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    Schertz TX
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  1. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    Everything is doing well, I kicked the skimmer on today for the first time, no issues there it's already building a pretty good head after just 15 mins. I got the ATO connected with a 20gal reservoir in the closet right being the tank (thank God thats done, this tanks used about 3/4 a gal a day with the vent) the ddrs and the dos will be wired up and hooked up in that closet with the alkatronic just to save some space under the stand, I am having a slight issue with temp, the tank is running cold with the vent rite over the tank blowing down, I might have to modify that vent to no directly blow on the top of the water. I still need lights hooked up and I don't ever want to talk about the bird'snest of wires I have to tackle but hopefully this weekend I'll be done with most of it. The new fish are doing great. The clowns are liking the open space, they won't stop swimming end to end on the tank, I think it's pissing off the royal gramma cause he doesn't come out of his hole much yet. The reef chromis are schooling no fighting that I can see but I haven't spent much time watching but they all swim togeather. The sea lettuce is still out of control I've cut it back once already to 1/2 and it's grown out a bunch already the cheato eh not so much. That being said, the fuge is doing exactly what I wanted it to from the start, growing algae to out compete the display I still have no algae in the display but plenty on the fuge glass. Sea lettuce for days this started out as a baseball size, I've cut it back once already.
  2. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I'm hoping they do well, I've never really had luck with chromis but these are really nice looking. The blue/greens always seem to fade away one by one.
  3. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I picked up a couple small fish today, 3 blue reef chromis, Royal from aquadome. That with the clowns will be ok for now. I'll get a couple more in a couple weeks.
  4. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I was thinking about tangs, I love them they are very pretty fish. If I were to get them, I'd have to get it small and pass it along after it got bigger which is not an issue I've never really had a sentiment attachment to fish tbh. Do that get me wrong they are beautiful to watch and all and they need good homes and cared for.
  5. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I'm looking to start putting fish in my tank, I've added 2ppm of ammonia 2 days ago and it was processed and gone roughly a days time. I have a pair of clowns that I'll be adding from the 20gal but I want more fish I think I want roughly 10-12 fish in this system to start see how they process and go from there. I've never really been a big fish guy always had a pair of clowns and a goby or a 6 line wrasse and a couple of chromis but that was about it in most my past tanks. What would be good fish to start with besides the clowns?
  6. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    Just a quick update, tank is doing well still waiting for the anodize shop to finish the parts for the pendent then I can get started on the lights. I tested everything I could today, I was very shocked at the results I figured nitrates would be off the chart high from the ghost feedings, but starting the fuge during the cycle was the best idea ever. No phosphates no ammonia, no nitrites and pH is steady at 8.1 alk is at 9 nitrates we're in between .0 and .2 on the redsea test kit. The Cheatos not growing a bunch but the sea lettuce has exploded it's doubled in size and keeps growing. I've been running the fuge light 9 hours a day the tank has no algae of any kind growing yet which I don't expect it to giving the fuge. I'm feeding 2 cube is mysis frozen, brine and rods to feed the fuge everyother day. I'll continue another month down this path dosing 1ppm ammonia every 3 days to keep the nitrites fed untill I start to see a rise in nitrates to keep building the bacteria population. Then I'll turn the lights on on see how it goes.
  7. mhart032

    Radion XR30W G4 Pros for my Orphek Atlantiks/Compacts

    I really like the look and color of the orpheks too. If I wouldn't have already had the radions I might have went that route, actually looked into it twice before I was impatiant and opened the radions. The colors are fantastic and the shimmer is perfect vs the diffused radion in my opinion.
  8. mhart032

    FarmerTy's 215 gallon - No Water Changes SPS Tank

    lol.. Ive had issues with mine, have had to recalibrate it a few times as the ALK will jump up to 12.5 from 8.4/5. i have had issues mixing the reagent i normally mix up the entire 250ml concentrate when i get it. but eh still makes me nervious, maybe not so much when i get corals in the big tank i might not see the issues. the 20gal was very hard to keep stable on the alk side for sps. I killed a ton of higher end stuff.
  9. mhart032

    The new tank is up!

    man thats to bad, it looked beautiful.
  10. mhart032

    FarmerTy's 215 gallon - No Water Changes SPS Tank

    Same here, i find it can be inaccurate at times depending on the reagent mixed. it can get drastically out of hand quickly, as to how it wants to dose alk.
  11. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    Nothing to really update, things are the same, running the H380 over the fuge ghost feeding every day. the Sea lettuce is really growing, the Chaeto not so much really. it is very dark green and looks healthy. I dumped 3 of the of algae barns 5280 16oz pods into the fuge last week and adding the phyto every day when i feed to get them established in the fuge. no lights over the display till i see more action in the fuge with growth. but most everything is right in line. the Triton came today, i ordered 2 sets of the core 7 10L kits so if they run out again i shouldn't see that issue. read to many horror stories about that. Triton says shelf life is forever, so we will see. I order the parts i needed from 80/20 inc for the pendent along with some other goodies for it. just waiting for them to ship ( so slow), but i really dont need the lights for another few weeks. Ill move the clowns over this weekend, there is enough ambient light to keep them happy and grow a little coraline while i wait.
  12. mhart032

    FarmerTy's 215 gallon - No Water Changes SPS Tank

    Its all right if your into pretty colors and great extension, but i apparently like mine either bone white or super brown.
  13. mhart032

    Cleaning a Dusty old Tank

    Mine sat for a few weeks while i was working on the plumbing it collected a bit of dust on the bottom pane of glass, I just cleaned it out with water and vinegar, no issues.
  14. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I decided I'm going to hang them, saltwater.com won't take the rms mounts back cause I opened them, but oh well. I'm still figuring out what exactly I want to do, but I'll post pics when it's finished. The tank is cycled, the fuge is setup and still ghost feeding to feed the fuge.
  15. mhart032

    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I think im going to send the RMS mounts back and get these to hang it. ITEM QUANTITY PRICE SUBTOTAL DELETE EcoTech Marine MULTI-LIGHT RMS TRACK 50.5" Update $73.50 $73.50 x EcoTech Marine XR717 RMS HANGING KIT Update $40.95 $40.95 x EcoTech Marine MULTI-LIGHT RMS SLIDE FOR XR15 Update $21.00 $63.00 x Checkout Now Your Order Subtotal$177.45 Estimated Shipping*FREE Estimated Sales Tax$-.--