Reef Central Online Community
Digital Aquatics

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Reef Discussion
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 05/17/2012, 12:50 PM   #3776
jprime84
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Apex, NC
Posts: 109
My builds all look like I'm just banging rocks together in comparison.


jprime84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/17/2012, 09:47 PM   #3777
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taqpol View Post
I think the primary difference between male and female christmas wrasses is a single spot on the dorsal fin. That being said, its really easy to tell the difference and I remember watching my first christmas wrasse differentiate.

I don't have any first hand experience with a Vrolik's wrasse, but from pictures I always thought it looked a lot like a melanurus.
Great, thanks for the info Alex.

Quote:
Originally Posted by d2mini View Post
Thanks, I'm definitely going to use this design for my new build!
I'll put that link in my build thread when I get to that stage.
Thank you Dennis!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jprime84 View Post
My builds all look like I'm just banging rocks together in comparison.
lol, thanks jprime.


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/18/2012, 08:44 PM   #3778
salali
Registered Member
 
salali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 288
I am still going back to the second page lol

The sump design is amazing. Were you using Google SketchUp?


salali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/18/2012, 10:57 PM   #3779
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by salali View Post
I am still going back to the second page lol

The sump design is amazing. Were you using Google SketchUp?
Ha! Yes, I just used the free version of Google Sketchup. Nothing fancy, but it works! I gave the Sketchup to the fabricator and he built it exactly like my drawing.


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/19/2012, 09:08 AM   #3780
Lynnmw1208
Registered Member
 
Lynnmw1208's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Brunswick, Ohio
Posts: 3,320
I say Christmas wrasse as well. more colorful. I would try to see if you can get the anthias to eat NLS pellets. they keep their color better that way and you don't have to feed them as much.


__________________
equipment: Eshopps psk-200 skimmer, Mag 12 pump, 30gal sump, 2x 300w Finnex heaters, glass-holes 1500gph overflow kit with 3/4" return kits, 72" 8x36w t-5 AquaticLife light, 66lbs of LR, 150lbs of tropic eden reeflakes, 2 Koralia Evo 1400, JBJ ATO, BRS dual GFO/carbon reactors, Hydor smartwave

Current Tank Info: 125gallon
Lynnmw1208 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/20/2012, 10:08 PM   #3781
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lynnmw1208 View Post
I say Christmas wrasse as well. more colorful. I would try to see if you can get the anthias to eat NLS pellets. they keep their color better that way and you don't have to feed them as much.
Indeed. I think I'm going to hold out for the Christmas Wrasse. They had one at the LFS a few weeks ago that was jaw dropping but I didn't have my lids made yet so I forced myself to pass. I'm working on getting them to eat the pellets. A couple of them like them but I've seen the other 2 catch them but spit them out. It's a work in progress...


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/20/2012, 10:26 PM   #3782
iced98lx
Registered Member
 
iced98lx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by drummereef View Post
Indeed. I think I'm going to hold out for the Christmas Wrasse. They had one at the LFS a few weeks ago that was jaw dropping but I didn't have my lids made yet so I forced myself to pass. I'm working on getting them to eat the pellets. A couple of them like them but I've seen the other 2 catch them but spit them out. It's a work in progress...
Who's spitting them out? At least you had the good sense to pass on them vs finding them on the floor.


__________________
Chris

29 Gallon BioCube (The Test Bed)
180 Gallon "Some Day It'll Be In the Wall" (The Goal)
iced98lx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/20/2012, 11:16 PM   #3783
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by iced98lx View Post
Who's spitting them out? At least you had the good sense to pass on them vs finding them on the floor.
I was talking about my Dispar Anthias in regards to eating pellets. A couple of them seem to eat the pellets fine, but 1 or 2 of the four like to spit them out. I'm still trying to get them to eat them consistently. They eat Rod's, Cyclop-eeze, and Mini Mysis like pigs though.

The quest to find a Christmas Wrasse begins!


