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Sierra Bravo

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  1. Sierra Bravo

    LiveAquaria coupon 20% off $100

    Received in email this morning:
  2. This has been a year in the making and I have a detailed thread build on one of the larger forums, but I'd like to do a condensed version just for the sake of documentation and share my own personal journey in the hobby here as well. I plan to heavily plagiarize my other build thread because originality takes effort and time. I'll start with this: I never had an aquarium before, except a small freshwater tank in my early 20's (I'm 50 now). I terminated its run when my dog got between my feet while carrying a plate of food to the living room. While tripping I instinctively reached out and grabbed the first thing, which happened to be the tank. Its demise was spectacular. The neighbors downstairs weren't as impressed. Fast forward to our house in San Antonio. This was the original area, a wet bar that we used to stuff all the things nobody wanted to deal with in. It was useless, and the wifey wanted to close it in and make the opening a built in lighted bookshelf. I had already mentioned that I'd like a reef tank one day but was thinking about a tank and stand combo. It dawned on me that with water and a drain right there I had the ability to do a built in tank with a small fish room. My wife seemed on board with the plan. I'll never forget her sweet words: "You never do anything for yourself; don't worry about a budget just get what you want". Oh, if she only knew then what she knows now. . . Quickly, before anyone with common sense could change anyone's mind, I demolished the bejusus out of the family room side - then went to bed: The next day I stopped and figured: "It's probably be a good idea to have more of a plan". I started doing a TON of research on line and developing an idea of what would work, the equipment to use, and how to end up with what I wanted. My wife still wanted the lighted bookshelf, which was going to be a challenge. Here's what I conceptualized: Here's a quick run through on the demo and remodeling of the plumbing, electric and walls: I used FRP on the tank side of the room. Built a salt water mixing station and placed my RODI unit: Tank stand was a bit challenging: I had to fit everything I needed and somehow have room to have lighted shelves for the wifey, I came up with incorporating the shelf alcove directly into the stand itself: The sump came in about this time and I was finally able to do some plumbing. I chose a Trigger Systems 36. I had seen so many plumbing setups that looked great with colored PVC and decided to do the same: I've slacked off enough at work this morning and need to get back to it, but I'll post up more as soon as possible.
  3. That makes two of us. 😂
  4. Been having a hard time controlling my alk, nitrates, and phosphates last month or two. This has lead to browning out, burnt tips on a few of the deepwater acros, and overall dull color. Even though I should be trying to get things back to normal first, I could not pass up a great deal on a monster of a calcium reactor. Hooked it up last night and this morning. SRO CR5000D calc reactor, CarbonDoser regulator, and a ReefFanatic controller. The reactor is rated for 1000 gallons - it will probably be two years before I have to add media. I had to place it in an adjoining room and run the lines through the wall.
  5. Sierra Bravo

    The Maroon Lagoon V2.0

    Stop. Taking. Vacations. A couple of kids should fix that right up for you. Live a boring existence tied to your home and tank like the rest of us.
  6. Sierra Bravo

    Red Sea diving & snorkeling

    Conditions looked perfect; photography is incredible. You are living a good life, sir. Congrats.
  7. Made my own screen tops since my plumbing prevents me from using manufactured and custom tops are ridiculously priced. I made them a little different than what we typically see with the available kits. I thought they came out pretty well.
  8. Sierra Bravo

    Have to show this one off:

    I traded some acros for zoas with a man from Amarillo. As a bonus he gave me this large hunk of what he called a blue stag. It is, in my opinion, very special. I've never seen anything quite like this before. I especially like the bi-colored polyps. When the pumps are on it shows on all the lower ones. I can't wait to see this one grow out.
  9. Sierra Bravo

    Have to show this one off:

    Here's a pic of it colored up from the person who gave it to me:
  10. Sierra Bravo

    So long Yall

    Best of luck with your move to CA.
  11. Sierra Bravo

    Waterbox Cube 10 office nano

    Couple more pics from this morning. Man these things grow so much faster than sticks. 🙂
  12. Sierra Bravo

    Waterbox Cube 10 office nano

    Thought I'd share some pics of my office mantis/zoa tank I've been working on and mentioned in my main build thread. I haven't seen the mantis for a few weeks now and suspect he's molting. I have confirmed he's there and alive; I can see his swimmerets moving when I peek between the rocks. As far as the corals, everything appears healthy. The blasto is full, the zoas are producing new heads, and my hammer, which for a while I thought wasn't going to make it, seems to be doing better. All in all I'm pleased with how it is coming out.
  13. Sierra Bravo

    Have to show this one off:

    I've got Chips also and it is different. I'll try to get a colony shot from the original owner.
  14. Sierra Bravo

    The Maroon Lagoon V2.0

    With all the crap you come home to after your trips, you should market your corals as "Travel Tested®" 😋
  15. Sierra Bravo

    Have to show this one off:

    If anything it reminds me a bit of ORA Chips, but that has a different growth structure and polyp color.
  16. Sierra Bravo

    Have to show this one off:

    Not Borealis - I have that one compliments of @FarmerTy
  17. Sierra Bravo

    Anyone know how to vent a fish (Swim Bladder Issue)

    I'd be happy to help, but I'm in San Antonio and about to leave on a business trip. I wouldn't be able to get to Austin until 4-20. I'll PM you my phone number and you are more than welcome to call and ask questions.
  18. Sierra Bravo

    Anyone know how to vent a fish (Swim Bladder Issue)

    I've done it twice with anthias and used the video above for guidance. I had three fish I needed to vent. I was successful with two of them, and they are healthy and healthy today. The third I did not pull sufficient gas out of the bladder and had to repeat the procedure. That fish developed an infection at the site of puncture and didn't make it. Tips: Make sure the fish is well illuminated from below. I used a glass casserole with a cheap LED puck underneath. I placed a piece of tape to block the light at the head of the fish because I felt it was too bright for its eyes. Get the smallest diameter needle you can. I bought an insulin syringe from Walgreens Rx. Enlist a second set of hands to hold the fish while you do the venting. You need to withdraw the gas slowly and this takes a steady hand. Have a QT tank set up in advance to receive the fish. It's not going to like the procedure very much and needs peace to recover. Don't skip the sanitizing procedure or iodine. Would not hurt to put the fish through metroplex/kanaplex while in the QT as well. If you have a healthy one, examine it under the light first to see what size you are aiming to get the bladder down to. I hated having to try it for fear of killing the fish but resolved myself that if I didn't it wasn't going to make it long term anyway.
  19. Sierra Bravo

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    You're not limited to the OEM tank brackets, are you? Why not make your own hanger and suspend either from the wall or ceiling? There are a lot of really nice, professional-looking light suspension ideas out there. You have a wide shot of the tank and area it will live in?
  20. Does anyone know how to get in touch with the two guys that were listed as Obsessive Coral Desires? I found an Instagram account only.
  21. Old School PC Rainbow love:
  22. Sierra Bravo

    Greetings Programs

    Welcome to ARC! Looking forward to seeing your build come together.
  23. Ty's Ectoplasm. I really like this one. Fast grower and a nice shade of color. To the upper left of it partially out of view is a Pink Caddy that's going to be a stunner also.
  24. Who were the guys I circled under the BB goal?
  25. Deluxe Corals https://www.deluxecorals.com/ https://www.facebook.com/deluxecorals/?eid=ARDOrskfCShRueOtTFEp_xNGB-eB_DRrVyqt40DeKRkgsxpR0gFGXB7KZvPexHnwBC1Sx0xUoOTT97lq&timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1146457464&fref=tag