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Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:13 PM
Hello, here is my build thread for the upgrade. I donít have a previous thread on here but I have been reading through many threads throughout the years. I do currently have a 100 gallon reef tank that has been running for about three years. I will include pictures into this build. Well, sort of a build. I have bought a tank and the stand, so no building of the stand this time.

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:13 PM
My current tank sits on a stand that I built. The stand is 8 feet long even though the tank is only 4 foot. I love all the extra room below and I was thinking of the future with the stand. Of course some of the equipment that I have on the current tank I will use and I will also need to add additional equipment, which is the fun part.

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:14 PM
Order list so far:

• VorTech MP40wQD Quiet Drive Propeller Pump - EcoTech Marine
• Skimz Octa SC205i Internal Protein Skimmer
• pH/ORP Probe Module: PM1 - Neptune Systems
• Hydra Twenty Six HD LED (White) - Aqua Illumination X 2
• Phosphate Low Range Colorimeter HI713 Hanna Checker - Fresh & Marine Water
• BRS Tonga Shelf (Flat Plates) Dry Live Rock
• BRS Tonga Shelf with Base Dry Live Rock

These items should be arriving this Friday. It’s a late Christmas!

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:15 PM
So, I have also bought the tank. See the attached picture. It’s sitting in the LFS for now as I am getting the floors done. Removing the carpet and having tile that looks like would installed. That won’t be done for a couple of weeks.

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:16 PM
Here is what I am keeping from the old tank.

• Elite Aquatics 40” Sump
• Refugium
• BRS Dosing pumps and containers X 3
• BRS Filters X 2
• VarioS-6 Controllable DC Pump (1720 GPH) - Reef Octopus
• Koralia Third Generation Powerhead (2450 GPH) Hydor
• Jebao RW-15 PP15 Wireless Wavemaker Pump
• JAGER TruTemp Aquarium Heater - Eheim

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 03:16 PM
I will post some pictures after work this evening.

CrayolaViolence
12/29/2016, 05:38 PM
Sounds exciting. Will look forward to photos ;)

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:12 PM
<a href="http://s111.photobucket.com/user/bawalke0219/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/File_000.jpeg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n154/bawalke0219/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/File_000.jpeg" border="0" alt="100 Gallon Tank photo File_000.jpeg"/></a>

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:13 PM
This is my refugium... just getting it started.

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Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:14 PM
Here is the sump.

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Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:15 PM
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Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:16 PM
Auto Top Off and dosing section.

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Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:17 PM
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Dosing pumps

Benson0219
12/29/2016, 09:18 PM
<a href="http://s111.photobucket.com/user/bawalke0219/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/File_000%206.jpeg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n154/bawalke0219/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/File_000%206.jpeg" border="0" alt="Step son and new tank photo File_000 6.jpeg"/></a>


Here is a picture of the 180 and my step son.

Benson0219
12/30/2016, 11:48 AM
What are your suggestions for stocking the 180. I currently have the following:


• 1 Yellow Tang
• 1 Kole Tang
• 1 Coral Beauty Angle
• 1 Citrus Goby
• 2 Green Chromis
• 2 Filefish
• 2 Clownfish and Anemone
• 1 Sailfin/Algae Blenny


I would like to get the following:

• Foxface or Rabbit Fish
• Anthias Fish
• Wrasse - Reef Safe of some sort
• Butterflyfish maybe

CrayolaViolence
12/30/2016, 07:25 PM
Personally I would not waste money on chromis. They murder each other. But if you want to try them, odd numbers are what I hear recommended. Butterfly fish will pick at the anemone, from my understanding, not sure if you want to risk that or not. As for anthias, that depends on what kind. I do have some experience with them, and I can tell you some are very difficult to feed. I have three purple queens who will only eat copepods. They are fairly large too (4-5 inches) and they spend all day picking copepods off the glass.

Benson0219
01/03/2017, 07:57 PM
Yep, I agree about the Chromis... I had six two years ago. The two that are left have been together for a few years.

Benson0219
01/03/2017, 07:58 PM
So, I have moved the coral and fish into the 40 gallon breeder for the next week while I get the floors done and the new tank delivered.

Benson0219
01/03/2017, 08:00 PM
Here is the fish room... going to make these into a mixing station.

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Benson0219
01/03/2017, 08:01 PM
This is the 40 gallon breeder that will hold the coral and fish.

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Benson0219
01/03/2017, 08:03 PM
I got some of the equipment in just after Christmas.

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Benson0219
01/03/2017, 08:08 PM
Here is the 40 packed with rock, coral and fish. The sump is another 40. Buble Magnes Curve 5 skimmer.

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Benson0219
01/03/2017, 08:09 PM
I hung the AI Hydras above the tank and they are doing the job.

worm5406
01/03/2017, 11:03 PM
I started with a 55. Moved to a 120. Moved to a 180. Then piped into the same sump the original 120. The 55 is a future grow out tank.

Hummmm... Now I have a 265 sitting about 30 feet from the 120 and 180 setup. But I am going to redo everything when the 265 gets ready to get setup and brought online.

Just saying, sometimes an upgrade becomes an addition.

Looking good so far.

Benson0219
01/04/2017, 08:50 AM
I started with a 55. Moved to a 120. Moved to a 180. Then piped into the same sump the original 120. The 55 is a future grow out tank.

Hummmm... Now I have a 265 sitting about 30 feet from the 120 and 180 setup. But I am going to redo everything when the 265 gets ready to get setup and brought online.

Just saying, sometimes an upgrade becomes an addition.

Looking good so far.

Yeah, my dream tank is a 400 gallon tank. I would love to keep the old tank up and running as a display refugium... that would be cool with some TBS live rock with all the critters on it.

krazysvede
01/04/2017, 09:19 PM
New tank looks great!

How do you like the VarioS return pump?

Benson0219
01/05/2017, 09:44 PM
New tank looks great!

How do you like the VarioS return pump?

Thanks! The tank gets delivered on Tuesday!!!

I love the VarioS return pump. It is quiet and doesn't add heat to the tank at all. It so quiet that its hard to tell if it is even on.

Benson0219
01/05/2017, 09:47 PM
So, I bought 3 Kessil A360W-E Tuna Blue LED Aquarium Light - Wide Angle to go along with my 3 AI Hydra 26 HDs. Sould be enough light to minimize shadowing...

Benson0219
01/05/2017, 09:47 PM
I do love the look of the light from the Kessil.

Benson0219
01/06/2017, 12:04 PM
Well, the FedEx guy just dropped off a box full Kessils!!!

Benson0219
01/06/2017, 12:06 PM
Floor guy is here today to do the livingroom and hallway with tile. Then the tank can get delivered!!!

worm5406
01/06/2017, 01:40 PM
Lots of work going on. Glad to hear it. Keep the updates coming.

Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:01 PM
Well, the tank won't be delivered tomorrow due to my floors being done. The installers are way behind schedule...

Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:02 PM
The carpet has been pulled up. The concrete under it was painted so they had to grind all of that up :-(

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Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:04 PM
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Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:09 PM
But... progress has been made!!!


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Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:10 PM
Tank is going to go on this back wall.

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Benson0219
01/09/2017, 05:11 PM
The tank will be delivered on Monday morning. Got to let the floor set up and dry. Then the fun begins.

Benson0219
01/13/2017, 12:11 PM
The floor was completed on Wednesday. Looks good. The new tank stand will go very nicely with the floor. Everything (grout & thin set) should be dry and cured for sure by Monday. I have 260 gallons of saltwater ready to go for when they deliver the tank.

Benson0219
01/13/2017, 12:13 PM
I have Tonga branches and shelf rock soaking getting ready for the new tank. This will be in addition to my current rock. My have to pick up more dry rock though.

Benson0219
01/13/2017, 12:44 PM
So, I have decided to go bare bottom on this tank. I'm hope for good coralline growth on the bottom but will also place assorted Zoas, and other assorted corals.

hartin461
01/13/2017, 12:55 PM
That tile is beautiful. Amazing what they make tile look like now. Awesome start, got to follow!

Benson0219
01/13/2017, 03:15 PM
Thank you hartin461. Once we move the furniture back into the living room it will look even better.

Benson0219
01/16/2017, 10:19 AM
The tank gets delivered this morning. Pictures to follow!!!

worm5406
01/16/2017, 09:34 PM
Great... hope all goes well.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 04:58 PM
Thanks Worm. The tank has been delivered, last Monday. Pictures will be posted this evening.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 05:04 PM
So, I have Jebao RW-15 and a Vortech MP40 on the tank. Do you all think this will be enough flow???

worm5406
01/20/2017, 05:25 PM
How many of them do you have?

For a 180, I have two mp40s, one at both ends.

For the 265 I am going to put two at each end.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 07:41 PM
I have the one MP40 and the one Jebao RW15. I had the Jebao RW on the old tank and will try it out on the new tank.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:15 PM
Here is the tank being delivered.

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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:15 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:16 PM
The top...


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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:16 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:18 PM
Still need to move it into place after I get the plumbing done.

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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 08:21 PM
Thanks to Aquarium Arts LFS in Phoenix!!!

worm5406
01/20/2017, 08:27 PM
Do you have that album shared? Or just the pictures?

I can only see the first one where it is being delivered. The rest are not visible. I copied the link and it shows me the same do not symbol.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:20 PM
Going to try to reload the pictures.

Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:21 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:22 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:22 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:23 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:25 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:26 PM
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Benson0219
01/20/2017, 11:27 PM
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Benson0219
01/21/2017, 12:08 PM
So, I've got freshwater running for a bit in the tank through the sump. It's almost time to fill with saltwater. I'm sure my fish are ready to move out the 40 gallon breeder!

worm5406
01/21/2017, 02:49 PM
Yes, the pictures came through.

Looks good!

I bet they are ready to get out of that 40g breeder.

Benson0219
01/22/2017, 09:19 PM
Well, I got the tank up and runnig. Moved the coral and fish into the new tank. They seem to like the new swim room.

Benson0219
01/22/2017, 09:22 PM
It was a pretty smooth transition but still took a long time. Still need to hook up the refugium, auto top off, dosing pumps. I really like the combination of the 3 Kessils and the 3 AI Hydras 26. They are about 18 inches awl so the light is blending well. Almost no shadowing even with the braces on the tank.

Benson0219
01/23/2017, 04:46 PM
Here are a few pics of the tank after moving the livestock over.

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Benson0219
01/23/2017, 04:47 PM
I am building a cabinet to house my controller and ATO, dosing pumps. It will be added next week.

Benson0219
01/23/2017, 04:48 PM
The Clowns found the Nem right away.

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Benson0219
01/23/2017, 04:49 PM
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Benson0219
01/23/2017, 04:51 PM
Once I get the 40 gallon breeder tank cleaned up I will turn that into the frag tank. Time to start buying corals!!!

Jerrylundergard
01/24/2017, 06:05 PM
Do you all think this will be enough flow???

What are you keeping? On my old 180 sps tank I had 2 mp40's, 2 mp10's & a CL. Looking at all these great builds gives me the itch to get back in! Yours looks like a great start. Subscribed!

Jerrylundergard
01/24/2017, 06:08 PM
Also didn't see, you have a basement sump/fuge?

Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:52 PM
The sump is under the tank.

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:54 PM
I still need to plumb the refugium.

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:54 PM
One set of three of the lights.

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:56 PM
My Yellow Tang.

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:56 PM
Clowns and Yellow.

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:57 PM
Zoas...

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Benson0219
01/25/2017, 08:58 PM
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Benson0219
01/28/2017, 09:44 PM
Hooked up the refeugium this evening. Still need to get it filled with micro algea.

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Benson0219
01/28/2017, 09:46 PM
Full tank shot. Sorry for the reflection.

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Benson0219
01/28/2017, 09:49 PM
Sump with one of the media reactors hooked up. I will do the other one tomorrow. Running GFO and Carbon.

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Sbwalke
01/28/2017, 10:35 PM
This my first time joining the forum. I'm excited to post pictures of me and Benson's new tank. The floors are completed and tank up and running. I am excited to add to our new display. We added 2 new rock structures to the existing rock, coral and fish from the 100.

JonezNReef
02/01/2017, 12:14 PM
Things are coming along quiet well. Subscribing and following along

Benson0219
02/01/2017, 12:28 PM
Well, the refugium is not draining as well as I expected. Which is causing the water level in my sump to go up and down. Not good. I'm going to have to change the way I have it plumbed I think so that it drains faster. It my last setup I had the return pump feeding the refugium and media reactors. Now I have a second pump in the sump feeding those items...

Benson0219
02/01/2017, 12:29 PM
Things are coming along quiet well. Subscribing and following along

Thank you JonezNReef. I am following your build as well. Good stuff!!!

JonezNReef
02/01/2017, 03:04 PM
Well, the refugium is not draining as well as I expected. Which is causing the water level in my sump to go up and down. Not good. I'm going to have to change the way I have it plumbed I think so that it drains faster. It my last setup I had the return pump feeding the refugium and media reactors. Now I have a second pump in the sump feeding those items...

Does the second pump have too much flow going to the fuge or is it because the way the drain is set up? Before you had a single return pump for your return, fuge , and reactors and now that there is a pump for the fuge and reactors the drain in the fuge might not be able to keep up with it. Looks like air could be getting trapped in the drain which could be causing the water level to bounce around. You could try lowering the flow rate through the fuge or possibly adding a 90 degree fitting on the bulkhead inside the fuge with the open end facing up which might help keep air from getting caught in the drain line. That or maybe running flex pipe or tubing instead of hard plumbing it.

Benson0219
02/01/2017, 09:48 PM
I have the refugium higher than the sump but the drain did not have enough downward slant to allow the flow to be fast enough for the pump. I changed the drain and now the flow is way faster than the pump can deliver. Works great now.

Benson0219
02/06/2017, 02:44 PM
This weekend I hooked up the ATO. I have the Osmolator Universal 3155 Auto Top Off - Tunze. It's working great.

Benson0219
02/06/2017, 02:47 PM
I also hooked up my Apex Jr Controller - Neptune Systems. I have it hooked up to my WiFi as well. Need that added control and peace of mind.

Benson0219
02/06/2017, 02:48 PM
I'm still trying to get my Skimz Kone SK204 Skimmer dialed in... seem to be having trouble with that. I'm just letting it run for now.

JonezNReef
02/06/2017, 05:25 PM
I'm still trying to get my Skimz Kone SK204 Skimmer dialed in... seem to be having trouble with that. I'm just letting it run for now.

Whats going on with the skimmer? Overflowing?

Benson0219
02/06/2017, 10:04 PM
Whats going on with the skimmer? Overflowing?

It's overflowing or the bubbles are too low... I have the air screw halfway open. Water level is a bit under 8 inches.

Benson0219
02/08/2017, 09:39 PM
The skimmer seems to be running better now. I closed down the air screw a bit. The Skimz Octa SC205I skimmer is a beast for sure.

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 09:52 AM
So, I set up the UV sterilizer last night. It helped to make the water crystal clear this morning. The protein skimmer seems to be settled down when I checked on it this morning. Pulling nice skim.

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 09:57 AM
I still need to setup the dosing pumps. Perhaps I will do that this weekend. I may use the third dosing pump to do carbon dosing with vinegar. I checked the parameters to see if there was a "mini" cycle. None was detected as ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are at zero.

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 10:01 AM
It's time to check the alkalinity, calcium and magnesium to see how they are doing?

JonezNReef
02/09/2017, 10:10 AM
Nice progress so far. Glad your skimmer is working better. If it continued to overflow I would have suggested raising it up higher in the water level until it broke in. I had to do that with my Bubble Magus when I had my frag tank up.
What are your plans for the carbon dosing as far as amount of vinegar per day? Also why did you choose vinegar instead of vodka, fructose or a commercially available one?

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 10:36 AM
I did the first water change last Sunday. I changed about 30 gallons. It longer than I thought it would to get back to clear.

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 10:36 AM
While more than 50 percent of the rock in the tank was highly established, the tank seems to be going through new tank phase in regard to the diatoms, algae, bacteria blooms… Maybe with the protein skimmer not being dialed in has added to that.

Benson0219
02/09/2017, 10:41 AM
Nice progress so far. Glad your skimmer is working better. If it continued to overflow I would have suggested raising it up higher in the water level until it broke in. I had to do that with my Bubble Magus when I had my frag tank up.
What are your plans for the carbon dosing as far as amount of vinegar per day? Also why did you choose vinegar instead of vodka, fructose or a commercially available one?

Thanks JonezNReef. Thanks for the suggesting about the protein skimmer. I will try that if it starts to act up again.

The reasons I am thinking of using vinegar is Randy Holmes uses it (and it alone) and the effect that it also has on cyno bacteria. I think once the skimmer is performing as promised then it will be very effective at pulling the excess bacteria from the carbon dosing out of the water.

Benson0219
02/11/2017, 10:51 AM
Off to the LFS Kona Reef to shop for more coral. Pictures to follow.

Benson0219
02/11/2017, 08:06 PM
So, we picked up 5 Indian Ocean Lyretail Anthias :fish1:. They are currently in the quarantine tank. We didn't get any corals today :hammer:.

Benson0219
02/14/2017, 07:31 PM
Got the dosing pumps hooked up and running. It's hooked up to the Apex controller.

worm5406
02/14/2017, 10:05 PM
Nice. Are they in auto yet, or still in ON status?

Fallback OFF
Set ON
If FeedA 005 Then OFF
If FeedD 005 Then OFF

Benson0219
02/15/2017, 12:40 PM
Nice. Are they in auto yet, or still in ON status?

Fallback OFF
Set ON
If FeedA 005 Then OFF
If FeedD 005 Then OFF


Yep, I have them on auto dosing calc all day and alk all night.

I added a baseball size ball of cheato. Let's see if it grows like yours did :rollface:

Benson0219
02/15/2017, 12:44 PM
I'm using 30" two bulb T5 over my sump for now. I do have a Par38 LED fixture I want to replace it with once I add the light socket for it.

worm5406
02/15/2017, 01:57 PM
Go look at my webcam after midnight eastern time. I will move the cheato around and you can see how much bigger it is now.

I swear I throw away what I took out. LOL

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That amazon sun light does like to make it grow!

Benson0219
02/22/2017, 08:32 PM
Hmmm. I'm trying to upload a video here. Not working.

Benson0219
02/22/2017, 08:44 PM
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Benson0219
02/22/2017, 08:51 PM
It worked... cool. Here is my first posted video of the tank.

Benson0219
03/05/2017, 11:02 AM
Well, last weekend I cracked my refugium tank. It was a 29 gallon glass tank. I had to take it off line and remove it. I had my LFS Blue Studio make me a new acrylic tank to replace it. I will be getting it today and installing it later today.

Benson0219
03/05/2017, 11:03 AM
I am also fighting some dinoflagellates in the tank... not good.

worm5406
03/05/2017, 03:51 PM
How did it crack.

Are they making you a larger tank or staying with the 29g?

Benson0219
04/30/2017, 10:38 PM
Haven't posted in a while. Tank is doing well. Had a bad case of cyanobacteria. It is past that now and doing well. I did add 5 Lyretail Anthias to the tank. Coral are doing well.

Benson0219
04/30/2017, 10:41 PM
I got a new 30 gallon sump to use as a refugium in tandem with my sump. It's working well. Getting the light for it tomorrow and will also add some Chaetomorpha Algae too.

JonezNReef
04/30/2017, 11:13 PM
Good stuff. You will have to get some pictures up when you get a chance

Benson0219
05/03/2017, 11:04 AM
I will be adding pictures soon, and a video.

Benson0219
10/28/2017, 09:17 PM
Update on this tank. I have added a Two Bar Rabbit fish, several acroporas and more clean-up crew.

Benson0219
10/28/2017, 09:21 PM
My wife and I went to MACNA 2017 in New Orleans. What a great time. We of course heard many of the wonderful speakers. The one that really got my attention was by Triton. I talked with the speaker after his presentation and I have decided to go the Triton method. We sent in the ICP test and have been using the products, Core7 Elements since mid September. I may start a new thread on the journey with Triton on my tank.

Benson0219
10/28/2017, 09:25 PM
Today we went to our LFS Kona Reef in Scottsdale and picked up a few frags... Green Slimmer and Birds Nest and another SPS... they are a great store and Alex is a great help!

sdweller
10/31/2017, 09:47 AM
Nice video !
Sea Dwellers

Benson0219
11/01/2017, 05:20 PM
Thanks! I need to post more videos.