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bif24701
02/16/2014, 04:55 PM
I have a 120, a stand I built myself, a sump/skimmer built in. I plan on painting the stand, and getting water in the tank by end of the month. Just picked up some dry rock at "Matt's" need a sand bed however haven't decided on what. In going either with a 2" sugar fine, or a 1" reef grade so it won't move around on me with high flow. Need lights, and after seeing the Kessil 360 at matts in liking them. Maybe sup with a 420-440 mn led stripe for morning evening. My plan is a SPS dominate mixed reef. Very coral heavy light on fish. Would could go no fish but family would line that so have to get a few. Been in Korea the last year and took down the tank for that and my future move to wherever. Most of my equipment was sold, RO/DI, MP40, and metal halides, good stuff. Boy that MP40 was great! Sure should have kept that one, but if I can't afford it, I'll find something. However seems to be a much much smaller market for used equipment here than Phoenix. Any help would be appreciated. Only have one question, if one was willing is it possible to use water from the bay for filling and changes? I would put the water in 7 gallon blue jugs and let them sit for several days in the dark. I think this would kill anything bad in there. Thoughts?

BIGD0G
02/16/2014, 06:21 PM
Welcome to the area. I too am in the process of setting up a 180. Mine is cycled now and I have a couple fish in quarantine. Working on my lighting now. Went with the kessil 360. Like you I want primarily a coral tank.

As for getting water out if the bay I would be care full where you get it. Boggy bayou in niceville /valp is usually under high fecal bacteria warnings especially in the summer. If I were to use water from the bay I would drive to the destin pass and get it on an incoming tide or go offshore to collect it. I live on the water in Shalimar and did not want to chance it there either. In my case though I bought an RODI and just mix my own.

Let us know how your setup progresses.

bif24701
02/16/2014, 06:25 PM
Answers that question. Thanks. That's just way easier anyhow. Though I'll have to buy a new RO/DI. Are you using a controller with the 360's?

MacWilliams
02/17/2014, 12:52 PM
I would not get water from the bay. I did a check on the salinity there and it was extremely low. So you would have to get salt either way. I would look at getting water from the gulf if you can find a good spot. That's much better and where I got my initial water to fill the tank to save a few hundred dollars. I'm pretty sure Paul b gets water from the ocean and he is a great aquarist. You need to be careful with pollution tho. As for the kessils Matt's was just having a sale on the 360 and you may want to call them to see if it's still going on. Get on their mailing list as well they have sales and shipments every week. I just bought my kessil 360 and get it tomorrow. Can't wait. I don't use a controller at the moment but will be getting a reefkeeper in the future.

GrndHog
02/17/2014, 08:08 PM
Welcome bif!!!

bif24701
02/17/2014, 08:12 PM
Looks like I'm going to just add the MP40 to the list. Making an order from BRS, that will include Hanna checkers and Reef Saver dry rock. About 75 pounds. Already have about 27 pound I bought from Matts. Will need some live sand to seed it at some point and some LR rubble. Staying with my EETS sump/skimmer combo, as it worked well before. Should I flush the tank with bleach and rid it of and alga spores, I think yes just to be sure. Maybe 3-5%

bif24701
02/17/2014, 08:16 PM
Thanks Mac and GrndHog

BIGD0G
02/18/2014, 12:04 PM
Answers that question. Thanks. That's just way easier anyhow. Though I'll have to buy a new RO/DI. Are you using a controller with the 360's?

I do have an Apex Controller and plan to use it with the 360s. I am still in the process of getting the canopy finished up so I can mount the lights. That is the next thing on my list to get done.

bif24701
02/18/2014, 07:53 PM
I think the price and all the positive reviews on the new 360we is too much to by pass. I think I'll use them happily for years. No experience with all the dry rock, wonder how long I'll need to cycle and mature?

