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thaitopher
07/09/2017, 09:37 PM
So my 20 gallon has a few hairline cracks in it so I decided to actually spend money on a real reef tank this time instead of buying the crappy tanks from Petsmart. Decided the JBJ 45 gallon AIO was the right tank for me. Over the next week or so I plan on moving all my livestock from my 20 gallon over. In an optimum world, I would transfer slowly but since I have cracks in my twenty gallon I will be expediting the process. Here is what I have.

40 pounds Caribbean live sand

20 pounds of live rock. Plan on adding more later.

One twelve year old clown fish

One fire shrimp

One red Bali star fish

Alveopora

50 heads of palys (only had 10 heads four months ago)

GSP

One head of frogspawn

Octopus 40 nano skimmer (plan on upgrading as I add live stock)

Power head which pumps out about 300 GPH ( plan to add one more in due course)

That's about it for now. Never used sand in a reef tank before so I am pretty excited about going in that direction and having a more natural look. Really hoping I don't get any spikes since everything g is pretty much just a transfer but crossing my fingers. I already bought hammer coral and rainbow Ricordia online before discovering the cracks so they will be shipped this week. Bad timing but I will figure it out.

The 45 gallon gives me a lot of new options that I never had with my 20 gallon so the potential excites me. Might start with an anemone after the new tank adjusts.

Any advice out there would be appreciated.

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thaitopher
07/09/2017, 09:41 PM
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thaitopher
07/09/2017, 09:58 PM
Forgot to mention the lights. Using Fluval Marine and Reef LED 2.0 25,000 k 32 watts


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Ryan Darilek
07/10/2017, 12:40 AM
Nice upgrade!!

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thaitopher
07/10/2017, 10:48 AM
Nice upgrade!!

Sent from my SM-G955U using TapatalkThanks! I am gonna enjoy the cleaner look. Hopefully mine will look as good as yours someday!

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thaitopher
07/10/2017, 10:00 PM
Day 2: added sand and half the waterhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170711/59dc19b62682dcfb197a0395185b49d9.jpg

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Ryan Darilek
07/11/2017, 05:15 PM
Thanks! I am gonna enjoy the cleaner look. Hopefully mine will look as good as yours someday!

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I'm sure it will! Looking forward to following along and seeing the progress!

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thaitopher
07/11/2017, 09:47 PM
Day 3: water is still wayyyy too cloudy so I am adding my old HOB to CV Lear the tank up before transferring the livestock

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thaitopher
07/11/2017, 09:48 PM
Day 3 photohttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170712/63c63304b6e048b8aaa69d26d6e99142.jpg

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Ryan Darilek
07/11/2017, 11:08 PM
Do you anticipate having issues with the new tank cycling? Having to do this all quick makes me nervous for you!
What lighting do you have on this bad boy?

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thaitopher
07/12/2017, 08:24 AM
Do you anticipate having issues with the new tank cycling? Having to do this all quick makes me nervous for you!
What lighting do you have on this bad boy?

Sent from my SM-G955U using TapatalkGood question. I have thought about that. I think there will be a small cycle but nothing major. I purchased live sand inatead of regular sand in order to mimimize the cycling. Also, the only live rock I will be adding will be from my other tank so everything should be seeded. I dis a similar transfer last year from a ten to a twenty gallon and had a small spike. Apparently when you do transfers like this as opposed to starting from scratch, there is only a small spike and not a major one. That is at least what I read.

I am using a fluval LED 2.0 light which isnt the most elite light but it is sufficient for tge corals I use. It gets about 75 PAR at the bottom of the tank.

If you have any thoughts to the contrary I am all ears. I do have about $300 with of livestock that I would really like to keep alive [emoji15]

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thaitopher
07/12/2017, 05:45 PM
I am considering sloping my sand from one side of the aquarium to the other to create a more natural look. Anyone ever done this before? If so, what are your thoughts?

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Ryan Darilek
07/12/2017, 06:59 PM
No it sounds like you should be alright as long as you stay on top of it. I would test the water daily just to make sure and have a bottle of Prime around :)

As for the sloping sand... Never tried that, but I feel like it would level out over time as it gets disturbed by inhabitants. Worth a try though!

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thaitopher
07/14/2017, 12:01 PM
No it sounds like you should be alright as long as you stay on top of it. I would test the water daily just to make sure and have a bottle of Prime around :)

As for the sloping sand... Never tried that, but I feel like it would level out over time as it gets disturbed by inhabitants. Worth a try though!

Sent from my SM-G955U using TapatalkSo I have slowed down more as of necessity than anything else. My tank is still really cloudy and hasnt cleared up nearly as fast as I thought it would. Might take a couple more weeks before I make transfer.

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thaitopher
07/14/2017, 10:48 PM
So my water clarity is getting much better. Might be getting pretty close to transferring all my coral and fish.


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07/14/2017, 10:48 PM
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Ryan Darilek
07/15/2017, 10:31 PM
Looking good!

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thaitopher
07/21/2017, 09:57 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170722/9afef4a387bc9f15169dace1065c676f.jpg transition is complete. Definitely still need to add some more liverock and another powerhead but otherwise everything is as it should. Now, just need to give my corals a few days to acclimate.


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Ryan Darilek
07/21/2017, 10:08 PM
Nice man! Has the water cleared up or is it still a little cloudy?

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thaitopher
07/21/2017, 10:09 PM
Nice man! Has the water cleared up or is it still a little cloudy?

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Totally clear. I just threw my hob on there for a week, put in some filter pads and switched them out twice a day. Crystal clear water now.


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Ryan Darilek
07/21/2017, 10:13 PM
Awesome bro! Just keep an eye out for any spikes, but I think you're good and it looks great!

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thaitopher
07/21/2017, 10:26 PM
Issue #1: stupid reef octopus hob skimmer doesn't fit into the back chamber. Looks like I am going to have to invest in A Tunze sooner than later. [emoji51][emoji16][emoji51]


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thaitopher
07/21/2017, 10:26 PM
Awesome bro! Just keep an eye out for any spikes, but I think you're good and it looks great!

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Definitely. I measured everything before making the transfer. So far so good.


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thaitopher
07/22/2017, 07:31 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170722/0163b23ac60ea8b80f3456d940a2f30f.jpg next day. Lights are fully on and everything looks healthy. My clownfish seems really annoyed at me for changing his environment. Just discovered why people say to turn the pumps off when feeding. Now all of my food is in the back chamber. Lesson learned.


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fabulousfavia
07/22/2017, 08:10 AM
Cool build. But you may want to consider taking the red Bali star off your stocking list as it is hard to feed and will most likely eventually starve. Also unless you are creating a sea grass tank, you won't need 40 pounds of sand. Everything else sounds awesome. Can't wait to see what it turns out to be.


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fabulousfavia
07/22/2017, 08:14 AM
I am considering sloping my sand from one side of the aquarium to the other to create a more natural look. Anyone ever done this before? If so, what are your thoughts?

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I have on my 55g. It looks cool but if you have any sand shifters the will destroy it like my baby horseshoe crab did.


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fabulousfavia
07/22/2017, 08:21 AM
Do you anticipate having issues with the new tank cycling? Having to do this all quick makes me nervous for you!
What lighting do you have on this bad boy?

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Tanks that are not cycled properly can result in issues but usually only a small spike. Once I had to qt a pipefish but my qt tank was drained and had been for a while so all I did was fill it up and add cycled bacteria to the filter. The pipefish is fine, doing well, and eating frozen.


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thaitopher
07/22/2017, 08:29 AM
Tanks that are not cycled properly can result in issues but usually only a small spike. Once I had to qt a pipefish but my qt tank was drained and had been for a while so all I did was fill it up and add cycled bacteria to the filter. The pipefish is fine, doing well, and eating frozen.


Sent from my iPhone using TapatalkEverything was transferred from my old tank and am using live sand which should minimize any cycle. I did this with my last tank and didnt have any issues.

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thaitopher
07/22/2017, 08:31 AM
Cool build. But you may want to consider taking the red Bali star off your stocking list as it is hard to feed and will most likely eventually starve. Also unless you are creating a sea grass tank, you won't need 40 pounds of sand. Everything else sounds awesome. Can't wait to see what it turns out to be.


Sent from my iPhone using TapatalkYes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

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thaitopher
07/22/2017, 08:36 AM
Yes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337Z using TapatalkTypo...minimum is 30 gallons....but who knows how accurate that is.

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fabulousfavia
07/22/2017, 09:57 AM
Yes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

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Should be fine then.


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fabulousfavia
07/22/2017, 10:01 AM
Everything was transferred from my old tank and am using live sand which should minimize any cycle. I did this with my last tank and didnt have any issues.

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Perfect everything should be fine then. If you have cycled media from your last tank then put it in the filtration system of your new tank. If your tank has a filter sock then put the media inside that.


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thaitopher
07/24/2017, 10:19 AM
Update. Moved my hammer and frogspawn coral up higher in the tank. Frogspawn was looking a litle dull in color and see through. Was getting about 80 PAR which I dont believe is enough light. Now frogspawn is getting about 220 PAR and hammer is getting about 155 PAR.

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thaitopher
07/25/2017, 02:33 PM
Day 3 post transfer and everything seems good. Starfish had a bit of a scare. Started curling his legs. Still not totally out of the woods yet with him.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/affb8dab07a5f5132cfed29eb58d0476.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/34a409d34296a3b70e03e79348b6a5c3.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/6ce6e6deeaa31e1b46465fd2bed5d7b5.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/5cea18226d1b038af85382c4fe5df049.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/4dd7c62e80f14cdbeb74efcecf116068.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/ede5c07f4ba9bc8512e317661d2ad933.jpg

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thaitopher
08/04/2017, 10:55 PM
Update: So, sand started turning brown. Was getting really frustrated so I went a bought a diamond goby. Boom! Sand back to white within a day.


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monks600
08/05/2017, 03:40 AM
Awesome build, I love the smaller tanks! [emoji1303]


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thaitopher
08/06/2017, 10:55 AM
Awesome build, I love the smaller tanks! [emoji1303]


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk ProThanks. Need to figure out how to take advantage of these back chambers. Want a fuge but no much space to work with.

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thaitopher
08/06/2017, 06:06 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/e016accd9d0f6596589f06c4e63dbced.jpg Rainbow Ricordea. Pictures don't do it justice.


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Ryan Darilek
08/06/2017, 06:55 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/e016accd9d0f6596589f06c4e63dbced.jpg Rainbow Ricordea. Pictures don't do it justice.


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thaitopher
08/06/2017, 06:58 PM
That thing is awesome!

Sent from my SM-G955U using TapatalkIts bright bright orange in the blue LEDs. Wish I was able to.capture how it really looks.

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thaitopher
08/11/2017, 01:09 PM
Update: came home for lunch and saw that my diamond goby jumped out of the tank. Sucks. I knew that might happen and even had glass cover to account for it but never used it. Lesson learned. There goes $30 and a beautiful fun fish.

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LuizW13
08/12/2017, 04:00 PM
That's a sweet upgrade! Sorry about the Goby.

thaitopher
09/13/2017, 07:44 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170914/1868df59052e556ea03eb7694615209f.jpg little update. I replace my diamond goby with another diamond goby. I also have a lawn mower blenny. Just picked up a six headed frogspawn two weeks ago.mtank is definitely looking fuller.


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