100 Gallon Reef Tank

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So I’m posting my 100 gallon tank that I bought used with custom stand that we customized even more. As of this post the tank has been up for 72 days. Equipment is a work in progress and I’ll post next.

Tank start date : 09/26/20
Fully Cycled : 10/09/20 (used Dr Tim’s method for cycling... worked like a champ)
First Inhabitants added : 10/09/20 (2 Ocellaris Clown Fish)

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Equipment:

Lights - 2 Kessil A360WE Tuna Blue - Used
Sump - Eshopps RS-75 (1st Gen) with matching OverFlow - used
Pump - Jebao DCP-3500 - new
Skimmer - HOB Bubble-Magus E5 - used
UV Sterlizer - SunSun JUP-01 - new
Flow - 2 SunSun JVP-130 - new
Heater - 1 Hydor and 1 Marineland - used
Filtration - Bioballs, Ceramic bio-rings, sponge filter from previous Aquaclear 75 that was being used (fit the sump perfectly actually), filter sock and seperate sponge filter separating compartment in sump, 4” sand and gravel and dry rock in display.
Refugium - Skimmer section of sump with Luxbird light, light fixture with mount, cheatomorpha algae - added 12/12/20 - bought some more that came with some pods - 12/26/20

Future Equipment:

DC Powerheads to replace the cheap AC ones

All this was pieced together. Took a few months before I started the tank up. Yes it’s a combo of used and cheap new. So far so good for me.

Inhabitants (added after cycled tank one or 2 at a time 2 weeks apart.. in order of add):

1 Ocellaris Clownfish - added 10/09/20 - deceased 11/24/20 (46 days) - Brooklynella
1 Black and White Ocellaris Clownfish - added 10/09/20 - deceased 11/17/20 (28 days) - Brooklynella
1 Six-line Wrasse - added 10/24/20
1 Molly Miller Blenny - added 11/06/20
1 Neon Goby - added 11/17/20 deceased 11/21/20 (4 days) - Brooklynella
1 Cleaner Shrimp - added 11/27/20
1 Astreopora Montiporina (shouldn’t have gotten this yet but I got caught in the WWC cyber Monday deal... smh) - added 12/02/20
3 Torchus Snails - added 12/12/20
1 Ocellaris Clown - added 12/18/20
1 Black Ocellaris Clown- added 12/18/20
1 Diamond Goby - added 12/18/20
Pods - added 12/26/20
1 Tomini Tang - added 12/29/20
1 Yellow Tang - added 12/29/20
5 Mexican Hermit Crabs - added 12/29/20
1 Green Star Polyp - added 12/29/20
1 Pandora Zoa 3 heads - added 12/29/20
1 Orange Zoa 4 heads - added 12/29/20
1 Blue Discsoma Mushroom - added 12/29/20
1 Silver/White Candy Cane - added 12/30/20
1 Rose Pincushion Urchin - added 12/30/20 - deceased - 01/13/21 (14 days) - starved?
1 Purple Polyp Birdsnest - Added 12/31/20 - died 02/14/21 (46 days) - started siting at the tips and was brown earlier than that so I think I blasted it with too much light so I’ve adjusted down the intensity of the lights to match others settings.
1 Starburst Cap Montipora - Added 12/31/20
1 Pink and Grey Zoa 5 small heads - added 01/22/21
1 Halle Berry Zoa 1 head - added 02/05/21
1 Green Hairy Mushroom - added 02/05/21
1 Purple and Orange Mushroom - added 02/10/21
1 Mowhawk Zoa Multiple Heads - added 02/13/21
1 Green Paly multiple heads - added 02/13/21
1 WWC Silver Fox Favite - added 02/24/21
1 WWC Gold Dust Platygyra - added 02/24/21
1 Cleaner Wrasse - added 02/26/21
1 Blastomussa - added 02/26/21
1 Live Rock with amphipods and a bristleworm (still don’t know if I want that) added to refugium - 02/26/21
3 Mexican Turbo Snails (these guys are huge) - added 02/26/21
 
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So, as I been leaving the light on for the Astreopora, I’ve gotten in the ugly phase. I’ve now introduced 3 new inhabitants. 3 Trochus snails. Probably not enough but I wanted to try it out. I also picked up (and cleaned as well as I could) some Chaeto. Nutrient export reasons. Let’s see how it goes with the light and snails.

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New picture. Again, diatoms are going away and green algae is taking its place. Oh, and I added a piece of live rock from my LFS. Removed 3 Asterina Starfish, 3 Ball Anemone, and 2 bubble Algae from it. It has a bunch of coralline algae on it so I’m hoping to seed my tank with it.

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So I went a bit crazy these past couple of days. I bought 2 Zoa frags with around 3 or 4 heads, 1 GSP frag, 1 Mushroom frag, 1 Candy Cane with 2 heads, and I just bought 2 frags from WWC which would be Starburst Cap Monti and a Purple Polyp Birdsnest. Also bought a Yellow Tang and a Flame Fin Tomini Tang, Pincushion Urchin and 5 Mexican Red Leg Hermits. Probably not good that I got them all around the same time. My vacation is ending soon and I wanted to get the stuff set up before I go back to work next week.
 
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Here are some pics of my coral frags right now

“Allegedly” Pandora Zoa (I don’t see it)
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Trumpet aka Candy Cane Coral
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Green Star Polyp
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Blue Discsoma Mushroom
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Unknown Zoa (any help ID’ing would be nice)
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Neon Astreopora
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Candy cane doesn’t seem to be happy right now. Not as open as it was. Been adding phyto to the tank and dosing vita-chem so maybe those changes could be affecting it?

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Birds nest looks good though

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Mushroom seems to be growing

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Others look the same
 
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So the pincushion urchin died. It’s my fault so I take full responsibility. It was my wife’s favorite in the tank, too. Tank was not ready for it yet. For the past 4 days I tried feeding nori but it wouldn’t take it. I knew then that it was a goner. Should have asked of someone in the community with a more established tank wanted to hold her for me (we named it Rosy which is the reason for calling it she). :-( . Will try again a few months later and see if I can keep one then. Maybe once I have a lot of coralline algae.
 
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Pulled out the live rock last night to take off a vermitid snail only to find 2 more on that rock. This was the small live rock I bought to seed my tank with Corraline Algae. Luckily it was in the sand bed, not touching anything else but I believe I might end up finding other vermitids eventually.
On another note, I bought some Reef Roids, AF Build, AF Vitality, AF Amino Mix, SA Live Marine Phytoplankton, and a long coral feeder. Using that stuff to target feed my coral, especially the Trumpet/Candy Cane. Looks better now.
 
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