Discussion in 'Large Aquariums 180g+' started by AlexG, Aug 9, 2015.
Sorry to hear that. Hope all others are doing well.
Aww, that sucks... Sorry to hear about that.
All of the wrasses, damsels, and the hawkfish are doing well. I am going to give it some more time before I attempt to add any new fish.
All I can say is WOW! Incredible build and thank you for sharing all of your work/dedication with the rest of us. Can't believe I missed this thread to this point. Looking forward to more updates.
The lighting is up and running on the 480 reef tank now. 8x39watt t5s and 4 x XR30w G4 Pros. I also wanted to share a picture of the ice forming outside of the fish room ventilation. It was -13F when I took the photo. It's nice to be able to leave the cold and watch a tropical ocean in the basement.
Very nice love the light setup of Radion and T5
I decided to make a focus video on the 150 gallon refuge tank as it was asked about in a previous video. I talk about some of the different macro algae species in the tank and of course the mantis shrimp must be mentioned.
Even if the wrasses and other fish look great, they could still be hosting parasites which could infect any new fish. What are your plans to address the disease long term? So you have a "hospital tank" setup? Will that function as your quarantine tank for any new fish? I couldn't imagine going through all the work you have and not have fish go through quarantine. One sick fish introduced and you could loose all your fish in a matter of days. It happened to me twice before I finally decided to setup quarantine tanks.
More than likely the hospital tank will become a quarantine tank to hold fish before they are added to the displays. I have some other actions to take as before I get any new fish though.
The lighting on the reef tank is still hard to get used to. The algae is loving it for now but it should calm down soon as the water parameters are looking good. I added a couple of urchins and will get more snails soon. I talked about my lighting on this video and go into the why I choose the lighting that I have.
This build has really come together !!
Thank you. There are still a few missing pieces of the puzzle but I think I will get them all in place in 2018. It has been a long journey to get to this point but I have had a lot of fun along the way.
Really enjoying your videos...thanks for allowing us to come along for the ride!
Another week and another update. I did a complete update video for the 1600 gallon system. I am in the process of adding an 80 watt HO UV sterilizer I picked up used. I hope to be leak testing in the next day or two to ensure the new seals are holding back the water before I add the bulb and turn it on.
Tanks look great Alex. You find your struggling to get your water crystal clear with such a big tank?
For the most part no. If I am moving power heads, cleaning, or something decides to kick up the sand that is the only time I really see any issues with the water not being clear. I will be adding a UV sterilizer soon and I will be interested to see if that noticeably changes the water clarity.
I had a heck of a time with mine. Then I added the big pool diatom filter and my water sparkels even with a huge bio load.
I would say one of the main reasons I stay clear is the skimmer. I cleaned it less than 24hours ago and the skimate foam has already climbed the 16" skimmer neck to the waste collection cup.
@AlexG Some ideas. Love your work so far. I think you could build the "ultimate QT system" based on what you did.
I've posted some comments on your vids, sub'ed and thumbed up a bunch.
A pic of that tube in the skimmer, how long deep it's going, is it capped only at one end? How much above the bubbler? So I can reproduce this, scaled down, with my skimmer. TIA
For the ultimate QT system - why not more plywood tanks with near airtight lids? Scaled way down, each QT tank with it's own independent filtration / built-in sump in the same "tank". Either 2/3 for fish 1/3 for sump or half-half. Then you stack them against a wall. You could have three or four high in a stack.
Make it look like it was part of the original design, add the "stack" on the left of the 720.
Mitigating cross contamination - if they are "sealed" with lids, air vents "in" and "out" being piping with some floss inside? I hated putting my QT for 2.5 months far away from my DT.
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