Back to the hobby with a 230 gal system (Build thread)

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After 13 years of missing the hobby, I'm back with a plan to geek out with a large peninsula mixed reef tank.
I live in Michigan and have different hobbies like electronics, software, radio control, 3D design, and printing, woodworking, etc. It is a long and ever changing list. I consider myself a newbie in all of them.
I love how new technology is making reefing more accessible and I really like the sense of community within Reef2Ref. I'm a private person but after spending several nights reading through the forums I decided to follow other members' example and start my build thread. I plan to load my plans, bills of materials and share my opinions on the products I use and decisions I make. Hopefully this info will be helpful to others and serve as a log to see what decisions caused success and which ones didn't.

My first upload is a video of my first attempt to aquascape, using CaribSea LifeRock Regular, Arches and Shapes.
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Inspired by BRS videos, R2R, and multiple pictures from google search. Constructive feedback will be greatly appreciated!
 
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welcome! love the aquascape -- what fish/coral are you considering?
Thanks! I'm still undecided. I think I will be happy with LPS, I like the hammerheads a lot.
I have a long list of fish I like but I still need to analyze it to make sure they are compatible and define the order in which I will introduce them.
Most likely:
  • Black Storm Clownfish
  • Yellow Tang
  • Blue Tang
  • Orchid Dottyback
  • Royal Gramma Basslet
  • Blue Black-axil Chromis
I would love to have livestock that interact between them like schooling fish, pistol shrimp+goby, clowns + anemone, etc. But I still need to do more research. As always, suggestions are welcome.
 
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And here is the actual tank in the process of cycling.

You can also see the smaller brother I'm planning to use for quarantining. I know it is too close to the main display tank but I don't have a lot of space left for tanks.
I'll share videos of the water mixing station and the sump soon. I have many DIY projects in mind and too little time. Acrylic/mesh top, lightweight canopy, etc.
 
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Hi, things are going well. Thanks for asking. Many upgrades made to the system so far. A couple of weeks ago I got dinos on my sand but with help of the community I reacted fast and they have already started receding.
As part of the dino counterattack I stopped doing water changes cleaning the glass.
I hope to be able to take and upload a few nice pictures later in the week.
I'm happy with the aquascape as it has tons of crevices for my 9 Anthias. They cam dissappear in an instant. No coral so far, just 3 small anemones.
 
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It's been a while since I saw my build thread and it was nice to remember the beginning of the journey. Here is an update of the current state.
  • Dealing with some spirulina and porocentrum dinos
  • One of my male anthias got popeye but he is recovering
  • I recently added some LPS and a couple of SPS. Unfortunately I'm still too newbie for SPS.
  • Bubble tip anemones are growing and splitting. They haven't left their rock yet so I'm not too worried.
  • I have a few trochus snail youngsters spread across the tank. I saw them spawning and didn't think they were actually going to survive.
I've been busy with DIY stuff, I'll start uploading some of the projects soon.
Pics and video below
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Hey, I have a question for you. In your thread about spirulina (which I found because I'm fighting as well), you posted a screenshot of what looked like Grafana for your parameters log. What database did you use for that, and what are you using for manual entry?

I brought this over here because I didn't want to sidetrack that thread...

And by the way, beautiful tank!
 
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Oh thank you very much! It is getting better now that the porocentrum and spirulina are gone.
I'm using InfluxDB2 on a Synology Docker container. I've thought about doing a tutorial to install it on a raspberry pi but I haven't seen a simple/affordable solution for media that supports constant read/writes on the PI.
For manual entries I developed a simple HTML that posts the metrics to InfluxDB2 but I found a way to automagically push the results from the Alkatronic and Mastertronic to the database.
Hope this helps!
 

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