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Old 09-12-2014, 11:45 PM   #301
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Looks good so far. You can't mention the great stand and not show a picture of it though. Sorry, not allowed.


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Old 09-13-2014, 09:39 AM   #302
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Carey, you just violated the photo dump rules. False advertising is not allowed. I'm going to have to see the stand pictures your be been promising for the past six months, like right now.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:13 PM   #303
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I bet it looks great, can't wait to see!
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hehe I know I have posted pictures of the new stand that came with the 60g, so not sure which stand is the one you guys are talking about. lol

But anyways, before I jump into warcraft figured I'd give a general rundown of the tanks.

Might photo bomb the thread later tomorrow, lol, the tanks are looking pretty good for the most part.

125g cichlid tank: This tank is fully stocked now with about 15 medium sized fish. They started out just a few months ago at about an inch each and some are bigger than 3 inches already! My simplest tank to maintain and a favorite cause of that very reason. lol

34g freshwater betta rescue tank: My newest tank is still cycling in the kitchen. Plans are still for about 10 female bettas and maybe a couple of other swimmy type fish. Still working on this tank. I have a HUGE bundle of live plants coming this week from a fellow forum member so that should be interesting as i have zero skill with live plants.

90g fowlr: Another favorite tank. Sooo easy to maintain still. Everything is running well in this tank, still have my turbo snails in there as well as the urchins and starfish. All of them are about 3 years old too. Funny how some inverts can outlast fish, never expected to have a 3 year old snail. I still have two slots open in this tank, but no idea what to get. Probably a wrasse and who knows what else.lol

60g Rimless Reef: I have all the toys for this tank and it still is a pain to deal with. I cant really get under the tank tot he sump, even with the new taller stand. :-( I ended up putting the tunze skimmer back into the actual tank as I have been running it for weeks with no skimmer. Great skimmer I might add, it started pulling a light skim immediately after I plugged it in. Tunze makes a great line of products apparently. I am also ready for fish for this tank but again, not really any clue what to add. NO sand sifters!! other than that i am open to suggestions. I moved quite a few corals over to the 60g today too, including the pearly bubble thing and a leather that had been getting munched on from the 180g. Stupid filefish. On the bright side, I have no aipastia. haha

40g breeder reef: I have been thinking that if the 60g takes off well I may end up selling this tank. :-( It just takes up so much room and is so limited by the lighting that I am not sure if it's worth keeping. Might be better to just find another tank setup and start new. The tank itself is pretty easy to work on, but I have been plaqued by algae on the on side of the tank since I started it. I don't know, this tank, while I like it, I don't love it. Stay tuned for updates.
And finally, woohoo, the 180g. I am still not 100% pleased with the tank now. I have the 12 bulb t5 back over it and it looks alot better but without the ATI bulbs the color is just meh. My king size hermit crab is just sitting and doing nothing, my filefish eat most of the coral I add to the tank and i still havent set up the ato yet so its a pain eveyr day to add water to. BUT not like I am gonna sell it. Just need to work out the kinks I guess.

So if you made it through that whole post, congratulations! You are a champ! lol I appreciate it if you did though.
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Having mixed emotions from that post Carey!
It's too bad about the 40b, it's a nice tank.
Hopefully the 60 cube will get up and running beautifully!
As for the 180, I can only imagine the giant maintenance tasks that come with such a big tank!
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Well, I don't mind the work, it's the accessibility that gets me. lol The 90 has such a tall stand that you just kinda reach down a bit. The 180g and the 60g require me to actually get on the floor to do stuff. The 40 is just too small of a stand and not enough sump.

I don't think I will be parting with the 40 for a while yet, still wanna get the 60g stabilized and make sure everything is happy under the light.
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All that sounds like a part time job, lol. Thank you for sharing. Waiting for the new pics, always enjoy seeing them (ALL)!
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hehe I know I have posted pictures of the new stand that came with the 60g, so not sure which stand is the one you guys are talking about. lol

But anyways, before I jump into warcraft figured I'd give a general rundown of the tanks.

