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So it has been a long time since I even thought of posting in the build thread...because unfortunately the tank was on the back burner for the longest time. Lost the few zoas I had and my mushroom detached from the frag plug and moved into the back, dark corner under a rock. No fish issues during this time but had the beginning of GHA.

Over the few months I was able to really focus on the tank. I completely reworked the filtration- starting with ditching the disintingerating, detritus and bristleworm filled marinepure blocks. These came with the tank and I had them stuff in the back AIO compartments. I had no mechanical filtration so all the detritus got trapped in the blocks. They were unsalvagavle and literally full of very large bristleworms. I decided to go with Intank Media baskets in both overflow chambers- filter floss on top, followed up Seachem Pond Matrix and a few small chunks of the best Marinepure, and a bag of carbon in one and GFO in the other.

I found a great deal on practically new XR 15 Pro and RMS mount to upgrade the lighting. Wow the difference compared to the old JBJ light. Purchased a new Tunze 9004 DC skimmer. The adjustment controller makes it so much easier to dial in, and it fits perfectly in the one overflow chamber.

Upgraded to an Icecap Gyre 1k and am really happy with the increased flow. The final major equipment upgrade should arrive tomorrow- Tunze 1073.05 DC return pump.

I realized my sandbed and Rocks were full of detritus. I started using the turkey baster to clean off the rocks, and started to stir up and vacuum the sandbed. Overall my parameters aren’t perfect but they’re the best they’ve ever been in this tank- nitrates at approx 10, PO4 .049.

I figured it was getting to be time to look at my stocking plan. The five damsels in there I know I’d have to rehome if I wanted to add any additional fish. They didn’t make it easy to catch them- had to disassemble the entire rock formation. Used it as an opportunity to rinse off the detritus from the rocks in a bucket of tank water. When putting everything back together I decided to remove some excess rock in order to eliminate some dead spots and detritus traps. Really liking the look of the tank without them.

Took the damsels to the LFS and picked up a Lawnmower Blenny and Diamond Goby. The blenny is settling right in- eating algae already. The diamon goby I haven’t seen since the night he was added to the tank. I’m hoping he’s just shy and hiding and didn’t die under the rock. I don’t think he jumped out as the screen lid is pretty secure. Just in case I added some extra protections.

So overall this is the most pleased I’ve been with this tank, ever. I plan on adding some more fish- specifically wrasses. Hoping for some good Black Friday deals on some softies and maybe some tolerant LPS. Still have a way to go but I’m optimistic.

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Well it’s been a few days and still no sign of the Goby in the tank. I use a turkey baster to clear off the rocks and stir the substrate once a week. He didn’t come out then nor did I see any signs of his body. Thinking he must have jumped out- although I honestly don’t see how. His head was bigger than the netting and the only gap was smaller than him. Him jumping out though is the only thing I can think of though. I searched high and low on the floor, under furniture, everywhere. Didn’t find him. So he’s either a master of disguise or he jumped and I haven’t found where he ended up. Regardless I’m calling him a loss, unfortunately. I do plan on getting another eventually.

My Tunze 1073.05 came the other day- going to be getting it all setup this weekend, if time permits. Worked on some cord management under the tank this afternoon. It was pretty scary under there. Got all the controllers mounted on the door for easy access.

And in more exciting news- went to an LFS today to check out their selection. They had just received an order of clowns from Sustainable Aquatics. The bags were just being placed in tanks to temperature acclimate. I ended up coming home with two Ocellaris clowns. Best part is they never touched the LFS’ s water- took them home in the bag from Sustainable Aquatics. And, the LFS gave me a 20% discount for purchasing them in the bag.

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Very nice! I love all the upgrades. Any more pics? Don’t call the goby a loss yet. They can be masters of disguise and hide in rocks or in the sand for weeks. There is also a chance he died in there, so keep an eye on your parameters. If you don’t see him outside of the tank, he’s probably still in there. Have you checked the back compartment/sump?
 
