REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Since my MarinePure brick was cured for nearly six months before adding it to the system, I didn’t end up with a long diatom/algae stage. I was able to add a bunch of life into the tank, and things have been going well.
- Green-Tipped Seriatopora
- Pro Corals Rainbow Acropora
- Green, red, and purple Montipora Capricornis
- Tyree Rainbow Stylophora
- Bubblegum Montipora Digitata
- Battlecorals Frankenberry Acropora
- GARF Bonsai (hasn’t kept much purple)
- German Blue-Polyp Montipora Digitata
- Unnamed Acropora
- A handful of Acropora Milleporas
- Biota Forktail Blenny
- ORA Indigo Dottyback (currently in acclimation box)
- Three Trochus snails
I picked up some new equipment as well:
- Two Vertex 2.5T dosing containers
- Sodium Nitrate (can’t keep detectable levels regardless of heavy feeding schedule)
- Hanna Checkers
- Phosphate ULR
- Flipper DeepSee Magnifier (awesome piece of hardware)
- Diffusers for my Radions
- Feeding ring for my Neptune Systems AFS
I’ll work on getting some good shots of the tank this weekend. I need to clean it up and perform a water-change. I must have used too much thread sealant when connecting my Neptune flow sensors because I’ve been finding it in the tank after the return pump turns off and back on. It settles on the bottom glass, so I’m going to suck it out this weekend. I think it’s starting to slow down, though.
Also, I’ve visited my dad over the recent weekend, and he had a bunch of spare wood in the barn. We used some to build a mobile station for water filtration. It has been painful trying to filter water in this apartment. There is no sink or Spicket on the first floor, where the aquarium is. So, I had to carry my unassembled seven-stage RO/DI unit, buckets, booster pump, automatic flush kit, and towels up the stairs, assemble everything, carry buckets down to the garage, disassemble everything, and carry it back down to the garage when done. With the wooden mounting structure, I am able to carry everything up in one piece without disassembly. It is quite heavy, but worth it.
Below are some photos that I took last week of the aquarium:
Below are the containers that I will be using for dosing:
Below are photos and a video of my mobile filtration mount as well as a video that shows the path that I take (recorded before the mount was built):
Below are videos of some of the corals that I picked up:
Below are a few videos of my fish:
And I’ll throw my dog, Mac, who is a Bernedoodle, in for fun:
He was bad, so he got to watch the neighbor dogs play outside while he was stuck inside:
He goes to daycare a couple times each week, so here he is after I picked him up. He was so tired that he fell asleep sitting up with his head against the back seat while drool ran down the seat. The wind in his fur must have felt good that day:
I apologize for the sound in the videos. I forgot to mute them all before uploading them to YouTube.
I just wanna say how much I appreciate a place like this... this whole website, and this thread too.
Facebook reef groups can get so toxic. That #askbrstv group is like poison... I'm probably going to leave all of them and say to heck with it all but R2R and the local group. So many people who just want to argue and try and belittle someone, just for the heck of it.
I agree ! But perhaps also educated the basics of a flow curve so that when the purchase a pump they won’t be disappointed and which pump might suit their applications. How many times do we see customers purchasing a pump and are disappointed by the flow rate!
Anyhow I think BRS should consider something along this line.
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I personally wouldn't be concerned with the specific details of how/when/frequency of dosing bacterial supplements, but rather just add some to the tank to help give a leg up to the bacterial colony in a freshly started tank. I'm sure there is not enough data currently out there that says "dosing xx-strain of bacteria at xx-times per week will result in xxxx". Perhaps there are some benefits to certain strains above others and maybe even more benefits from how frequently or how much you add, but in the end the value to the average reefer is that you at least dose SOMETHING to help get the cycle going.
That said, you can certainly follow the instructions on the bottle or follow how we did it for the BRS/WWC 750. Either way, I'm pretty sure you won't notice an apparent difference between each approach.
As for the water changes, here's a couple of my thoughts.
1) Water changes will likely not affect the bacterial colony or bacterial population in a noticeable capacity, due to the majority of the bacteria living on the surfaces of the rock, substrate, glass, bottom, filter media, etc. I wouldn't suspect any major amount of beneficial bacteria being free floating in the actual water column. (So, do water changes without fear of diminishing the bacteria.)
2) Regardless of whether you plan to do water changes or some other method to a regular maintenance rhythm, the reason behind us suggesting to start that maintenance early is to simply get into the habit of doing it throughout the life of your tank. 10% water changes during the tank cycle has probably a pretty low impact on the cycle altogether and it's just good to work the kinks out of your own process in the early parts of the tank's life when the system is less forgiving about swinging parameters.
Update on the tank, last picture before the canopy goes on. And yes I added a few corals also. Had a long discussion on #askbrstv Facebook page. Still amazed at how big this tank looks for only being a 94 gallon. I love these dimensions.
One of the reasons I brought the Trachyphillia on the right over was it was the clown's host in the previous tank. It took about 6 months before they hosted it, but they were in love with it, slept in it, etc....so I hated separating them. The funny thing is they act like it doesn't exist right now. It's doing well, but maybe the clowns "reset" when they change environments.
Buying the same tank brand new at the LFS would run roughly $1K; his used one is about $350. A new 93g at the LFS would be about $500. I'll have to do a cost/risk assessment to decide which way will work best for me. I certainly don't want to save money upfront only to come home to a flooded condo.
Still open to other ideas though!
@Bulk Reef Supply Thoughts from the #askBRSTV crew?