MacWilliams
02/19/2014, 01:26 PM
I just set up my new A360WE yesterday and I'm in love. The color and shimmer effect on my 60 gallon cube is amazing. You wont regret it.

bif24701
02/20/2014, 10:41 PM
I am sold on the Kessil. Just got my stand panted, I'll put it together. Get the tank back in the house then wait for my order from BRS.

want2yak
02/20/2014, 11:09 PM
Welcome. I am in Destin. 90 gal mixed reef 2 Jessie 360's apex, moon lights and just added the auto feeder tonight. To the canopy I just finished 2weeks ago. Also I try to get all my stock and kessils from Matt they will do you right.

bif24701
02/20/2014, 11:15 PM
I saw Matt had them discounted so that is where I plan to get them for sure. I am looking for more than just moon lights however. I may just wait until I have a controller. That will solve my problem.

bif24701
02/21/2014, 05:41 PM
Just pulled the trigger on two kKessil A360WE from Matt's Coral
Connection. What a deal! Could not find a better deal anywhere on the planet! Still shooting to have water in it by end of month. Still need my RO/DI. Can not wait to see these things.

GrndHog
02/21/2014, 06:00 PM
Very nice.....please post some pics when you get it set up

bif24701
02/22/2014, 06:01 AM
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/C20E1DCB-A46C-49B7-94CB-DB0B6EEA83EF.jpg
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/4BA96BD5-38B9-43F5-8C01-23FA2341022C.jpg

bif24701
02/22/2014, 09:05 AM
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/C3AA2358-851E-4039-BAE1-ED1243BE3467.jpg
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/D0C7F670-EE58-4A49-8136-00F7EE2E828D.jpg
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/F7B600EE-3667-4E9D-A35A-231C47B0B174.jpg

DIY stand of 2x6 top frame and 90 degree 2x4 at each corner. 3/4 birch plywood wrapped will not flex, level, and not fancy but gets the job done! I did 2x6 on top so that I could have a big opening below the tank to easy get equipment in and out. I used exterior 2 1/2 and 3" high strength and corrosion resistant deck screws.

bif24701
02/22/2014, 03:55 PM
Got a problem now, wife isn't strong enough to help lift it onto the stand.

bif24701
02/23/2014, 12:12 AM
100 pounds of sand bought at Destin petsmart. May need more but I won't know until I get my reef scape done and then place the sand around it.

I chose these because my last tank was 100% sugar fine and my MP40 moved it around too much. Didn't blow around the tank but would build drifts and valleys I didn't like.
30 pound sugar fine
30 pounds agaramax select
40 pounds Ocean direct live sand.
Theses have a larger particle size and should resist movement more than sugar fine alone. Also hoping I can mount my power heads closer to the substrate than before.
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/65C2720D-EE70-41FD-A305-025AB68136C7.jpg

GrndHog
02/23/2014, 06:16 AM
Interested in seeing the mix.

Did you get the tank on the stand?

bif24701
02/23/2014, 09:13 AM
Sure did, thanks BigDog.

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/CD16B280-8A53-411E-8561-9F7E15ECFD9E.jpg

bif24701
02/23/2014, 09:14 AM
Interested in seeing the mix.

Did you get the tank on the stand?


Me too, I'm thinking I'll need about 20-30 pounds but I'm going to wait and see.

bif24701
02/23/2014, 09:29 AM
Double post

MacWilliams
02/23/2014, 01:19 PM
I actually used beach sand for my tank. Its very fine as everyone knows. It blew around for a bit until all got settled and i adjusted the flow correctly. Its now perfect and doesnt get blown around anymore. I love the pure white look it has.

bif24701
02/23/2014, 03:41 PM
I actually used beach sand for my tank. Its very fine as everyone knows. It blew around for a bit until all got settled and i adjusted the flow correctly. Its now perfect and doesnt get blown around anymore. I love the pure white look it has.


Did you harvest around here? Isn't the sand here quartz? Had any problems with it? I'm sure it looks great, never seen sand so white as here.

MacWilliams
02/24/2014, 09:04 AM
Yes, i went out to Narvarre and just drove down that road on the way to Fort Pickens. Not much traffic out that way so i felt a little safer getting it. I had the typical algae / new tank crap. But now it remains white and I dont notice anything that it could cause. I keep anemones / LPS / Inverts. Not sure what the sand is made from. I put it in a big tub with a water hose under it and ran that over night with the hose at the bottom of the tub so its getting out as much crap as possible. Then ran some RO through.

BIGD0G
02/24/2014, 09:53 AM
Me too, I'm thinking I'll need about 20-30 pounds but I'm going to wait and see.

If you need more let me know. I have a full 30# bag of Tropic Eden Aragonite that I did not use. I'm sure we can work something out.

bif24701
02/25/2014, 03:11 PM
I actually went to Matts and got 40 pounds of pink Fiji, now I'm think it might be to much. I have about 50 pounds in there now and it's at 1" so only need 40 more pounds or so. I'll have some left over.

bif24701
02/25/2014, 05:40 PM
Created two full siphon drains with valves and a back up drain.

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/078CDBA1-289C-4F50-818C-8A0933BBEF64.jpg

bif24701
02/26/2014, 10:17 PM
Has anyone installed this type of full siphon silent over flow drain design? I could use some input.

BIGD0G
02/27/2014, 08:12 AM
Hey bif24701 I have a dual herbie setup on my 180. I have 2 full siphon drains and 2 emergency overflows. It is very quiet. What type of issue are you having? If it is adjustment issues one thing I would recommend is changing the ball valves to gate valves. You get much finer adjustment with the gate valves.

Also if you want to come take a look at mine and see them in action you are more than welcome to swing by and look I am in Shalimar.

bif24701
02/27/2014, 08:20 AM
Hey bif24701 I have a dual herbie setup on my 180. I have 2 full siphon drains and 2 emergency overflows. It is very quiet. What type of issue are you having? If it is adjustment issues one thing I would recommend is changing the ball valves to gate valves. You get much finer adjustment with the gate valves.



Also if you want to come take a look at mine and see them in action you are more than welcome to swing by and look I am in Shalimar.


No water yet so no problems yet. Just looking for input. I would love to see your system. I'll message you. I have one emergency drain. Still putting it together though

bif24701
02/27/2014, 08:35 AM
Hey bif24701 I have a dual herbie setup on my 180. I have 2 full siphon drains and 2 emergency overflows. It is very quiet. What type of issue are you having? If it is adjustment issues one thing I would recommend is changing the ball valves to gate valves. You get much finer adjustment with the gate valves.



Also if you want to come take a look at mine and see them in action you are more than welcome to swing by and look I am in Shalimar.


I would hate to have to replace the ball valves because I just bought them. I'm just looking for and tips, tricks, and advice as you already provided. Anything else you think of please help.

GrndHog
02/27/2014, 08:57 AM
Big Dog, when I get to that point in my build, I'd like to see what you have. I was going to do a durso but have read good things on the herbie

bif24701
02/27/2014, 09:18 AM
What is the difference between a durso and a herbie?

BIGD0G
02/27/2014, 10:03 AM
Big Dog, when I get to that point in my build, I'd like to see what you have. I was going to do a durso but have read good things on the herbie

No problem. Ping me anytime and stop by to take a look. I would be happy to share my setup and what I have done. You don't have to wait till you get to that point of your build tough come anytime.

BIGD0G
02/27/2014, 10:20 AM
What is the difference between a durso and a herbie?

While both designs should be quiet there are 2 main differences between them.

1. Air - The durso has a small hole at the top of the pipe in the overflow to let air in. While only a small amount of air you are still introducing air into the drain that could result in air bubbles in the sump. While not a huge issue in addition to having a quiet drain I wanted to limit air bubbles to reduce any chance of them ending up in the display tank. I realize you can use bubble trap in the sump and you should even with a Herbie but why introduce any more bubbles to have to deal with.

