Double or Nothing... AJ's 405-Gallon Reef Savvy Upgrade

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  1. Stylo328

    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much. I've been bare bottom in several tanks for close to 10-years. While it does increase the particulate in the water, I prefer it over sand for a few reasons. I've done with and without starboard, with this being my first attempt with black starboard. I like this one best.

    I dreamt of this for a long time. It really was a blessing that things came together the way they did.

    Thank you very much! I'm glad you posted those two links. Another R2R member (Locito) who happens to be a friend, is giving me one of those lights today. He just sent me the photo to let me know it's ready for me.

    Thanks Rev!
     
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    locito277 Well-Known Member

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    Tank is looking great! How's the PH today?
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bud. Got as high as 8.23. Better...
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    24-hour change went from an overnight low of 7.68 to an overnight low of 7.82 last night. Adding the refugium light should help a bit as well.
     
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    rui.manuel.gaspar Well-Known Member

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    Awesome build ...
    Thanks for sharing.
    How are feeding the Calcium Reactor? Peri pump?

    All the best,
    Rui
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you and welcome to the thread.

    The MTC ProCal has a Venturi feature built in and pulls water from a line placed in the sump.

    From all of my research, most ProCal users are taking advantage of this; a few have posted that they are relying on peristaltic pumps.

    I have a feed on the manifold for the CaRx, but from what I've read, the team at MTC recommends against force feeding the reactor.
     
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    It's ready when you are
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Hello my R2R friends. Quite a few things to update. My apologies for the gap in posts.

    For starters, my buddy Locito gave me a MARS Hydro 300w LED Grow Light. It went up over the fuge easily and we now have some chaeto growing.

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    We also added several fish. This is the stock list as of today:

    Female Bimac anthias
    (3) Bartlett anthias
    Male lyretail anthias
    Female lyretail anthias
    Male yellow coris wrasse
    Female yellow coris wrasse
    (2) Rainfordi gobies
    Yellow banded possum wrasse
    Labouti fairy wrasse
    Male lubucks fairy wrasse
    Female lubucks fairy wrasse
    Male ruby head fairy wrasse
    Male solorensis fairy wrasse
    Red velvet fairy wrasse
    Blue sided fairy wrasse
    Male red margin fairy wrasse
    Long fin fairy wrasse
    Mcoskers flasher wrasse
    Melenaris wrasse
    Mystery wrasse
    Japanese four line wrasse
    Male onyx Picasso percula
    Female onyx Picasso percula
    Chocolate tang
    Purple tang
    Blond naso tang
    Black cardinal fish
    Pink bar goby
    Yellow watchman goby
    Sailfin blenny
    Yellow tail blenny
    Male crosshatch trigger
    Female crosshatch trigger
    (2) skunk cleaner shrimp
    Fire cleaner shrimp

    Fish have all been doing great until today, when I noticed ick spots on the purple tang, who has been with us for years.

    I've got the Vortex XL diatom filter going and I have continued to feed metroplex infused food. At this point, stressing over it won't help. Say a prayer for our fish!



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    I have to make note that the crosshatch pair was a birthday surprise from my wife... I am blessed.

    Let's hope that my next update is a positive one...
     
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    Looking good man!! Cross hatches are fire!! I got some polylab medic today if you wanna try it. I ordered two.
     
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    That would be great. I'll take you up on the offer and start it tomorrow.
     
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    Cool let me know when your home. Gotta take off any carbon
     
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    Your tank is amazing...it's everything that my 90g wants to be when it grows up :)
     
  13. hybridazn

    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award PMAS Member Photo of the Month Award Reef Squad Database Team Partner Member

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    Those cross hatches are amazing! Great job!
     
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    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Partner Member

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    Great tank!
     
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    Your reef looks fantastic, AJ! You really raised the bar with those amazing cross hatches. Very nice additions!
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much. My first "large" tank was a 90. It was a great tank. Enjoy the journey!

    Thanks. They are pretty cool. I am really enjoying them.

    Thank you very much!

    Thanks! Their swimming motion is something else and watching him race down the 10' stretch is awesome.
     
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    Tank looks fantastic
     
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    Been off here for a few days! I think we need more pics!
     
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    That's one beautiful tank/set up you got there:)
     
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    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much! Appreciate you posting on the thread.

    Next update!

    Thank you very much.
     

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