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Old 12/06/2005, 10:37 PM   #1
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Gman0526's 75 Gal BB Tank

I've been aroud for awhile and never posted a "profile" of my tank and since everybody and their Momma has a thread I decided to put this couple of pics together for you guys. .

This tank was an evolution after 9yrs in the hobby. Living in PR and 15 mins from the nearest beach I started keeping SW creatures in the "impossible" to keep 10 gal tanks. After some time and just when i got back home from the States I set up a bigger tank, a 30 gal that ended up looking like this.


After hurricane Jeanne wiped that out I came back with a vengeance and ended up with this



By then the itch was too hard to resist so I set up to try a bigger tank, so after tons of reading and researching I decided to set up a 75 gal BB tank moving away from any kind of SB. I had seen old Berlin Style tanks with BB b4 but I liked the look of sand too much. Honestly I never had any major problems with my DSB other than a couple of cyano outbreaks here and there. No HA, no pest bubble algae. This I attribute to good flow, never overfeeding, no flake food and my own extended curing LR procedures that I was surprised to see somebody else doing it since all the local LFS thought I was crazy, is a lot like SeanT's "cooking" method, only I did it for a lot less time, but looking back at it , I would do it his way better.

The 75 gal was setup in a rush, I had a major electrical problem in my apartment, so I saved what I could and ended up with this.

Notice the state of the art plumbing

Long story short, after 3.5 mos my tank looks a lot better than I expected in such a short period of time. Some of my LPS and softies had a hard time adjusting to the new "cleaner" environment but the progress is showing.






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Old 12/06/2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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Some of my LPS and softies had a hard time adjusting to the new "cleaner" environment but the progress is showing.
It looks like you forgot the water


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Old 12/06/2005, 10:45 PM   #3
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Crystal clear Very nice


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Old 12/06/2005, 10:47 PM   #4
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It looks like you forgot the water
Wet skimming does wonders


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Old 12/07/2005, 11:48 AM   #5
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Here's a couple of more pics.




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Old 12/07/2005, 11:58 AM   #6
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Old 12/07/2005, 12:28 PM   #7
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very nice!


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Old 01/14/2006, 12:18 AM   #8
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A new updated shot of the tank after propping up the rock and regretfully ending up with a rock wall. I hate the look but for now I'll leave it like that.




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Old 01/14/2006, 12:58 AM   #9
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Very nice, what are your perams, lighting, skimmer, sump setup, flow, ect,...? What do you plan to do with the rockwork?

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Old 01/14/2006, 01:01 AM   #10
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Other then the BB I think it looks GREAT.


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Old 01/14/2006, 09:00 AM   #11
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Very nice, what are your perams, lighting, skimmer, sump setup, flow, ect,...? What do you plan to do with the rockwork?

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TY Wiskey and Dubbin1, i don't like the look of sand either so I guess we're even .

As far as equipment goes, there's 2 175w 15K Coralvue MH running on magnetic ballasts on a 4 hr schedule, 1 single t5 32W (?) Actinic running 8hrs.

Skimmer is a Pacific Coast ps-350, rated in their site for 400 gals tank, IMO it is good for up to 180. This skimmer's pump crapped and has given me nightmares trying to replace it. Another story... Sump is a 30 long, no baffles just a small trash can to receive the raw water from the overflow to be processed by the skimmer, return is a Mag 12 , no crap trap either /fuge/ algae greenhouse, whatever etc. Flow in the tank is given by the return and 3 SEIO's which were the hardest thing to place in the tank but finally found the "sweet spots" to place them and have them push "crap" were I wanted it.

As far as params go, last i tested was:
0 amm, 0 nitrites (don't know why we test for it, but still), 10 nitrates, this just b4 syphoning after 2 weeks of letting "mulm" settle. PO4 were 0, all were Saliferts test kits. I for one don't test my water regularly, maybe once every 3 mos. if that, never have and i don't see that changing in the near future. Ca was around 440. I believe that continuously testing just leads to being paranoid, IMO your tank is doing as good as it looks.

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Old 04/28/2007, 12:12 PM   #12
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Old 04/28/2007, 12:49 PM   #13
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Awsome tank gives me ispiration for my 70g bb


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Old 04/28/2007, 05:10 PM   #14
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Hey look what has been brought back . Well quick summary.. sold/gave away the corals kept it as a FOWLR for the last couple of months. Just too busy at work and life in general.

All and all I think that it's been a great experience and has been the easiest tank I've kept in the 10+ yrs I've been at this. Never had any kind of algae problem after cooking the rock, coralline just ran amock. The corals were healthy and growing, just not as colorful as I would've hoped for but overall health and growth were my main priorities with this setup not color.

I'm starting to gather some stuff up to start restocking it with corals which means moving some fishes around. Thinking about making it a fairy wrasse/anthias tank which means I'll probably add some sustrate in the near future, don't really want to but I gotta look out for the fish.

Push comes to shove I still have my Shop-Vac

Here's a picture of the tank as of a couple of days ago, nothing much to look at but the fish are healthy and fat. Not all of them are in the pic



I guess I'll keep updating this thread as I go along restocking. Thanks for the comments


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Old 04/28/2007, 05:33 PM   #15
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Lookin good. Don't put sand back in!!!


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Old 05/26/2007, 05:54 AM   #16
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Love your tank I think it's beautiful. I love the BB look it really works with your style.

You might want to add some calcium to your water though, you could really use some coraline in there!!!!


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Old 01/29/2009, 09:00 PM   #17
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Old 01/29/2009, 09:28 PM   #18
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There's really not much to report on the tank, it's pretty much as you see in the last picture. I did change the rocks around and tweaked the flow a little by adding a DIY eductor and a Tunze Stream with controller, other than that still no sand and no corals, the PBT is healthy as can be I guess from the exercise that the good flow provides. Here's the last FTS taken a while back




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I have to ask... who's the chick, and where can I find her...


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Old 02/05/2009, 03:09 AM   #20
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Old 02/05/2009, 06:56 AM   #21
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Pffft, men.

Jorge, you need to add corals back into that tank.


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Old 02/05/2009, 08:11 AM   #22
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do you have any protection against a siphon failing and your mag 12 dumping the trash can full of water in your tank?


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Old 02/05/2009, 07:32 PM   #23
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Pffft, men.
Chicks can't dig other chicks? Take your stereotypes somewhere else... pcha


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Old 02/05/2009, 07:38 PM   #24
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Those pendants look familiar.
Get some corals back in there buddy.

For the record, I love when chicks dig other chicks!!!


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Old 02/05/2009, 10:30 PM   #25
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I have to ask... who's the chick, and where can I find her...
Denise Milani..... and Google is awesome .... enjoy

Back to fish nerd topics .... corbett_n: there's an anti-siphon hole on the PVC pipe with an airline hose that is hidden in the overflow box. You can see it in the last picture. Also, there's no way the water would go from the trash can to the tank it would be the other way around

I have been postponing adding coral to the tank for a while now, even though the tank pretty much takes care of it self at this time I don't have the time to keep up with a full blown reef and don't want to jeopardize any new additions, they deserve better than that. Who knows maybe in the next couple of months I'll jump back on the coral express. And Sugar as you know I got some plans ahead of me that might delay it for a while.

Hey Mike bud wassup?? It's been awhile since I talked to you, even more when you changed your screen name . I'm sure you recognize those since I got them from you they've worked great for me and the tank. How's the boy?


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