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180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

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The Magnificent truly is. We have a little One Spot, and if I had known that the little bugger eats bryopsis we would have gotten one a long time ago. Swims funny, kinda like a little windup toy. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Nothing wrong with it, just how the little ones swim (ours is a little over 2 inches).

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Got things a little more organized now. Still need to add my two part dosing but no hurry, Kalk is doing all I need right now.

So I've got an idea for using a 40 breeder as a large horizontal algae turf scrubber. Anyone running a algae scrubber?

Aaron

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Things are looking great Aaron. Cannot wait till I have the space for a large set up.

Richard

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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.

Trent, I've decided to drop the Sailfin. Blue, powder blue, Hawaiian Naso, and Lieutenant Tang (Acanthurus tennenti) is my list as of now. Looking to order all at once>QT with hypo>add to display at the same time to avoid aggression. I have a 40 breeder, simple filter, air pump/stone, glass lid, and PVC fittings for hiding spots. My last hypo was 4 weeks and very successful. I find that the air stone is crucial here. I wanted the magnificent fox face but it looks like not available now.

How does that look?

Aaron

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Things are looking great Aaron. Cannot wait till I have the space for a large set up.

Richard

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Thanks Richard, it has always been my dream to have the size and space for this and really happy with it. It also does a good job of keeping me busy. Once I have my fish and through QT I will be looking to really start acquiring my acros.

Aaron

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Skimmer neck cleaner

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Bingo! Lol, wasn't too hard. Got the kit and putting it together. Very affordable.

Aaron

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55 gallon water change, and I didn't have to shut off one single piece of equipment. The display will never know anything every happeneda799cd61c7644fed490bfa7acc784526.jpg.

This is the hose that feed the Cheato fuge, I just pull it out and into the brute.

Aaron

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The fill hose is short because I used my long one to feed the Cheato fuge permanently. Need to order another 10' hose.

The quality of the BRS braided hoses are much better that what I could find at hardware stores. The BRS hoses are thicker, don't kink as easily as seem softer also.

Aaron

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Now that I have the skimmer neck cleaner my next project is a DIY skimate locker. I have on the way 4' of 1/2" soft silicone tubing. That will drain the skimmer cup to a 5 gallon bucket. I will install two electronic float switches, a primary and a back up. These will shut off the skimmer when it is full. That's the plan.

I greatly appreciate any input that anyone might have for this.

Thank you

Aaron

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Just set the floats to both be open normally and close when activated and you should have no issues. I don't know that I would go with a five gallon bucket though, that seems a bit much especially if skimmer decides to go nuts which will trigger the ATO.

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And imagine how bad 5 gallons of skimate is going to stink. I added a 1 gallon jug to mine yesterday with a float. I wet skim and I bet I get a couple weeks before it needs emptying.

Also add the float to your alerts as well. I know I certainly want to know if the skimmer overflowed and was shut off while I wasn't home.

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Good ideas! Thank you.

I could use one of these slim 1 gallon jugs I have laying around.

Adding it to alerts, very good idea.

Aaron

Lol, I just noticed that I missed spelled "shut" last night. Fixed it

Aaron

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Maybe set the first float to an alarm and the second to shut off skimmer. And a clear jug is probably better so you can visually see it when passing through.

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Maybe set the first float to an alarm and the second to shut off skimmer. And a clear jug is probably better so you can visually see it when passing through.

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I have one of those slim 1 gallon dosing jugs from BRS. It's clear enough I can see the skim level. Trying to figure out how to put the switched on it

Aaron

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I'm using one of the jugs that BRS sends additives in.

Oh!!! Yea I've got one of those not using ATM. It also have a nice big lid to mount my switches to. Cool.

Aaron

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Yes,  and I did mine a bit different than Richard suggested.  Normal State of an Apex Breakout box switch is open,  if it loses connection to a switch then it defaults as open, so as an added safety I set all mine to where Closed = the state I want - i.e. closed is good and the skimmer stays on,  open and the skimmer is turned off, either because the switch has lost connection to the apex or the reservoir is full.  Its a good thing to test a few times to make sure everything is working well too.

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