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  1. First special thanks to: Lee David Richard Matt (Matt's Coral Connectikn) Brad Again thank you friends for the advice, assistance and help without you this wouldn't have been possible. Also thank you to FPRS for having this great forum for local reefers to share information. SECOND: where this build really started. 75 Reef Build EQUIPMENT 180 gallon, Starphire glass All wood stand Kessil AP700 LED lights Supper Reef Octopus 1000 skimmer with CO2 scrubber Neptune APEX Gold Controller with Fusion Internet, interface, and WIFI adapter (can control/monitor entire system anywhere in the world via Internet. Maxspec Gyre 130 wavemaker Iwaki 40-RLT return pump Soon to be installed internal RO-DC-5500 controllable DC return pump. 40 gallon sump w/Refugium and Cheato 125 pounds Pulkanj Live Rock 8x8x4 MarienPure block BRS dual media reactors GFO/ROX 0.8 Carbon Red Sea NO:PO-X added 4 times daily via BRS 1.1 Kalk added via Automatic Top-off (Aqualifter pump) 1" Pink Figi Sand Bed Piranha glass cleaner and scrapper Large filter socks BRS 150 GPD RODI unit AquaUV 40 watt UV sterilizer with Cobalt Maxijet 1200 feed pump. Running ~ 110 GPH for maximum parasite control Clear screen cover to prevent escapes and allow maximum light penetration/gas exchange WATER PARAMETERS Temp: 79 ALK: 9.0 Calcium: 450 Mag: 1300 PO4: .02 Nitrate: undetectable Upkeep maintained with Kalk via ATO and 2 part adjustments as required FEEDING Frozen: mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, Hikari frozen: Mega marine, Mega Marine Algae; Spirulina brine shrimp Hakari pellets, lots with Ehiem auto feeder. Also APEX enters feed mode automatically at feeding time. TESTING Hanna checke: ULR phosphate, Alkalinity Red Sea Pro: Magnesium and Nitrate Elos: Calcium API master kit LIVESTOCK Fish: Kole Eye Tang Yellow Tang Lawnmower Blenny Scissor Tail Goby (Dart fish) Black/White clown Pair Corals: various SPS (small polyp stony coral) Snails, many FUTURE PLANS add large 100+ gallon sump in garage with all equipment. (Post move in Aug 2016 into new house Larger skimmer Rose bubble tip anemone Neptune Wav kit for more flow and control Auto water change system Plumb RO/DI directly to holding tank for ATO/Kalk Install multiple fail safes for APEX prevent flooding to damage to livestock. Installed emergency power system backup for life support Build canopy for added T5s. Frag/Grow out system. Plumbed directly into main system. Build water change station for emergency manual water changes. Thanks for reading! Aaron
  2. I have a 40 cube and stand, a 20 and 36 bow front you an borrow if needed. Just let me know if you need anything at all. Always willing to help!
  3. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    I appreciate that, it's been a lot of work but paying off. I've now got around some 40+ acros and more SPS now. I have a few frags of some real real nice stuff like a WD but they are going to take some time. I do have some nice mariculture colonies that have done well and some other corals I started with that have grown into good size corals. I just love watching these things grow. Acros are where my heart is right now. They present the most challenge and that makes them more interesting to me. As far as fish go I like what I have especially my show Naso male with streamers. Could add some anthias but not in a hurry or need for more fish. Filtration and equipment have just done suburb. I now have an MP60, two Tunze 6105s, and two WAVs which tops at a max flow of 120x's the display volume (22,000gph). That's seems like way too much but it's not at all, if you do it right. All pumps do max out (100%) but each pair of pumps alternate between fast and slow. The MP60 runs many programs that changes patterns and intensity. This creates a very strong yet no hot spots and random flow all over. My anemone and LPS don't mind at all. I have also now increase the Kessil AP700s to 100% intensity. With both of these changes, added two WAVs and increased lighting, I now have seen vigorous outward growth in corals that have done no more than encrust in 6-9 months. I would say the changes are working. I have to feed well and add Nitrates directly to the system. Feed alone and my corals will go pale. My 30 gallon chaeto fuge keeps PO4 ~.03-.07 which is perfect IMO. I harvest a 5 gallon bucket packed/overflowing with chaeto every 2-3 weeks! Aiptasia have made a come back since I was rid of them via some nudis as of last Oct. I ordered 50 this time, only 8 last year, and they have now grown to about 1/2" and started to clean things up well. Still using Kalk + vinegar for ATO but now forced to use two-part also. I've had all the equipment for auto 2-part dosing and now I finally get to use it. I have upgraded my APEX. Now have 3 EB8s, PMK for checking PAR, and WXM for my MP60 so now all pumps are directly controlled via APEX even my return. This allows me to create really nice flow patterns and programs throughout the day. Feed modes are great now. I can stop or slow my pumps with a press of a button or my phone. I have even tweeted my return so well with programs that it will never splash and still feeds my fuge but not my display for feed modes. With the PMK I have tested all over the tank and the lowest PAR area is at 270-300 and without any hot spots. I think it took a while to get my system mature due to the all dry rock start (6-9 months) and the move last Aug, but since then things have been really smooth. Sadly the clam didn't make it. LA replaced it as was within the 14 days yet it too past but much quicker. I've learned that it's best to buy larger specimens and from a specialist that deals with clams when possible. Unless you find a good one in LFS but I've not seen them around since Matt's had some really good looking ones several years ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  5. Nate has been upgraded to a Hurricane. Looks like it's protected to make land fall about 100-150 miles from FWB. It's fast moving and I don't think we will see much damage but I did pull all the plants in. I am wishing good luck to those of us farther west. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Brand New Marineland Rimless 60G Cube Build

