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  1. 5 points
    Well I'm adding water (finally!). Not quite done but almost. One more garbage can of RO water to add before adding salt. I'm going to use HW-Marinemix Reefer Salt Mix. It's synthetic so no extra chemicals or nutrients added, the company has been making salt mix since the 60's, and it sets up at Calcium at 445-450 ppm, Alk of 9.0 dKH, Magnesium at 1380 ppm which is where I want to be. Here are some pics of this part of the build. Still got a ways to go, but I'll have fish in a week. Starting with some damsels that I like, yellow tails and Talbot's. Both are very hardy and are good little reef fish, don't touch the coral and are not aggressive.
  2. 4 points
    Here is the lighting fixture that I built to house the ATI - 8 bulb T5 fixture, the 2 x A360 Kessils, and the Neptune Lunar Lights. I will stain this fixture to match my Kitchen cabinets in the near future.
  3. 4 points
    Haven’t posted in a while, some update photos of the tank. Everything is going smoothly so far.
  4. 3 points
    New addition to Nem Island Mille that has been asleep for years, finally waking up
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    Here is the cabinet that I built to house the Apex and all the electronics.
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    Here are some more pics of the plumbing. I added a UV Sterilizer on the back (Aqua UV) and pulled all of my controllers off of the back of the stand to clean up the messy wiring. Instead I decided to build a separate cabinet for my Apex and all of my controllers and wiring.
  8. 2 points
    Got a decent FTS using my daughter's iphone.
  9. 2 points
    Things are going so well! I'm past the algae phase of adding the new lights and now I have more spots for coral. All the corals that lost color are looking great again and I'm starting to see some growth. For the past several weeks the sandbed is staying clean and my phosphates are under control for the first time in the life of this tank. Here are the pictures! I did have to wake the tank up to get pictures without glare, so some corals aren't open all the way. You know how they do. Blues first then whites:
  10. 2 points
    Thanks. Yup - Both softies and sps are doing much better. The ridiculously high NO3 (30-ish) and still limited PO4 (.03 on a good day) is causing the SPS to be paler than they should be. Full shot... I have some, but they aren't good. With a bowfront that has a huge window on the opposite side of the room and a 65 inch TV on the other, it's hard to get an angle without at least 50% reflection. I'll try tonight after the sun goes down. Here's a blurry weird angle 1/2 tank shot along the front that looked better through the phone. Even with that extreme angle, you can see the curve reflection on the far left.
  11. 2 points
    Five year update and pictures... (Actually - 4 years and 364 days to be exact) The 175 gallon bowfront went through a slow period. Most SPS would fade and eventually die. Zoas receded and some disappeared. Had bubble algae taking over even though I would clean out what I could get off rocks easily and performed weekly water changes. I sent in an ATI ICP test and discovered I had 0 phosphates and high nitrates (~20-25). Pretty much everything was undetectable except calcium, magnesium, and alkalinity, thanks to my calcium reactor. I was starving all of my coral. I was surprised to find high nitrates because I run BioPellets. Discovered that Nitrates won't come down without phosphates. To increase them, I've been dosing phosphates via Neo-phos and Spirulina powder. To maintain .02 - .03 phosphates, I have to dose phosphates daily. Nitrates have only gone up. I've tried feeding less, biopellets, and Reef Biofuel as a carbon source, but they aren't coming down. Everything is doing GREAT with the increased phosphates, though. The Bubble algae is GONE! Vibrant WORKS! I used it for about 8 weeks. Nothing changed until about week 6, then poof... they were gone. I put some in every other week as maintenance. Bad News... I am pretty sure I killed my clam, Bertha. She was over a foot long and tall. I got it 16 years ago when it was only 3 inches and dumped at least 10 complete calcium reactors worth of media into it. A couple days after it died, I discovered exposed, sizzling wires on my skimmer pump. So.. I am pretty sure she cooked for a week or so as she died. Made me sick to my stomach. I may put the shell back in the tank and try to get a bunch of my Shermans to host inside... Current Photo Dump - All shots taken with my old OnePlus 3t - pro mode with no filters.
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    One more project almost complete. This is an insert for the electronic side of the stand. I used a pull out cabinet organizer that I cut the sides off of . The one thing I didn't account for was the depth of the APEX unit. I'll just have to hang it on the inside... Only thing left is the paint.
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    Yeah a little bit from time to time, but nothing insane the visually hurts the corals. I think finding one that eats prepares foods is the hard part. I don’t even try pellets, I just stick to mysis and fish eggs.
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    Multibar angelfish
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    On my last tank I had it on for about 2 1/2 years with no issues.
  18. 1 point
    Manifold done and no leaks...and this time I remembered to use gate valves and not ball valve with the straight handles!
  19. 1 point
    Good! It’s still a little skinny looking, but eats like a hog
  20. 1 point
    GLWS. I believe the cowry is called a "deer cowrie"
  21. 1 point
    I had to take a break from unpacking boxes and play a little. Just got a pair of the IceCap 2k gyres. I removed one end and put the cap on. Going to see what kind of flow I get like this.
  22. 0 points
    Well sportsfans, all good things must come to an end. At a crossroads in terms of time and money vs desired results and made the tough decision to shut it down. Once I get everything sold off and broken down, it will be the 1st time in over 20 years that I don't have an aquarium running. Keep an eye out in the classifieds for frags, live rock, dry rock, live sand, dry sand, salt, hardware, etc. Thanks for all your help along the way - I certainly couldn't have done any of this without y'all sharing the knowledge and love of this hobby.
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