2. Flow - The herbie is a true full siphon meaning no air introduced thus allows for greater flow rates. Depending on the amount of flow you need through your sump could dictate which direction to go. If I recall correctly a 1" herbie will flow about 200 gallons more per hour than a 1' durso. If you return pump returns more water than a durso can handle you end up needing to throttle down the return side. I wanted to be able to use the full capacity of my return pump and thus would rather throttle the drain side vs. the return side.

The other benefit to me was no need for tees or elbow in the tank overflows just a straight pipe. The space in there is limited already so I did not want to camp it even more with elbows.

hope this helps.

bif24701
02/27/2014, 12:18 PM
While both designs should be quiet there are 2 main differences between them.



1. Air - The durso has a small hole at the top of the pipe in the overflow to let air in. While only a small amount of air you are still introducing air into the drain that could result in air bubbles in the sump. While not a huge issue in addition to having a quiet drain I wanted to limit air bubbles to reduce any chance of them ending up in the display tank. I realize you can use bubble trap in the sump and you should even with a Herbie but why introduce any more bubbles to have to deal with.



2. Flow - The herbie is a true full siphon meaning no air introduced thus allows for greater flow rates. Depending on the amount of flow you need through your sump could dictate which direction to go. If I recall correctly a 1" herbie will flow about 200 gallons more per hour than a 1' durso. If you return pump returns more water than a durso can handle you end up needing to throttle down the return side. I wanted to be able to use the full capacity of my return pump and thus would rather throttle the drain side vs. the return side.



The other benefit to me was no need for tees or elbow in the tank overflows just a straight pipe. The space in there is limited already so I did not want to camp it even more with elbows.



hope this helps.


Ok, thanks. I had two durso in my tank before. It work well when it worked but still the loudest part of the system when it would start to gurgle. I kept the holes small to minimize sound that created a partial siphon.

Now I want to do the full siphon and make as silent as possible.

BIGD0G
02/27/2014, 04:47 PM
Yeah then go with the herbie. It is dead silent. I hear no sound from it at all and no gurgling. My tank is in a family room as well so we did not want to hear any gurgling noise from the tank.

bif24701
02/27/2014, 05:06 PM
Yeah then go with the herbie. It is dead silent. I hear no sound from it at all and no gurgling. My tank is in a family room as well so we did not want to hear any gurgling noise from the tank.


Right! I love looking at my corals and fish but nobody wants to hear noisy pumps, fans, and drains.

Replacing the MH with the LEDs and this drain system is sure to make a very pleasing difference.

bif24701
02/27/2014, 06:27 PM
RO/DI arrived from BRS on time, very well packed and easy to install. Flushed for one hour as instructed and now collecting water in 29 gallon Brute trash can. @ 75 gpd it will take about three days to collect enough for my system including turning it all off at night to prevent a flood.

My other stuff arrived:
Mag 7
Refractometer
BRS 2 part
GFO
Carbon
And more filter socks. I ordered smaller ones than I have already by mistake. I may not even use them because I'm sure they will clog very quick then again I like having many socks so I can wash a ton at a time in the wash machine for conveyance.


http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/A372E942-9CEF-4E8B-9B91-BC0C46CDAAF3.jpg

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/E56DB5E2-DC06-4A43-BDF5-CADC7D79211E.jpg

I also got 40 pounds of this Pink Fiji from Matts and added it to finish off the sand bed.
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/D6F54F40-53FD-4E23-923F-F95502C22D12.jpg

Found the goose neck mounts for the Kessils at Petland. Lights will be here tomorrow!!!
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/9E21770B-8945-43C0-894D-77DBCA89AA82.jpg

bif24701
02/27/2014, 06:28 PM
Now collecting RO/DI. http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/26614BC4-C714-4273-A0DF-19EF22AE6FAA.jpg

BIGD0G
02/27/2014, 10:16 PM
Nice. Looks like Christmas morning for you! I bought the same RODI from BRS as while back. It has been great so far. I think it is about time to replace the filter in mine. I was looking at them the other day and the first one looks very dirty.