    I also have the same thing in my build thread. 12v Optima Red top BatteryMINDER charges/maintains battery I bought the battery backup cable for my Vortech off of the parts section of Echotech site. Cut off the battery end plug and crimped on two terminal lugs. Attached the fuses line to (+) and the other to (-) of course. I have calculated about 3 days runtime. Advantages this has Longer run time on battery power Better battery period Could have used a cheaper battery and the set up would even cost less but I already had this battery. If battery goes bad, easy to replace. Car batteries are sold at Walmart 24/7. I can even buy more batteries on really long outages for more running time Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Sounds like a great time. Be sure you all take lots of pictures. Have a fun safe trip!
  8. Brand New Marineland Rimless 60G Cube Build

    I think you are talking about my battery back up or even Big Dog's. I use a car battery to power my Vortechs and a BatteryMINDER to keep it charged. Works wonders and has been well tested/used. Saved my tank during a 12 hour power outage this June. Occurred the day after I left for a month! Result was zero casualties, intact I don't think anything had the slitest problem. If not for that my reef would have died, I'm certain. its 100% automatic with enough juice to run my MP60 for 2+days!
  9. I'll be making an order this week for Berghia Nudibranchs from If you are also interested in buying some please let me know and we could get extra nudis and split the shipping. text me ASAP 6two3-81zero 8685 Aaron
  10. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

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  12. My 65 Gallon

    Things look good to me. Seems you take great pictures too. I have trouble with that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    My Naos show fish is eating very well and seems healthy. Acros are growing and doing welll. Montis are growing like crazy! My sysmetm seems better the longer I leave it alone and the less intervention i do Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  16. I had to leave last Wend night and would you know it, the next morning 10 hour power outage. Possible I could get someone to swing by the house to take a look at things for me? My wife says things look ok but I am concerned about a 10 pack of ACROs i just got in from Battle Corals. Also may need you to fill and mix my Kalk ATO and check my ALK with my Hanna dKH Checker. Cant use cell, just basic internet service so please reply or PM me here.
  17. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    Still playing around with the powerheads to find the perfect flow programs/patterns. It's work, but fun work. With an MP60+ 2 each Tunze 6105s I'm pushing over 80x my display volume at max output. I've put the wide flow nozzles on the Tunzes and that works out great! With the narrow ones I was getting really great flow velocity but literally pushing water out of the tank lol. All three are controlled via APEX so I've got some pretty nice programs that have really brought out the acro's PE. Not even a slight dead spot to speak of and I've got really cool push button feed modes. Each programed to do a different type of feed. I've got a program for spot feeding corals, another for broadcast feeding, then one for fish pellets, and the last is for frozen stuff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Club meeting

    That's sounds grea. Thanks you what you do man! Let me know if you need anything. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. WTB macro algae for seahorse

    Like cheato? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Scooter 270G

    Looking Epic dude! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. 40 gallon Sump For Sale

    Glass sump, 40 gallons, 3 sections. 100$ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. 40 gallon Sump For Sale

    How about 75$ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Reefkeeper lite

    No temp probe? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Naso Death

    My yellow also harassed my new powder brown, they are just like that. My powder brown was big enough to fend the yellow off so it's all good. Could try removing the yellow to a holding tank and introduce him later after the Naso. Or, get an acclimation box and let the Naso hang out in that for a while so the yellow gets used to it. Or, redo some of your aquascape just before adding the Naso, many recommended that. Or, get a bigger Naso. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. RO System Recommendation

    I would get the BRS 4 stage plus if you don't have chloramines or the 6 stage for all around better water. Then just purchase the drinking water kit from BRS to add to it. I would not buy a system from Lowes. Their filters are not made well like BRS. BRS carbon blocks are heavy and have much more carbon for less$$, also the sediment filters are better and you really need a DI stage for reef tanks. I have a BRS 6 stage water saver plus, all upgraded from the 4 stage and so glad I did because I make water 2x fast with 1/2 the waste water and get more product water from every filter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk