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mitchellmoto
02/19/2012, 09:42 PM
As promised I said I would start a thread where any members could post their tanks. Since as of now there are only two of us i will start. Here is my setup.
I have 2 Mr. Aqua 12gal longs. I built external overflows and cut out a slot out of the back. I plumbed them to a 10 gal sump inside my stand. As of now I have t5s over them. Unfortunatley one is a current and one is a cheapy odessy. I haven't decided exactly what I want for the lighting and is why it hasn't changed yet. I think just buying a new current t5 to match and some ecoxotic LEDS for supplement or make my own fixture and part out the fixtures?
I don't have much for space so the only other upgrade I've thought of is maybe a reactor for probiotics.
Pics are a little old and I have had good growth in the first tank and the second tank is temporary holding a butt load of frags until the algea bloom in my new frag tanks dies down.
So here are the pics.

Tanks together
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=34883

1st tank is for mostly softies & LPS
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=34881

Second tank will be more for SPS.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=34882

Sump
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=40013

Babybrown1249
02/22/2012, 07:21 PM
I guess HTML coding from Photobucket doesn't work anymore. I have attached the pic.

Hey all,

Here is my tank, not too much to look at just a FOWLR. 90 Gal display with 30 gal sump/ref. Half the LR is real rock and the other half was made out of foam a couple months ago however it is starting to get a nice coraline growing on it. Most of the hair algae is gone now just a little left. The emerald crabs and algae blenny have been destroying it on sight. The tank runs with a bubble magnus skimmer Nac6 and a really nice LED light (32 bulbs 3 watts each half blue half white) I recently got a fighting conch for the tank to and I really enjoy watching it and it cleans the sand awesome but the damn thing eats all my snails lol Well here is my stock list and I know I will hear some criticism about it but thats ok I don't mind...

3 Pajama Cards
1 Yellow Damsel
1 purple fire fish
1 red fire fish
1 algae blenny
3 occellarius clowns
2 cleaner shrimp
1 fighting conch
12 emerald crab
15 blue hermits
3 chocolate chip starfish
1 henniochus(sp)
1 blue tang (I know tank is too small but it is temp, I took him from someone that had it in a 20 gal)
Oh and I have another type of large snail with a real shiny shell though I do not know what it is...


Let me know what you all think about the tank.

mitchellmoto
02/23/2012, 12:22 AM
How do you keep all that water in with it upside down like that??:spin3:

Babybrown1249
02/23/2012, 06:39 PM
HAHA that is funny, I don't know what is with photos on this tread :) I couldn't get HTML photos to run either. What do you think about the tank though?

mitchellmoto
02/24/2012, 12:05 AM
I think it is look good are you going full reef or fish? Is there a sump?

Babybrown1249
02/24/2012, 05:58 PM
Yea there is a sump about 30 gallons but I need to get some mangrove or cheato in it... I would like to eventually go full reef but I cant seem to get my water quality to stay stable :(

mitchellmoto
02/27/2012, 12:34 AM
Well I love mangroves but for nutrient expot the cheato will be far better. Mangroves are slow growers. I would offer some to you but I think I may have contracted flatworms again. Flatworm exit is on the way but until I treat my tanks I wouldn't give anything away. I had ordered roughly 70 frags from several places and this is what I get for not using a quaratine. Lesson learned I have a small 10 gal for my new quaratine tank and since my frag tank is new I'm just going to drain the water and start over. Unfortunatley I can't do that for the tanks in the house. I've had them before and rid myself of them with flatworm exit so I know it works but I have to observe the tanks for a couplle months for signs of more.

Babybrown1249
02/27/2012, 06:35 PM
I also have to get a better QT tank going. I have a 20 tall for it but I am not really sure how to set it up properly. I should also pick up a small 10 gallon to use as a hospital tank too but we will see.

Babybrown1249
02/27/2012, 06:37 PM
I gotta get you to come eval my sump set up I think it might need some tweaking.

mitchellmoto
03/04/2012, 02:51 AM
yes I wouldn't mind coming over and helping out. I do have a crazy schedule because of my19creadit hours at NMSUA and my part time job. But We can meet up sometime.

Babybrown1249
03/04/2012, 12:56 PM
Not a huge deal but it would be nice to get some different opinions on the set up.

mitchellmoto
03/11/2012, 01:25 AM
What do you do when you crack your frag tank while drilling for a 2 inch bulkhead??
Start over!
I was drilling out for the bulkhead and as I broke through the bit went in at an angle and cracked. So I thought I'd try something. I removed the frame and took it completely apart. Took the pieces to the glass shop and had them cut it down. I reassembled the pieces and I now have a 48X18X8 tall frag tank. Awsome! It turned out great. I drilled for 3 1in bulkheads and a 1/2 bulkhead. These are for the overflow return and mini closed loop. It is plumbed and now wet.
I will post pics within a few days. My frag set up is now roughly 200gal. I have a 50 gal, my newly built tank, they are plumbed to a 150gal stock tank.

The 50gal has ecoxotic panoramas for lighting and will be mostly softies lps, the newly built tank, roughly 30gal, I will be testing The LEDs against a 250w MH and will be SPS.
The sump has a 3 48" T5HO over it. It has a few hundred pounds of live rock, lots of algea and a variety of livestock in it.
Few cardnials, pepermints, urchins, snails coweries, a gorgonian, and a butt load of xenia and anthelia.
It also has the large reef octopuss skimmer in it.

I have a few thing to tidy up this week and I need to start putting up the lighting on the new one.
Thats the low down and I'll get pics as soon as possible.

Later
Mitch

mitchellmoto
03/12/2012, 12:25 AM
Ok here are the pics as promised.

Here are 2 in process shots
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5942&pictureid=40829
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5942&pictureid=40828

Here is the new one
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5942&pictureid=40831

Here is the 50
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5942&pictureid=40830

Still a few things to tidy up but you can see the setup and I will post more later as I progress.
An I need to get more frags for propagation:spin1:

Later
Mitch

Babybrown1249
03/12/2012, 08:07 PM
Looks really good.

mitchellmoto
03/27/2012, 11:27 PM
Check out my new oceanic open air Tank!! Look how clear the glass and water is. WOW:)
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5942&pictureid=41385

I decided I didn't like the depth of the tank so I tore the 50gal apart to make another shallow frag tank. Glass is at the shop being cut. I'll build it tomorrow night. Becasue of the size I'm cutting I have quite a bit of glass left over so for fun I plan to build a nano cube with the left over glass.

More tomorrow.

Later
Mitch

Babybrown1249
03/28/2012, 12:08 PM
I have heard you really like the shallow long tanks...I have always thought of doing on like 400 gallons touch tank later downt the road when I retire.

mitchellmoto
03/28/2012, 05:16 PM
For coral propagation why waste water and energy on extra water. Keep it shallow simple and too the point. The deeper the water the more light is needed to penetrate the depths. SO less water less light. Lower electric bill!!!!!!

mitchellmoto
03/28/2012, 05:17 PM
I also believe we have acquried a new member and hopefully he will post pics of his setup soon.

mitchellmoto
03/28/2012, 05:34 PM
I also thought I'd display a pic of some tanks I purchased. They won't be setup for some time but thought they where the poop.
http://www.hayneedle.com/sale/hexaroundaquatower.cfm?srccode=cii_18492716&cpncode=32-105926128-2&source=channel_intelligence_jellyfish

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=41389

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=5026&pictureid=41388

Check that link and see how much they cost new. I won't say how much I paid for them but no where near that. I got 3 as a package deal. Missing one hood and stand and one is still in the plastic wrapping. Thought these would be awsome for a seahorse, eel and or jelly tank.

Babybrown1249
03/29/2012, 08:44 AM
My vote would be for Jellys but Seahorse would be cool too

mitchellmoto
03/31/2012, 01:37 AM
Well that is the great part I have three so I plan something different in each tank.

mitchellmoto
04/03/2012, 11:56 PM
I moved this from the other thread.

Hello guys, Just got the new tank up and running. Here are a few pics. Sorry they are not the greatest quality, Cam takes bad pics in daylight. I added an overflow and drilled the back glass. There is 155Lbs of live rock in the display tank and 40 Lbs in the sump. I have a 40 watt LED on the sump and 2 108 watt T5 HO fixtures on the display tank. At the moment I an running about 350 GPH through the sump, im still waiting on the eheim pump. It will bump the flow up to around 750. If you guys have any ideas on how to improve my setup please PLEASE tell me. Thanks for looking.


http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z377/mitchellmoto/103_3718.jpg

http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z377/mitchellmoto/103_3723.jpg

http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z377/mitchellmoto/103_3722.jpg

http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z377/mitchellmoto/103_3726.jpg

http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z377/mitchellmoto/103_3724.jpg

mitchellmoto
04/03/2012, 11:57 PM
This is TPI demons Tank but he had put it in another thread so I'm just moving it here where all the members tanks will go.

Tpi_Demons
04/04/2012, 02:40 AM
Thank you for moving that to the right place Mitch. The overflow is completely silent. the only noise that I get is the cheap pump in the sump. It has a wicked growl. I wish that I would have taken a video of the build of this tank. Drilling the half inch glass was incredibly easy. I will be ordering an actual bulkhead as advised by Mitch. I will get lots of pics and video as I prep the new 490. It is made entirely of one inch acrilic and will be 40" tall 30" front to back and 96" long. I think I will be using a 125 for the sump but I may just purchase a factory made one. Anyways let me know what you guys think of the tank. Josh

powrsurg
04/08/2012, 12:15 AM
Here is my 75g FOWLR. I have about 120lbs of Live ROck and 80 pounds of live sand.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5346/7055771307_1140576e0e_c.jpg

mitchellmoto
04/08/2012, 12:30 AM
Welcome
Nice tank, Has a real clean look to it. Maybe you could post a few more details like filtration, livestock ect...
Are you local to alamogordo?

powrsurg
04/08/2012, 12:42 AM
Welcome
Nice tank, Has a real clean look to it. Maybe you could post a few more details like filtration, livestock ect...
Are you local to alamogordo?

Hello,
No Im not local to Alamogorda. Idont even know where that is. LOL sorry.

As far as my tank goes others have said the same regarding how its clean looking. Im not sure what im doing special to have acheived this.

Here is what I have.
Fluval FX5 which Ill be selling and installing a sump.
Powerhead
Red Sea Prism Protein Skimmer - I hate it.

Livestock
SNow Flake Eel - I may donate him back to the LFS
Lunare Wrasse
Mystery Wrasse
Coral Beauty
ANother Wrasse I just added and im trying to figure out what kind of wrasse it is. It was an unexpected, knee jerk purchase. Those never work out. LOL

I have 3 feather dusters.
Red Knob Star
Chocolate Chip Star
Bristle Star
2 urchins
Assorted Snails of various sizes

And a very cool Spotted Moon Crab.

I do brush the sides every week and rake (lightly) the substrate once a month.

Ive had the tank for over a year.

Ironically, I hve trouble growing coraline algae. I use purple up but maybe the snalls are consuming it. I dont know.

PS - There are some really amazing set ups on this site. You guys and gals really know what youre doing. :beer:

mitchellmoto
04/08/2012, 05:34 AM
Welcome
Looks like a nice and clean setup you have there.
Maybe you could post some specs.. Live stock, filtration.
Are you in Alamogordo?

Later
Mitch

mitchellmoto
04/08/2012, 12:15 PM
Sorry it was late and I thought my post didn't take. I missed the fact that it was on the second page:)

mitchellmoto
04/08/2012, 12:17 PM
We are southeast New Mexico. This is our club forum but you are welcome to post. You should also check the club forums there may be a local club near you. I couldn't check because you profile doesn't list a city.

powrsurg
04/08/2012, 08:21 PM
We are southeast New Mexico. This is our club forum but you are welcome to post. You should also check the club forums there may be a local club near you. I couldn't check because you profile doesn't list a city.

Wow what a club. You guysmust be huge because you have a large presence on the net. Congrats on the success of the forum. I updated my profile. Im on Long Island, New York. Pretty far from NM. :thumbsup:

mitchellmoto
04/26/2012, 09:22 PM
So how are everyones tanks doing. TPi Demon did you ever get that bulkhead installed?
Anyone done anything exciting lately?

powrsurg
04/26/2012, 09:56 PM
Mine is doing very well. I took a chance and added a Belted Wrasse. Hes eating up a storm. I hear they dont do well in captivity but I think this guy has a chance.

Babybrown1249
04/27/2012, 10:31 AM
I have torn down my 90 gallon which is for sale along with the lights (LED) and I am planning a 375 gallon tank.

mitchellmoto
04/30/2012, 12:08 AM
The 375 is for your next station correct? Have you made any equipment choices yet or still completely in planning phase right now?

Babybrown1249
04/30/2012, 01:39 PM
The only thing that I have purchased so far is the "LR". I still need to get rid of the other tank to make room in my garage to store everything for the new tank. I have some ideas on what I want to pick up but we will see.

Tpi_Demons
05/12/2012, 06:07 PM
Ok well I got started on my new project today. 220 gallon in the wall with a small room behind it. I decided to add a whole addition on to the house. Im adding a 22' x18' room and the display tank will be visible from there. Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. I will post pics of the progress as I go. The first ones will be up tonight!

mitchellmoto
05/13/2012, 01:24 AM
The best advice I could give you is to sit down with a piece of paper and draw a plan out. It is better to find out possible issues before you have it almost done. Do you already have the tank? Equipment?

