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Old 03-26-2013, 02:27 AM   #481
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:52 AM   #482
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Nice! I've got a cheap macro lens for my iPhone 5. It takes great pics too.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #483
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So I stumbled into a 125g at a great price a bit back It's been water tested and sitting behind my house for a good while and I've decided to upgrade vs sell it. The tank was painted but it had a few good scratches on the front. So I cleaned it all, scraped off the paint and drilled what was the "front" and basically only have 1 small scratch in the middle now. I built a 4' overflow so it's almost a coast to coast. I put it on top of my 75g for scale Tomorrow I'm going to begin the swap and I hope to have it wrapped up this weekend. I think I skipped posting here about the 2 part BRS reactor I got last month as well. It was on a maxi jet but I plumbed it off the return line now and it's not in the picture.


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Nice dude, I am just finishing my upgrade. It's nice the second time around cause you know what to improve from the last build. I wish my 90g was drilled for coast to coast but a corner is good enough for now.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:26 PM   #485
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So I haven't practiced what I preached over the last year or so and that's "don't do anything major to your tank before you go away". We planned our week vacation in Florida months ago and I had a buyer hot for my 75g the week before we planned to leave.

He wanted to buy it as soon as I broke it down if I could do it before we left. Of course he never called back and bought another tank. So it is with this hobby, but I had the 125 ready to go and so I started. Since it wasn't a 100% new setup and I had everything automated I felt ok about the switch. It took me about 4 days to swap everything out. I had most of the coral in 2 smaller tanks with heaters and an mp10 on each while I swapped out the tanks. The plumbing remained the same just about with only the chiller getting moved over a few feet.

I'll post more pictures later but here is the start to the new tank. I'm not sure what I'm doing with the middle but I am leaving it open for now with the thought of doing a red carpet anemone there. So some info on the switch:
  • I lost 2 fish, the last of 3 lyretails of which snapped and had killed the other 2 a month back. I also lost the flame hawk. Both were strange loses considering live rock, flow, temp and old water was used on the "new" tanks for 3 days.
  • I've lost my cleaner and peppermint shrimp. Either that or they made it into another tank and I haven't seen them yet.
  • I burned my blue sponge up to almost nothing while I was gone. I had it up to high in the rush to get out of town.
  • My RBT is super [ tinkle ]ed/stressed. I'm not sure if it's going to pull through.
  • I have the power run under the stand now for the most part with individually switched strips. I hope to get a controller late this year.
  • I'm getting another radeon next month to replace the marazza p. I'm planning on mounting these on a solid, higher rack finally.
  • I'm going to go to a larger DC Reef Octopus skimmer this summer. Looking at a Diablo DCS 170 or 200.
  • Once the rock is out of the holding tank I'm going to divide that tank into a frag rack and fuge. The sump will get reworked AGAIN and probably not have a fuge area. This will reduce algae build up in the sump and in the skimmer without the lighting. I'm going to have a sock holder built in and a larger area for the skimmer.
  • I'm adding another 20g brute inline with the current brutes for larger water changes.







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Old 05-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #486
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I picked up 2 colonies of bird's nest from a local guy Sunday and got them mounted this morning. Here are some step by steps for those of you who haven't done this before. I made the column with rods a few months back. Note the number of drill bits. I started very small and worked up to the plug size. Low RPM and no pressure. I just let the drillbit grind/sand out the rock which is fragile to begin with.









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Old 06-05-2013, 02:55 PM   #487
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I got another radion last week but I've been super busy and haven't had the time to get it hung up. I did put together some plans for a new rack to weld up when I get some time over at my neighbor's.

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I ordered a Reef Octopus Diablo XS 250 skimmer and a reeflo dart/snapper hybrid. I also got the 2" bulkhead and glass cutter for it off glass holes. I'm go to do something a little different on my new sump this time. Since I will only have the strainer for the return now I'll have the filter socks at the end of the line over top of the return area. This is going to lay in the front right of the tank for easy in and out. Right now the way I have the holding tank plumbed in it's a pain around the skimmer so I don't use my socks much anymore. I'm going to make an attempt to have a way for the water to get past the socks if they were to clog as well.

I'm also going to drill a 3rd drain hole on the holding tank. I'm thinking this will keep a lot of the detritus and bits of macro that break off out of my return as well. It's either this or kill the fudge 100%. The skimmer will take up 1/2 the tank at a 16" footprint.

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