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TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:43 AM
I started my Solana build on Feb 13 2009, this is taking you back in time to when I began my build...enjoy!

(Flashback to Feb 13, 2009)
Ordered the Solana 34 Gallon 20x20x20 tank and Espresso stand from my LFS yesterday 2/11/2009.
Picked up the tank and stand the very next day, owner said there is a distributor in town, one day service not bad, was a quick and easy transaction, and a pretty good price, said it was "ON SALE"!

Here is what I plan to use in my customization build:

ATI 24" 4x24w Powermodule
VorTech MP40w
Sapphire Aquatics Solana Nano Skimmer
ReefKeeper Elite Control System
Refractometer
RO/DI Unit 100 GPD
Pumps, Heaters, Substrate, Live Rock, etc...



I will be asking for help on a lot of the smaller items one needs to start a tank.

So here are a few pics of my first tank in the boxes...boring I know...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6546.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6547.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6548.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6549.jpg


I will post some more pictures this weekend, as I unbox the stuff and put it into its place in the room!
Glad to finally be part of the Solana family...Yay! Let the adventures begin.

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:50 AM
Here are some pictures of my office, this is where the tank will be setup, right where the boxes were on that empty wall...I just did a 360 turn and snapped these shots of my office furniture...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6551.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6552.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6553.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6554.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6556.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6555.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6557.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:52 AM
(Flashback to Feb 13, 2009)
Ok, just as I promised, more pictures of the Solana getting setup...

First I have to show off my new Christian Hosoi Hammerhead Skateboard deck that I purchased off ebay, it just came in the mail today, while its only a reissue of the skateboard I used to ride when I was a kid back in 1985, its now decor in the office...not the same exact color either, but its still nostalgic!
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6572.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6573.jpg


Now on to the stand unpacking...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6574.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6575.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:53 AM
2 hours later, and a few frustrations...we have a tank and stand!
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6581.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6582.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6583.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6586.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6592.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6593.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6594.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6599.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6597.jpg

The filtration I'm removing from the middle chamber of the back of my Solana tank...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6602.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:54 AM
Here are some pictures of the back of the tank...still deciding on what all to do back here, refuge with cheato and live rock rubble? Probably upgrade the skimmer to a Sapphire Aquatics Skimmer for the Solana?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6604.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6606.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6607.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6608.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6609.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:55 AM
(Flashback to Feb 18, 2009)

Lookie Lookie what I got in the mail yesterday...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6621.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6623.jpg

Skimmer should be here soon too, and then my ATI Lights, its coming together slow and surely.

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:56 AM
(Flashback Feb 19, 2009)

The UPS man dropped of a nice little present for me today!
It a Sapphire Aquatics - Nano Skimmer for the Solana. Shipped very nicely. Easy to assemble. Pretty.

Just a few questions for you all...what is that tube thing hanging off and where does it go?
I read the instructions and it says to wash this thing down in warm water before using.
It also says for the first week of use, leave the gate valve all the way down while the skimmer is breaking in.
How do you know when thats done and when to raise and how far to raise the gate valve?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6632.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6634.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6635.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6636.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6644.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6645.jpg

Guess I'll keep the stock skimmer around in case of emergency? Do people sell them? Should I keep or sell?

Chamber #1 done.

Next step up, chamber #2...The Filter Media and/or Bio Media!

I guess in the bottom chamber, I should put cheato? (and submersible LED lights)
Then in the top chamber, that Wal-Mart filter floss I picked up?
What about ChemiPure & SeaChem Purigen? Top/Bottom? Goes in Mesh Bags?

Another question. My planning for the ReefKeeper Elite has me researching float switches and what not, if I remove the ATO bottles and that piece that held the bottles, does the water in the 3rd chamber get to the same level as the tank, so I can put float switches in there to use as my ATO monitors?

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 11:59 AM
(Flasback to Feb 21, 2009)

New goodies arrived today at my door step!

The two 100w Stealth heaters for the tank and water changes/salt mixing...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6646.jpg

The Refractometer...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6652.jpg

The two API test kits all new tank owners should have...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6501.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6502.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:00 PM
Here are some other Solana tank owner's pictures of the ATO chamber when they took out the bottles and put in a real ATO float switch...


http://i42.*******.com/13z7kwn.jpg


http://i42.*******.com/2rm5zqo.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:02 PM
(Flashback to Feb 24, 2009)

Got a couple more goodies today...

The thermometer for the water changes and salt mixes...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6505.jpg

And until I get a ReefKeeper Elite to give me tank temps, this one will have to do...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6507.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:03 PM
(Flashback to Feb 25, 2009)

Just unboxed this package I got yesterday, its a nicely built RO/DI Unit...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6513.jpg

A few extras I had to purchase...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6514.jpg

The TDS meter...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6516.jpg

Some of the accessories that came with the RO/DI Unit...are on the left...the extras on the right...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6521.jpg

Here is where I plan to hook it up to my cold water supply and split the faucet with the washing machine...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6523.jpg

Here is the sink next to my washer/dryer units, that I can put my collections in and let drain any wastes...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6525.jpg

Another angle of the washer and dryer with sink, I'll mount the RO/DI unit on the wall behind the washer there..
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6526.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:04 PM
Almost ready for some water and maybe Live Rock...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6533.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:04 PM
I got my RO/DI unit hung on the wall and all hooked up, it was easier than I thought...

Here it is all hooked up and hung...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6501-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6506.jpg

My TDS going IN is in the low to mid 400's...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6503.jpg

My TDS going OUT is 0.00, is that ready to use water?
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6504.jpg

This is my PSI, is this good/bad/decent? I have the washing machine water off.
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6512.jpg

What are these things for?
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6517.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:05 PM
I also got my ATI 4x24w Powermodule lights today...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6518-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6519-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6520-1-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6521-1-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6522-1.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:06 PM
You've all been caught up...I haven't unwrapped the lights yet, and hung them...will do that this weekend.

El Camaron
02/27/2009, 12:16 PM
great start Chris, let us know how that saphire skimmer works for you. I still run my stock simmer which is performing great.

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:16 PM
Now I'd like to start discussing the process of getting water into this thing...

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 12:35 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14496259#post14496259 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by El Camaron
great start Chris, let us know how that saphire skimmer works for you. I still run my stock simmer which is performing great.

Will do, there is another user on here that has it up and running, says its very quiet unlike the stock, and produces great skimmate...so I'm hoping I have the same results.

mnml
02/27/2009, 01:03 PM
very cool man. i have the same RODI system, it performs really well. i like the idea of the Y-connector. right now i have mine hooked up to the sink.

Cyn_D
02/27/2009, 04:01 PM
Wowo that's great I love the way Solana tamks look

Pudge957
02/27/2009, 04:24 PM
I'm very interested in seeing how well that skimmer works. I think i'm going to upgrade to it here shortly. Also what made you go with the mp40 over the mp20 that is the next thing on my list because im tired of two huge powerheads in my display. I would hold off a few weeks before you add the cheato because it will probably just die from lack of the right nutrients in the tank. Also the water lvl in the third chamber is going to be where the little plastic thing would sit that helf the bottles in place. If you have a ato the is right where you wanna sit your sensors there should be a little lip right there. (Just sharing on how I have mine set up.) I also have my heater in the 3rd chamber as well

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 04:32 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14497837#post14497837 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Pudge957
I'm very interested in seeing how well that skimmer works. I think i'm going to upgrade to it here shortly. Also what made you go with the mp40 over the mp20 that is the next thing on my list because im tired of two huge powerheads in my display. I would hold off a few weeks before you add the cheato because it will probably just die from lack of the right nutrients in the tank. Also the water lvl in the third chamber is going to be where the little plastic thing would sit that helf the bottles in place. If you have a ato the is right where you wanna sit your sensors there should be a little lip right there. (Just sharing on how I have mine set up.) I also have my heater in the 3rd chamber as well

I'll update the thread once I get that skimmer going, to let you all now for sure, lots of others interested as well.

I chose the MP40w over the MP20 for future proof reasons, just knowing that when/if I ever upgraded my tank to a bigger one, this would probably do the job and works wirelessly if I ever added another to a bigger tank. I got a good deal in a Group Buy as well.

