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40 Gallon Rebuild

Posted 10/13/2015 at 06:33 PM by JamesHolt
Updated 10/27/2015 at 06:50 PM by JamesHolt

Decided to rebuild the 40g after all..
Earlier this month I re-arranged my frag/softie tank and put some of the rock in the 40g that I was using to hold my foxface and panther grouper until I finished my 180g. .
In the process of doing that I wound up killing my foxface with a nitrate/nitrite spike.. (forgot to turn the return pump back on)
So I decided to rebuild the 40g since I wouldn't need the 180g as quickly..
So this is what my frag/softie wound up looking like...


For the 40g I am using a stand made out of 80/20 (pieces of a old test stand from work)..
I am reusing the twin 175w MH setup I had on it before.
C2C overflow
RIO return pump.
Two RW-8 powerheads..
Running a no-name skimmer..
2-150w eheim heaters
10g sump
Trying black Diamond blasting media for the sand...
Using the rock from my frag..
Since 90% of the equipment was just laying around, the build happened in a 6hr period..

Everything together, dropping the return into a powerhead so I can see where it is pointing..


Moved a few coral over..


More coral and a emerald crab..


The coral I moved were an acan,duncan and a trumpet, along with several mushrooms..
The acan,duncan and trumpet had suddenly bleached is why I moved them first..
All this was done Oct 3rd

Started playing with the skimmer, and by the 7th had this coming out of it...


Now for the bad, I think I am gonna have to redo the rocks .. I have a hair algae and aiptasia explosion.... This is around the 10th...


This weekend (Oct12th)
Cleaned the outside glass up this weekend, and did a 20g WC.
The acan is starting to fluff back up, duncan is puffed up and starting to extend its tentacles,, was able to feed it today..
Trumpet is back to normal..
Looks like the emerald is working on the hair algae..
Still have lots of Aiptasia showing....
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    Replacement RW-8 controller arrived today..
    Installed that and did some feeding and some cleaning..
    Algae is starting to fade in spots

    Still pretty bad though..
    Got two days off, gonna pull a few rock out and brush them off..
    May try dipping the ones that have Aiptasia really bad in some boiling water.. (outside of course, With the organic solvent mask on) that should knock it back...
    Will have to do a few water changes to stay ahead of a spike..

    Acan and Duncan are looking better and eating well..

    Gonna be busy the next two days....
    Posted 10/14/2015 at 04:57 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Rearranged sump, went to what I thought would be a smaller return pump (Less GPH).
    Evidently the old one just cant push as high, even though the new one has 100less gph(on the label), I am getting more water returned to DT...
    No big deal, just need to adjust my drains some...
    No-Name skimmer started acting up,overflowing,losing bubbles,pump stalling...
    Pulled it and tossed it in the trash...Going skimmer shopping Friday..
    Added 4 peppermint shrimp Today, maybe they will eat some Aiptasia...
    Posted 10/17/2015 at 05:02 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Moved my Fire Shrimp, LTA, NuclearGreen Palys, GSP and Xenia rock over..
    Added 1 more Emerald crab...

    Algae is starting to fade out, you can see a line where the crabs are working on it...
    LTA is starting to perk up, fed him today, got a good response from him..
    Posted 10/22/2015 at 10:31 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Picked this one up today....
    Posted 10/24/2015 at 04:45 AM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Put my Nuclear Green's all on one round rock, did the same for a few Zoa's that I have..
    Caught a wandering mushroom,put it back in the frag so it can reattach to something..
    Swapped the two RW-8's out with two WP-25's using the RW-8 controllers..
    Salt mixing for a WC in the am..
    Posted 10/27/2015 at 06:25 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Posted 11/07/2015 at 01:57 AM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Well I didnt pull the rock out, decided to ride it out..
    Did manage to get the second skimmer going after doing some mods to it, getting a cup full of stinky stuff every 24 hours.. Getting a real skimmer this weekend
    I am in the process of changing to Red Sea Pro for my salt mix, have done 2 25g WC so far, one more and I should be close to having totally replaced IO..
    Replaced both MH bulbs, tank looks alot nicer..
    Since these changes I have noticed the corals opening up better, the duncan is really turning around.. The hair algae is fading...Flame angel and emeralds are really working on it...
    Still gonna pull the rocks out, most of them anyway, doing a rack type setup for the most part..

    Thinking on getting either two RW-4's or two WP-10's...
    Posted 11/16/2015 at 08:08 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
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    Went to TriadReefCritters just to look for a skimmer, wound up buying..
    Hollywood Stunner

    Peep Eye Zoa/paly cant remember what they said..


    Cats Paw

    That frag rack they are on, a Reef Octopus 110 int skimmer, box of IO salt..
    Everything is looking alot better since I switched this tank to Red Sea Coral Pro and got the skimmer going,, except the acan, I think it is toast.. Will post a FTS tomorrow...
    Have been doing 25g water changes weekly, pulling algae out, starting to get ahead of it ...
    Posted 11/19/2015 at 11:00 PM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline
    Updated 11/19/2015 at 11:16 PM by JamesHolt
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    Last water test was 8.4,400ca,1200mg this was after a WC
    Posted 12/04/2015 at 12:51 AM by JamesHolt JamesHolt is offline

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