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180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

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bif24701   

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

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14259-75-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

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mdw2589   

Awesome tank and set up. Sounds like you got everything covered.

I've been running a IM 8G biocube reef for the past year and its probably my favorite tank. It takes more attention because of fluctuations in the water chemistry but its a great teacher. 5% water changes ever other day and small topoffs every day seem to keep my system fairly stable.

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This is still a very new system and I am excited to document the journey for folks to see. Also to help me trouble shoot and learn as well.

It's a real shame I have to move this tank in August when my wife returns from Italy. We are moving no more than a mile away into the newly built Eglin base housing. My wife and I like this current home. It's larger, has a screened back patio, floor plan works better for us, and our yard is more private. On base we are limited to how many cat and dogs we can have, we might have exceeded that limit. I have moved active tanks before but not this large or complex. Contractors will move all our belonging but the aquarium I will not let them touch. If they break it they will replace it however that can take a long time.

Aaron

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bif24701   

Awesome tank and set up. Sounds like you got everything covered.

I've been running a IM 8G biocube reef for the past year and its probably my favorite tank. It takes more attention because of fluctuations in the water chemistry but its a great teacher. 5% water changes ever other day and small topoffs every day seem to keep my system fairly stable.

Thank you. I'm trying some new things on this systems like Kalk and APEX.

I want to set up a nano in my son's room. With a clown fish maybe some simple softies.

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Tested phosphates last night. 0, zero, nothing. Reran test and confirmed. Happy with that result so far.

Reduced NOPOX to 10ml daily.

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

I need more powerheads, changed my flow pattern slightly and lots-o-stuff came out. Mean that my rocks are holding onto a lot of stuff and my flow is able to change much due to a lack of powerhead locations.

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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Added a CO2 scrubber from BRS to the intake of my skimmer and happy to report it has significantly stabilized my PH. It often would drop to 7.6-7.7 at night now it doesn't drop below 7.9 and stays about 8.0 through out most of the day.

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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Bigdog   

Are you using the media for the CO2 scrubber from BRS? I bought mine there as well and then found the media cheaper at med vet. I bought it but using up the rest of what u have from BRS.

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Are you using the media for the CO2 scrubber from BRS? I bought mine there as well and then found the media cheaper at med vet. I bought it but using up the rest of what u have from BRS.

Yes, I did buy the media from BRS. I looked all over for the stuff and didn't seem to find anything compatible. I'll have to look at that sight. We could buy in bulk possibly and maybe save a few bucks.

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Aaron that is the exact brand I bought just did not buy five gallons. The price seems decent though.

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No problems with it? My canister is already 1/4 used up. I have a feeling I'll be going through this stuff quick. I might help if I use a line for the intake and place it well out from under the stand. That way it grabs fresher air. It gets a bit stale under my stand. Need a fan.

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Also changed my plans for the Kalk. Since I don't have the space flexibility until I install the DC for a adequate ATO reservoir I will be adding Kalk via a scheduled dosing program controlled with the APEX. By converting flow rates and using reeftronics I will be adding 2.5 litters of saturated Kalk solution each day divided into 24 doses every hour. I will monitor my ALK to determine if the Kalk dosing is adequate or excessive.

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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Kalk was up 1 today so I'm backing it down to just 500 ml

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

Spoke to Hanna they are shipping new bottles and reagents from a different lot to eliminate them. Good CS!

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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I noticed my CO2 absorbing media was getting used much too quickly and PH still dropping significantly even with the Kalk. Yesterday I simply added a tube to the CO2 scrubber air intake and lead it outside the stand and my PH didn't drop below 8.0 the whole night for the first time ever. Very happy about that.

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Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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mdw2589   

So, is it the increase in oxygen that stabilized it? I had read, sometimes opening a window to the tank room can help raise ph. Same principle?

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bif24701   

So, is it the increase in oxygen that stabilized it? I had read, sometimes opening a window to the tank room can help raise ph. Same principle?

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It's more about getting the CO2 out of the water. CO2 reduces the PH. That's why gas exchange is so important in a reef system. Using a CO2 scrubber on my skimmer air intake reduces the CO2 in the air going into it and the water. Because my scrubber was taking air from under my stand that's mostly inclosed it was taking in to much CO2. When I added the tube and ran it outside the stand that air has much less CO2, scrubber becomes more efficient thus stabilizes my PH. Would be even better if I could run the line all the way outside but my wife might object to tubes running across the whole house.

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bif24701   

Growth or Color?

Red Sea through years of research proven what number you should be shooting for. However the number are very different for growth and color. Due to faster growth corals require higher algae nutrients of NO3 and PO4, and lower for color. It is not advised to try and do both.

http://www.redseafish.com/blog/enhanced-coloration-or-accelerated-growth/

Also some videos on the Topic.

http://www.redseafish.com/videos/

When raising your ALK and you start getting burnt tips this is due to a lack of nutrients available. Red Sea Energy A & B will feed the corals for improved growth. I'm sure increasing feedings can help also but I will be buying the Red Sea Reef Energy and trying this method because I want faster growth.

Will post my notes.

Would love to hear your thoughts for discussion.

Aaron

180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

http://www.panhandlereefers.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14405-180-Gallon-Dream-%28Now-Reality%29

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