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Old 12-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Mike's 30 Gallon Build & Progression

Well, I've been around the Forum for a few months now, sharing where I could & figured I would share stage 1 of my tank with you. It's a 30 Gal with 16 Gal sump; mixed reef.

I plan to upgrade in a few months to a 90 Gal, then ultimately to a 180 once I can get a wall down and have the 180 as a room divider with a basement sump.

Started cycle Mid June 2011 here is the progress & pitfalls:

Early stages
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #2
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Adding Fish & Corals
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:03 PM   #4
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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And more - some shots are of the same specimens
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:06 PM   #6
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Looks good. What kind of fish is below the wrasse in the pictures?
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180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
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More of the same...
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some inverts etc
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Aquascaping stages
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:24 PM   #11
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My equipment is:
29 Gal Tank
16 Gal Sump
Lifereef Single HOB Overflow
Mag 9.5 return (also driving reactors)
2 TLF Reactors (Carbon & Biopellets)
Ecotech MP10w ES Powerhead
2x 100w Hydor Heaters
Super Reef Octopus XP1000S HOB Skimmer
Aquatic Life 96w 4 Bulb T5 Fixture

I also have a frag tank running (empty - cycling) with:
Hydor Koralia 240 PH
Fluval 405 Cannister (Current Only)
Marineland POS Heater 100w

I'm awaiting shipment of:
Ecotech Radion LED fixture (then 2 for the 90 Gal, then 3 for the 180)
T5 Lights to go to Frag Tank
GHL Profilux EX w/ 4 pump doser
Large assortment of Frags (Zoos, acans, SPS to grow out for the 90 Gal)
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:28 PM   #12
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Livesotck:
2 Ocelarris Clowns (Paired)
1 YWG
1 Pistol Shrimp (paired w/ Goby)
1 Six Line Wrasse
1 Coral Beauty Angel
1 Mystery Wrasse

1 Tiger Sand Conch
1 Emerald Crab
1 Mystery Hitchhiker crab
various snails & hermits

Corals:
Zoo garden
Xenia
Finger Leather
Elegance (Aussie)
Frogspawn
Aussie Duncans
Favia
Green button polyps
Encrusting Acropora
Bushy Acropora
Red Montipora
Superman Monti
Sour Apple Birdsnest
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #13
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:54 PM   #15
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Stunning tank! Great job!
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Thanks!

Seems to be. He's fat & happy so maybe if I keep him that way he will stay clear of the corals.
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Some updated photos after coral & hardware additions:
Ecotech Radion & Profilux added, with about 15 frags:

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