I got a BRS shipment today myself. Needed another Apex energy bar 8 and VDM for the controller. Hoping to be able to finish wiring up the canopy this weekend so I can get the lights and powerheads running in the tank.

I keep thinking I need to go back and do a build thread for my tank like you have as well.

bif24701
02/27/2014, 10:45 PM
Nice. Looks like Christmas morning for you! I bought the same RODI from BRS as while back. It has been great so far. I think it is about time to replace the filter in mine. I was looking at them the other day and the first one looks very dirty.



I got a BRS shipment today myself. Needed another Apex energy bar 8 and VDM for the controller. Hoping to be able to finish wiring up the canopy this weekend so I can get the lights and powerheads running in the tank.



I keep thinking I need to go back and do a build thread for my tank like you have as well.



Haha! Just found about 15 feet of 1/4 tubing in the unpacking of garage!!


http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/6759FDF8-0C30-432D-B7AC-2DCD80707AE5.jpg


Well, didn't intend on making a complete build thread but then thought it could help others and myself one day.

bif24701
02/28/2014, 07:51 PM
Lights are on! Took about 10 mins to get everything hooked up and done! Looks great but water is cloudy until I get the system filled and pumps going.

bif24701
02/28/2014, 07:54 PM
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/ED5FCA42-77EF-47DC-AAEE-B05A7DCC7AA8.jpg

Here it is.

bif24701
02/28/2014, 11:40 PM
Unpacking the lights

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/C08D1AA0-C51E-4013-93B4-92ECFCF5B5A4.jpg

bif24701
03/01/2014, 01:37 PM
Some amateur cable management! Haha. Easily could be worse but keeps all power supplies and connection up and away from any possible water spills. High and dry.

I like this heavy duty power strip, it secured to the wood via to strong wood screws. If I'm in a hurry to pull a plug I don't risk pulling everything down with it. They also have 300 joules surge protection and built in circuit breaker. Each plug is tight and secure as well, I've actually had a pump come disconnected simple by the weight of the cord once because of a cheap power strip.
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/7EB45EFC-071B-4F27-AFAB-9F6977F9ABF0.jpg

bif24701
03/02/2014, 12:45 PM
Video of my 120 made with iPhone showing the shimmer.

http://youtu.be/mqFDj8ZpvmE

BIGD0G
03/02/2014, 05:58 PM
Those look good. Can't wait to get mine running. I wanted to get it done this weekend but worked on a project for my wife this weekend.

bif24701
03/07/2014, 03:42 PM
Just added the rest of my Pukani LR! Love this stuff!!

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/99B81E98-5AC2-413B-BAF2-7BC198C7C6E5.jpg

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/4A66807B-F59C-42C4-8D24-3BD04CA27467.jpg

bif24701
03/07/2014, 04:25 PM
Can you see my pics?

bif24701
03/07/2014, 04:28 PM
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bif24701
03/07/2014, 04:42 PM
Here are all the photos that where not uploaded correctly.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/08/ebevy6es.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/08/sadytuba.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/08/e9e2ynus.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/08/yze9u5yg.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/08/8ujudy6e.jpg

bif24701
03/09/2014, 11:28 AM
Refugium is up and running with LR, Cheato, and 2" of sugar fine sand.http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/10/damumyda.jpg

bif24701
03/11/2014, 12:10 PM
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bif24701
03/11/2014, 12:11 PM
Everything still looking good and clear.

GrndHog
03/11/2014, 07:38 PM
Looks great Aaron :thumbsup:

bif24701
03/11/2014, 08:25 PM
Thanks! I need to test ammonia to see when I can add some fishes!

bif24701
03/15/2014, 07:48 PM
Cycle done, ammonia 0ppm nitrite 0ppm nitrate 0ppm

I owe the quick cycle of 2 weeks to my carbon dosing and starting with some ammonia in the system. Curing the Pukani live rock wasn't bad at all. I thought it was going to make all kinds of problems. Again I think heavy dosing of vinegar was the key here too. So picked up a strawberry basslet, very pretty, also some snails and a pink birds nest frag.

bif24701
03/15/2014, 08:13 PM
I also bought a bag of the Tisbe Pods that I poured into my refugium. From what I read in about 8 days should have pods all over my tank. Got a 2 pound nice piece LR I put in the display to further seed the tank. So far so good!

lhm nole
03/16/2014, 02:03 AM
Looking good .. Have you tested phosphates yet ?

bif24701
03/16/2014, 02:04 AM
Looking good .. Have you tested phosphates yet ?


No, not yet. No test. I would like to though.

bif24701
03/18/2014, 10:31 AM
The loan resident other than a few snails. Strawberry Basslet. I like him.


http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/18/2equradu.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/18/yhura9y6.jpg

bif24701
03/19/2014, 10:24 AM
Just ordered two Jebao wp40's and Hanna checkers for phosphate, calcium, and alkalinity from amazon, will be here Friday! Also ATI blue plus and true actinic T5 bulbs to supplement the Kessil and give me the dawn/dusk effect with out a controller.

My plan is an SPS dominate system with LPS at the sand bed. I'll have T5s on for 12 hours this should also give me more fluorescence of the corals as it is well documented the ATIs have great color. The WP40 should be all the flow I'll ever need, really get flow down into and around these rocks keeping detritus suspended. With the Hanna checkers allow me to keep up with the corals needs and keep phosphates in check. I've never used the Hanna testers but read great reviews. The key to them is following the instructions well.


I'm thinking by middle of April my system will stable enough to start adding some corals.

bif24701
03/21/2014, 02:01 PM
Just added two Jebao WP-40's. Please tell me what you think of the flow. So far I like it. The wave is much more than superficial, I've got a good vortex in the corners that gets anything that was sitting there into the water column so that it is filtered out. Yea!

http://youtu.be/xz9g2rfN-1M

bif24701
03/21/2014, 07:59 PM
The new toys


http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/22/ana2e3ad.jpg

bif24701
03/22/2014, 12:44 AM
Just tested cal, ALK and phosphate with my new Hanna checkers and here are the results:
Cal: 500
ALK: 10.1
Phosphate 0.02


These seem good! I think I can start adding coral!


The Pukani don't seem to be leaching phosphate as bad as I though it would. The GFO and vinegar dosing seems to be paying off.

BIGD0G
03/22/2014, 10:39 PM
Very nice. I am setting up a GFO reactor myself. It is a little high.

bif24701
04/04/2014, 12:16 PM
Little bit of an update. Things are looking good and holding steady. I've got a very good population of copepods (Tisbe pods from a bag, I recommend this stuff) still waiting to see some amphipod, I thought I saw one in my fuge the other day but can't be sure. Cheato is growing very well. My one head Duncan coral is doing well also, great polyp extension and getting some green color. Looks as though I may be getting another head already. My pink birds nest suffered some necrosis die back but seem to be stable at the moment. I am hoping it will begin to grow back. Fish are well and eating pellets, mysis and some reef flake.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/05/gujyre5e.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/05/ne8aneby.jpg


http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/05/uje7ejus.jpg

bif24701
04/04/2014, 12:21 PM
FTS

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http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/05/4a4egy9a.jpg


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Now that things seem stable I think I am going to start adding more fish and corals this weekend.

bif24701
04/04/2014, 02:28 PM
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/C20E1DCB-A46C-49B7-94CB-DB0B6EEA83EF.jpg
http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa456/Aaron_Wasson/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/4BA96BD5-38B9-43F5-8C01-23FA2341022C.jpg

bif24701
04/04/2014, 02:28 PM
FTS

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Now that things seem stable I think I am going to start adding more fish and corals this weekend.

lhm nole
04/05/2014, 12:10 PM
Looking good just take things slowly nothing good happens in the reef hobby when you rush..

bif24701
04/05/2014, 01:05 PM
I would like to find a RBTA and some Acan Lords.

I'm not sure exactly what fish I want, maybe a sailfin tang, lawnmower blenny, or foxface. I like wrasses but not sure what to look for, need to do more research.

bif24701
04/09/2014, 01:13 PM
I sure miss the frag swaps in Phoenix, you could get most anything there.

GrndHog
04/10/2014, 09:38 AM
So how does Niceville Frag swaps compare? :lol:

Jchris896
04/10/2014, 09:43 AM
I don't have anything productive to add, I just wanted to say hi. I grew up in Shalimar. Choctaw class of '95.

GrndHog
04/10/2014, 10:04 AM
Your right, that wasnt very productive, but neither was my comment. LOL

Great part of the country IMO!!

Jchris896
04/10/2014, 10:10 AM
Some of my best years! I used to live on Shalimar drive, behind the courthouse.

bif24701
04/10/2014, 10:28 AM
So how does Niceville Frag swaps compare? :lol:


I don't know that there are any, if there is I sure would love to go. In phoenix there was a frag swap every month. I did find a guy that comes to Pensacola once a month with a few frags, I'll have to check him out, but that's all I am aware of. I weeny to a couple frag swaps in phoenix and they must have filled a hotel conformance room with frags already bagged and marked for sale. Really cool when you can get enough frags to fill a tank for a few hundred bucks. Also had some high dollar stuff that blew my mind. I had a rainbow acan lord that had six colors in it, five head frag only cost 100$. I've since seen similar frags costing 300-400$ for 1-2 heads online and not in any LFS here I know of. Crazy.

GrndHog
04/10/2014, 12:45 PM
I don't know that there are any, if there is I sure would love to go. In phoenix there was a frag swap every month. I did find a guy that comes to Pensacola once a month with a few frags, I'll have to check him out, but that's all I am aware of. I weeny to a couple frag swaps in phoenix and they must have filled a hotel conformance room with frags already bagged and marked for sale. Really cool when you can get enough frags to fill a tank for a few hundred bucks. Also had some high dollar stuff that blew my mind. I had a rainbow acan lord that had six colors in it, five head frag only cost 100$. I've since seen similar frags costing 300-400$ for 1-2 heads online and not in any LFS here I know of. Crazy.

That is amazing!!!! To think you could fill a tank with as many frags as youd like right in front of you....We have nothing here, I set one up way back in 05 at a LFS in Pensacola. We had maybe 15 people show up.

bif24701
04/10/2014, 01:12 PM
Yea, I was kinda disappointed you would think this would be like an aquarium Mecca. I would be happy just to find a couple of really nice frags to put on my bare rocks.

bif24701
04/10/2014, 01:19 PM
I did however find a great place to get nerite snails. There is a small brackish water lake behind the stables where out horse is. I found these Florida Olive Nerite snails that can live in marine or fresh water. I put about 15 in my wife's planted tank a month ago and yesterday I found about 30 I put in my reef. I had to acclimate them and they seem to be doing ok. I think they need some time before they adjust to the saltwater, next time I'll acclimate them more slowly. They should be good CUC. I'm hoping they will help with the byopsis alga I've got.


http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatfishblog/2009/07/22/the-olive-nerite-an-algae-eating-snail-for-fresh-brackish-or-marine-aquariums/#.U0bgY-29LCQ

bif24701
04/10/2014, 01:24 PM
Here are some of the snails on the glass, they look just like the picture in the link I posted.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/2yry8y4u.jpg

Here is another on my clown, still looking for a host anemone for him.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/bezusada.jpg

And this six line wrasse I just got this weekend. Puts my fish count to three now.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/2yhege5u.jpg

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bif24701
04/10/2014, 01:26 PM
Here are some of the snails on the glass, they look just like the picture in the link I posted.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/2yry8y4u.jpg

Here is another on my clown, still looking for a host anemone for him.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/bezusada.jpg

And this six line wrasse I just got this weekend. Puts my fish count to three now.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/2yhege5u.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/11/ebanejaz.jpg

lhm nole
04/10/2014, 10:38 PM
I don't have anything productive to add, I just wanted to say hi. I grew up in Shalimar. Choctaw class of '95.

Green Weenie lol went to Meigs graduated FWB high class of 90

lhm nole
04/10/2014, 10:41 PM
6 line wrasse the holy terrors good luck

bif24701
04/10/2014, 10:51 PM
6 line wrasse the holy terrors good luck


I don't get it? He is getting along well.

bif24701
04/11/2014, 01:23 PM
6 line wrasse the holy terrors good luck


what kinda of problems did you have with him?

lhm nole
04/11/2014, 07:16 PM
what kinda of problems did you have with him?
They will terrorize new additions all around pita read the forums about people that have owned them..I had one rule a 240 gallon tank couldnt do any wrasses firefish or anything small

bif24701
04/16/2014, 01:32 PM
Yellow Tang, red monti and GBTA added yesterday. I messed up real bad and put it too close to a power head and some flesh was ripped off, I want to puke I feel so bad lol.

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bif24701
04/16/2014, 01:33 PM
Yellow Tang, red monti and GBTA added yesterday. I messed up real bad and put it too close to a power head and some flesh was ripped off, I want to puke I feel so bad lol.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/ebyzujuv.jpg


http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/eryja8ah.jpg

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BIGD0G
04/16/2014, 07:09 PM
Where did you get the new additions?

bif24701
04/16/2014, 07:16 PM
Where did you get the new additions?


Matt's coral connection. I did go to Bluewater Zoo and I really like that place they just don't have the selection YET. I did however go to Bluewater Zoo for a all new CO2 system for my planted 40 gallon system and they had everything I needed. It's starting to grow cyano so really needed the CO2.

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MacWilliams
04/23/2014, 12:24 PM
Yea, you might have issues with the Six line for new additions. If you do you might want to try removing it and putting it in a QT for a few days to let the new additions settle and then add it again. I added mine last and havent had any issues with it for over a year.

bif24701
05/05/2014, 07:42 AM
I made a vinegar dripped I use to dose. I use this because the PH swings from dumping in my dose caused my Duncan to close up. It's adjustable and could be used for other applications as well.



Parts:

1 baby bottle w/nipple (silicone preferred)

2'~ aquarium tubing

1 aquarium air line gang valve



Build:

Take the baby bottle install nipple, take the airline tubing and force it into the hole in the nipple. You need to make sure your nipple has one hole (some could have up to three holes). It maybe be necessary to enlarge the hole (not preferred), if you do use a sharp knife and make a very small cut to enlarge the hole. This could ruin the nipple for the project so I suggest trying very hard to force the tube in the hole as is, also ensures a tight fit. I didn't have much of a problem with this as I use a bit of dawn and it slipped right on.



Next you need to drill a small hole in the top of the bottle to let in air.



Install the gate valve to end of tubing and use a short tube to make a U tube down into the sump. This allows you to count the drips.



That's it. Now all you need to do is use a plug or a screw and install finger tight into the hole on top of bottle so you dose doesn't leak out when filling.



Fill bottle.



Now you need a way to keep the bottle high and inverted to let the dose flow out. I just used two 3" screws and wedge the bottle in. The heads of the screws secure the bottle.



Now you just need to set your flow on the gate valve. I set mine to ~ 1 drop every 2-5 seconds.



That's it!



http://youtu.be/Y97QFJtFwSA

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bif24701
05/05/2014, 07:43 AM
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bif24701
05/07/2014, 11:42 PM
So pictures of my old system. Same equipment mostly.

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bif24701
05/07/2014, 11:43 PM
So pictures of my old system. Same equipment mostly.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/huzu5a8e.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/aty5u4ud.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/ynujunyt.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/hejane2a.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/aparesu5.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/08/huzuname.jpg

PaleHorse
06/29/2014, 02:42 PM
Bluewater zoo is not that great. Corner store of real aquarium stores