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Very nice! I love all the upgrades. Any more pics? Don’t call the goby a loss yet. They can be masters of disguise and hide in rocks or in the sand for weeks. There is also a chance he died in there, so keep an eye on your parameters. If you don’t see him outside of the tank, he’s probably still in there. Have you checked the back compartment/sump?
Thank you! It’s coming along nicely. Didn’t get a chance to install the new return pump this weekend, but it is on the list. I was holding out a little hope for the goby, but still absolutely no sign of him. If he is still there he is definitely a master of disguise. So far no parameter swings either. I went to another LFS today and they had several diamond gobies but I held off, just in case. Stock is still relatively light with three fish compared to the six damsels before (who were pigs with the food). But I think the biological filtration will be okay for a while.

The clowns still haven’t seemed to settle down yet. They didn’t eat and kept “pacing” the glass back and forth, up and down. I’ve been trying LRS Nano, Brine Shrimp, and soaked NLS pellets. So far this evening one took a few bites of brine and a soaked pellet. The other wasn’t interested yet. I read it can take them a few days to settle in, so I’m hoping I can chalk their behavior up to that. The Lawnmower blenny is loving life with all my algae. He is the fattest thing and I can already tell he has grown. He has started exploring the entire tank and even swimming in the water column. He doesn’t seem phased by me at the tank at all. He’s quickly becoming my favorite!

Some side shots and a FTS. Need to either turn the blues down or get a lens to take pictures.

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Thank you! It’s coming along nicely. Didn’t get a chance to install the new return pump this weekend, but it is on the list. I was holding out a little hope for the goby, but still absolutely no sign of him. If he is still there he is definitely a master of disguise. So far no parameter swings either. I went to another LFS today and they had several diamond gobies but I held off, just in case. Stock is still relatively light with three fish compared to the six damsels before (who were pigs with the food). But I think the biological filtration will be okay for a while.

The clowns still haven’t seemed to settle down yet. They didn’t eat and kept “pacing” the glass back and forth, up and down. I’ve been trying LRS Nano, Brine Shrimp, and soaked NLS pellets. So far this evening one took a few bites of brine and a soaked pellet. The other wasn’t interested yet. I read it can take them a few days to settle in, so I’m hoping I can chalk their behavior up to that. The Lawnmower blenny is loving life with all my algae. He is the fattest thing and I can already tell he has grown. He has started exploring the entire tank and even swimming in the water column. He doesn’t seem phased by me at the tank at all. He’s quickly becoming my favorite!

Some side shots and a FTS. Need to either turn the blues down or get a lens to take pictures.

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Clowns can take awhile to settle in, so I wouldn’t worry too much. Do you know what they were eating before you got them? I know you got them straight from the bag, but the wholesaler may have what they feed on their website. Don’t give up on the goby yet. Mine hid for weeks at a a time when I was trying to catch him, so they can hide very well. I love the photos, and the tank is looking nice!
 
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Thank you! It’s been a very slow work in progress but I am happy so far with how my changes are coming along. I will post a coral update here soon too.

From what I can tell they have their own blend of pellets and frozen foods. Good news today- the one clown ate a few pellets without hesitation. The other I would still describe as restless and quickly swims right past the food. He may have gotten one pellet though. Going to try some LRS nano tonight. Trying to feed little bits at a time, but I will have to check my parameters frequently.

Crazy your goby hid for so long. I’ll keep my eye out for him. I really should buy a camera to put on the tank, check up on the fish during the day.
 

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Thank you! It’s been a very slow work in progress but I am happy so far with how my changes are coming along. I will post a coral update here soon too.

From what I can tell they have their own blend of pellets and frozen foods. Good news today- the one clown ate a few pellets without hesitation. The other I would still describe as restless and quickly swims right past the food. He may have gotten one pellet though. Going to try some LRS nano tonight. Trying to feed little bits at a time, but I will have to check my parameters frequently.

Crazy your goby hid for so long. I’ll keep my eye out for him. I really should buy a camera to put on the tank, check up on the fish during the day.
Yeah, the camera isn’t a bad idea. Gobies can be very skittish. Just keep an eye out.
 
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It's been a while since I've updated on the tank. I never did find the Diamond Goby, so I am sure he must have jumped ship. Unfortunate, but lesson learned. I thought the small gap around the edges of my screen top was too small for anything to pass through, but I was clearly wrong. I want to build a better screen, but for now I used some spare screen tubing, measured, cut and stamped out a shape that fits square in the small gap and glued it down. So hopefully no more jumpers.

I readdressed my rock work as it wasn't as stable as I wanted it to be. I used Aquastix and JBJ water weld to secure some of the more preacriously placed rocks. I drilled and used fiberglass rods to secure the larger pieces, but didn't do the smaller rocks on the right. Looking back I wish I would have taken the time to drill them as well. The epoxy worked well for some and not so well for others. It appears though that what I was able to attached bonded decently well-although the skimmer was not happy about it.

I took advantage of an LFS black Friday deal on $5 frags and buy one, get one half off of fish. Picked up 17 frags in total. ORA Hyacinth Birdsnest, Mystic Sunset Montipora, another monti I can't recall the name of, Incredible Hulk Leptoseris, Jack O' Lantern Leptoseris, five large Zoa frags, hammer, Xenia, GSP, orange Leptastrea, mottled war coral, an orange digitata, and a platygyra. Great deal that I couldn't pass up. The only other coral I am specifically looking to add is a Duncan. I am also looking for a BTA. I know it can be hazardous given their tendency to move around, but I would like to see if my clowns would host.

I took advantage of the BOGO half off and added a Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse and Yellow Coris Wrasse. Unfortuatnely the Yellow Coris didn't make it. No signs of disease or injury on him. He hid the first three days and I didn't see him at all. Came home today to find him on the sandbed. Hope to get another one soon, they are one my favorites. The Whip Fin is doing great so far- eating like a pig and accepting pellets and frozen. I know filamentosus are one of the most aggressive Cirrhilabrus wrasses, but my stock is pretty rounded out and I don't think I have room for another fairy regardless.

Testing parameters on Monday to find my alk and calcium very low- 6.4dKh and calcium 370. I've never had to dose before as regular water changes have sustained decent levels. Thanks to the patient advise of a reefing friend I decided to go with the Red Sea Foundations to start dosing to get my alk and calcium back to acceptable levels. Goals for next update are to figure out the plumbing requiremtns for the Tunze 1073.05- my current tubing is too small, and I need to order a Y fitting. Looking for another Coris wrasse and Diamond Goby if I can find them, and a potential BTA.

Some pictures- a lens kit is on a Christmas list to take some better pictures!

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And saw this today...got pods!
 
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It's been a while since I've updated on the tank. I never did find the Diamond Goby, so I am sure he must have jumped ship. Unfortunate, but lesson learned. I thought the small gap around the edges of my screen top was too small for anything to pass through, but I was clearly wrong. I want to build a better screen, but for now I used some spare screen tubing, measured, cut and stamped out a shape that fits square in the small gap and glued it down. So hopefully no more jumpers.

I readdressed my rock work as it wasn't as stable as I wanted it to be. I used Aquastix and JBJ water weld to secure some of the more preacriously placed rocks. I drilled and used fiberglass rods to secure the larger pieces, but didn't do the smaller rocks on the right. Looking back I wish I would have taken the time to drill them as well. The epoxy worked well for some and not so well for others. It appears though that what I was able to attached bonded decently well-although the skimmer was not happy about it.

I took advantage of an LFS black Friday deal on $5 frags and buy one, get one half off of fish. Picked up 17 frags in total. ORA Hyacinth Birdsnest, Mystic Sunset Montipora, another monti I can't recall the name of, Incredible Hulk Leptoseris, Jack O' Lantern Leptoseris, five large Zoa frags, hammer, Xenia, GSP, orange Leptastrea, mottled war coral, an orange digitata, and a platygyra. Great deal that I couldn't pass up. The only other coral I am specifically looking to add is a Duncan. I am also looking for a BTA. I know it can be hazardous given their tendency to move around, but I would like to see if my clowns would host.

I took advantage of the BOGO half off and added a Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse and Yellow Coris Wrasse. Unfortuatnely the Yellow Coris didn't make it. No signs of disease or injury on him. He hid the first three days and I didn't see him at all. Came home today to find him on the sandbed. Hope to get another one soon, they are one my favorites. The Whip Fin is doing great so far- eating like a pig and accepting pellets and frozen. I know filamentosus are one of the most aggressive Cirrhilabrus wrasses, but my stock is pretty rounded out and I don't think I have room for another fairy regardless.

