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Pulled this tank out of storage finally. Officially been running since Jan, 3

Anyways, let's get to it.

THE GEAR.

Lighting - 2x 150w MH 20k, 2x 96w 50/50 PC

Power head - Sicce Voyager 2, MJ900

Return pump - single Mag 9.5 split for dual return (ghettofied).

ONLY 29 lbs of LR, so far, I'll add more when I see rock I want.

STOCKING

CORALS - Changed my mind completely with this tank. Bit of everything, for now.

FISH - Yellow Tang, Cleaner Wrasse, Melanarus Wrasse, Flame Angel

Here's some pic's of what I got done today (finishing the rest after this thread, really was itching to type one up).

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I used PVC concrete and perfect sized hosing...Also the threaded hose things, screw it in and glue and Wa-La!

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Haha, I guess a little. I can't pull it apart unless I pull REALLY hard and twist. So I am thinking gravity won't be able to either. It's not the pump, just the overflow.

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It looks like there's a lot of kinks in the tubing for your overflows and returns. That will probably become an issue. What do you have the return lines going to in the tank? I have some extra hang on nossels that I just took off my tank that you can have for cheap if you like.

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the pics were literally as i did it, i worked the kinks in the tubing out after i got it set up with needle nose and my hands.

It's still dry, have the rocks covered in newspaper til tomorrow. I do not have the nossels hooked up, was gonna buy some tomorrow ....and i may take you up on that. really trying to get water in the tank and possibly tweak the rest as i go. the overflows / return are set up, the rest is a work in progress.

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That would be awesome - but i'm actually at my house in College Station. i'll be back in CP Monday! thanks for the kind offer

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Small update::

Filled with water (finally). Redid aquascape. Resealed the hoses/plumbing....have it sitting now to dry after the test. Still only 29 pounds of LR, adding another 10 this Saturday w/ some corals.

Pics when the tank is running again.

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thanks victoly, thought you'd like the new work haha. the risk wasn't worth it, the tank ended up leaking, etc. didn't want to put corals or fish in until i had everything the way i wanted, numbers have remained 0ppm across the board, 1.024 SG, 8.2 PH

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Finally some progress...

Tank has been officially "running" for a month.

  • LR cured in trash can with pumps/ water change since Oct. - No spikes / anything since Jan 4.
  • Changed from the test soft plumbing to pvc hard plumbed
  • 0/0-10ppm/0 :: ammonia/nitrate/nitrite
  • 420-440 ca, 1200-1250mg, 8.2-8.3 pH, 1.025 spg, at 78-80 degrees

Planning on:

  • DIY Calcium Reactor
  • SCA-302 Skimmer

I had thought about going skimmerless and relying on dosing/wc/etc, instead I think I have found a really good, cheap, alternative. I am going with the 302 rated for a 180g because I am planning on wet skimming. Also, I am now looking for a big UV filter, that's next....

Corals finally come in Thursday AM. Can't wait!

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Corals look amazing. Could not be happier with the vendor I chose.

Pics when polyps extend and corals don't look like they just got put in :)

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Amen to that. The hardest part is the wait once it's setup. Patience is key though!

After this batch of corals I will be in Austin Friday to snag some more (from my brothers tank and from a few others).

It should be a quick jump start. After these are added, maybe one fish. Then back to waiting, monitor growth and stability.

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Here's some pics...I was impressed with the packaging. Each coral had it's own little float in the baggie.

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