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/21/2012, 12:12 AM   #3784
RicoJ
Registered Member
 
RicoJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: El Paso, TX, USA
Posts: 1,556
bump


RicoJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/21/2012, 12:19 AM   #3785
gradth
Registered Member
 
gradth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Vancouver WA
Posts: 527
Beware brett. I had one(xmas wrasse) that did fine until I moved him to my 180. then he proceeded to kill 3 percs and harrass my firefish in to hiding until they mysteriously dissapeared. THen he jumped. Was not to unhappy at that point.

I have a coris wrasse now that is a pig and a model citizen. Follows my diamond gobies around and sifts through what they dig up.


__________________
Josh

Click on the redhouse for my 180 build.

Current Tank Info: 180 gallon pennisula reef
gradth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/21/2012, 08:25 PM   #3786
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by gradth View Post
Beware brett. I had one(xmas wrasse) that did fine until I moved him to my 180. then he proceeded to kill 3 percs and harrass my firefish in to hiding until they mysteriously dissapeared. THen he jumped. Was not to unhappy at that point.

I have a coris wrasse now that is a pig and a model citizen. Follows my diamond gobies around and sifts through what they dig up.
Dang Josh, that's no good. I like Coris Wrasses too, especially the green coris. I think any fish is relatively a crap shoot in regards to behavior. Luckily my fish seem to be getting along. My male Dispar, which is still turning I think, is showing some dominance over the 3 females. Mostly posturing etc... Hoping that subsides in time.

BTW, how's your tank doing??


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 12:01 AM   #3787
gradth
Registered Member
 
gradth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Vancouver WA
Posts: 527
Yeah I have a yellow Coris. Pretty fish. Was tiny when I got him and now it is huge. the thing grew really fast. I have found some fish to be model citizens one day and a terror the next. my xmas wrasse and a hawkfish are perfect examples. Your anthias are beautiful fish. Thinking of some myself, but at 12 or so fish I think that might over do it. Plus I need to replace my male bluethroat trigger.

Tank is up and down. I think you found my update in my tank thread. Its a work in progress. Good months, bad months. Lost all my sps about a year ago and still trying to sort out what when wrong. Getting close I think.


__________________
Josh

Click on the redhouse for my 180 build.

Current Tank Info: 180 gallon pennisula reef
gradth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 12:15 AM   #3788
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by gradth View Post
Yeah I have a yellow Coris. Pretty fish. Was tiny when I got him and now it is huge. the thing grew really fast. I have found some fish to be model citizens one day and a terror the next. my xmas wrasse and a hawkfish are perfect examples. Your anthias are beautiful fish. Thinking of some myself, but at 12 or so fish I think that might over do it. Plus I need to replace my male bluethroat trigger.

Tank is up and down. I think you found my update in my tank thread. Its a work in progress. Good months, bad months. Lost all my sps about a year ago and still trying to sort out what when wrong. Getting close I think.
I hear ya. It's always a work in progress and as long as it's still fun then all is good.


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 12:27 AM   #3789
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
UPDATE:


A little color tonight...























__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 12:27 AM   #3790
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690















__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 12:45 AM   #3791
gradth
Registered Member
 
gradth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Vancouver WA
Posts: 527
Amazing Brett. I do have to say your pictures have really made me want to get my tank in order again. Motivation your tank is.


__________________
Josh

Click on the redhouse for my 180 build.

Current Tank Info: 180 gallon pennisula reef
gradth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 05:08 AM   #3792
devildog999
That Guy
 
devildog999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: California
Posts: 310
Looking great!!


devildog999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 10:42 PM   #3793
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
Quote:
Originally Posted by gradth View Post
Amazing Brett. I do have to say your pictures have really made me want to get my tank in order again. Motivation your tank is.
Thanks Josh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by devildog999 View Post
Looking great!!
Thanks devildog.


__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/22/2012, 10:51 PM   #3794
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
On tonight's episode of Drummer's Tank... CRAB WARS!!





I tried to break up the battle but they migrated under the rock in a strangle hold. They eventually called a truce and went their separate ways.




__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/30/2012, 08:49 PM   #3795
drummereef
Team RC Member
 
drummereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STL
Posts: 14,690
UPDATE:


OK guys, need a little advice here. I'm thinking about adding a stock tank to house some more live rock and possibly some macros - so a "remote fuge" of sorts. It will be located to the right of the return pump which I have already TEE'd off for expansion.

My question is how to plumb one of these things to have the following...

1. Some surface skimming
2. Limit the chance of macros getting sucked into the drain
3. Drains to operate relatively quiet - or at least as quiet as the Durso drains on my display.

I see a lot of guys use a vertical stand pipe but I'm assuming that would gurgle like crazy. Here's some rough pics so you can get an idea of what I'm thinking... Let me know if you have any ideas!


Here is the wall where the stock tank will be plumbed. You can see the TEE just above the return pump that will fee the tank. Sorry about the mess of tanks and food stuffs.




And here's a mock-up with the stock tank. The tank will be fed from the TEE off the return pump and gravity drain back to the sump. I'm assuming I'll have to raise the stock tank high enough for it to drain properly back to the sump?? I'm considering using cinder blocks to raise it up off the floor. Thoughts??

**This is just a generic pic I layered into the shot - so it's not the actual tank I will be installing.




As you can see there's plenty of width/depth to fit a decent size stock tank. The one I'm considering is 4x2x2 oval, or 100g.




I have some interesting plumbing to consider as well... Lots of stuff to plumb around to make this work. Any suggestions are welcome.




__________________
-Brett

180g Marineland Starfire In-Wall 278g system, Vortech MP40W, MSX250A, Lumen Bright Mini, Galaxy Select-A-Watt Ballasts, 250w Radiums, CREE RB LEDs, Reeflo Dart Return, NextReef Reactors, Neptune Systems Apex, some coral and a couple fish.

Click My Homepage To See The Build.
drummereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/30/2012, 10:12 PM   #3796
dhickey
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 59
You always come up with great ideas...way better than what I could suggest! When do you plan on starting this?


dhickey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/30/2012, 10:17 PM   #3797
goochesfish
Registered Member
 
goochesfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,317
Everything is so clean and neat.


__________________
The Gooch, my Beagle, may she RIP 1995-2011

Current Tank Info: 150 gallon Starfire set up July 22,09, 30g QT
goochesfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/30/2012, 10:51 PM   #3798
Reefahholic
Genesis 1:21
 
Reefahholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: League City, Texas
Posts: 2,604
Quote:
Originally Posted by goochesfish View Post
Everything is so clean and neat.
I've seen a lot of clean tanks, but this one by far exceeds most.

Good job my brother....I don't know how you do it.

Wish I had the space you have.


__________________
Kindest Regards,

Jared

Current Tank Info: 90 Gallon AGA | Beananimal Overflow | 40B Sump | I/O BOB For ATO | Reef Octopus XS160 | Mag 9.5 Return | 48" 54W T5's | Jeabo WP25's X2 | BRS Carbon and GFO Reactors | Eheim Compact 1000 Feed Pumps X2 | Apex Lite | EB8 X2 | Jager Heaters
Reefahholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/30/2012, 11:11 PM   #3799
psteeleb
Registered Member
 
psteeleb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: DFW Texas
Posts: 5,250
awesome pictures Brett
where did you get that pink digi, it looks great?


__________________
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner

Current Tank Info: 110g Mixed Reef, LED's & T5's
psteeleb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/31/2012, 02:06 AM   #3800
Heliman
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 239
Brett

Your System has been running some time now and your latest photos show your sump as pristine and clean as the day it was commissioned !!

Can you give us a quick run-down on what your maintenance regime is to keep it like that.....my sump gets really cruddy after 1 month and never looks as clean as yours.


Heliman is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:37 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014