Testing parameters on Monday to find my alk and calcium very low- 6.4dKh and calcium 370. I've never had to dose before as regular water changes have sustained decent levels. Thanks to the patient advise of a reefing friend I decided to go with the Red Sea Foundations to start dosing to get my alk and calcium back to acceptable levels. Goals for next update are to figure out the plumbing requiremtns for the Tunze 1073.05- my current tubing is too small, and I need to order a Y fitting. Looking for another Coris wrasse and Diamond Goby if I can find them, and a potential BTA.

Some pictures- a lens kit is on a Christmas list to take some better pictures!

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And saw this today...got pods!
YAY! You got a big load, and they’re all very nice! I hate that about the goby and wrasse. I know it can be really hard losing fish, so I hope you can get some new ones without much trouble. The tank is looking really nice!
 
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YAY! You got a big load, and they’re all very nice! I hate that about the goby and wrasse. I know it can be really hard losing fish, so I hope you can get some new ones without much trouble. The tank is looking really nice!
Thank you! The deal was incredible and I couldn’t pass it up. Figured it there ever was a time to buy some coral, this was it.

I know, I hate losing them. Not sure what happened with the wrasse. He looked fine and had no marks or signs of illness that I could see. Going to see what they have in stock and hopefully add them soon.
 

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It's been a while since I've updated on the tank. I never did find the Diamond Goby, so I am sure he must have jumped ship. Unfortunate, but lesson learned. I thought the small gap around the edges of my screen top was too small for anything to pass through, but I was clearly wrong. I want to build a better screen, but for now I used some spare screen tubing, measured, cut and stamped out a shape that fits square in the small gap and glued it down. So hopefully no more jumpers.

I readdressed my rock work as it wasn't as stable as I wanted it to be. I used Aquastix and JBJ water weld to secure some of the more preacriously placed rocks. I drilled and used fiberglass rods to secure the larger pieces, but didn't do the smaller rocks on the right. Looking back I wish I would have taken the time to drill them as well. The epoxy worked well for some and not so well for others. It appears though that what I was able to attached bonded decently well-although the skimmer was not happy about it.

I took advantage of an LFS black Friday deal on $5 frags and buy one, get one half off of fish. Picked up 17 frags in total. ORA Hyacinth Birdsnest, Mystic Sunset Montipora, another monti I can't recall the name of, Incredible Hulk Leptoseris, Jack O' Lantern Leptoseris, five large Zoa frags, hammer, Xenia, GSP, orange Leptastrea, mottled war coral, an orange digitata, and a platygyra. Great deal that I couldn't pass up. The only other coral I am specifically looking to add is a Duncan. I am also looking for a BTA. I know it can be hazardous given their tendency to move around, but I would like to see if my clowns would host.

I took advantage of the BOGO half off and added a Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse and Yellow Coris Wrasse. Unfortuatnely the Yellow Coris didn't make it. No signs of disease or injury on him. He hid the first three days and I didn't see him at all. Came home today to find him on the sandbed. Hope to get another one soon, they are one my favorites. The Whip Fin is doing great so far- eating like a pig and accepting pellets and frozen. I know filamentosus are one of the most aggressive Cirrhilabrus wrasses, but my stock is pretty rounded out and I don't think I have room for another fairy regardless.

Testing parameters on Monday to find my alk and calcium very low- 6.4dKh and calcium 370. I've never had to dose before as regular water changes have sustained decent levels. Thanks to the patient advise of a reefing friend I decided to go with the Red Sea Foundations to start dosing to get my alk and calcium back to acceptable levels. Goals for next update are to figure out the plumbing requiremtns for the Tunze 1073.05- my current tubing is too small, and I need to order a Y fitting. Looking for another Coris wrasse and Diamond Goby if I can find them, and a potential BTA.

Some pictures- a lens kit is on a Christmas list to take some better pictures!

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And saw this today...got pods!
That rockwork is super cool!
 
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That rockwork is super cool!
Thank you! I’ve made some slight changes since the initial design but I’m liking it. Realized I haven’t updated with any new pictures with my new coral lens! Can see a little better with these, haha.

Planning on a more detailed update soon!

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