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Old 01-28-2012, 09:12 AM   #41
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Haven't updated in ages....been too busy I guess.

Finished building my canopy and ended up getting an 8 bulb t5 fixture. I ended up going with a 48" fixture instead of a proper 60" for my tank. I didn't like the 60" bulb selection at all. That and the 48" fixture was nearly half that of the 60".

My sump tank ended up cracking x-mas day. Found out I made the baffles just a tad bit wider than the tank. It was such a snug fit i probably could have done without silicone. After I noticed a small crack on xmas i bought a new 40G breeder and sanded down the baffles so no pressure was on the glass.

I've been adding corals slowly but surely since getting the lights set up. I'll need to start dosing soon. Debating on Kalk or maybe a 2part. Not sure which route i want to go.


Enough rambling...here's a couple updated pics so far:

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So far, I've got the following in my tank:
Yellow Tang
Yellow Eyed Kole Tang
Flame Angel
3 Blue Green Chromis
Purple Dottyback
Starry Blenny
Paired Pink Spotted Watchman Goby & Pistol Shrimp
Blue Dot Goby
Chalk Basslet
Blue Crocea Clam
Assorted shrimps/CUC
Corals

To round out the tank/ future fish:
2 Designer Clowns (Next Week)
Fathead Sunburst Anthias
Purple Tang (If bioload permits)
The tank looks fantasitc, nice and bright. I really like the fish selection!
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:38 PM   #42
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That green monti...are you sure that's not a pavona?
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:28 AM   #43
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man that is a nice set up... love it
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #44
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That green monti...are you sure that's not a pavona?
Ben awhile since I posted. Not sure how I unsubscribed myself from my own thread. lol

But yup Doug, that's the pavona. Mixed up the pictures, here's the lime in the sky green monti:
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:28 AM   #45
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So I decided to save a few bucks and make a DIY Biopellet Reactor. I've been looking to get biopellets in my system for some time now. They last a long time and from what I've seen, do a pretty good job of removing nitrates & phosphates.

Cost of materials came in under $12.
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can't wait to see how the reactor turns out! i might have to build one of those myself
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Started to put the reactor together. Started by drilling 2 holes into the top cap. (Caps are 4" PVC). One will be for the incomming water and the other for the outgoing. For the exit water I sawed off part of a male 1/2" PVC adapter and bonded it to the cap using plastic epoxy:
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Also worked on the incomming water pipe system. Made a filter plate from scrap acrylic I had from making my sump baffles. Ended up using a jigsaw to cut the circular plate. At this point I really thought about buying a hole saw to get a good plate going but in the end, it just didn't seem worth it to nearly double the cost of the project. Doesn't look as well as I'd like but the reactor will be out of sight under the tank.

Drilled plenty of holes into the filter plate using a 7/64" drill. A step down and the holes seemed too small. A size up and they seemed too big. Will see how it works and can change them if necessary.
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Put together the rest of the incomming water pipe system. To hold the plate in place I cut a 1/2" PVC pipe connector in half to make "rings" that would sandwich the plate steady around the 1/3" pipe. Used the PVC blue glue to bond the incoming water adapter, pipe, and "rings".
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Put together the rest of the incomming water pipe system. To hold the plate in place I cut a 1/2" PVC pipe connector in half to make "rings" that would sandwich the plate steady around the 1/3" pipe. Used the PVC blue glue to bond the incoming water adapter, pipe, and "rings".
I believe you need 2 plates as well as sponges. Filter floss works great and is what I use.
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