Might photo bomb the thread later tomorrow, lol, the tanks are looking pretty good for the most part.

125g cichlid tank: This tank is fully stocked now with about 15 medium sized fish. They started out just a few months ago at about an inch each and some are bigger than 3 inches already! My simplest tank to maintain and a favorite cause of that very reason. lol

34g freshwater betta rescue tank: My newest tank is still cycling in the kitchen. Plans are still for about 10 female bettas and maybe a couple of other swimmy type fish. Still working on this tank. I have a HUGE bundle of live plants coming this week from a fellow forum member so that should be interesting as i have zero skill with live plants.

90g fowlr: Another favorite tank. Sooo easy to maintain still. Everything is running well in this tank, still have my turbo snails in there as well as the urchins and starfish. All of them are about 3 years old too. Funny how some inverts can outlast fish, never expected to have a 3 year old snail. I still have two slots open in this tank, but no idea what to get. Probably a wrasse and who knows what else.lol

60g Rimless Reef: I have all the toys for this tank and it still is a pain to deal with. I cant really get under the tank tot he sump, even with the new taller stand. :-( I ended up putting the tunze skimmer back into the actual tank as I have been running it for weeks with no skimmer. Great skimmer I might add, it started pulling a light skim immediately after I plugged it in. Tunze makes a great line of products apparently. I am also ready for fish for this tank but again, not really any clue what to add. NO sand sifters!! other than that i am open to suggestions. I moved quite a few corals over to the 60g today too, including the pearly bubble thing and a leather that had been getting munched on from the 180g. Stupid filefish. On the bright side, I have no aipastia. haha

40g breeder reef: I have been thinking that if the 60g takes off well I may end up selling this tank. :-( It just takes up so much room and is so limited by the lighting that I am not sure if it's worth keeping. Might be better to just find another tank setup and start new. The tank itself is pretty easy to work on, but I have been plaqued by algae on the on side of the tank since I started it. I don't know, this tank, while I like it, I don't love it. Stay tuned for updates.
And finally, woohoo, the 180g. I am still not 100% pleased with the tank now. I have the 12 bulb t5 back over it and it looks alot better but without the ATI bulbs the color is just meh. My king size hermit crab is just sitting and doing nothing, my filefish eat most of the coral I add to the tank and i still havent set up the ato yet so its a pain eveyr day to add water to. BUT not like I am gonna sell it. Just need to work out the kinks I guess.

So if you made it through that whole post, congratulations! You are a champ! lol I appreciate it if you did though.
I did, I made it through the whole post, lol! Too funny. Nice updates, I love the ninety gallon fowlr too, it is probably my favorite. Keep up the good work! And don't worry, we all always have something to improve upon in our tanks. ☺
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Grrrrr....sometimes I think I know it all, or enough anyways and then something comes up that makes me wonder if I know anything at all. lol

The 60 rimless just vexes me...I don't get it for some reason. I can usually get a vibe or some stupid thing and actually be in sync with my tank...You people who have tanks for years probably know exactly what I mean. lol But the algae in this tank is driving me crazy!!!! I used ro./di water at 0tds, checked it going in. Then used partially new sand and the sand from before, which wasnt really dirty since I never had fish in it with that sand. I tested for silicates, zero. tested for nitrates zero. I only have coral in this tank and have never fed it at all. No dosing, no feeding the corals at all. I have no idea what is fueling the algae. And its different algae now, its kinda spongey or poofy bright green. Like fuzz. And to top it off Now I have cyano building up. That doesnt surprise me though as every single tank I have setup had it in the beginning, I dose chemipure and then poof gone and never comes back.
I have good flow from a mp10 and the radion set at 40%. It doesnt get much ambient light from outside as its in between the sliding door and the windows, both of which have blinds.

Any ideas guys? I always preach water changes, up the flow, test what you can and cut back photo period and watch what you feed.

Just clueless as to what to do next. I am baffled.
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Could it be the rock leaching phosphate?
To me it sounds like you have cotton candy algae...
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