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LuizW13
07/24/2017, 10:41 AM
Hello everyone, I've wanted a reef aquarium for a few years now and finally decided to pull the trigger.
Since I live in an apartment and will most likely move a few more times before settling down, I decided to go with a tank on the smaller size. I orginally wasn't going to do a build thread because i was planing on buying a stand and there would have been nothing to "build". However, those factory ready stands are suuuuper expensive, and the quality of the stands rated for my tank size are pretty crappy (from what i read). So, i bought some supplies and built one over the past weekend- saved a bit over $150.

I apologize in advance for any weird image sizes- first time posting images.

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 10:48 AM
http://i.imgur.com/9kte1Ya.jpg

Literally bought the cheapest Jigsaw i could find. I've never built anything before, and probably won't have to build anything complex in the future so...yeah.

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

I forgot to buy extra plywood to make the interior and shelves..Oh well, I guess i can do that in the future.

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

Another thing that i should have invested a tad bit more money on was some boards to dress the frame of the stand; probably should have bought something a little nicer. But the stand is solid as a tree!

http://i.imgur.com/gwZ5f0z.jpg

While a friend of mine was finishing up a few things with the stand, I started putting the rocks together with some epoxy/putty from 2 Little Fishies. It's a pretty good product, although sometimes it did stick to the gloves.

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 11:00 AM
http://i.imgur.com/OViQVID.jpg

The next day i put on a second coat of semi-gloss oil based black paint. The door/front panel was not completely dry at this point. It also had curved over night from leaning against a wall while it was drying. So, i placed some kettle bells on it to straighten it out. There's four magnetic clips that will hold that front panel in. I figured it will be more convenient in terms of space as opposed to a swinging door. Plus, i wanted it to look like there was no door.

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

http://i.imgur.com/E8uxz5I.jpg

Let me just a second to tell you guys how cool i think pukani rock is. I don't think you can really appreciate it through videos and pictures. I used a drill bit and a chisel to create additional crevices in the rocks- it looks freakin' sweet! The epoxy seems to be holding really well, which is great because i have multiple rocks on top of each other.

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

The water looked significantly clearer this morning before i left for work. I'm excited to what it looks like later. I'm waiting for it settle down so i can start feeding the system.

I'm expecting the system to cycle fairly quickly. There's about 5-6lbs of dry rock that i only cured for a week in heated RO water. I'm hoping that will act as a natural food source for the bacteria- but not too much! I think i should be fine between the live sand and the bacteria additive from brightwell aquatics. I'm wondering if i should still phantom feed; I'm not looking to have any crazy algae bloom at the end of the cycle.

RedStangGA
07/24/2017, 12:07 PM
Pukani is great rock but I couldn't bring myself to destroy rock that costs so much lol!

Fair warning on Pukani, it's very dirty so a week of soaking in RO will likely not have made it clean. Your best bet is to take it back out and either give it an acid bath or stick it some slat water and drip Lanthanum Chloride to precipitate out the phosphates. Prepare for it to take a while.

I just finished bleaching and acid washing ~50lbs. It's fun but must be taken seriously as it can result in serious injury, or worse, if not done correctly. Do a search for acid wash pukani and you'll find plenty of threads.

This one is an excellent start:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1587539&highlight=chlorine+bleach

Good luck! I started with a 29gal and now I'm setting up a 220 years later. It's a very addicting hobby!

Oh, and good job on the stand!

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 01:11 PM
I realized that one week wasn't enough when i watched that curing video from BRS. I'm not too concerned - i saw a guy on youtube documenting his build, and he literally rinsed off his pukani rock with a hose and plopped it right in to his tank. I did a %100 water change three times during that time i was curing my rocks, by the end, there was no foul odor. Plus, I'm only using maybe 5-6 pounds of it.