So you didn't put your heater in the 1st chamber in the spot they have made for it? 3rd works fine as you know, but I planned on the first, but might rethink it, if its better in the 3rd?

I'll wait on the cheato till I get more established. Thanks!

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 04:36 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14497688#post14497688 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Cyn_D
Wowo that's great I love the way Solana tamks look

Hey, thanks Cyn_D! A fellow Okie I see, I have some friends in McLoud, OK.

Pudge957
02/27/2009, 04:39 PM
I think the heater is more of a preference I don't really think it matters. I just have it in the 3rd cause thats where i have almost everything else. I was thinking of the MP40 just for the upgrade reason because im think of doing a 90g to a 150g here in the next year. But I also can't see myself getting rid of this tank even if I do go bigger. So I would always keep it up and running.

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 04:48 PM
Yeah, to me it was just a good investment for any tank, future or current. Have you seen the videos on YouTube? Go to YouTube and search for the MP40w there are some vids with it on a Solana making waves, very cool...and quiet...enough for me.

Pudge957
02/27/2009, 04:50 PM
lol, your going to end up talking me into buying it.

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 05:01 PM
I unwrapped the light fixture and set it on top of the tank and snapped a few pictures...I will try to hang it tomorrow or Sunday.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6533-1.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6534.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6535.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6539.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6540.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6541.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6542.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
02/27/2009, 05:02 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14497995#post14497995 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Pudge957
lol, your going to end up talking me into buying it.

I think you should. Read up on it, those who have one say they love it, and the vids on YouTube speak for themselves...

Check out the prices on ReefGeek.com

pprwngs
02/27/2009, 07:33 PM
Christ I was at Vivid Aquariums (http://www.vividaquariums.com) (they are a sponsor of this site) in So Cal today, and they are running a Solana with the Sapphire skimmer and man was it pulling some nasty looking skimmate. And the micro bubles were non-existent. Also another I thing noticed about their tank was no filtering media what so ever and their tank was spectacular looking...

noblerot
02/28/2009, 12:03 AM
Looks good Chris! I'd like to see a picture of the lights when they get hung (turned on of course).

TriggerHappyDude
02/28/2009, 12:20 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14499115#post14499115 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by pprwngs
Christ I was at Vivid Aquariums (http://www.vividaquariums.com) (they are a sponsor of this site) in So Cal today, and they are running a Solana with the Sapphire skimmer and man was it pulling some nasty looking skimmate. And the micro bubles were non-existent. Also another I thing noticed about their tank was no filtering media what so ever and their tank was spectacular looking...

Awesome, thats good to hear, thats what you have too right?
I bought the filtering media, might as well use it, maybe later, not during the cycle. But glad to hear that skimmer is good. Makes me feel good for my purchase!

TriggerHappyDude
02/28/2009, 12:21 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14500782#post14500782 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by noblerot
Looks good Chris! I'd like to see a picture of the lights when they get hung (turned on of course).

You bet I will, I'll get it all up and going, and post pictures with lights on/off etc...

mike fail
02/28/2009, 12:14 PM
haha awesome build. definitely not a budget build though lol im pretty sure that light cost more than my entire 20 setup lol

TriggerHappyDude
02/28/2009, 05:18 PM
Yeah, I started with a budget, but blew it with upgrades.
Hopefully I can make the Solana owners proud when I get it up and running!

mnml
03/01/2009, 01:33 PM
let's get some water in the tank already ;)

kmu
03/01/2009, 04:06 PM
Put some water in it... I filled my solana the day I brought it home...

nice choice on equipment

ssamick
03/01/2009, 04:21 PM
Hey can we see a pic of the Lights? Those look sweet.

TriggerHappyDude
03/01/2009, 09:30 PM
Once I get the lights hung up, I'll put the bulbs in and will take some pictures.

TriggerHappyDude
03/02/2009, 11:24 PM
Well here are some of the Mods I've done to the tank stand.

2 LED lights with on/off touch sensors, battery operated $11 each at Wal-Mart...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6545-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6547-1.jpg

Replaced the plastic with felt floor protectors, for my new wood floors...thanks to new friends on here!
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6548-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6549-1.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
03/02/2009, 11:26 PM
:D

The new light is now hanging in place...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6550-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6551-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6552-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6553-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6554-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6555-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6556-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6557-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6558-1.jpg

noblerot
03/02/2009, 11:34 PM
Looks great, fire it up!

mnml
03/03/2009, 12:13 AM
so clean! i love it! when is the water going in? :D

TriggerHappyDude
03/03/2009, 12:22 AM
Ha, I don't even know how much salt goes into a 34 gallon tank?
I have to get my substrate next, and some live rock?
Or I guess I could do the simple, does it hold water? test...?

TriggerHappyDude
03/03/2009, 01:14 AM
Bulbs installed in this order from front to back...
- ATI Blue Plus
- ATI Aqua Blue Special
- UV Lighting AquaSun
- ATI Blue Plus

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6559-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6560-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6561-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6562.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6563.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6564.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6565.jpg

mnml
03/03/2009, 10:38 AM
i'm paranoid so i would do a water test to make sure it's not leaking before i put any rocks/sand in.

the light spectrum looks killer. can't wait to see the corals pop underneath it.

TriggerHappyDude
03/03/2009, 01:56 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14524864#post14524864 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by thin crust
i'm paranoid so i would do a water test to make sure it's not leaking before i put any rocks/sand in.

the light spectrum looks killer. can't wait to see the corals pop underneath it.

Yeah good idea, so just regular old straight fresh water right? Fill it and then drain it...wipe it out clean when done?

I like my bulbs too, but might be too blue for me...

- ATI Blue Plus
- ATI Aqua Blue Special
- UV Lighting AquaSun
- ATI Blue Plus

Should I get another UV AquaSun to make it more white?

mnml
03/03/2009, 02:59 PM
fresh water is fine for the leakage test.

I think I'm going to go:

ATI Blue+
ATI Blue Special
ATI Pro Color or UVL 75/25
ATI Blue+

I'm going to get both bulbs for the 3rd slot just to see to which one I like better.

TriggerHappyDude
03/03/2009, 03:33 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14526838#post14526838 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by thin crust
fresh water is fine for the leakage test.

I think I'm going to go:

ATI Blue+
ATI Blue Special
ATI Pro Color or UVL 75/25
ATI Blue+

I'm going to get both bulbs for the 3rd slot just to see to which one I like better.

What is it you are wanting out of those two in the 3rd slot?

mnml
03/03/2009, 05:41 PM
Grim recommened I go with the 75/25 but a friend of mine is running the Pro Color, which looks nice. Since the extra bulb isn't too expensive, I was going to order both to see how they each look w/ the Blue+ and Blue Special. I'm hoping to get more POP out of my LPS since it's what's domoniate in my tank at the moment.

FiSHy sAy HeY
03/03/2009, 05:52 PM
Looking good

divewsharks
03/03/2009, 07:40 PM
if it is too blue for you, you can go with 2 aquablue's and only 1 blue+. the aquablues are more white with a little bit of blue to them.

nice thread, i'm looking at getting a Solana to keep some small seahorses.

aklee987
03/03/2009, 08:53 PM
Can't believe I missed this thread until now! Looks great! What are you going to do with the 2nd chamber?

JGross4
03/03/2009, 08:56 PM
Looking good! I'm looking forward to seeing it with water in it!

TriggerHappyDude
03/03/2009, 08:59 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14529499#post14529499 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aklee987
Can't believe I missed this thread until now! Looks great! What are you going to do with the 2nd chamber?

2nd chamber...
Filter Floss on the top, middle (future for cheato after cycle) then on the bottom of that ChemiPure, Purigen and SeaGel.

3rd chamber...
ATO and who knows?

MIKE HUNT
03/03/2009, 10:52 PM
Looks GGRRRRRRRRRReeeat!

aklee987
03/04/2009, 07:51 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14529558#post14529558 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ChrisMc73
2nd chamber...
Filter Floss on the top, middle (future for cheato after cycle) then on the bottom of that ChemiPure, Purigen and SeaGel.

3rd chamber...
ATO and who knows?

I might rethink the chaeto in the 2nd chamber. I made a post earlier in the Solana Tank owner thread, I'll copy and paste here in case you missed it:
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Heads up to everyone, I had some chaeto in the back 2nd chamber with a light velcroed to the back of the tank. Pieces kept clogging both my overflow sponge and my return pump. So I decided it wasn't worth the pain and was going to take it out. So last night, I opened the 2nd chamber (had to remove my Vortech box) and put my hand down there, NO CHAETO! I looked further and realized what happened.

There was massive coralline algae buildup on the back glass right where my light was shining in, blocking the light from getting to the chaeto. Therefore, the chaeto died slowly and the little pieces ended up in the display, bigger pieces ended up stuck to the pump.

So, unless you want to scrape the back of the tank, be careful adding a light back there. I have no interest in scraping it, so I'll just not add any more chaeto. Wondering if I should keep the light on though, does coralline provide any sort of nutrient export? My wife likes the light back there as a nightlight (tank is in the kitchen) if she needs to go in there. Any thoughts?
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Just something to think about.

TriggerHappyDude
03/04/2009, 08:36 AM
I don't plan to have a lot of light on the cheato, just some small submersible lights. I might not add it at all, we'll see after the tank cycles.

wastememphis
03/04/2009, 09:58 AM
Looking good! How much do one of those RODI units run... I need to get a new one. Those are some nice looking lights for in the stand too!

TriggerHappyDude
03/04/2009, 02:50 PM
I paid $132 for the RO/DI unit, and then another $8 for the water hose attachment and like $24 for the inline TDS meter...so total with shipping was $175...all from ebay.

wastememphis
03/04/2009, 04:17 PM
Nice! Its seems like a better value to buy a new RODI unit, rather than replacing all the filters on my old 35gpd unit!

mnml
03/04/2009, 06:21 PM
It's a great unit. I've been using the same one for 2 yrs now and it performs well.

aklee987
03/05/2009, 09:06 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14532245#post14532245 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ChrisMc73
I don't plan to have a lot of light on the cheato, just some small submersible lights. I might not add it at all, we'll see after the tank cycles.

Oh yeah, forgot that you got those submersible lights. I think that'll work great for you. I may have to get some. Keep us updated!

Eel-byte
03/06/2009, 08:46 AM
Nice looking setup.

lucas73
03/06/2009, 12:02 PM
Very nice setup you have Chris,I love the look of the Solanas.

TriggerHappyDude
03/06/2009, 12:05 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm gearing up and hoping to have water soon, so check back often, I'm really excited to add sand and live rock!

Felix1021
03/07/2009, 02:33 PM
Great thread/build man.
I've seen a lot of activity on the solana owner thread
TOP of the LINE BUILD.
You are not leaving anything untouched. Good stuff.
glad to see you paid very close attention to all those details and made some wise selection on all your equipment. Let me know how quiet your skimmer is. I'll be buying one soon.

Felix-

TriggerHappyDude
03/10/2009, 11:23 PM
I still can't get over this, its like being cheated on in HS...

http://current-usa.com/solanaxl.html

wastememphis
03/11/2009, 10:11 AM
Chris,

Although the XL is larger, I dont think I would actually buy one.
I dont understand how the over flow really works, it looks full length, does it go right through the stand like the AGA tanks?

Also, you couldn't really fit a good skimmer in the sump so you would end up buying new equipment for the set up as well. Your tank will have top notch equipment and you dont need to worry about keeping things at 2' depths... also the XL says its a black stand only.

P.s. I have the espresso Solana stand empty still (5months) and I'm buying equipment just like you haha! Have you filled up the tank and tried out the skimmer yet? I'm intrested in buying one...
(looks like your posting that XL link everywhere haha)

TriggerHappyDude
03/11/2009, 10:23 AM
Yeah, I'm ok with my 34 gallon tank for now, and happy with my purchases, but jeez had I seen this even a month ago, I'd of waited on it just to check it out.

But this just makes me want to start planning my bigger 100+ gallon custom built AGE tank for the future!

I could go with black or espresso colors in my office, but again, happy with my decision.

I haven't done the water leak test yet, waiting on my Maxi Jet 1200 to get here before I can do that. Should be this week. Then I can turn the skimmer on...I need that Maxi Jet to pump the RO/DI water from my Brute to my tank.

wastememphis
03/11/2009, 10:39 AM
I just saw on marine depot that solana has a 18" cube aswell ??

I'm going to start my build thred in a month or two (when I move back home) but I'm really intrested in seeing the saphire skimmer working on a solana tank.

Are you mounting the mp20 in the middle or on the side walls?

mnml
03/11/2009, 10:56 AM
stick with the 34 so you don't get booted from the nano forum :lol: :lol:

TriggerHappyDude
03/11/2009, 11:10 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14585796#post14585796 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wastememphis
I just saw on marine depot that solana has a 18" cube aswell ??

I'm going to start my build thred in a month or two (when I move back home) but I'm really intrested in seeing the saphire skimmer working on a solana tank.

Are you mounting the mp20 in the middle or on the side walls?

I have the VorTech MP40w, not 20, shame on you! :-)
I bought StevieT's dock box for the VorTech's to mount it in the top of the 2nd chamber, we'll see how well it works, and go from there, so for now my intention is to have it in the middle, so you don't see any wire at all!

wastememphis
03/11/2009, 12:33 PM
Hahaha... my apologies! I'm going to be keeping gorgs/sea horses so Ill have to settle with the measley mp20... :strange:

TriggerHappyDude
03/11/2009, 01:07 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14586615#post14586615 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by wastememphis
Hahaha... my apologies! I'm going to be keeping gorgs/sea horses so Ill have to settle with the measley mp20... :strange:

Very nice, I'll want to see that when you are up.

What I know about the 3 different cube shaped Solana tanks are this...

There is an 18x18x18, 20x20x20 and 24x24x24...

The 18" is low iron glass, and in limited supply.
This was also said to me about the new 24", not released yet.
The 20", has already been released and they have no more of the low iron version...

zooty
03/11/2009, 07:01 PM
Dude,
When are you putting the water in?

;-)

TriggerHappyDude
03/11/2009, 07:56 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14589384#post14589384 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by zooty
Dude,
When are you putting the water in?

;-)

Zooty,

I've ordered my sand, its on the way. I just today got squared away my live rock...I was offered from a local club president, some Totoka and Fiji live rock...30lbs..for $150...

No pests or parasites. I will get an algal break out since it has been kept in the dark, but it will not be bad at all if I keep my water parameters good.

Here are some images of the Totoka Rock...

http://www.lareefs.com/images/totoka.jpg


http://www.rebmarreef.com/images/Totoka2.JPG

Felix1021
03/11/2009, 07:58 PM
looks very nice. good pick.

wastememphis
03/11/2009, 08:20 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14589785#post14589785 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ChrisMc73
Zooty,
. I will get an algal break out since it has been kept in the dark, but it will not be bad at all if I keep my water parameters good.


I would think that you would NOT get an algae break out. I "cooked" my rocks by keeping them in the dark for 4 months about 2 years go and right now all my rock is in the dark (5months) until I return from Alabama... gets rid of all the photosynthetic algae. Good deal on the rock!

TriggerHappyDude
03/12/2009, 12:42 AM
I hope it works out, I trust this guy and this rock looks to be cool, from the pictures of that kind of rock online...

zooty
03/12/2009, 11:41 AM
Nice looking rock!

What kind of sand did you order?

TriggerHappyDude
03/12/2009, 11:51 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14594182#post14594182 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by zooty
Nice looking rock!

What kind of sand did you order?

Zooty,

I got 20lbs of CaribSea Ocean Directâ„¢ Original Grade and 10lbs of West Caribbean Reef, just picked what looked good on their web site, in the grain sizes and textures I liked...and so I hope its that cool in person.

cerobbins
03/12/2009, 10:54 PM
If the rock has been kept in the dark it has probably been "cooked" and if that is the case you should definatly not see an algae outbreak. Looks good!

TriggerHappyDude
03/14/2009, 12:31 PM
What does "cooked" mean? I'm new to that term.

TriggerHappyDude
03/14/2009, 12:40 PM
Had a few goodies come in on Friday...and have planned to get my live rock next weekend!

My ATO float switches...and some tubing...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6585.jpg

Some cable management stuff, the Maxi Jet 1200, and Tom's Aqualifter...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6586-1.jpg

And the sand; CaribSea Western Caribbean Reef and Ocean Direct Original Grade...
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6592-1.jpg

zooty
03/17/2009, 01:37 PM
you got your answer to "cooked" rock?

TriggerHappyDude
03/17/2009, 01:39 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14630357#post14630357 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by zooty
you got your answer to "cooked" rock?

No I have an idea, but would like a real explanation. Please. Thanks.

wastememphis
03/17/2009, 02:26 PM
It was the big thing when I started the hobby...

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=485572

TriggerHappyDude
03/18/2009, 12:35 PM
Well, I got the Reef Keeper Elite in the mail yesterday.
I've unboxed it, looks like its all there. Can't wait to play with this, if I ever get water in my tank!

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6593-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6594-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6595.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6597-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6598-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6599-1.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
03/18/2009, 12:36 PM
The mail man just dropped off this nice package...from inTank Mediabaskets...

Its my VorTech MP40w Dry Dock and my fuge submersible lights...the dry dock is so I can mount the VorTech powerhead in the back middle of the tank, and not show any wires at all.

The submersible lights are to grow cheato down there one day, after my tank has cycled.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6602-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6603.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6607-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6608-1.jpg

wastememphis
03/18/2009, 01:09 PM
Nice! Do you have a picture of your tank with the vortech in the box yet?

TriggerHappyDude
03/18/2009, 01:28 PM
No, haven't opened it up yet. I guess I could do that to see how well it fits? Or if the magnet works well through it? Is that what you're after?

If you're waivering on the dry dock, inTank is closing up for a while, so that StevieT can move. So you might be too late to get one for a while.

wastememphis
03/18/2009, 01:32 PM
Don't need to buy one, I'm thinking of doing a DIY rockwall on the back and custom box... just kinda wanted to see how the vortech looked in the tank when mounted in the middle, only have seen a tank or two mount that way.

TriggerHappyDude
03/21/2009, 04:20 PM
Ok so I got my live rock last night...I've got it in a nice big 35 gallon Rubbermaid tub, with a Maxi Jet 1200 moving water around and a heater keeping it right around 79-80 degrees...its a mixture of Fiji and Totoka rock from a local OKC reefers stash. I will keep it in this tub until my newer "Starphire" low iron Solana tank arrives first week of April (swapping out for my current one).

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6613.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6614-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6615-1.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6616.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6617-1.jpg

Fishboy9227
03/27/2009, 12:45 PM
Hey man,
Watch those coralife thermometers. They have a rep for being off.

KH971
03/27/2009, 01:26 PM
A skimmer in that tub will help pull out alot of junk while you are cooking that rock in the dark.

TriggerHappyDude
03/27/2009, 03:13 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14704331#post14704331 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Fishboy9227
Hey man,
Watch those coralife thermometers. They have a rep for being off.

Yeah I've got the two heaters at about 82, and it shows 79/80...think thats ok?

TriggerHappyDude
03/27/2009, 03:14 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14704599#post14704599 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by KH971
A skimmer in that tub will help pull out alot of junk while you are cooking that rock in the dark.

Well I do have the stock one from the Solana, but not sure what level the water needs to be at etc...how would I put that in there the right way to do its job, I'm new remember! Skimmers are really new to me.

Fishboy9227
03/27/2009, 03:43 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14705297#post14705297 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by TriggerHappyDude
Yeah I've got the two heaters at about 82, and it shows 79/80...think thats ok?

Honestly, i wouldnt trust them. Thats not too far off now, but it can continue to become more inaccurate. I use a old school, glass thermometer. Its a pain in the butt, however very accurate. But if i could afford one, I would get a pinpoint.

cerobbins
03/27/2009, 11:05 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14705308#post14705308 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by TriggerHappyDude
Well I do have the stock one from the Solana, but not sure what level the water needs to be at etc...how would I put that in there the right way to do its job, I'm new remember! Skimmers are really new to me.

I do not know what water level the stock solana skimmer needs, but I can tell you how to figure it out. All you need to do is measure the depth of the first baffle in the solana that the skimmer would sit in. That is the appropriate water level according to current. However, I have found that it may work a bit better a little deeper.

TriggerHappyDude
03/28/2009, 12:36 AM
Ok I'll give that a shot. The tub might not be deep enough, we'll see. My other issue is not knowing how to set that rubber band thing and such...guess I'll just see if I can get it bubbling first.

cerobbins
03/28/2009, 11:39 AM
Setting the rubber band is kind of a case by case situation. Some of the solana skimmer seem to perform better than others. Really all you need to do is set the collection cup really high while the skimmer breaks in then slowly lower the collection cub until you get some skimmate. Once you try it I think you will realize how simple it is.

TriggerHappyDude
03/28/2009, 11:40 AM
Ok, I'll set it high and not expect any skimmate for how long?
Its making bubbles in there below the cup so I guess thats set up right, just wondering how long a break in period is, but I guess that all depends...

cerobbins
03/28/2009, 11:47 AM
Yep it all depends... usually a couple of days

cerobbins
03/28/2009, 11:48 AM
How do you like that ati fixture? I am thinking about getting the 8x24w for my solana.

guntercb
03/28/2009, 06:49 PM
Great tank. I did not skimp on hardware. You have done your homework. Get the water in it!!!! You are such a tease.

Looking good. Keep it up.

Cheers,
Chris

TriggerHappyDude
03/28/2009, 06:53 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14710166#post14710166 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cerobbins
How do you like that ati fixture? I am thinking about getting the 8x24w for my solana.

Did you see my pictures of the light on, I don't really think you need the 6 or 8 x 24w...I asked around here, on the T5 threads, and GrimReefer, the resident expert said I would just be lighting up the carpet around the tank...and he was right. The 4x24 is a lot of light...why are you thinking of going with the 8x24?

TriggerHappyDude
03/28/2009, 06:54 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14712477#post14712477 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by guntercb
Great tank. I did not skimp on hardware. You have done your homework. Get the water in it!!!! You are such a tease.

Looking good. Keep it up.

Cheers,
Chris

I'm waiting for a tank switch, I am getting the 34 gallon Starphire (low iron) glass tank sent to my LFS the first week of April, and so I'm waiting for it to come in, then I'll be ready to add water and rock and sand etc...sorry its teasing me too!

cerobbins
03/28/2009, 08:57 PM
I was going to get the 8x24 because I imagine my next tank will be a 24" cube. So I wanted to get something that will also work for a larger tank as well. I do realize it may be a bit overkill, but I also have sps and clams on the bottom of the tank.

TriggerHappyDude
03/28/2009, 08:59 PM
Ahhh, planning for the upgrade is understandable. I did with a lot of my other stuff.

guntercb
03/30/2009, 12:22 PM
TriggerHappyDude,

The first week of April!!! Boy that seems a long way off. Anyway, keep up the good work and post pictures as soon as you swap the tank and get water and live stock in it.

Cheers,
Chris

TriggerHappyDude
03/30/2009, 01:47 PM
Well, not sure if the shipper is counting this week as the first week of April or if its next week? Soon I hope! This week I hope!

mnml
03/30/2009, 01:48 PM
dude you are laggin' big time! ;) :p

TriggerHappyDude
03/30/2009, 02:27 PM
All I've ever heard is "Patience, Patience, Patience..."??

Now I'm laggin!?!?! Come on, it will pick up soon!

PaulOKC
04/06/2009, 03:29 PM
You got a lot of great stuff! I can't wait to see it with water! :)

TriggerHappyDude
04/06/2009, 03:31 PM
Thanks Paul, now lets get your build thread going too!

Rickyrooz1
04/09/2009, 08:38 AM
I wish I had your camera!

TriggerHappyDude
05/05/2009, 10:36 PM
UPDATE:

Finally got the Starphire "Clear Glass" version of the Solana tank in, which is what I was waiting for, for over a month...swapped it out with my original one which I never added water to and tonight the rest of the build began...

