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acorral
02/13/2017, 05:56 PM
So here is my tank build !!!

I currently have a 400g reef and I love it, but it is on the entrance of the house so I cannot enjoy the tank as much as I would like to...

Since we bought the house I knew I wanted to remodel the lower level, move the kitchen, tv room, get rid of some walls, etc...

About six months ago that remodel begin and as you can imagine the new reef is important part of it

The idea is to have the aquarium in the middle of the living room, as if it was part of a big central column...

First we need to get rid of this wall:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-07-20_20-58-33_000.jpeg

Replace it with a steel I beam:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-07-31_20-27-26_479.jpeg

You can see there the preparation of cold & hot water, a drain and electrical instalation for 2 new circuits.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-08-08_19-43-28_600.jpeg

This is the finished place for it...
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-08-20_17-41-44_520.jpeg

another view.. it will be where those orange plastic containers are... also you can see the blue glow on the right where is my actual 400g aquarium now...
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-09-18_20-22-20_040.jpeg

This is a basic render of it:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-10-31_15-45-47_000.jpeg

More details on the aquarium:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-11-26_07-24-52_000.jpeg

Here is the stand, lost the photos of the build process but it's made of some structural 2x4, 2x6 joined with pocket holes...
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-11-01_13-05-35_163.jpeg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-11-01_16-25-40_593.jpeg

Finished with the top, piroxiline primer and white lacquer:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-11-25_11-57-00_490.jpeg

shaggydoo541
02/14/2017, 08:21 AM
That is looking like a really nice setup. Love cubes.

BigDave
02/14/2017, 09:07 AM
Oooh. Another Cube build. Will have to follow this one

acorral
02/14/2017, 10:46 AM
This tray is going to be placed between the floor and the sump, the objective is to drain any spill or leak directly out of the stand cabinet to the drain..
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-11-23_19-36-30_000.jpeg

It was made on 6mm white acrylic:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-21_08-40-04_729.jpeg

Making the slot on the stand for the drain:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-21_08-39-52_550.jpeg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-21_09-26-06_123.jpeg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-21_09-26-43_844.jpg

In place:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-22_00-05-10_954.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2016-12-22_00-05-21_227.jpg

acorral
02/14/2017, 10:49 AM
Three months ago I started preparing the rock...

Acid bath
https://youtu.be/83NSh6e6nEo
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/83NSh6e6nEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Cooking the rock
https://youtu.be/LFIwN4Gt9aQ
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LFIwN4Gt9aQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I am using Lanthanum chloride on the cooking process
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-23_15-28-15_997.jpg

acorral
02/14/2017, 01:39 PM
For lighting I will be using 4 Rapidled Corona and I'm leaving space in case I wish to add 2 more in the future...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-08_14-10-57_214.jpeg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-08_14-11-06_886.jpg


Lights on !!!
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-08_14-14-06_877.jpg


Ducting cables and fixing the power supplies
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-16_17-54-33_114.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-16_17-54-42_653.jpg

acorral
02/14/2017, 01:45 PM
Putting the aquarium together:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-21_10-26-02_056.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-21_10-27-04_698.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-21_11-13-47_592.jpg


Drilling 2 holes for the Shadow Overflow:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/2017-01-28_10-54-16_469.jpg

The Shadow overflow arrived:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Photo%201-24-17%2C%201%2036%2004%20AM.jpg

Testing in place:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/1c12089df5bc3fadaecfc836106b72ac.jpg


Finished with black vinyl on back glass:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/1133abd607b470e7758ed41d6cfb03d3.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/835237c8b730a6ffa58ff91819f6c14c.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/d9468987eae74f6e41bb062bada83f90.jpg

BigDave
02/14/2017, 01:46 PM
Did your tank come in an Ikea Flat-Pack box?

That's cool. Didn't realize you were literally building the aquarium yourself :)

acorral
02/14/2017, 02:23 PM
Did your tank come in an Ikea Flat-Pack box?

That's cool. Didn't realize you were literally building the aquarium yourself :)



LoL !!!

That's not me, it's a custom aquarium maker here in Mexico, he had all the pieces on the van and came here to built it because it doesn't fit through the door...

It took 3 visits... one for the initial build, second for drilling, bottom frame reinforcements, seam reinforcement with glass, top frame setup and the last one to trim the excess silicone...

BigDave
02/14/2017, 06:15 PM
Ah that make sense... My 120G Cube 'just' fit through the front door of my house. I was afraid I was going to have to remove the door from the hinges.

acorral
02/14/2017, 06:32 PM
This is the render for the sump:

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/4db9c76582b5d8062bffa1c92abcea4f.jpg

Three 1 1/2" inlets with bulkheads

It will be 1/4" glass and the top will be cut using waterjet cnc cutter
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/5112fd71e02dd598d117151d937c95e8.jpg

The return pumps will be external to the sump

For ATO I will be using this optical sensors:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/6b7d3501127495f5b115e1887f9ef25d.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/67af6a1ff35cce18331867a75c09246d.jpg

They will activate the rodi unit booster pump and inlet solenoid valve.

As redundancy it will have a float valve and mechanical float switches wired to the apex as failsafe for low and high sump levels

acorral
02/14/2017, 06:43 PM
I will have 2 water returns from the sump powered bu these babies:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/7e7b4fd389a5cb2d572256beafaa55aa.jpg

Plumbed with silicone hose on the inlet and outlet to reduce noise:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/d283e9bda2d38e1cb8ba5204cd2c67b2.jpg

I will use a large scooter battery as backup for the vectras.

I will use this to keep it charged:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/96787352a59bd5365489400a3399f7b6.jpg

And this step up voltage adapter for the vectras, it boosts voltage from 22v on the battery to the 36v needed by the vectras:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/e2b97eb04e6e75ae0ce0bc5240d6b731.jpg

For internal circulation I will use the two Vortech MP60 that are working on my current setup along with two maxspect gure xf150 with the controller:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/c005dec7746c198d60b14f34fa0618c6.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/0ebcc90bd44690304d034150f2f50a38.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170215/b853c1cd7585d60d30294fcfa731a42d.jpg

acorral
02/21/2017, 06:40 PM
The sump brace piece is already cut... also the sock holder

Ready for tempering... and finally sump assembly

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170222/3c038a6d8cb1b21d406b4ff22526ec69.jpg

kto17
02/23/2017, 01:25 AM
looks like a fun build!

acorral
02/23/2017, 10:34 PM
The pieces for the stand and canopy cover are already being cut and edged... the final thing will look something like this...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Screen%20Shot%202017-02-23%20at%2011.18.55%20PM.png

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Screen%20Shot%202017-02-23%20at%2011.21.50%20PM.png

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Screen%20Shot%202017-02-23%20at%2011.22.08%20PM.png

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Screen%20Shot%202017-02-23%20at%2011.22.28%20PM.png

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71478495/Pecera%20Abajo%20250G/Screen%20Shot%202017-02-23%20at%2011.22.48%20PM.png

FoothillCorals
02/24/2017, 07:35 AM
Very nice build. Is that euro brace top made out of one piece of glass?

acorral
02/24/2017, 08:36 AM
Very nice build. Is that euro brace top made out of one piece of glass?



Thank you !!!

Yes both brace tops, aquarium and sump, are glass...

The aquarium brace was made manually with diamond hole saw and diamond disc.

The sump brace was cut on waterjet CNC.

FoothillCorals
02/24/2017, 01:03 PM
Wow that is the first glass tank that I have seen built that way. Love the one piece Eurobrace plus the ghost overflow, clean.

acorral
03/03/2017, 09:23 AM
Yesterday I started putting the doors and stand cover...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170303/df709d76241dc63fd9a7cc929cf093c4.jpg

CreoUCLA
03/03/2017, 11:07 AM
Very nice build!

acorral
03/08/2017, 02:54 PM
Some progress on the sump... still some details left, some holes for returns, sensors etc... hope to finish it this week !

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/195783cde5f7cb4325bd812303426d51.jpg

acorral
03/08/2017, 04:10 PM
More with the stand...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/ca0e6479e4d2b427cebc278ba9ea50bd.jpg

acorral
03/09/2017, 07:03 PM
The sump with the white vinyl background and letting the silicone for the bubble trap cure...

Two holes for return on the left part

One hole in the center back for skimer outlet

Another hole in the right part for feeding the skimmer

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170310/a18c0506568c666aa0aff1785aa3e7b2.jpg

acorral
03/11/2017, 10:43 PM
I worked today on the canopy doors and structure as well as placing sump in place

Not sure about the baseboard... ro use white glossy finish or a brushed steel insert... would love to hear your choice...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170312/3fcc92c3517c9d0914a0fc3b1bad63d1.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170312/5737ef0282dc898a089e5f2a16f85177.jpg

BigDave
03/15/2017, 02:00 PM
I like the idea of the white baseboard. Everything else is white and I feel that a stainless steel one would pull your eye downward away from the tank.

acorral
03/21/2017, 08:27 PM
I like the idea of the white baseboard. Everything else is white and I feel that a stainless steel one would pull your eye downward away from the tank.



Thanks !!!

acorral
03/22/2017, 10:03 PM
Plumbing is done !!!

Here you can see the shadow overflow... and a little bit of the water movement with just the two return pumps
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ghgMBsv6YDQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Here is the sump
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RrHRFg_eiAU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

On the rightmost baffle the water comes in from the primary and secondary drain, also you can see the external skimmer intake with an elbow to prevent it from sucking air bubbles... an inlet strainer is on it's way for it...

Then three 4 inch filter socks, which will have a level sensor to alarm when they are dirty and water is overflowing them

Then a general purpose baffle, for some powerheads to keep detritus from settling, heaters, aqualifter for calcium reactor, sensor probes, doser outlets, maybe some media reactor, etc...

And finally after a bubble trap the return intakes (also waiting for strainers) and the ATO will be there too... with a mechanical float valve and some sensors for redundancy

On this video I removed the last 2 pvc pipe sections to give an idea of the real flow going through the sump...
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4liKDASw8EQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

acorral
03/22/2017, 10:07 PM
The other parts of the system, left to the skimmer is the place for the calcium reactor... the geo624 i have didnt fit so i am waiting now for a new geo618
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170323/05da91d7a0ea4f1cbd98ab5394aac74c.jpg


https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170323/0c87f3088a6bf4857892befc617e58c9.jpg

CrayolaViolence
03/22/2017, 11:52 PM
More with the stand...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/ca0e6479e4d2b427cebc278ba9ea50bd.jpg


Beautiful tank. Which company built it?

acorral
03/23/2017, 07:36 AM
Beautiful tank. Which company built it?


Thank you !!!


I built the stand, canopy, plumbing and electric... the aquarium itself was build in site by a local contractor that builds custom aquariums, sump top was designed and made by me using waterjet cnc from a friend, the final sumo build using that top piece was done by the sane custom aquarium contractor...

luvreefs23
03/26/2017, 04:52 PM
What year is the Audi R8? Looks small in background. Maybe a kids car or something?

acorral
03/26/2017, 08:37 PM
What year is the Audi R8? Looks small in background. Maybe a kids car or something?



LoL... it's a RC mercedes benz sls

acorral
04/21/2017, 09:29 AM
Long time without posting...

Some pictures say more than a thousand words...

Bermuda pink aragonite:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/bbf73c6fdb70c7353f16d0847cdd9318.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/0a7c96a45392b7e9a99f6c0e3986d749.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/1967570593daf80970b9066ca12053b5.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/8bd6811e60ef4302a4951663387fe171.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/0127dfbb45f8cdb5938cdaf59f389aee.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/23ad6e735e994dd3189308f8b014a424.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/ac926f294c0262d2dc9c1aa145e6f103.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/fc088e68ec42f51059103738f4ef33fa.jpg

Optical IR sensor for detecting when socks are clogged:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/3387b56c7a5c39d1ca35eae42ad8b1ef.jpg

ATO using float valve and optical sensors:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/ab148b913153185c28156948f14bf513.jpg

acorral
04/21/2017, 09:36 AM
Preliminar rockscape

Left view

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/f7678c51ddf5c8e91b59093691364715.jpg

Front view
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/5f001d17e54b288a1b1df2c7fb837f3e.jpg

Right view
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/426a6c6a22c729d5c3b76d0168b4240c.jpg

Working now with two maxspect gyre 250, i guess i wont use the vortech mp60 i was planning to add
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/a40763032f9e9d39e60ce63c54824172.jpg

Finished the doors, canopy etc...

It has around 2 weeks cycling and some diatoms already in place

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/eb47f3b8ad2b88a43a2e7de85f389481.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/417892e2b60c6805e8f47296edcfe74a.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/c0a5dccd22eb803ee6c560aacf1d7a04.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/e05749f36d6cbf275912406eb26869e4.jpg

Next move is the rock, corals and fish in my current tank, along with tearing apart the old tank i will install the apex and make final arrangements on cable routing and management

jenkinscrew2578
04/21/2017, 10:21 AM
Very impressive! Great job!

Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk

serenity
04/21/2017, 12:39 PM
Love how you can get into the top, great looking build so far!

acorral
04/21/2017, 01:52 PM
Love how you can get into the top, great looking build so far!

Thanks !!

It was one of my first objectives with the design... easy access

On my other tank it is awful and I hate it for that

acorral
04/23/2017, 01:56 PM
Yesterday I moved rock, corals and fish from the old tank to the new one.

Ended up with way too much rock to my taste but i left it that way to keep the bio filter.... after a couple months I will remove some of it to have a cleaner rockscape...

https://youtu.be/v-dWNZGy5_E

On the move process I found my randall goby, I have with him 5 years but besides the day he arrived I had only saw him a couple years back once...

Was great to see him for a couple minutes on transfer

https://youtu.be/1TtMLrxylJc

After going into the new tank, guess what? He was gone in a minute...

BigDave
04/23/2017, 02:32 PM
That's like my engineering goby. He's still really small, so he hides most of the time. If I stand 'just right' during feeding time, then I can see him zip out and grab a bite.

pmoneyt
04/23/2017, 05:36 PM
nice build

msquires
04/26/2017, 08:30 PM
really slick stand!

acorral
04/26/2017, 11:26 PM
Just installed a CO2 scrubber.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170427/c5d02627eb5e8e07fafb5ea34d4026cd.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170427/6bd37e1d06dfa4c44869c42940805683.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170427/cc137ef87c0399db2cf2b3897f02eda8.jpg

Heuristic
04/28/2017, 08:28 PM
Awesome build

acorral
05/12/2017, 11:14 PM
Long time without posting ...

So far everything is looking fine, the corals are getting better coloration nd growth tips...

This is one montipora spumosa that lost its,s color and is now green again...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/abec1fdab7358e0b542230ccea9a81e7.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/6b548886dc7b7e32478312578fb1e405.jpg

This acro was almost black and now its turning purple...
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/2c2a2bcfd783a2e569fa2e023d69fcc1.jpg


An overall view of the aquarium
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170513/f26626367b8f588d251528e467b65b4c.jpg


I need to install some fans because the temperature climbs too fast inside the canopy.

PH has been steady around 8.3 so the co2 scrubber is turned off most of the time...

Keep you posted...

acorral
05/12/2017, 11:52 PM
Some new additions to the QT tank... I will post pics as soon as i have time to sit with the camera to chase them...

- Cleaner wrasse
- Neon Dottyback
- Black Lined Blenny
- Swissguard Basslet
- Klausewitz Blenny
- African Midas Blenny

Three more to arrive on monday:

- Female Bellus Angelfish
- Male Flasher Wrasse
- Orangeback wrasse

Got one Possum Wrasse that I have been looking to get for years and it was Dead on Arrival...

CrayolaViolence
05/14/2017, 04:58 PM
Did you mention the dimensions of the tank?

eppersonm16
05/16/2017, 02:16 PM
How do you like the Gyre 250's so far....

goldnlovr
05/16/2017, 08:24 PM
This looks so clean and nice!
Preliminar rockscape

Left view

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/f7678c51ddf5c8e91b59093691364715.jpg

Front view
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/5f001d17e54b288a1b1df2c7fb837f3e.jpg

Right view
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/426a6c6a22c729d5c3b76d0168b4240c.jpg

Working now with two maxspect gyre 250, i guess i wont use the vortech mp60 i was planning to add
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/a40763032f9e9d39e60ce63c54824172.jpg

Finished the doors, canopy etc...

It has around 2 weeks cycling and some diatoms already in place

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/eb47f3b8ad2b88a43a2e7de85f389481.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/417892e2b60c6805e8f47296edcfe74a.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/c0a5dccd22eb803ee6c560aacf1d7a04.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170421/e05749f36d6cbf275912406eb26869e4.jpg

Next move is the rock, corals and fish in my current tank, along with tearing apart the old tank i will install the apex and make final arrangements on cable routing and management

acorral
05/18/2017, 10:48 PM
Did you mention the dimensions of the tank?



110 cm wide x 120 cm long x 75 cm tall

acorral
05/18/2017, 10:50 PM
How do you like the Gyre 250's so far....



Great and even better when using more than 1 !!!

More than enough flow for now... maybe with large colonies i will need more but now its ok with those two gyres

acorral
05/18/2017, 10:51 PM
Some new frags arrived !!!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/96a809922470087c273eef38ff7b9cc2.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/193314f9328c4d5cf29a119b95812b12.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/ba817eb25c345034557ead677f49b0e5.jpg

acorral
05/19/2017, 09:48 PM
The fish list today looks like this:

Blue Tang
Purple Tang
2 Yellow Tangs
Kole Tang
5 Percula Clownfish
Cleaner Wrasse
Swissguard basslet
Randall goby
Black lined blenny
Neon dottyback
Green Mandarin
Spotted Mandarin
Yellowtail Damsel
Klausewitz Blenny
Male Flasher Wrasse

Some photos of the ones who posed for the camera today:

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acorral
05/20/2017, 08:20 PM
Meet the randall goby, got this photo with the phone after years trying to catch him...

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acorral
05/20/2017, 08:25 PM
Today i got this harlequin tusk:

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I have always wanted to have one, but now that I have it on QT, I am having second thoughts about having it in my reef tank...

I know he won't bother the corals but I am worried about the neon dottyback, randall goby and spotted mandarinfish... or even my perculas... do you think they will be safe? Or they will be lunch?

acorral
05/23/2017, 08:41 AM
A couple of iphone photos (sorry about the quality) of one of my acros, one from may 9th and another one from yesterday may 22nd...

13 days of color change and a little growth...

Before:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/a7e3e69ce1c232c48fa8386d2a9e3409.jpg

After:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170523/205cb01727cd4cb56f7f31c6747b3bc5.jpg

acorral
05/24/2017, 05:36 PM
Some photos of the new batch of coral frags, and some of the existing colonies I had:

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acorral
05/24/2017, 05:36 PM
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acorral
05/24/2017, 05:37 PM
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acorral
05/26/2017, 10:22 PM
Just rearranged the lights... insteqd of having them comming from the center I took them to the sides so the side view is well lot instead of full of shadows...

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I measured PAR after that and it is 100 at the bottom, all acros receive 200-380

I guess I could use more light, maybe a t5 fixture on the middle? More leds of the same kind? Some par38 spots to the acro zones?

What would you do?

acorral
05/27/2017, 01:32 PM
This is the steel base of the old aquarium.

We are taking out sole part of the legs to make it shorter.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170527/3979d4ddf714b9a01d9ce3d5edcf0bbe.jpg

I wil trim the old aquarium to half it's height and it will become a frag tank !!

acorral
05/30/2017, 08:33 AM
I want to buy a dimable T5 lamp, saw ATI and Giesemann... any other brand you could recommend?

Meanwhile I installed a LED lamp I made some time ago.

The PAR measurements improved but not too much, but the looks improved greatly, better colors and less shadows.

The lamp has 81 LEDs divided in 9 channels, 4 different tupes of blue, 3 different types of UV, 2 types of white, 3 types of red and lime.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170530/0886aecf5e5d02ed0ff1aa9938e92fb6.jpg

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Will keep looking for a dimmable T5, either standalone or controllable with Neptune Apex... any suggestion is welcome !!

acorral
07/04/2017, 08:05 PM
Some growth shots, top photo is from may 23rd, bottom from june 26.

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acorral
07/04/2017, 08:06 PM
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acorral
07/04/2017, 08:06 PM
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acorral
07/09/2017, 11:12 AM
The new addition to my reef, a gaudy clown crab:

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170709/9cb66f5e2f0184763601fd0f472522be.jpg

Feasting on some Palys:
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acorral
07/13/2017, 04:34 PM
A video of the tank today:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eidKUuN5b3U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

acorral
07/21/2017, 09:18 AM
I guess that link doesn't work

Here it goes again

https://youtu.be/eidKUuN5b3U