RedStangGA
07/24/2017, 01:37 PM
I realized that one week wasn't enough when i watched that curing video from BRS. I'm not too concerned - i saw a guy on youtube documenting his build, and he literally rinsed off his pukani rock with a hose and plopped it right in to his tank. I did a %100 water change three times during that time i was curing my rocks, by the end, there was no foul odor. Plus, I'm only using maybe 5-6 pounds of it.

Good deal, as long as you're aware. Every shipment is different too in regards to how much dead matter it has on it. It didn't appear that mine had too much.

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 01:52 PM
Good deal, as long as you're aware. Every shipment is different too in regards to how much dead matter it has on it. It didn't appear that mine had too much.

Oh no, my rocks were filthy! It was quite amazing at how much dead life and dust that were on those rocks. I could see a bunch of fossilized worms or whatever they were on the surface of the rocks. It was pretty neat - i felt like an archaeologist trying to figure out what it is that i was seeing.

My algae bloom isn't going to be pretty lol.

So, after the water has cleared, i can start phantom feeding and running the pumps right?

RedStangGA
07/24/2017, 02:02 PM
Oh no, my rocks were filthy! It was quite amazing at how much dead life and dust that were on those rocks. I could see a bunch of fossilized worms or whatever they were on the surface of the rocks. It was pretty neat - i felt like an archaeologist trying to figure out what it is that i was seeing.

My algae bloom isn't going to be pretty lol.

So, after the water has cleared, i can start phantom feeding and running the pumps right?

Check your ammonia level first. If you still have decaying mater on/in the rocks, you may not need to feed.

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 02:09 PM
Check your ammonia level first. If you still have decaying mater on/in the rocks, you may not need to feed.

Good call, i was going to check last night, but i figured it was too soon.

Here's a question: Do people normally stay away from those Seachem ammonia alert badges? I don't think i've seen many people use those things. I have one badge and the actual seachem free and total ammonia. I figured i could stick that ammonia badge on the tank during the cycle process and then move it to the QT. Do the badges not update in real time?

RedStangGA
07/24/2017, 02:42 PM
Good call, i was going to check last night, but i figured it was too soon.

Here's a question: Do people normally stay away from those Seachem ammonia alert badges? I don't think i've seen many people use those things. I have one badge and the actual seachem free and total ammonia. I figured i could stick that ammonia badge on the tank during the cycle process and then move it to the QT. Do the badges not update in real time?

I've used them before and had wondered the same thing lol! I've seen people use them frequently for QT setups. I've used it both times I've cycled a new tank and I'll use it on this one too.

LuizW13
07/24/2017, 03:14 PM
I've used them before and had wondered the same thing lol! I've seen people use them frequently for QT setups. I've used it both times I've cycled a new tank and I'll use it on this one too.

hm, i guess i'll stick it to the tank when i get home and do the separate test in parallel for my own independent study lol.

:reading:

RedStangGA
07/24/2017, 03:16 PM
hm, i guess i'll stick it to the tank when i get home and do the separate test in parallel for my own independent study lol.

:reading:

I did the same on my 2nd tank. The alert badge tracked extremely close to a Seachem ammonia test kit.

LuizW13
07/25/2017, 08:52 AM
http://i.imgur.com/F2ws9Rn.jpg

That's what i believe is a fossilized critter on the rock that i was talking about. There's quite a few all over my rocks, this one in particular is the biggest one and it's on the side of my main rock.

http://i.imgur.com/izDc5A5.jpg

That's the side view of my main rock. If you look closely you can see the specimen i pointed out in the previous picture.

RedStangGA
07/25/2017, 08:54 AM
Looks like the home of a tube worm. The worm is long dead but the shell of the tube is made of calcium and therefore will stick around indefinitely.

LuizW13
07/25/2017, 09:05 AM
Looks like the home of a tube worm. The worm is long dead but the shell of the tube is made of calcium and therefore will stick around indefinitely.

Cool!

Also, there wasn't any ammonia this morning and the water still didn't clear up. I'm thinking i should start adding some pellets to the tank. Or maybe increase the temperature of the system, I have the cobalt heater set to 76 at the moment.

RedStangGA
07/25/2017, 09:12 AM
Cool!

Also, there wasn't any ammonia this morning and the water still didn't clear up. I'm thinking i should start adding some pellets to the tank. Or maybe increase the temperature of the system, I have the cobalt heater set to 76 at the moment.

Do you have a location for a filter sock or some floss? Probably your best bet to clear the water up. Could just be from sand or debris from the rocks.

LuizW13
07/25/2017, 09:18 AM
I do have some filter socks, i have the ones that came with the tank. I'm also receiving additional filter socks w/ close string in the mail today. Should i fill a couple of them with carbon and turn the pumps on? I thought the water was this cloudy from the sand.

RedStangGA
07/25/2017, 09:22 AM
I do have some filter socks, i have the ones that came with the tank. I'm also receiving additional filter socks w/ close string in the mail today. Should i fill a couple of them with carbon and turn the pumps on? I thought the water was this cloudy from the sand.

If it's from the sand, skip the carbon for now. Just use a sock and a skimmer can help remove the fine particles too.

LuizW13
07/25/2017, 09:25 AM
If it's from the sand, skip the carbon for now. Just use a sock and a skimmer can help remove the fine particles too.


Definitely not purchasing a skimmer for my nano lol..turning on the return pump isn't going to agitate the water and keep it cloudy for longer?

RedStangGA
07/25/2017, 09:42 AM
Definitely not purchasing a skimmer for my nano lol..turning on the return pump isn't going to agitate the water and keep it cloudy for longer?

All of those fine particles that settle will just get stirred up as soon as you create any flow anyway. Best bet is to filter it out now. I didn't rinse my sand the first time and had the same result. Filter cleared it up. Just do it when you're home. The filter will clog quickly.

LuizW13
07/25/2017, 10:05 AM
I heard that the cloudy water could be from decaying bacteria from my live sand, although i don't appear to have any ammonia in the system yet. I'll add a few pellets of food when i get home, then turn the return pump on over night. I remembered that i also have some bacteria additives!

LuizW13
07/26/2017, 09:46 AM
Turns out all i needed to do was turn the return pump on, as suggested! I added a cube of frozen brine shrimp along with some pellets -not sure how long it takes to decompose though, no ammonia yet.

I took a couple of pictures to show the aquascape. I love the simplicity of minimal rock. I like the idea of having open space in the middle of tank as well in the perimeter of the rocks. Stacking the rocks vertically, allow me to achieve that -plus, a breaching rock is freaking sweeeeeet!

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

http://i.imgur.com/tMXr499.jpg

dimasv
07/26/2017, 12:07 PM
Beautiful start! Following

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LuizW13
07/26/2017, 12:52 PM
Beautiful start! Following

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Thanks a bunch!

:beer:

LuizW13
07/27/2017, 09:13 AM
So, I did a few test last night a few hours after dropping another cube of frozen brine shrimp in the system.

Seachem
Free Ammonia: 0
It looked undetectable from my eyes

Seachem
Total Ammonia: .01-.02
Anywhere in between those to values

Salifert
Nitrite: also looked undetectable

Salifert
Nitrate: Had a very faint taint to it. At one point i wasn't sure if i was making things up with my eyes.

Hanna Phosphorous ULR
Phosphate: 0.10-0.11


How long does it normally take for various foods to decompose anyway?

RedStangGA
07/27/2017, 10:57 AM
So, I did a few test last night a few hours after dropping another cube of frozen brine shrimp in the system.

Seachem
Free Ammonia: 0
It looked undetectable from my eyes

Seachem
Total Ammonia: .01-.02
Anywhere in between those to values

Salifert
Nitrite: also looked undetectable

Salifert
Nitrate: Had a very faint taint to it. At one point i wasn't sure if i was making things up with my eyes.

Hanna Phosphorous ULR
Phosphate: 0.10-0.11


How long does it normally take for various foods to decompose anyway?

It can take a long time. Many people drop a raw shrimp to start their cycle and take it out a few days later.

LuizW13
07/27/2017, 12:56 PM
It can take a long time. Many people drop a raw shrimp to start their cycle and take it out a few days later.

I thought of doing that last night when i realized how many small brine shrimp i had everywhere..oh well. I figured brine shrimp would decompose faster than one large shrimp.

RedStangGA
07/27/2017, 01:09 PM
I thought of doing that last night when i realized how many small brine shrimp i had everywhere..oh well. I figured brine shrimp would decompose faster than one large shrimp.

Yep, most likely. And don't worry, it will be processed eventually. Just keep monitoring ammonia and nitrites, and nitrates. Once the first two are zero and you've seen a significant rise in nitrates it's time to do a water change. You can test if your cycle is complete by putting in a small amount of ammonia, get the plain kind, no scents are anything, and see if it gets processed within 24 hours. There are calculators to figure out how much to dose. Obviously, don't do this with anything living in the aquarium. Once the ammonia is getting processed you're good to get a clean up crew.

Advice on CUC, go small. The packages online are, IMO, way too big for the tank size and most will starve and die. For an aquarium your size no more than a dozen or so snails of various types should be necessary. A couple nassarius, some cerith, nerite, and dwarf cerith should be sufficient.

LuizW13
07/27/2017, 01:27 PM
Yep, most likely. And don't worry, it will be processed eventually. Just keep monitoring ammonia and nitrites, and nitrates. Once the first two are zero and you've seen a significant rise in nitrates it's time to do a water change. You can test if your cycle is complete by putting in a small amount of ammonia, get the plain kind, no scents are anything, and see if it gets processed within 24 hours. There are calculators to figure out how much to dose. Obviously, don't do this with anything living in the aquarium. Once the ammonia is getting processed you're good to get a clean up crew.

Advice on CUC, go small. The packages online are, IMO, way too big for the tank size and most will starve and die. For an aquarium your size no more than a dozen or so snails of various types should be necessary. A couple nassarius, some cerith, nerite, and dwarf cerith should be sufficient.


Sweet man, I'm excited! How do you feel about buying some pods from algaebarn? How is a population of pods going to benefit my system?

RedStangGA
07/27/2017, 01:57 PM
Sweet man, I'm excited! How do you feel about buying some pods from algaebarn? How is a population of pods going to benefit my system?

Pods are definitely worth adding, once your system is established. Their benefit is primarily as a source of food, albeit a small one, for fish you put in and even corals. They do eat detritus but I'm not sure it's an appreciable amount. I'm just not familiar enough with their specifics.

As far as specific brand, that's all up to you.

LuizW13
07/27/2017, 01:59 PM
I just read a little about them, looks like it's a good addition to the system. I guess i'll have to see.

LuizW13
07/28/2017, 12:52 PM
Little update on the water tests. Ammonia is still undetectable, but my Nitrite and Nitrate are clearly present in the water.

http://i.imgur.com/6UPl7Fn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/AoVpXc4.jpg

Very little, but still something.

Maybe the bacteria additive is processing ammonia faster than i can catch it through the tests. Or maybe there isn't enough decomposing matter happening to cause a build up or back log for the system.

http://i.imgur.com/vweGk6e.jpg

The other night i separated a few pellets with some salt water in a small container with the intent to dump the rotting water/pellets in the water. I figured if i dump that mixture in the water at once, i might be able to get an ammonia reading.

I'll check Phosphates tonight; my water is stinking a bit, and i think it's from the rocks.

Anyway, here are some day time shots of the aquarium!

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

http://i.imgur.com/59GVgsi.jpg

LuizW13
07/31/2017, 09:05 AM
Nitrites and Nitrates have been slowly on the rise, I believe i'm now at the peak of the cycle.

http://i.imgur.com/zvlaeE2.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5nppDur.jpg

Phosphates have also been on the rise.

As of last night, i'm at 0.147

I'm currently cycling with the lights off, i really only have them on during the evening for a few hours.I plan to turn the lights on after the first post cycle water change. I'm expecting a fairly long battle with phosphates leaching from the rocks; good thing i have GFO on hand!

LuizW13
08/02/2017, 03:32 PM
Nitrites have been sky high for a few days, so i decided to remove the decomposing food pellets from the tank. There's still a lot of tiny brine shrimp, i'll try to remove as much as i can- i assume this is why my nitrite levels haven't been lowering.

http://i.imgur.com/3zorbAw.jpg

LuizW13
08/04/2017, 09:51 AM
Checked Nitrites last night, almost at 0!

http://i.imgur.com/Wh6HxH0.jpg

I realized that i may not have enough rock in my system to host beneficial bacteria, so I broke some small pieces from my left over rocks and started to cure them a few days ago. I plan to create a slim tower of rocks to go in the outer chambers of the sump.

http://i.imgur.com/Z7waA9O.jpg

I also put in my Aquamedic eco drift 4.1 a few days ago; i'm liking it so far

http://i.imgur.com/Iffk9Fn.jpg


I've added a couple of small pieces, an island and some rubble around the DT. Still cycling with lights off, i just turned the lights on for the pictures. I'm also returning that Aquamaxx nemo light and purchased the new Aquamaxx Prism instead. Here's what the tank looks like right now.

http://i.imgur.com/pi5isvs.jpg

RedStangGA
08/04/2017, 09:56 AM
Looking good. If you want to be sure your tank is processing ammonia, pick up unscented ammonia from a hardware store or grocery store and dose the tank. Google and you should find a calculator of how much to dose. Get an ammonia alert badge from seachem and it should show the ammonia spike. Then you can wait for the nitrates to spike.

LuizW13
08/04/2017, 01:16 PM
already have an ammonia badge, never saw any alerts or readings from Ammonia. My Nitrates have been sky high for a over a week. I'm hoping to do my first water change this weekend and get some inverts!

Should I wait for the algae bloom before introducing inverts? Or should I add them in anyway?

LuizW13
08/07/2017, 10:29 AM
System is cycled! I went to the LFS Saturday afternoon and bought myself a small GSP frag. Poor little guy was not happy. I temperature acclimated it for a couple of hours, did a 20% water change and then dipped the GSP for about 10-12minutes in Coral Revive, rinsed it in some saltwater and placed it in the sand bed.
Sunday morning after i turned the daylights on, it started to wake up. It spent most of the day opening and closing polyps. As soon as the daylights starting to set, the polyps closed up.
A couple of polyps had started to come out before i left for work. I wonder what it looks like right now.

I did all of my water test except for phosphate yesterday.

No2: 0
No3: 5-10
MG: 1400
DKH: 7.0
Ca: 550
Salinity 1.025

Ordered a Tunze Osmolater and a Chalk Bass Sunday afternoon!

RedStangGA
08/07/2017, 11:03 AM
System is cycled! I went to the LFS Saturday afternoon and bought myself a small GSP frag. Poor little guy was not happy. I temperature acclimated it for a couple of hours, did a 20% water change and then dipped the GSP for about 10-12minutes in Coral Revive, rinsed it in some saltwater and placed it in the sand bed.
Sunday morning after i turned the daylights on, it started to wake up. It spent most of the day opening and closing polyps. As soon as the daylights starting to set, the polyps closed up.
A couple of polyps had started to come out before i left for work. I wonder what it looks like right now.

I did all of my water test except for phosphate yesterday.

No2: 0
No3: 5-10
MG: 1400
DKH: 7.0
Ca: 550
Salinity 1.025

Ordered a Tunze Osmolater and a Chalk Bass Sunday afternoon!

Congrats! Just remember to go slow!

LuizW13
08/07/2017, 12:46 PM
Thanks! Man, I'm so excited to get some more corals, but I'm going to wait for the GSP to get acclimated and happy first.

still no algae bloom, last i checked, my phosphate were at .128. With my high phosphates and nitrates, i should be getting some algae soon; it's definitely taking longer than i expected.

LuizW13
08/08/2017, 11:27 AM
This morning I received a special delivery! Introducing Chuck, the Chalk Bass!

http://i.imgur.com/445XZoY.jpg


The GSP is still very shy, last night it had a total of 10 polyps cautiously extended!

Chuck seems to be fairly out going, he immediately swam to the corner behind some PVC's. After about 15 minutes he became a bit courageous and started to explore the QT, slowly making his way to the other end of the tank.

The Aquamaxx Prism led arrives today and the Tunze Osmolator arrives Thursday, oh, the excitement! :fun4::spin1::rollface:

RedStangGA
08/08/2017, 11:28 AM
This morning I received a special delivery! Introducing Chuck, the Chalk Bass!

http://i.imgur.com/445XZoY.jpg


The GSP is still very shy, last night it had a total of 10 polyps cautiously extended!

Chuck seems to be fairly out going, he immediately swam to the corner behind some PVC's. After about 15 minutes he became a bit courageous and started to explore the QT, slowly making his way to the other end of the tank.

The Aquamaxx Prism led arrives today and the Tunze Osmolator arrives Thursday, oh, the excitement! :fun4::spin1::rollface:

Nice! What's the QT plan?

LuizW13
08/08/2017, 11:37 AM
Nice! What's the QT plan?

Umm, I'm going to keep him/her in there for 2-3 weeks and i'll medicate with prazipro and Ich-x this weekend once it starts eating first. I figured i'll let it get comfortable before medicating.

I ordered the fish from Vividaquariums- it seems to be very healthy. I don't think i'll have much stress with it.

I'll say this much though. I think i was more stressed than the fish was this morning trying to match the salinity- keeping a constant eye on the stop watch, I felt like i was diffusing a bomb or something lol.

RedStangGA
08/08/2017, 11:42 AM
Umm, I'm going to keep him/her in there for 2-3 weeks and i'll medicate with prazipro and Ich-x this weekend once it starts eating first. I figured i'll let it get comfortable before medicating.

I ordered the fish from Vividaquariums- it seems to be very healthy. I don't think i'll have much stress with it.

I'll say this much though. I think i was more stressed than the fish was this morning trying to match the salinity- keeping a constant eye on the stop watch, I felt like i was diffusing a bomb or something lol.

Lol! I know the feeling. As an FYI, fish tolerate a drop in salinity much better than a rise. When fish are ordered online it's important to get them moved over quickly because as soon as you open that bag ammonia starts to build up.

In general, you can ask an on line vendor what the salinity of the bag will be at so you can match in advance. Then just a quick verification before moving over. Glad to hear he's doing well!

LuizW13
08/08/2017, 12:10 PM
In the email i received they said to keep the salinity at 1.020-1.025, I make my saltwater at 1.025, but i was right at the limit they suggested so i diluted the water to 1.023. I figured i was right in the middle, no problem.

After i opened the bag and checked the salinity, it was at 1.025! then i rushed to match the water while at the same time using a pipette to squeeze some of the qt water in the bag( once it filled up, i emptied 3/4 of the water, and repeated). That all took just over 40 minutes!

Got the QT water to 1.024 and put the fish in. Man, what a rush lol.

RedStangGA
08/08/2017, 12:24 PM
This is my own personal opinion, but next time if it's that close, just move the fish in. Try not to let store water into your QT.

I know this is counter to many published acclimation guides, including LA's, but given the speed at which ammonia builds up for fish that have had an overnight trip, they should be out of the bag in less than 5 minutes after the bag is opened. Float the bag for 15 min's, test the salinity in the bag, and if it's .01 either way then in they go. If it's a .02-.03 drop, then I transfer them. If it's a .02 or more rise I add QT water to the bag, add some prime, and get the QT to the right salinity quickly. Then transfer the fish.

Have to stress, this is my opinion and based off of my experience. I think if you do some research though, you'll find the same advice that I did lol!

LuizW13
08/08/2017, 12:34 PM
No store water was placed in the QT. I was thinking of moving the fish in faster, but it was over thinking things too much! Oh well, next time, i'll be more prepared - fish seemed to be doing well, that's all that matters now!

LuizW13
08/09/2017, 01:00 PM
Chuck ate like a beast yesterday evening! Those brine shrimp must be mighty tasty. He even ate some pellets after I stopped giving him shrimp.

So, when i bought the GSP frag this past weekend, I noticed that the LFS didn't super glue it to the frag plug all that well. The edges of the mat are loose and moving with the current. During the drive home, a couple of polyps fell off- i was able to glue it back, but only for a couple of days.
A couple of days ago, the polyps fell off; i thought they were going to get sucked up into the over flow..but, no! it attached to another rock! Now i have to chisel a piece of the rock and glue it to the GSP rock.

http://i.imgur.com/v8tjnsJ.jpg?1

dimasv
08/09/2017, 01:37 PM
beautiful! following your build

LuizW13
08/09/2017, 02:11 PM
beautiful! following your build

Thanks for following along!


I just received the new Aquamaxx Prism LED - i think i might be the first customer to purchase one. I'm liking it way better than their nemo light so far.

I'll post pictures later!

I'm also starting to grow diatoms! I'm hoping i can get some hermit crabs and snails within the next few days. I think i'll also order some pods+phyto from Algae barn as well.

LuizW13
08/15/2017, 10:18 AM
A couple of more updates! Last week I received the Tunze Osmolator and installed it over the past weekend.

http://i.imgur.com/pf4fGbH.jpg

Installing and calibrating this thing was such a pain. The safety float switch does not fit in the return section of my sump, I'll try and figure out how to set it up using the extra magnet, but right now it's duct taped to the back of the tank.

You guys are going to get a kick out of this. When i finally accepted that the float switch won't fit, i detached it from the optical sensor magnet and let the float switch dangle while i finished leveling the optical sensor. Every time i would turn the pump on, it would say the water level was too high. I swear i messed with the level of the osmolator for about 20 minutes before i realized the safety float switch was up side down causing the osmolator to freak out. :debi:

Another 20 or so minutes to learn what the osmolator considers "leveled".

http://i.imgur.com/3gwb5KO.jpg

I can already see that cleaning the sump area is going to be a pain.

In another note, I think the diatoms stopped growing. It wasn't really all that bad, i thought everything was going to covered.

Here's a picture with the new Aquamaxx Prism LED.

http://i.imgur.com/Sd3eB4v.jpg

j_wey
08/16/2017, 09:48 AM
Hi, can you share more information on the Aquamaxx Prism LED light? How are the color, control and light intensity? Is it much brighter than the Aquamaxx Nemolight? Thanks.

LuizW13
08/16/2017, 02:21 PM
Hi, can you share more information on the Aquamaxx Prism LED light? How are the color, control and light intensity? Is it much brighter than the Aquamaxx Nemolight? Thanks.

I only had the nemo light for a couple of weeks and only turned them on a handful of times, so i can't really compare both. BUT, i can say that the Prism is much better! It is brighter, i don't know how much brighter, but it's noticeably brighter. But the lights themselves, are crisper and just look nicer than the nemo's light.

The Prism light looks sleeker which is hard to believe when you saw how thin the nemo is. It the mounting brackets are a tad bit taller making the light sit a bit higher up, which I really like.

The best thing though, is the controller. Not having to change the light settings manually is so nice. I don't even have to touch the lights anymore. The nemo light was annoying in the sense that i was going up to the tank just to dim it a few notches to try and ramp up or down the intensity.

The controller has 4 light schedules, sunrise, afternoon, sunset and night. You then program the intensity for whites, blues and special for all 4 times.
You can also program how often you want "thunderstorms" in a 24 hour period, which is nice improvement from the nemo light.

I like the light a lot, it has a bunch of noticeable improvements while still being affordable.

j_wey
08/17/2017, 10:51 AM
I only had the nemo light for a couple of weeks and only turned them on a handful of times, so i can't really compare both. BUT, i can say that the Prism is much better! It is brighter, i don't know how much brighter, but it's noticeably brighter. But the lights themselves, are crisper and just look nicer than the nemo's light.

The Prism light looks sleeker which is hard to believe when you saw how thin the nemo is. It the mounting brackets are a tad bit taller making the light sit a bit higher up, which I really like.

The best thing though, is the controller. Not having to change the light settings manually is so nice. I don't even have to touch the lights anymore. The nemo light was annoying in the sense that i was going up to the tank just to dim it a few notches to try and ramp up or down the intensity.

The controller has 4 light schedules, sunrise, afternoon, sunset and night. You then program the intensity for whites, blues and special for all 4 times.
You can also program how often you want "thunderstorms" in a 24 hour period, which is nice improvement from the nemo light.

I like the light a lot, it has a bunch of noticeable improvements while still being affordable.


Thanks for your info. I too have a NemoLight AquaMarine 18w, the light is bright, but I did not like the controller. A press to wrong button and I don't know what setting I am in anymore. It seems that the new controller for the Prism is much improved. Do you see improvements of colors with your coral with the Prism?

LuizW13
08/17/2017, 12:46 PM
Thanks for your info. I too have a NemoLight AquaMarine 18w, the light is bright, but I did not like the controller. A press to wrong button and I don't know what setting I am in anymore. It seems that the new controller for the Prism is much improved. Do you see improvements of colors with your coral with the Prism?

The Controller is much much much nicer. Having a led display is really nice- you can walk up to it and see it what you're running at the moment. I set it up once, readjusted it a week later and haven't messed with it yet. No more manually pressing those annoying buttons anymore whenever you need to decline or maximize the brightness.

Regarding the colors, I can't say for sure because i didn't really use the nemolight all that much.; i also only have small frag. But knowing how much better having an led controller is, the aesthetics of the fixture and the added programming features is enough to upgrade. If you're considering upgrading, do it, you can always return it if you don't like it.

LuizW13
08/20/2017, 12:23 PM
Last week the Chalk Bass showed signs of parasitic worm infections and discomfort, so I medicated the QT with PraziPro. Friday evening, i did a 50% water changed, another 50% water change the next morning followed by my second dose of PraziPro. Seachem MetroPlex and Focus is coming in the mail later today, and i will finish the treatment with them.

Yesterday, i noticed that some algae was growing on my GSP frag. I thought it was doing well- a new polyp had already starting to grow. By the evening is was practically covered. Once the night lights came on and the polyps retreated, i tried brushing off the algae, but that didn't work. Today, they look terrible. This what they looked like yesterday:

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

The polyps are usually out by the time i get up from bed, today, only 4 of them are out right now. I might be one of those rare people that can't keep GSP. We'll see what happens.

So, i have this weird green algae growing, it's not hair algae, or at least it doesn't look like it. It kinda of looks like my rocks with painted with green.

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

I used an orange gel filter for that shot. Smart phone camera + blue lights suck.

For more exciting news, i went to the LFS and purchased 4 hermit crabs, a conch, and a green Pocillopora frag.

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

I also bought 3 more frags during a Tidal Gardens live sale show :rollface:

LuizW13
08/24/2017, 09:28 AM
Update for those interested:

The Chalk Bass is still in QT. Tuesday night, I finished the second round of PraziPro, did a 50% water change and prepared some food with Metroplex+Focus- He didn't like it very much. But last night he really went to town on the medicated food mixture of pellets and brine shrimp.

The other day I came home and noticed the conch cleaning up my GSP frag!

http://i.imgur.com/RMYfe7n.jpg


Some goodies from Tidal Gardens:

http://i.imgur.com/yS19VFD.jpg

Amazing packaging; not sure if this is standard in coral shipping.


I'm thinking of dosing Alkalinity using a Red Sea product. My salt mixes CA and MG pretty high, but the DKH low. Anyone have experience in dosing just one element/parameter?