You should start a new thread to document the process that way we won't have to go through the other posts to find it and it will keep the progress all together in one place.

And if you need any help let me know.

Spring semester is over and my finals are done so I'll have a little extra time this summer to get some projects done. I've been wanting to try my hand at building an acrylic sump to fit perfectly in my stand and I believe I have everything to get it done accept the gas to flame polish the finished item. Also I want to start a Amano style planted tank for the wifey.
Gonna try to finish my bike rebuild as well.
Later
Mitch

Tpi_Demons
05/29/2012, 08:15 PM
I would love to start a thread but cannot seem to figure it out...PLEASE HELP!!!

Tpi_Demons
05/29/2012, 08:31 PM
Ok i started a new thread. Its called "220 gallon in the wall" and here is a link.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20306400&posted=1#post20306400

bigtoe
06/13/2012, 09:49 PM
ok my wife and i are new to this but are completely hooked. actually bought our tank from mitch almost a year and a half ago. i think this club is a great idea for this area.http://s1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/ltbigtoe/?action=view&current=photo7.jpg

bigtoe
06/13/2012, 09:50 PM
http://s1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/ltbigtoe/?action=view&current=photo7.jpg

mitchellmoto
06/13/2012, 10:35 PM
Good to see you finally got registered. Tank is looking good.
Here I'll help you out>
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/ltbigtoe/photo7.jpg
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/ltbigtoe/photo6.jpg
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u449/ltbigtoe/photo4.jpg

Mstark11
06/14/2012, 02:12 PM
Your tank is looking really good, I especially like how the wood looks on your stand!

Mstark11
07/07/2012, 06:17 PM
http://i47.*******.com/2jy1i.jpg

Finally got her up and running (: Well, not really running but up. I definitely need some apoxy.

mitchellmoto
07/08/2012, 12:01 AM
YEA!!!!!

You could drillholes and use zip ties as well to hold the rock together but the marine epoxy would probably be better.

mitchellmoto
07/08/2012, 12:02 AM
I've done alot of cleaning and changing to my frag tanks so I'll try and post pics in the next few days.

Mstark11
07/08/2012, 11:21 AM
Was sorta hoping something was alive in that sand because when I was sifting it around I kept getting jabbed at by something but it must have been a shell.

I ended up moving them around and finding a more stable spot. Initially, they were all being held up by each other, so if I moved one, they would have all toppled down.

Mstark11
07/10/2012, 11:53 PM
http://i47.*******.com/10cqan5.jpg
http://i46.*******.com/n2zfkh.jpg

Cycling started today. Salinity crashed ): Went from 1.024 to 1.020. Ammonia is high, phosphates are high, high range ph is good, alkalinity is good, ca is low, and nitrate/ite is at 0.

Mstark11
08/13/2012, 08:33 PM
http://i47.*******.com/28mph8i.jpg

(: One spot. I'm trying to get a better picture but he's in the corner, falling in love with his reflection.


http://i46.*******.com/nrxh0.jpg

and just for size:
http://i46.*******.com/2jagbbs.jpgHe's gotta be 3/4" to 1", I've seem tomato clowns bigger!

mitchellmoto
08/15/2012, 12:28 AM
awesome new addition. I always like foxface and rabbit fish. Make sure to feed it nori as it is a herbivore and its main diet should be algae.

Mstark11
08/15/2012, 10:55 AM
We ended up getting him from Aqua Life in El Paso (because it gave me an excuse to go eat ) and the guy, I think Charlie?, gave me frozen brine shrimp plus and some red marine algae with garlic for him.

He's really funny about it, half the time he gets distracted by that handsome Foxface on the side of the tank and forgets there's food.

Mstark11
08/15/2012, 10:37 PM
http://i48.*******.com/169n4o9.jpg (: In his pajamas I just thought it was cool.~

Mstark11
09/02/2012, 09:33 PM
http://i45.*******.com/6ely11.jpgYay coral beauty (: I wish he would sit still for 2 seconds so I could get a picture.

mitchellmoto
09/03/2012, 12:35 AM
I like your selection of fish. A Coral beauty was one of my first fish. When you eventually start with some polyps you will need to keep an eye on him as he may nip at coral. You will have to keep him fat and happy to try and prevent this and keep an watchful eye.

Mstark11
09/03/2012, 05:26 AM
So far everyone is fat. They get fed 3x a day, may bump it back down to 2 since no one seems to really want the pellet/flake lunch.