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150 Gallon Build -- Start To Finish

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In my last tank I over filled it, and I want to correct that problem. The problem was coral growth that I did not account for. As the coral grew, I ran into two major issues. The first one was the corals started shading the coral below them and some of them actually died off. However, the biggest problem I ran into was the flow in my tank. This caused detritus to build up in places that weren't a problem prior to the growth. The result was algae growth that was really hard to get to.

 

So my plan this time was to give myself a lot more room for coral growth. I will also be more cognizant of the placement of my corals.

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I made the mistake of just stacking my rock instead of using something to hold it in place. Now after a couple times chasing sick fish around it looks like rubble. Scared to take it down now lol

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Fred...Yep did that last time too.  This time the big rocks are drilled and have a 12 inch piece of 1/2" acrylic rod holding them in place. The Tonga rock has a giant wad of epoxy at the base.  

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Well like most of us, I got a little impatient and decided to speed my cycle a bit. I ordered Dr. Tims "One-in-All" and some ammonium chloride. I'm hoping to start moving a few things in a couple weeks. I still need to decide what to move and what to sell. Here's a few things still in the holding tanks:

 

Here's one of three tanks in the frag system.

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Bird of Paradise

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Captain America Palys

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Aqua Delight Acro

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Everlasting Gobstoppers, Pink Passion, Tubbs Blue, Purple Death, Tangerine Dreams, and a couple zoas I don't remember the names of.

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Spongodes

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Frag looking for a new home. :)

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Alright, we are on the move again. The tank is still a new tank and I have a hair algae bloom. But the tank is cycled. I started by adding a small clean-up crew. I will be ordering a large crew from Reefcleaners either today or tomorrow. That should take care of most of the algae. Today, I received my first finned resident:

 

Red Sea Regal Angelfish

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Sorry about the bad picture. The fish is in a bucket acclimating. After much research, I decided to order this angel knowing they may eat some of the corals I have. But this is truly a beautiful fish, if I can keep it alive. Apparently, the juveniles are easier to acclimate and get them eating. So that's what I got and I will hope for the best. Once this fish is doing good in the tank by itself, I plan to add the wrasse and clowns. After they all settle in, I will add the three tangs.

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Went ahead and ordered the 150 gallon quick clean crew from our sponsor "Reefcleaners". I used the code: "reefclub" and received 10% off my order.

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13 May 2016 (Week 5)

 

The tank has been running almost 5 weeks now. Unfortunately, I ran into an issue that I haven't had to deal with in any of my display tanks. On week 2.5, the tank started growing algae on the sand and rock. I was thinking "okay it's a new tank...it will die off". Well it didn't. Actually, it became more aggressive, and took over about half the tank's rock and sand. Now I was thinking "what the heck did I do different? and How do I fix it?" :) So, here's what I think caused the issue:

 

1. I used my old pukani rock; and in an attempt to rid myself of Blue clover polyps, I cooked the rock in acid and rinsed it extremely well. Even after rinsing it well, I noticed some dead material that was still there after it went into the tank. So, my guess is the rock is releasing a significant amount of phosphates. oops.

 

2. The sand I use was dry sand, which I've never used before. When it arrived, I rinsed it with a garden hose. Once it drained off most of the water, I threw it in the tank. Yep, more nitrates and phosphates.

 

The Result: A beautiful green mat of algae. ;) 

 

With such a beautiful green mat, I couldn't really move forward with moving corals. But I still wanted to move forward with something. After reading a ton on Regal Angelfish, I decided to buy one and use the main display as a quarantine tank. I figured if the fish got ich, no big deal because my other fish are still waiting for the tank to mature a bit. The Regal has been in my tank for 10 days and is eating (Formula 1 frozen food)) and looking great. If he continues to look good by next week, I plan to add my Melanurus wrasse.

 

As for the algae, I decided a large cleaner up crew was the first move. I added:

 

148 Dwarf Cerith snails

49 Nassarius snails

52 Florida Cerith snails

40 Nerite snails

7 Mexican Turbo snails

30 mixed Hermit crabs

1 Lettuce Nudi 

 

In addition to the cleaner crew, I also added carbon and Phos Guard to my reactor. Also, I checked all my water parameters and the magnesium was low for some reason. So, I started adding Kent's Tech-M to raise it back up.

 

The Result: The algae is decreasing daily and most of it is turning pale looking. By the way, the Lettuce Nudi is a beast. I don't know how something so small can consume that much algae.

 

As for the rest of the system, I still have a lot of work to do. But on the bright side, my wife is seeing progress and she is happy about that. "Happy wife, Happy life".

 

Happy Reefing!

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If the tank was mature I would add all my tangs and the problem would be over. :)

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Well between the magnesium, phos guard, cleaners and the Angelfish the algae is receding at a rapid pace. Here's a couple pics:

 

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16 May 2016

 

Algae is dying and receding. The Regal Angelfish is eating and looks extremely healthy. Since everything seems to be going in the right direction, I decided to add my Space Invader Pectina and the Melanurus Wrasse. The wrasse immediately dug into the sand, and will have to get a picture later. I'm hoping the angelfish ignores the pectina.

 

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Thanks, I've been waiting a long time, and would really like to move faster. But I know fast is bad...so next will be my clowns. Hopefully this move will be on Sunday or Monday.

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I expected the Regal Angelfish to hide for a while after I added the Melanarus Wrasse. I stand corrected...the opposite happened. They are best buds and now the Regal is even eating better now. uhmmmm.

 

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