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Old 07/11/2017, 02:06 PM   #1
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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.

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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






















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Old 07/26/2017, 04:37 AM   #2
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Hey mate, looks really nice.
What skimmer are you running? Is it a JNS C01? If not looks similar.

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Old 07/26/2017, 08:16 PM   #3
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ThanX!

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-302-1...-p/sca-302.htm


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Old 07/30/2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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Old 08/01/2017, 07:03 PM   #5
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Skimmer Upgrade.

Recent skimmer chatter has inspired me to finally make an upgrade that I've been procrastinating:

SCA-302 180g Protein Skimmer







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!


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Old 08/02/2017, 01:32 AM   #6
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That's a very nice tank setup you have there. The blue glow is mesmerizing.


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Old 08/02/2017, 04:51 PM   #7
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That's a very nice tank setup you have there. The blue glow is mesmerizing.
ThanX!

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



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


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Old 08/03/2017, 09:30 AM   #8
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Beautiful build. Nice corals as well. How if he. Do you change your t5s? How much $ is a usual change of bulbs?


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Old 08/03/2017, 04:35 PM   #9
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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.

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.


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Old 08/05/2017, 05:02 AM   #10
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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:


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)


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



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Old 08/05/2017, 05:37 AM   #11
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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.


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Old 08/06/2017, 06:43 AM   #12
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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.

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.

Here's a pic of when the Bryothamnion was really going off:



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Old 08/30/2017, 11:29 AM   #13
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Weekend Goodies

Brought a few things home from the LFS last weekend:



Green Birds Nest:


Stylophora:


Derasa Clam:


Pagoda Cup Coral:


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


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Old 09/16/2017, 06:56 PM   #14
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Proliferation - 6 Weeks

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:


TODAY:


Speaking of growth...
AUGUST:


TODAY:


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


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Very cool tanks, I like the macro tank a lot. Do you have any plans to add anything else to it besides the hermit?


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Old 09/19/2017, 03:53 AM   #16
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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!

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.


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Old 09/30/2017, 05:47 PM   #17
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Happy Corals

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:





Toadstool Leather:


Upskirt shot:


The new Pagoda Cup is doing well:


You can see an Emerald Crab helping me with my Turf algae:


Kenya Tree:


The new Stlyophora has acclimated well:


The Derasa already has at least 1/4" of shell growth:





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Shave and a Haircut

The macro-fuge needed some trimming

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I finally got around to cleaning up the 20g, and I also decided to add some sand:



I pulled out a lot of macros. This is a 10g plastic tote container:


Hellboy is enjoying the new sand. He really loves digging around in it:





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