I did my fresh water test tonight...no leaks...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6723.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6724.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6725.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6726.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6727.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6728.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6732.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6734.jpg

vegita51
05/05/2009, 10:59 PM
It's nice to see some water in the tank!! I just had a question for you, In your previous post of the other tank the ATI light fixture looked like it hung lower than it does now, Is there any reason in particular for raising it? Thanks and I am looking forward to the addition of everything else!

Pudge957
05/05/2009, 11:29 PM
I agree it does seem a little high. Are u going to lower it?

TriggerHappyDude
05/06/2009, 07:34 AM
Oh yeah its higher right now, but thats the beauty of it, I can raise and lower it with ease. The reason its high right now is only due to I'm adding water and will add rock soon and need the room, when its all said and done it will be a lot lower, like 4"-6" from the top of the tank...its just raised in these pics because I needed the room to put my hoses and power head in the tank to fill it up. I will leave it up till I'm done aquascaping, so I have room to get in there.

ximmortaldeathx
05/07/2009, 02:26 PM
Looking good, so you went with the Starphire.

im interested to see how your vortex performs, i was thinking about doing the same thing but with a smaller since the one you have might bee too much.

anyways keep us updated!

TriggerHappyDude
05/07/2009, 03:54 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14970013#post14970013 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ximmortaldeathx
Looking good, so you went with the Starphire.

im interested to see how your vortex performs, i was thinking about doing the same thing but with a smaller since the one you have might bee too much.

anyways keep us updated!

Yeah I bought the MP40w with a future tank in mind. I plan to one day own an AGE Rimless Starphire 120+ gallon or so...a lot of my equipment purchased was with an upgrade in mind.

I will let you know about the skimmer and vortech...upon inital turn on, both were SILENT...

ximmortaldeathx
05/07/2009, 03:58 PM
ide be afraid that mp40 would crack the glass on the front with so much flow, what % power do you have it in?

TriggerHappyDude
05/07/2009, 04:05 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14970582#post14970582 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ximmortaldeathx
ide be afraid that mp40 would crack the glass on the front with so much flow, what % power do you have it in?

Well I don't think its a speed boat engine, hehehehe...I have it turned down to as low as it will go. I have some time to play with it, as I don't have any rock in there right now. Once I get some stuff living in there, I'll play with it more. You should check out some of the videos on YouTube with a search for MP40w and see how some others are doing with it, they have it going maybe 1/2 speed and its working fine...its not gonna crack any glass, it would splash water out of the tank I'd think, before it did any damage to the glass...?

I could be wrong, remember I'm really new to this tank and equipment myself.

I think you should consider the new MP10 they've just released for Nano Tanks...if you don't need the MP40w and its power.
I know it would have been what I would have purchased, if I wasn't planning to upgrade tanks in the future.

Pudge957
05/07/2009, 04:45 PM
mp40s have been know to make tanks bust just from the power, even more if u have one on a short pulse making a wave. From what I understand it will wear down the silicone holding the glass in place cause it to peel away and crash. Just what i've read from other posts. Plus it being rimless there isn't that middle support to help brace everything.

TriggerHappyDude
05/07/2009, 04:47 PM
Hummm, I never heard this...I don't plan to blow it at anywhere near full steam tough. I'm not too worried about it. Unless you all think I should be?

Pudge957
05/07/2009, 04:49 PM
I keep mine running about 75% on reef crest and ive been happy with it. Keep in mind im running the mp20

TriggerHappyDude
05/07/2009, 04:52 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14970862#post14970862 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Pudge957
I keep mine running about 75% on reef crest and ive been happy with it. Keep in mind im running the mp20

And if I did the same, it would be more powerful just because its an MP40? I'm still trying to figure out my ReefKeeper Elite, just figured out how to turn on power to the outlets last night...haven't even really messed with the controller for the MP40.

Pudge957
05/07/2009, 05:02 PM
Im not 100% but I think the difference between the 2 is roughly 1,000gph. Running 3,000gph on a tank of that size is a bit of over kill But I know you are going to be upgrading soon. If i could i would probably run mine a 100% in reef crest. I just have some LPS and a RBTA that wouldn't like it. Heh i was playing around the other seeing how much of a wave I could make in short pulse and I could just see the anemone getting mad at me. My tank is getting pretty full (swiching over from mainly lps to pretty much all sps) and i'm just paranoid the rbta is going to get up and start moving on me one of these days.

ximmortaldeathx
05/07/2009, 05:04 PM
trigger dont worry, if your tank busts im positive current will cover it.

lets do a full throttle test!!!!

TriggerHappyDude
05/07/2009, 05:12 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14970926#post14970926 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Pudge957
Im not 100% but I think the difference between the 2 is roughly 1,000gph. Running 3,000gph on a tank of that size is a bit of over kill But I know you are going to be upgrading soon. If i could i would probably run mine a 100% in reef crest. I just have some LPS and a RBTA that wouldn't like it. Heh i was playing around the other seeing how much of a wave I could make in short pulse and I could just see the anemone getting mad at me. My tank is getting pretty full (swiching over from mainly lps to pretty much all sps) and i'm just paranoid the rbta is going to get up and start moving on me one of these days.

Well, I don't know about upgrading "SOON", the future could be several years to less than a year...we'll have to see how this, as my first reef tank goes...so not too soon. I want to see how I do with this hobby here, nano sized first. ;)

So then, with all this being said, when I get my rock aquascaped and I add my water, how high should I fill it? Like how many inches of air from the top should there be? Its just rock right now, have to see about a cycle etc...

Nice to see a fellow OKC Reefer on here...

Pudge957
05/07/2009, 05:16 PM
Yeah this is my 1st reef tank as well. I started it in October planning on upgrading at some point. But i've had saltwater fish tanks sense I was like 14 (24 now). I keep myself on a strict routine with it, like changing the water every tuesday afternoon and doing everything that needs to be done on a regular basis. And so far everything is going just dandy

cerobbins
05/07/2009, 11:48 PM
I have been running an mp40w on my solana since day 1. If the tank breaks it would not be because of the vortech being too strong, but instead a poorly made tank. Current will warranty the tank.

TriggerHappyDude
05/08/2009, 01:40 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14973290#post14973290 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by cerobbins
I have been running an mp40w on my solana since day 1. If the tank breaks it would not be because of the vortech being too strong, but instead a poorly made tank. Current will warranty the tank.

This is kind of how I felt...pretty sure if something did leak, its just bad luck and an exception not the rule...and luckily covered under a warranty for a few years.

So how do you have your MP40w setup with your Solana?
I'm going to have mine in the dry dock, back middle, but not sure what strength or what mode...

TriggerHappyDude
05/08/2009, 02:14 AM
Added the live rock and sand tonight...

The lights were on just for a test, I've turned them off now...those of you wondering how the Sapphire Aquatics Skimmer works...its awesome, silent as can be, didn't even know it was working or on...till it finally started to bubble after messing with it a bit. I 100% recommend this skimmer over the noisy stock skimmer...hands down!

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6741.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6742.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6743.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6744.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6745.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/08/2009, 02:16 AM
Hours later after the water started to clear...you can finally see my live rock!

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6746.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6747.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6748.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6749.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6750.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6751.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6752.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/08/2009, 10:36 AM
I'm going to be reworking this, as I didn't realize I put in 3" of sand bed...40lbs of sand! Duh...I opened up a 20lb bag and (2) 10lb bags...and tossed it all in there...not thinking!

Mook Man
05/08/2009, 10:37 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14970991#post14970991 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by TriggerHappyDude
Well, I don't know about upgrading "SOON", the future could be several years to less than a year...we'll have to see how this, as my first reef tank goes...so not too soon. I want to see how I do with this hobby here, nano sized first. ;)

So then, with all this being said, when I get my rock aquascaped and I add my water, how high should I fill it? Like how many inches of air from the top should there be? Its just rock right now, have to see about a cycle etc...

Nice to see a fellow OKC Reefer on here...

You won't ever see a change in the water level in the display area of the tank, only the second and third chambers (well only the third chamber for you since you have the dry dock obscuring your view of the level in the second chamber). The water level in the display area is regulated by the size of your return pump and the flow through your overflow. When I thought about it further, the statement above is true with the following exceptions: smaller return pump -> lower water level in display / partially clogged filter pad behind overflow (more restricted flow through overflow) -> higher water level in display / smaller return pump & restricted overflow -> depends on restriction vs. pump output for water level in display.

