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Trying It Again, 40 Breeder, Well Maybe 93 Cube

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bif24701   

Stuff is still chugging along. I have determined that I need to be testing the new water after it has mixed and adjusting if needed. Ran into some falling numbers after water changes and quickly figured out it was low numbers in the salt mix.

i lowered the vinegar dosing to 35ml a day, nitrates are still steady at 5 on my API test. I am perfectly fine with that number. Other than some green cyano I have no issues with algae. The cyano last disappeared when I was running GFO so I may do that for a while again.

The skimmate res. took another bit of the weekly chose out of the tank. I do wish I had/had room for a skimmer neck cleaner, by the way the overflow plumbing is ran I don't really have room for it in any case.

I added a air line outside for the skimmer as well, this bumped my tank ph from 7.8 (sometimes bottoming out to 7.65) to remain pretty steady in the 8.08-8.12 range.

I need to purchase some conduit and long runs of ro line and a bit of wire so that i can automate the tank water changes. Hopefully I can get that done this "winter".

Long term I am planning on new flooring in the part of the house where the tank is so I will have the much appreciated opportunity then to build a new stand and arrange things a little differently now that my equipment list is pretty much set. Or who knows I may go completely nuts and do a upgrade at the same time.....

I badly need an outside line. I am using the CO2 scrubber again but with this larger skimmer its going to go through a lot more media.

Upgrade!? Uh oh!

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drauka   

Did some adjustments on lighting color and ramping times on the Kessil.  So far everything seems to have either not noticed or has improved.  

My clowns have decided to host my Duncan.  They seem to be being gentle with it so I am fine with it.  

 

I added a huge Melenarus wrasse to the tank Saturday.  None of the other fish missed a beat.  The new guy is fitting perfectly. Eating like a pig and no aggression from others or to others.  

 

 

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Did some adjustments on lighting color and ramping times on the Kessil.  So far everything seems to have either not noticed or has improved.  
My clowns have decided to host my Duncan.  They seem to be being gentle with it so I am fine with it.  
 
I added a huge Melenarus wrasse to the tank Saturday.  None of the other fish missed a beat.  The new guy is fitting perfectly. Eating like a pig and no aggression from others or to others.  
 
 


I would like to get a wrasse. I don't have much experience with them.


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drauka   

I like them,  they are active and with the right research you can have several and the colors are stunning.  Sadly some of the most gorgeous ones are either very very expensive or are not reef safe.  Melenarus are not rare in the hobby but have great colors (imho) and the added bonus is that they are coral pest hunters, you have to watch out for small snails and shrimp with them though. Since my shrimp are all nice and large and the only small snails in the tank are dwarf ceriths then I am good to go.

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I like them,  they are active and with the right research you can have several and the colors are stunning.  Sadly some of the most gorgeous ones are either very very expensive or are not reef safe.  Melenarus are not rare in the hobby but have great colors (imho) and the added bonus is that they are coral pest hunters, you have to watch out for small snails and shrimp with them though. Since my shrimp are all nice and large and the only small snails in the tank are dwarf ceriths then I am good to go.



I'll have to wait until my Aiptasia eating nudis have done their job in that case.

They have been breeding well in my system thus far. In 9 weeks they must have at least doubled possibly though far better than that. I might even sell a few here and there.


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TrentN   

Wrasses are a great addition to aquariums. You just have to be careful. Flasher, fairy, possum, and leopard should get along in almost any reef tank. A few others like the yellow, christmas, melanurus wrasses are good at keeping pest down.

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Anothet quick fact about wrasses. The possum family of wrasses are actually recommend tankmates to seahorses and pipefish.

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drauka   

yup,  I like the Melanaurus for the color and the pest eating attributes.  Sand sleeper and I was thinking about going without sand on a future build so that's out the window now unless I do a container of sand, but that seems hit or miss. 

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yup,  I like the Melanaurus for the color and the pest eating attributes.  Sand sleeper and I was thinking about going without sand on a future build so that's out the window now unless I do a container of sand, but that seems hit or miss. 


Just looked that one up, they are pretty. I've seen them around, didn't Lee have one?


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How has the light been performing for you? I just ordered something similar.

So I used some Vibrant for some algae and it works awesome!!!!

However it did kill off most of my cheato, so I just removed it. Big BIG mistake. I totally underestimated how well it was keeping algae at bay in my display. In just 4 weeks bryopsis was a plaque. Luckily now there is a great way to kill it off and it worked pretty well, still a small bit here and there.

ANYWAY, my point here is that I had been testing and finding a lot of PO4 in my system I have never had before. I figured it was just from the bryopsis die off. Was going through a ton of Phosphate RX/GFO. Kept getting higher and higher. Finally did a huge P. RX dose that brought it down but it was up again two days later. So this week I got some cheato and added it back to the fuge. Three days later...... PO4 was 0.03!

Next day ordered a "300W" fixture similar to yours. Lol.

I'm convinced that cheato is a huge part of my filtration and has been for a long time but I just never realized how effective it was.


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drauka   

my cheato actually crashed and has not been growing.  I did change back to the screw in led bulbs and the small wad I had still living doesn't seem to be doing anything either.  I plan to get a starter chunk and get it back going but I have had way to much going on the past few weeks to really worry about it much right now.

 

I do not think the cheato crashed due to the light,  lots of people are using those lights with great success 

 

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Too bad. Well I sure hope all else is well. I'm giving it a shot due to the most recent videos and personal experiences.


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drauka   

I have moved and thanks to the tremendous amount of help from Richard (lobstergrabber) the tank is moved as well.  Everything with the move went pretty smoothly.  I built a new basic stand for the tank the day before the move and simply had to cut the holes for the plumbing once we had the tank there.  We were able to load all the rock into a cooler in the truck and cover it with the old tank water.  Everything seems to have made the move well.  The clowns and angel and shrimp are out and enjoying the new rock layout,  the two wrasses (rhomboid and melenarus) are both still hiding.  hopefully they make an appearance soon.  

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Update #1

Rhomboid jumped the first night after the move.  I had left the screen top at the other house and figured i would be ok for one night.  I was wrong.

Update #2

As of Halloween the 93 Cube is no more.  At 5:45 am as i was driving to work and my Apex sent me an alert that the tank temp had dropped.  I had refilled the ATO that morning and just figured that I had moved the temp probe and it was out of the water.  I have a camera on the tank that I can access remotely so once i got to the office I logged into the camera and was able to see that the tank seam had popped.  The temp drop was from the sump emptying.  I was able to leave work quickly and got home to the MP40s splashing water everywhere and the tank still leaking from the seam.  I rushed and setup a 20 long I have as an emergency tank with the water left in the tank and about 1/2 of the rock.  All the fish and inverts seem to have made it.   I dried the floor with towels and have fans galore drying everything out.  Also have a window ac in there turned down to help dry out the air.  I was lucky to have a mixing barrel with some mixed SW in it and was able to throw the rest of my rock in there to keep it cycled.  

 

I do not think I will have a rimless tank ever again.  I had worried about the seam that popped in the past but I had brushed it off as paranoia.  Right now i am trying to decide how I want to proceed with the replacement.  i didn't want to be rushed but a 20long isn't a long term solution for the fish I have.     

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That totally sucks. If I had an extra forty I would sent it your way but all I have is a twenty long and a ten. Always there to help if you need me.

Rich


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bif24701   

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!  

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drauka   

I have an overflow for the 240 I bought a while back ordered and have talked to a glass shop about drilling the holes.  For the price its worth it for me to let them do it, since they are experienced.  

I do think I am going to build a stand for the 240,  the one that came with it is a normal freshwater stand and is only 2' tall or maybe 28".  I want closer to 36" height.  Plus that helps with plumbing into the other room.  

Thanks, Richard and Aaron,  I'll let y'all know if I need a hand.  

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