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180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

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That's sweet Aaron. I keep asking myself how I'm going to handle an extended power outage.... Hoping for no hurricanes this year. Not for my safety but for my reefs safety. Lol.

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Updates,

Corals are well and growing. Everything seems to be stable, though I had some precipitation with my high temperature and ALK, so I reduce my ALK to 10 and temp to 79.0-79.3. Much better now.

Have some problems with the MP60 controller, is either broken or out of date. So I purchased the new QD drive for it and will send in the old one for repair. The problem was that the pump would go into battery backup and stay there as soon as I plugged in the batteries. Ecotech had no cure, other than possibly the controller was the problem.

I am now at 75% peak on my AP700s.

Very, very happy and loving my aquarium.

Aaron

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Ok so I had trouble with my VorTech battery back up. The controller immediately would go in to battery back up mode when I plugged the battery cord to the controller. After speaking to EcoTech, they suggested I send in the controller. I couldn't send it in without a replacement so saw this as a good opportunity to upgrade to the wQD controller. It can in today and the controller works perfectly!!!!!!!

It doesn't go into battery back up more unless AC power is removed from power supply. When power is removed, it goes right into battery back up!! Then when power is back, goes right to normal operation! I'm just ecstatic! Yes! It's alive!

If you would like to build a similar system please, ask and I can help you with the finer details.

Now I can leave the house in relative peace, what a relief. 069a49163eb87d3cf1ba38581bb32963.jpg

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So after I have worked out all my kinks and finally finished off the last of the red slime it's time to move. I'll have keys on the 8th and must be out by the 15th. The movers come on the 10th and the plan is to let them do most of the work, at least the lifting and moving. I may need assistance with some brute or totes for a few days. I'm really bummed because my tank is really starting to mature, but this gives me the room to finally see my systems final form. I think I'll need to draw out the plumbing and electrical. I'm going to build a manifold off one large return and it looks like I'll have two 150 gallon stock tanks. One for equipment and the other for Refugium/bio/sandbed/frags/ others stuff. I really have big plans, this will continue into next year I for see. Eventually with an auto water change and frag systems.

Aaron

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Some good news is the RO-DC-5500 pump I got second hand can be upgraded to the new VarioS-6 pump by swapping the controller and it is APEX compatible. Very happy about that. That will make a great pump for this system I think

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Who has built a manifold to run all equipment from one pump? I need advice on valve selection, configuration, expandability, and what ever you got. Thanks!

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BRS 52 weeks of reefing -  plumbing video,  I think they did it about as clean and well as you can.  

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100 gallon stock tank, with bulkhead. We now have a sump. I'll be getting another 100-150 gallon for the Refugium addition at some point.

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Thank you.

This is going to be my first stage of the filtration. I will divide with egg crate a small section for a filter sock. At the far end where the skimmer is I will put a 1 1/4 drain with a uniseal that will drain into the main sump. This is NOT your average tote. Picked it up at Lowes, extremely happy to find it because I was struggling to find a solution for a stable skimmer section with that huge stock tank I got.

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That skimmer looks huge!

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10", just happens to be a perfect fit in this tote. You have no idea how relieved I was when I found this tote, try to imagine creating a stable skimmer section inside a 100 gallon stock tank. Normal tote would not take the weight of all that water non be good for drilling and using uniseals.

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Ok, update time. I have successfully moved. Lost my manderin the day before the move, stuck to the MP60?! Lost my Blenny, jumped out with screens on my holding tank..... All corals did well. Plumbing went well, did have to make one additional trip to the hardware store, not bad. Only had a small leak at a union that was quickly fixed by replacing the gasket with another one. I love this DC pump, I have set my flow perfectly, there is not sound none. Not from the pump or otherwise. I love the slow start feature, no gushing or violent bubbling at start up. Skimmer and skimmer section and performing well though I need to add another larger drain to the large sump. I find that there SRO skimmers do best with water at the lowest possible. Conveniently the stand I created for my last skimmer puts this one at 7" of water, perfect. Still need to mount light and wire management. A few tiny things here and there but I am extremely happy with it right now. https://vimeo.com/178701423a24edcb1cfd362ef92dadfbfd9dfce75.jpg

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Ok folks I would like to hear thoughts on the aquascape. Wanted to keep most of the rock in my sump while still having surfaces and places for fish to hide. I'm just not sure about it right now, might have to get used to it. a001b46a589125411e09ceac9be21a37.jpg

Im just glad at the moment to have it back together without tragedy.

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I'm realizing now I need some closer shoots of the rock work to expect anyone to really be able to see it, lol.

Aaron

Looks pretty good!

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Thank you.

I wanted to keep plenty of room for coral growth and swim area. I plan to add at least two more tangs.

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Aaron I like the rock as is. I am a big fan of the islands and live the fact there is a lot of swimming room.

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Aaron I like the rock as is. I am a big fan of the islands and live the fact there is a lot of swimming room.

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Thanks Richard, I did put some effort into this for once. Normally I'm the guy that just stacks rock up whatever way.

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Poll question: What Tangs should I add now.

I would like to add up to three of the following: Blonde Naso Tang, Red Sea Sail Fin Tang, Powder Blue, Regal Blue Tang.

Currently I have a Kole Eye and Yellows Tangs. They get along well. I did have a small powder Blue but he did not survive Hypo. They where/are getting along great. My wife and I like the big showy, swimmy, and pretty fish. That why I want so many Tangs.

My plan once I have the stock list is to order all at the same time, hypo/QT, and add them all together.

I really want to hear some feed back here. Maybe some can give some insight I'm not seeing.

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well before the reason they got along fine ws because you had a Acanthurus leucosternon (Powder Blue Tang), Ctenochaetus strigosus (Yellow Eye Kole Tang), and a Zebrasoma flavescens (Yellow Tang). Three different genus. Now you are planning to add to the Ctenochaetus strigosus (Yellow Eye Kole Tang), Zebrasoma flavescens (Yellow Tang) a Naso elegans (Blonde Naso), Zebrasoma desjardinii (Desjardin's Sailfin Tang), Acanthurus leucosternon (Powder Blue Tang), and a Paracanthurus hepatus ( Blue Hippo Tang). You might have some problems between the 2 Zebrasoma (sailfin and Yellow), but if you add them all to the main tank at the same time you shouldn't have too much. An alternative to the Sailfin (due to you haven't gotten it yet) would be a Foxface or Rabbitfish  they would fill the same role you wanted with the Tang, algae eater, big, showy. The can be as small as the One Spot Foxface Siganus unimaculatus (7 inches) or as big as the Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish Siganus guttatus (16 inches). The only other issue Isee is that 2 of the fish are EXTREMELY susceptible to head/lateral line and ick, the Blue Hippo and Powder Blue. Instead of either one of those give the Atlantic Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus) a real good look. A lot more robust.

 

That's just my 2 cents, Then again they are Tangs and it's a crap shoot of what you'll get.

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Really good thoughts Trent. I haven't gotten the fish yet, only the yellow and Kole in my display right now. The foxface is a great idea, maybe even a Magnificent Foxface? The plan would be to get all the fish at the same time, QT, and then add to display at the same time. Allowing the newer more aggressive fish get adjusted to roommates before claiming off a.

Thank you Trent

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