That being said, you'll find the water level in the display will be about 1" from the top with the stock return and a clean stock black mesh sponge in the overflow. I keep the water level in my third chamber up to the plastic "line" where the plastic shelf for the stock ATO bottles used to be. Keep the aforementioned paragraph in mind when using an aftermarket ATO as a clogged sponge will drive the water level in the back chambers down, thus causing the ATO to think there is evaporation when there isn't and causing salinity stability problems. A good way to check if the sponge needs cleaning is to take the sponge out, take note of the water level, put it back in, wait about a minute, and if the water level goes down in the third chamber that means there's some restriction. Conversely, you could look at the water level before you take the sponge out, remove the sponge, and see if the water level rises.

Additionally, I noticed you have sand in your tank - I do as well with an MP40 on the back. I find that I can only run it at about 33% on reefcrest to keep the sand at a depth of 1 1/2" in the front; any more and there won't be sand at the front of my tank, but this also is a function of how your rockwork is arranged. I alternate between that mode and short pulse mode to make a wave in my tank. In wave mode I've saved a pulse that can go up to about 40% power with a short frequency almost turned all the way down to the (-).

TriggerHappyDude
05/08/2009, 10:42 AM
Thanks Mook Man. I'm still learning as you can tell, I appreciate the information you've shared. Lots of things different from back in the 90s when I had a Fish Only tank...

That being said, I'm also learning this equipment, so the MP40w and the ReefKeeper are pretty big learning curves to me right now, but I'll get them figured out soon, I hope. Same with the ATO, which is just some float switches from autotopoff.com and will connect them to my RKE.

I put WAY too much sand in there, 3" bed, wasn't thinking there.
I will be removing a lot of it here soon...then taking your suggestions.

TriggerHappyDude
05/09/2009, 10:54 AM
Some Full Tank Shots...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6764.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6765.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6766.jpg

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http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6768.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/09/2009, 10:55 AM
I guess this is normal skimmer skimmate in the early stages?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6762.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6763.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/09/2009, 10:56 AM
My aquascaping was a "first run" so I think I can do better than this...after I remove some of my 3" deep sand bed and take it back down to 1" or so...I'll redesign the rock work.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6753.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6754.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6756.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6757.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6758.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6759.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6760.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6761.jpg

Nerdy Nudi
05/09/2009, 01:31 PM
trig, that early skim is the sand silt the skimmer pulled out of the water.

dude, how wide is the flow from the vortech?

I have a few maxi mods that im trying to compare it to as I dont want the maxis in my tank, but want to make sure the flow is really wide and tall.

keep up the good work, I need the inspiration! :thumbsup:

TriggerHappyDude
05/09/2009, 01:47 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14981137#post14981137 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Nerdy Nudi
trig, that early skim is the sand silt the skimmer pulled out of the water.

dude, how wide is the flow from the vortech?

I have a few maxi mods that im trying to compare it to as I dont want the maxis in my tank, but want to make sure the flow is really wide and tall.

keep up the good work, I need the inspiration! :thumbsup:

Nerdy,
I don't know how to tell you how wide the flow is, maybe someone else who has one can help out here? Unless you know how to tell me to get that information for you?

On that skimmate, I figured it looked a bit like the white dusty stuff from the sand addition. Good to see the skimmer is working!

Nerdy Nudi
05/09/2009, 03:22 PM
dude,

to check how wide the flow is, just place your hand about a foot in front of the vortech, then move it side to side and up and down to find where you do and dont feel water pressure :D

and then you can try again farther away, on the opposite of the solana, to get an idea on how far from the vortech the flow extends, and how strong compared to close in.

for example, with my maxi jets, the flow is around a 2' stream about 7" wide. which means if positioned like your vortech, the botom, top, and sides of the solana, the flow would be very slow compared to a jet stream in the center of the tank.

hope that makes sense

TriggerHappyDude
05/09/2009, 05:00 PM
Yeah but it would also depend on the mode of the MP40w right?
Which right now I have it in Reef Crest mode...

TriggerHappyDude
05/10/2009, 03:56 PM
I'm starting to mess with the RKE and how I can use it with my equipment, once I get the hang of it, I'll have some automation going.

TriggerHappyDude
05/10/2009, 09:53 PM
Micro Bubbles in the tank, due to breaking in of a brand new skimmer?

Slickcg33
05/11/2009, 12:47 AM
it might be the skimmer, it might also be the return pump and return hose. Im not sure if your ATO is working or on, but when the water evaporates from the tank the hose and return plug comes out of the water and if it doesn't have a great seal it might catch some air/make some bubbles. make sure the connection is solid and that the tank is full / over that mark in the 3rd chamber where the hose returns to the tank. if its not, try filling it with more water and see if the bubbles get reduced. if the tanks full or they dont reduce after being full then its definitely the skimmer.

Im tagging along in this adventure because im really curious as to how the new skimmer works. i want one for mine! :D

TriggerHappyDude
05/11/2009, 09:24 AM
Ok, been trying to decide my next moves...I'm not totally unhappy with the 2"-3" sand bed, except for the fact most of the 2" is in the back and the 3" is in the front, wished it was opposite. Thought about removing some of this stuff, but hate to waste it...and lowering the bed might make my live rock look too small. What do you all think? Some friends have said they think I need a few more inches of height, but my power head is there in the center now, and can't block it. Should I raise it? Its about 4" from water level. Need some inputs here people...Move or raise the Powerhead? Add more live rock or just re-aquascape? Remove some sand?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6777.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6784.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6787.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6788.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/11/2009, 09:25 AM
Here are some close up shots of the aquascaping caves etc...I like what I have now...

Front/Center
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6779.jpg

Front/Center - Close Up
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6781.jpg

Right Side
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6782.jpg

Left Side
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6783.jpg

Top/Front/Center
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6786.jpg

lucas73
05/11/2009, 09:57 AM
Nice job aquascaping Chris,looking good.

TriggerHappyDude
05/11/2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks, I don't know what kind of corals I'll be buying, I know I want this to be a mix tank with some clowns and blue/green chromis etc, but do you see good spots for SPS/LPS etc?

jbanks
05/11/2009, 10:34 PM
Awesome setup Trigger.. Good luck with it going forward.. This is the most tricked out Nano I have ever seen. Totally RAD!

TriggerHappyDude
05/11/2009, 11:42 PM
Thanks jbanks! Hopefully the future holds some good additions of livestock...with little disease and algae breakouts!

TriggerHappyDude
05/12/2009, 12:57 AM
Today I siphoned out some of the 3" sand bed to about 1 - 1 1/2" in the front, and 2" in the back...also rearranged some rock as well...turned off the blue special lights I have and just took these pics with the "whiter" light...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6790.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6791.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6792.jpg

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http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6796.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6797.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6798.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6799.jpg

mnml
05/12/2009, 11:51 AM
looking great!

TriggerHappyDude
05/13/2009, 12:32 AM
The other day when I re-worked my rock, I found this this thing sitting near the front cave I created...it was laying horizontal on the gravel, a bit higher than it is now, but now its lower and actually dug into the sand...could this be something that has moved and put itself into the gravel? What is it? It was really laying down flat on the gravel, both ends where I could see them, now the one end is in the sand...odd?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6812.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6813.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6816.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6818.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/15/2009, 09:50 AM
Ok, well so the above turned out to be nothing...was getting excited I might have a HH for a minute.

Here are some of the latest FTS after about a week now...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6822.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6823.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6824.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6825.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6826.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6827.jpg

The VorTech is still on the side. I am using the stock ATO bottles right now and I was filling them up like every 8 hours or so, but all of a sudden its slowed down a lot, not sure why, the tank seems to be running very efficiently and smooth, afraid to bother the flow!

guntercb
05/15/2009, 11:24 AM
Why did you move the VorTech to the side?

Your setup is looking nice!

TriggerHappyDude
05/15/2009, 01:08 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15016425#post15016425 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by guntercb
Why did you move the VorTech to the side?

Your setup is looking nice!

Well, its basically been a minor issue with the combonation of my Sapphire Aquatics Skimmer and the Dry Dock box. With the skimmer in place in chamber one, when I sit the dry dock box into chamber two and push it down where it rests on the wall mounts inside the chamber that hold the black grate, it basically is so snung with the skimmer that it cuts the flow off about 85%. So the skimmer then floods because chamber one fills up more than its supposed to with water. There is some flow its just dispursed towards the front of the dry dock box and back glass, which is only like 3/4", just not enough. Now if I pull that dry dock box up and the top of the box is even with the black back of the Solana tank, then water can flow underneath that and the water levels are back to normal.

I just haven't decided where I like it better. I'm worried that the way my skimmer is so snug and the snugness of the dry dock box, that somewhere something will happen and the flow will stop up and cause floods of the tank and dry dock box, runing the VorTech and my floors. So right now its moved due to uneasiness of the way the dry dock is so snug with the skimmer.

If I could resize the dry dock at all, maybe an 1" smaller in all dimensions, it might work better. I'm wondering if some sort of plastic sock/bag would work to keep the power head dry but allow it to connect from that 2nd chamber? I might have to play with that. This way I don't have a box cutting off flow, and the powerhead is protected from getting wet, not submirsed but just wet...that would be ideal, a wet suit sort of, for the motor side.

TriggerHappyDude
05/17/2009, 11:25 PM
I now have a nice algae bloom started...on the rocks and sandbed...

Also, my very first water tests went a lot better than I imagined it would go.
pH was hardest to read, the picture looks very different than in person.

pH - 8.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 0

pH and Ammonia
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6842.jpg

Nitrites and Nitrates
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6843.jpg

So when do I get to add a CUC? I already hate the algae bloom that has begun!

Reef-Ski
05/18/2009, 06:58 AM
Very nice job on your tank.

I just set one of these up myself and I love it so far.

Good luck to you :thumbsup:

You should be able to add the clean up crew anytime, your water parameters look great.

Felix1021
05/21/2009, 11:07 PM
how do u like the Sapphire Aquatics Skimmer ?
lmk
f.

robot2222
05/22/2009, 05:30 AM
everthing looks awesome . one tthing i wish i had done different and you may also consider is keeping the live rock off the back wall . just a sugestion.

robot2222
05/22/2009, 05:30 AM
everthing looks awesome . one tthing i wish i had done different and you may also consider is keeping the live rock off the back wall . just a sugestion.

TriggerHappyDude
05/25/2009, 01:07 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15055938#post15055938 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Felix1021
how do u like the Sapphire Aquatics Skimmer ?
lmk
f.

Love it, quite, and does an awesome job of getting the skimmate.

ol1
05/25/2009, 09:54 AM
Looking great so far. You are a very patient man!

BTW any plans for the glass on the door?

TriggerHappyDude
05/25/2009, 10:23 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15072303#post15072303 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by ol1
Looking great so far. You are a very patient man!

BTW any plans for the glass on the door?

Thank you, I will be posting some updates soon I added a CUC and have some updated pictures to post.

Someone here on RC, in the Solana Owners thread, posted about what he did and I took his idea and did the same, with the glass.
We went to Lowes, where the ceiling tiles are, and purchased one panel of this $2.98 plastic lighting sheets, that looks like cracked glass, you know and usually covers fluorescent lighting.
You just cut that and put it right behind the already present glass and it looks good, if you like that look? Will try to post a picture of that as well.

TriggerHappyDude
05/25/2009, 10:25 AM
Here is some photos of my algae growth...normal looking stuff?

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6845.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6846.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6847.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6848.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6849.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6851.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6852.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6853.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_6854.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/25/2009, 10:26 AM
Ok, so I got some CUC from a LFS who didn't have all the same stuff mentioned earlier from ReefCleaners.org, he just gave me some things, then the rest I ordered from ReefCleaners.org and it will be here next week...so for now I have 1 emerald crab, 3 scarlet crabs, and some snails...I think there are some Nerite Snails, but not sure if he had any Cerith Snails; those are coming from ReefCleaners.org along with some hermits.

[NOTE: Please, if you hit REPLY take out the IMG tags, so you don't re-post these pics; there is about 14 of them and I'd rather not take up all the bandwidth, thanks]

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0042.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0043.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0045.jpg

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http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0056.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
05/25/2009, 10:27 AM
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0063.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0064.jpg

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http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/IMG_0087.jpg

SSpiro
05/26/2009, 08:58 PM
Gorgeous! Love the LR.

ol1
05/26/2009, 09:07 PM
Very nice. Looks like a normal diatom algae bloom. Also love the little nerites. They are my favorite snail in the tank because they are small, less clumsy, dont knock over frags, and i havnt had to flip any of them right side up. Only downside is these are the only snails ive had come up and out the water onto the front glass. There has been more than one occasion ive found snail trails on the front pane, and snails on the carpet. :)

sunsetSPS
05/27/2009, 12:25 PM
Very nice setup and very normal algae that you have. You may want to check for PO4, as it usually exists in new tank (from LR leaching) if it appears to have some PO4 then either run media or just do water change more often, after a few months it should stay in check.

dustinc
05/27/2009, 07:35 PM
Sent you a pm...

aklee987
08/30/2009, 08:58 PM
What happened to this thread? Tank going ok?

DPinSD
08/31/2009, 12:03 AM
Saw his post on another site still has nothing in the tank!

TriggerHappyDude
08/31/2009, 11:25 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15623219#post15623219 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by DPinSD
Saw his post on another site still has nothing in the tank!

Really what thread on what site was that? I'm curious.
I've had some posts over on NR for a while now with my fish experiences...


Here are some shots of my Blue/Green Chromis and Yellow Watchman Goby...

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/bebaf87f.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/27be956f.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/cb5ec2ee.jpg

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http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/af90bb4f.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/f360180a.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/f54d7953.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/117c3af7.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
08/31/2009, 11:26 AM
I want to add some beginner corals now...just not sure what is good for beginners?

aklee987
08/31/2009, 11:41 AM
Any softie is good, but some will take over your tank. I am partial to zoanthids, I bet you could do well with them. In fact, I have a small frag I'd be willing to send to you if you want. Its a small frag of a zoanthid with a bright yellow skirt, green center, and BRIGHT yellow mouth. Really pops out in my tank.

The thing is, you can keep anything you want to under your lights, so be selective about what you put in.

TriggerHappyDude
08/31/2009, 11:43 AM
Right now I'm only using 2 of my 4 lights, I don't like my blue ones, but I have 4 others in a box I bought, that I haven't played with yet in the configuration, I will do that when I get some corals going.

I'd love a frag, would pay you for one as well, can you post a picture of what it looks like? If I start getting my own frags, and corals, I would repay you back the favor...

aklee987
08/31/2009, 11:56 AM
Here are some pictures. I can't get my camera to capture the colors properly and I don't know how to make pictures prettier on photoshop, but you can kind of get the idea:

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/tleemailme/Solana/IMG_6261.jpg

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/tleemailme/Solana/IMG_6003.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
08/31/2009, 11:56 AM
Sweet, those are cool...what do I need to do?

aklee987
08/31/2009, 11:57 AM
I've got a 4-5 polyp frag I'd be more than happy to send to you, you can send me a frag back when you get some stuff going.

I've never shipped frags, but I know that when they get sent to my LFS, they are shipped dry and usually do pretty good. Zoanthids are pretty hardy. Anyone have any input on how to ship these?

TriggerHappyDude
08/31/2009, 12:15 PM
Dry really? I would have never thought that...

cerobbins
08/31/2009, 06:40 PM
double post

cerobbins
08/31/2009, 06:41 PM
you don't ship coral without water.... otherwise we reefs wouldn't strictly reside in the ocean... just bag them and stick them in a cooler and overnight them. that is how everyone does it.

aklee987
08/31/2009, 07:24 PM
I'm not sure. I talked to my local LFS and they said that they get their zoanthids shipped damp (in a bag with wet newspaper or paper towel). Something about the zoas releasing toxins into the water or something. I don't think they would live for too long like that, but overnight shouldn't be a problem. Either way, I'll do more research before shipping...

DPinSD
08/31/2009, 10:51 PM
No offense Trigger, I saw your post on NR and was following your build because I too have a Solana. I was surprised that with all the upgraded equipment you bought, and having started the reef in March that there aren't corals growing like crazy by now!

deacon hemp
09/01/2009, 02:18 AM
You can ship them with the moist paper towel method,but its better with a frag attached to styro by elastics so it cant move in a tall bag with 1/3 water to air.

I have been shipping as my job for a few years and thats how ive always done it for the company.Awesome solana BTW its acually a good thing your going slow,it will be nice and stable when u start to add stuff,ive always stocked slowly and waited some months before i added corals to all my nanos.My new solana will be up and running soon.

Cheers Deac

TriggerHappyDude
09/01/2009, 11:27 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15629035#post15629035 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by DPinSD
No offense Trigger, I saw your post on NR and was following your build because I too have a Solana. I was surprised that with all the upgraded equipment you bought, and having started the reef in March that there aren't corals growing like crazy by now!

None taken DPinSD, I've been really busy, wife gave birth to my first born son on May 29th, so thats eaten a lot of my time lately.

I'm working on some new frags to add...getting there!

DPinSD
09/01/2009, 06:33 PM
Congrats on the birth of your son!

TriggerHappyDude
09/01/2009, 06:37 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15627647#post15627647 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aklee987
I'm not sure. I talked to my local LFS and they said that they get their zoanthids shipped damp (in a bag with wet newspaper or paper towel). Something about the zoas releasing toxins into the water or something. I don't think they would live for too long like that, but overnight shouldn't be a problem. Either way, I'll do more research before shipping...

aklee987,

Lets not worry about it, I found a guy here in my local reef club who is going to help me out with some frags for cheap. I appreciate your offer...but you don't need to hassle with it.

jungliztkruger
09/01/2009, 09:55 PM
it is good to see someone new to the hobby take their time and do things right.

tank looks great, you're doing all the right things

p.s. i think you will like the blue lights much more when you have a few corals in there that will fluoresce underneath them. actinics really make the colors in the symbiotic algae pop.

TriggerHappyDude
09/01/2009, 10:13 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15634690#post15634690 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jungliztkruger
it is good to see someone new to the hobby take their time and do things right.

tank looks great, you're doing all the right things

p.s. i think you will like the blue lights much more when you have a few corals in there that will fluoresce underneath them. actinics really make the colors in the symbiotic algae pop.

You are probably right about that, I can't get them out anyway, the darned T5 bulbs are so thin and my fingers can't get around them to turn them out!! I'll wait and see when I get some frags in there how I feel about them...I'm not hating on them...just like a white look myself...but I'm open minded.

jungliztkruger
09/02/2009, 10:00 AM
i thought the same thing when i had first started... "who wants a blacklight on their fishtank!" then add a pretty colored stick and one cant get enough actinic sheesh

TriggerHappyDude
09/08/2009, 10:29 PM
Just added about 10 new frags to my tank to give it some color finally...I think now I need more live rock or more fish...or both, and then more frags!

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5035.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5037.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5038.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5042.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5043.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5044.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5045.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5046.jpg

TriggerHappyDude
09/08/2009, 10:30 PM
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5047.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5049.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5050.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5052.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj66/ChrisMc73/_MG_5054.jpg

LoneWolf88
09/08/2009, 11:36 PM
lookin good Trigger did you to check out my update website... I now have two Solanas to play with... I guess the reef bug has bitten...

jbanks
09/09/2009, 12:56 AM
Looking good Trig! I see you have some good coralline growth as well, which is a good sign that your tank is maturing.. My coralline started taking off about a week ago in my latest tank. Oddly enough out of all the colors it could be, mine is gray! Ugh! Keep up the good work! You may want to isolate you star polyp as best you can. It grows fast and it has the potential of taking over your tank... Your shrooms can spread pretty fast too. Get those all to low ground and isolate as much as you can. This way, your sps will have room to grow without being stung... That's a nice orange digitata by the way :thumbsup:

aklee987
09/09/2009, 09:12 AM
Looks nice. Are you sure you don't want some of my zoas?

And I agree with jbanks, those green start polyps will spread like crazy, so you may want to try to keep them isolated. I've got some that I love, but I keep them away from other stuff.

reeftivo
09/10/2009, 06:40 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15673181#post15673181 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aklee987
Looks nice. Are you sure you don't want some of my zoas?

And I agree with jbanks, those green start polyps will spread like crazy, so you may want to try to keep them isolated. I've got some that I love, but I keep them away from other stuff.
Looks great! +2 on the green stars. They look awsome when they get enough light but they will take over unless you trim them. I bought an encrusted 3" piece of live rock from my LFS a couple years ago and after a month the stars started taking off and covered all the top rock then shortly after that, about two thirds of the back wall. If they start getting close to other specimens you can cut them back without damage to the main colony. I gave my trimmed pieces to my LFS.

Congrats on the baby!

Fishboy9227
09/10/2009, 10:47 PM
Are you dosing anything or doing a two-part solution?

TriggerHappyDude
09/11/2009, 12:02 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15673181#post15673181 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aklee987
Looks nice. Are you sure you don't want some of my zoas?

And I agree with jbanks, those green start polyps will spread like crazy, so you may want to try to keep them isolated. I've got some that I love, but I keep them away from other stuff.

aklee,
I just figured it was more of a pain than it was worth, and expensive to ship, but its your call, if you want to still send me one and it doesn't cost a lot, I would love a new zoa or whatever.

I just didn't want to burden you.

TriggerHappyDude
09/11/2009, 12:03 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15682831#post15682831 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Fishboy9227
Are you dosing anything or doing a two-part solution?

No, should I be? I don't know anything about dosing or corals...etc...learning these as I go, my first ones.

aklee987
09/11/2009, 11:33 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15683143#post15683143 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by TriggerHappyDude
No, should I be? I don't know anything about dosing or corals...etc...learning these as I go, my first ones.

A lot of people do dose. In my opinion, dosing helps a lot with growth of corals. If you don't dose, your corals will still grow, just slowly. I would look into Bulk Reef Supply for their two-part system. Just my opinion.

I used to dose, but I've been so busy with the new baby that I have decided to quit dosing and do just water changes.

aklee987
09/11/2009, 11:34 AM
I'm also not quite sure why they call it a two-part system, when it has three parts: calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium.

Fishboy9227
09/11/2009, 11:51 AM
I dose the two part solution from Bulk Reef Supply like aklee987 mentioned. It just helps to supplement calcium, alk, and mag.

I also dose DT's, Coral Frenzy and Seachem's Reef Plus.

divewsharks
09/11/2009, 02:33 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=15684889#post15684889 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aklee987
A lot of people do dose. In my opinion, dosing helps a lot with growth of corals. If you don't dose, your corals will still grow, just slowly. I would look into Bulk Reef Supply for their two-part system. Just my opinion.

I used to dose, but I've been so busy with the new baby that I have decided to quit dosing and do just water changes.

This depends on what and how many/size of corals you have in your tank. If it is primarily softies, then routine water changes should be fine for you. Its when you get in the 'hard' corals. The 'hard' corals or stonies require calcium in order to grow. Based on the size and quantity and size of your tank, you can get by with just water changes with a quality salt. After a certain point (different for all systems) you will will need to supplement; that could be just adding Ca/Alk/Mg to the tank a few times a week or it could mean alot more (regular dosing or Rx). Without Calcium it use to build their skeletons, they cannot grow. Without the proper Alk (such as too low or too high) it can cause issues with certain types of corals (SPS) that could ultimately lead to them dying. Alk/Ca/Mg need to be in the proper balance in a system to allow the corals to thrive.

So do you test your water params now? what corals do you plan add to your system?

hth

river3847
02/21/2010, 08:15 AM
hi robot2222, any reasons why keeping live rock off back wall? thanks.

everthing looks awesome . one tthing i wish i had done different and you may also consider is keeping the live rock off the back wall . just a sugestion.

MOB1224
02/21/2010, 09:09 AM
Not sure if I missed it or not but why did you move your mp40 out of the sump? I am asking because I was trying to figure out how to hide the motor on mine and that looked like a good idea.

Thanks
Ron

P.S. The tank looks great I have always loved the rimless look.:fish1: