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Xxero
07/11/2017, 02:06 PM
It appears that Photobucket is no longer a free image embedding service. Unfortunately, all of the pictures in my tank journal thread were posted through Photobucket, and I am not willing to pay for a service that I can get for free. That being the case, I have decided to begin a new tank journal thread starting at the one year mark.

Basic Information:

System Start Date: May 29, 2016
Display Tank: 65g Marineland Reef Ready Corner Flow - 36 x 18 x 25
Macro Algae/ Refugium: Aqueon 15g Tower - 14 x 14 x 25
Sump: 40g Breeder
Lights: 36" 6 Bulb ATI SunPower High Output T5 Fixture
Total System Gallons: 96

http://i.imgur.com/LLT8LIp.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/O2Lh6CE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8XYHIsi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EnDr6hR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ExyFHcE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ld4Zeew.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vAYO1ps.jpg

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http://i.imgur.com/KMnlA1q.jpg

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Spunky Bob
07/26/2017, 04:37 AM
Hey mate, looks really nice.
What skimmer are you running? Is it a JNS C01? If not looks similar.

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Xxero
07/26/2017, 08:16 PM
ThanX! :bigeyes:

The skimmer is an SC Aquariums-301. It's leftover from my previous build, so it is very undersized for this system. The skimmer's been going strong for over 2 years now though, and it still pulls out a lot of junk. I would definitely buy another, but I would go with the SCA-302 below:

http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-302-180-Gallon-Protein-Skimmer-p/sca-302.htm

Xxero
07/30/2017, 06:20 PM
:bigeyes: Picture time:

http://i.imgur.com/PpObUYV.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7wANcYM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lBVT99h.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/0F4BqLY.jpg

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http://i.imgur.com/Pw3ildF.jpg

Xxero
08/01/2017, 07:03 PM
Recent skimmer chatter has inspired me to finally make an upgrade that I've been procrastinating:

SCA-302 180g Protein Skimmer :bigeyes:

http://i.imgur.com/keEyw3G.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Glq7q1m.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rJuWqUI.jpg

I gave it a vinegar bath rub-down, and plugged it right in. The new skimmer fits great in the sump, but it looks HUGE compared to my last one!

Fandel
08/02/2017, 01:32 AM
That's a very nice tank setup you have there. The blue glow is mesmerizing.

Xxero
08/02/2017, 04:51 PM
That's a very nice tank setup you have there. The blue glow is mesmerizing.

ThanX! :thumbsup:

Yup, lots-O-blue! It's also bulb change time, so that was a recent purchase as well:

http://i.imgur.com/8PpAETT.jpg

I will change out 2 bulbs per week for the next 3 weeks so as not to disturb the inhabitants. :bigeyes:

Arnallop3
08/03/2017, 09:30 AM
Beautiful build. Nice corals as well. How if he. Do you change your t5s? How much $ is a usual change of bulbs?

Xxero
08/03/2017, 04:35 PM
Beautiful build. Nice corals as well. How if he. Do you change your t5s? How much $ is a usual change of bulbs?

Thank you! I really enjoy this hobby. :bigeyes:

In regards to T5 bulb replacement, I have read many different things-

I have read:
* that the bulbs should be replaced anywhere from 8 to 18 months. Well, that's a 10 month differential!
* that the way the bulbs are cooled has an influence on bulb life.
* that if they are run in conjunction with metal halides, the excess heat can shorten T5 lifespan.
* that the health of the fixture's ballast(s) can also influence the longevity of bulb life.

I could go on and on, but that's way too many "X" factors for me. I change my bulbs every 12 to 14 months. Bulb length determines bulb price, so my 36 inch tubes cost about $20 x (6)=$120'ish annually.

I figure every 12-14 months falls safely in the middle of the replacement recommendations. Without the aid of a PAR meter, it's all guesswork in my opinion. A good indicator to me is a sudden increase in green algae film on the glass. That usually tells me that the bulbs are going out of whack, and I should replace them soon. :thumbsup:

Xxero
08/05/2017, 05:02 AM
I have a little 20 gallon sidekick tank that I find very interesting to look at. It's a simple set-up that I toss macro algae clippings into, and I just kind of let it do its own thing.

20g long:
http://i.imgur.com/WSXRwFk.jpg

The tank is full of various pods and Mysis shrimp, and it is the home to only one inhabitant:

White Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos)
http://i.imgur.com/xPaaoCr.jpg

He's really intelligent and surprisingly brave, and in addition to the pellets that I feed him, he keeps the macro clippings nice and trimmed.

Happy hermit :bigeyes:
http://i.imgur.com/mrcgxxu.jpg

bk.
08/05/2017, 05:37 AM
This is a really cool setup. I like how you have the macro algae in an actual tank as it's own display.

That hermit and 20g is a great setup as well.

Xxero
08/06/2017, 06:43 AM
This is a really cool setup. I like how you have the macro algae in an actual tank as it's own display.

That hermit and 20g is a great setup as well.

Thank you!

I like the macro-tank as well. It was initially set up as a display with hopes that it would also help with nitrate removal. It has a 4 inch deep sandbed with around 5 different macros, but I don't think that it does much for the nitrates.:hmm2:

I believe the problem is the use of the various macros. If I only had Chaetomorpha growing in there, it would probably be an excellent tool for nitrate removal. But the various macros compete with one another, which I feel stunts the growth/harvest rate. I harvest enough to fill a very large salad bowl about once a month, but if it was Chaetomorpha alone, I bet that I would reap twice that amount.:thumbsup:

Here's a pic of when the Bryothamnion was really going off:
http://i.imgur.com/MwgPI3H.jpg

Xxero
08/30/2017, 11:29 AM
Brought a few things home from the LFS last weekend:

http://i.imgur.com/dpFYuji.jpg

Green Birds Nest:
http://i.imgur.com/PeaA9AV.jpg

Stylophora:
http://i.imgur.com/Gdso0Re.jpg

Derasa Clam:
http://i.imgur.com/LrQa6jT.jpg

Pagoda Cup Coral:
http://i.imgur.com/xFAk7NP.jpg

Beautiful specimens. I hope that I can keep them happy. :bigeyes:

Xxero
09/16/2017, 06:56 PM
I will be cleaning up the 20g tank tomorrow, but I wanted to show the 6 weeks difference before I did. The proliferation has been interesting:

AUGUST:
https://i.imgur.com/WSXRwFk.jpg

TODAY:
https://i.imgur.com/ZIfVuGN.jpg

Speaking of growth...
AUGUST:
https://i.imgur.com/mrcgxxu.jpg

TODAY:
https://i.imgur.com/oGAqixv.jpg

I named him Hellboy because of his beg, red whomper! :bigeyes:

James404
09/18/2017, 08:40 AM
Very cool tanks, I like the macro tank a lot. Do you have any plans to add anything else to it besides the hermit?

Xxero
09/19/2017, 03:53 AM
Very cool tanks, I like the macro tank a lot. Do you have any plans to add anything else to it besides the hermit?

Thank you! :bigeyes:

I currently do not have any plans to add anything else to the macro tank. That Hermit is a cold-blooded killer! I specifically set up the 20g just for him, and to grow out some of my macro trimmings from my main system.

Xxero
09/30/2017, 05:47 PM
I looked at the tank this afternoon and noticed that my corals look especially plump and happy today. So I thought that I would take a few pics:

https://i.imgur.com/XjiS5zO.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/iARd9v1.jpg

Toadstool Leather:
https://i.imgur.com/OOkvMg1.jpg

Upskirt shot:
https://i.imgur.com/pEOaV84.jpg

The new Pagoda Cup is doing well:
https://i.imgur.com/4Vp9Tmd.jpg

You can see an Emerald Crab helping me with my Turf algae:
https://i.imgur.com/AEb5eCP.jpg

Kenya Tree:
https://i.imgur.com/iU0IrGg.jpg

The new Stlyophora has acclimated well:
https://i.imgur.com/W2LXxKo.jpg

The Derasa already has at least 1/4" of shell growth:
https://i.imgur.com/ShyPSkT.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/pByrnFb.jpg

Xxero
10/01/2017, 12:48 PM
The macro-fuge needed some trimming :bigeyes:

BEFORE:
https://i.imgur.com/2kCZOfD.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/NdpDur5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/lEl9t1t.jpg

AFTER:
https://i.imgur.com/zb2i4uL.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/vu7gOF2.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Imq0Tmb.jpg

Xxero
10/06/2017, 09:39 AM
I finally got around to cleaning up the 20g, and I also decided to add some sand:

https://i.imgur.com/KzMFrib.jpg

I pulled out a lot of macros. This is a 10g plastic tote container:
https://i.imgur.com/kFZ1kYe.jpg

Hellboy is enjoying the new sand. He really loves digging around in it:
https://i.imgur.com/8ml86dY.jpg

:bigeyes: