

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:51 PM   #56
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Wow, looking awesome! Congrats on the coral additions.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:35 PM   #58
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I thought this was a tube worm of some sort, but have not been able to identify it as such... Can anybody out there tell me what this guy attached to the glass is? It seems to be growing and I'm wondering if I want it in the fuge or not.
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YIKES-How did I miss all this action? Very exciting, and I have no idea what that creature is. Because I have normal fish tanks. Not all fancy-like. Plain. Salt-free.

Congratulations on the foxy corals.

Don't get me started on the "I made it from scratch! How do you like the ballast" stuff. I can barely operate my (store-bought) glass canopies.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:23 AM   #60
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Hey Lisa, you have got to give this salt stuff a shot. It's been lots of fun so far!

Besides, normal is way over rated!
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