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FlyingFishSKYw
08/05/2016, 01:07 PM
Greetings TBS fans,

I've had a saltwater tank for about 6 years. I started off with a 46 gallon bow front tank with rock from my LFS and Cichlid sand from my freshwater days. About a year ago I got a great deal on a 75 gallon tank and have been building it from the ground up all year long. Over the last few weeks I've torn down the 46 and got the new tank in place and running. I discarded the sand, but kept about 90% of the live rock. After seeing all the accolades of TBS I decided long ago to use TBS rock and sand in my new tank.

Below is a pic of the tank as it stands today, bare bottom with a pile of live rock on one side. Today Part 1 of the (modified) Package makes its way to Alaska via Seattle. I'll pick it up first thing tomorrow morning! I say the Package is modified because I didn't need the full amount of live rock. I'm getting just 50 lbs, enough to make another mound on the other side of the tank. Most likely Part 2 will come next Saturday.

I am very excited to see what's in store for me!!

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7499/28659485861_d4389dc53e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KExmEz)

iLLwiLL
08/05/2016, 04:25 PM
That's a nice looking setup, cant wait to see what kind of goodies they send you in "the package". Fingers crossed for another epic octopus hitchhiker thread!

FlyingFishSKYw
08/06/2016, 04:41 PM
Great day to make the hour drive into Anchorage for Part 1. This the final 50 miles of its 4,000 mile journey from Clearwater to my tank!

More to come... http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160806/e6d9118a87e4e3c21a894ad9f4d9943f.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160806/163482af4dbe56ac488696b5601befd1.jpg


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FlyingFishSKYw
08/06/2016, 10:23 PM
Part 1 is in the tank!

3 boxes: two with sand, and one with rocks. In the sand were a few cool hitchhikers. A quarter-sized porcelain crab, a goby, and a handful of snails and hermits. With the rocks were a few teensy tiny crabs- looked to be gorilla and stone crabs. Heard a POP in the tote and found a little pistol shrimp.

Here's a neat little star fish:
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/1f849c77924fbb24a34e6391dd0602f0.jpg

Waiting for the water to clear up.

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Butch01
08/07/2016, 11:19 AM
Looking good!

FlyingFishSKYw
08/07/2016, 11:37 AM
I absolutely love the shapes of the 2.1 rocks Richard sent me. There's one arch shape that will be fun to work into the aquascape.

This morning's pic from my iPad (I'll get some with my good camera after church today).

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/af5f5a6d0fccee4dc69c91d8970ef92f.jpg



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FlyingFishSKYw
08/07/2016, 04:56 PM
More from today. Rock from my original 46 gal on the left, new TBS rock on the right.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/db1504818126bfdb3b70e48c1bb340cb.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/173d871e7c6fc089608ee0564845c373.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/133c431b9273df1ca04c53eb2ac3fc48.jpg


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iLLwiLL
08/07/2016, 05:00 PM
Their sand looks chunky, how does it hold up to high flow?

FlyingFishSKYw
08/12/2016, 05:40 PM
Their sand looks chunky, how does it hold up to high flow?



I turned my Gyre 130 up to max blast/ hardly any movement al all on the sand.


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FlyingFishSKYw
08/12/2016, 05:41 PM
Part 2 is on its way!!




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FlyingFishSKYw
08/14/2016, 09:37 PM
Here we go...

Part 2 is in the tank!

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8723/28957811106_c28297aef3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L7Umnh)

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8825/28885178412_c14fa83a1d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L1u6cs)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8770/28885180112_860458fcb2_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L1u6GL)

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8676/28885182982_a875c50046_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L1u7yf)

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8208/28885184002_4019fb9a5a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L1u7RQ)

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8582/28914163491_a56ee1bdaf_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L43Dsc)

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8509/28914164671_04d53a641d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L43DNx)

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8423/28914166851_f1e1340e9f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L43Es8)

https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8878/28914169651_ac137f013b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L43Fhp)

FlyingFishSKYw
08/14/2016, 09:39 PM
From this...

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7499/28659485861_d4389dc53e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KExmEz)

To this....

https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8723/28957811106_c28297aef3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L7Umnh)

In TWO weeks!!!

Thank you Richard! :rollface:

rtague
08/15/2016, 07:24 PM
Beautiful!!!, keep us posted with more pics.

d2mini
08/17/2016, 11:58 AM
Looks amazing!

FlyingFishSKYw
08/17/2016, 02:12 PM
Thanks! Now, I just have to keep it all alive!


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FlyingFishSKYw
08/19/2016, 04:30 PM
I bought a four pack of Benggai Cardinals who have done a great job of getting my TBS Royal Gramma to come out.

https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8380/28476362663_2c93efb568_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KomNw4)

Everything is doing well!

iiismet
08/24/2016, 03:07 PM
Love it! Royal gammas are so cute

moondoggy4
08/26/2016, 12:40 PM
Looking good. Was the drive 4 hours one way?

FlyingFishSKYw
08/26/2016, 02:06 PM
Looking good. Was the drive 4 hours one way?

No, just an hour. :)

FlyingFishSKYw
08/29/2016, 07:38 PM
I just found this little guy cruising around my TBS rock.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160830/05e15299801d330a5c4f61cd19cc5068.jpg


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rtague
08/29/2016, 10:16 PM
Very cool, more pics please.

FlyingFishSKYw
09/08/2016, 10:25 AM
These little guys keep showing up.... I've seen 4 or 5 so far.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160908/fb14107a9b54da99619966ee9fc8eb1a.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160908/a9a13fbb8f631cdbbe7b04b139ba1755.jpg


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FrankB1
09/10/2016, 08:26 AM
Your tank looks fantastic!

I lived in Wasilla for 5 years before moving to Sarasota FL almost 2 years ago.
We miss the beauty of Alaska but not the long winters. May get some property in the Kenai for snowbird living.

Mark9
09/12/2016, 07:45 AM
That tank looks great, nice job!

FlyingFishSKYw
09/12/2016, 10:53 AM
Thanks everyone!

My aquarium has gone from a 46 gallon 'thing' in the corner to a real show piece!


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FlyingFishSKYw
01/15/2017, 07:48 PM
Tank Update.

August 14:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8723/28957811106_c28297aef3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/L7Umnh)DSC05089 (https://flic.kr/p/L7Umnh) by benapilot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Today, Jan 15:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/651/31959035640_09791f465c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QG7pRS)DSC06030 (https://flic.kr/p/QG7pRS) by benapilot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I in the last 5 months since putting my TBS Saltwater package in...
--I've lost the yellow ball sponge
--The tall red sponge has almost withered away
--Found rogue gorilla crabs (skewered one, the other is still at large)
--The red "scrunchy" sponge on the right is withering away
--The big red sea fan gorgonian died in the last few weeks
++I can still locate one of the two red scallops alive and well
++About a dozen black spiny urchins showed up and have been cruising around the tank
++Hermits and snails are all still cruising around everywhere
++I see more porcelain crabs today than I saw in the beginning
++Big orange sponge still looks great
++Big brown and silver Gorgonians are doing well (in today's picture, the silver one looks smaller.. it's not- it's just tucked in behind the rock pile more).

Tank maintenance:
1 gallon water change daily
Dose Sponge Power almost daily
Broadcast feed BRS Reef Chili about once a week
Carbon and GFO reactors run 24/7
ATO comes in through a Kalk stirrer
NLS pellets fed to fish twice a day via auto feeder


I had zero ammonia when I added my TBS rock and sand. My nitrates have been hovering in the 7-10 ppm range for the entire time.


Despite some of the losses, NO REGRETS in getting TBS rock and sand!!

Portland
01/15/2017, 10:05 PM
Thank you Chris for the update!

moondoggy4
01/17/2017, 05:46 PM
Looking good and thanks for the update. Must be nice to view it in the long winter.