Bangarang Build Waterbox Frag 145.5

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I dub thee “Bangarang!”

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Waterbox Frag 145.5 (5 feet long)
98.4 gallon display with 37.1 gallon sump, 10 gallon ATO reservoir
*Reusing equipment from previous systems, however majority are new items; will upgrade as needed

Lighting
48” DX T5 Hybrid Fixture
T5 Actinic x2
T5 Blue Plus x2
Kessil A360WE x3 USED

Pumps
Vectra M2 Return
MP40mQD x2

Heating
600W Redundancy Heaters, IM Helio Therm

Skimmer
Aquamaxx FC-80 USED

Misc

Tunze 3152 ATO USED
RedSea ReefMat 500
Kamoer X1 Doser (All for Reef) USED
BRS Deluxe Media Reactor

After building the cabinet/stand, it made sense to utilize the L compartment for a shelf and DIY control board above the ATO reservoir. Wood used is from the doors of my first tank stand; brings a bit of nostalgia. The mini board holds just the controls for the M2, MP40 x2, and Kessil lights. The board is held in place by magnets. The shelf is screwed in; precautions were made to keep electronics separate from the water reservoir below.

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The sump was slightly modified for the ReefMat 500. Details are documented here: ReefMat 500

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Special grade sand rinsed in tap water. Set in place. Drying for the next few days. Using mostly RealReef shelf rocks and a few Marco foundation rocks. Initial water test passed 24 hr check.

Next step - Fill and cycle!
 
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Cycling. Biomedia used are the spheres and plates from MarinePure. MicroBacter Quickcylc and Start XLM from Brightwell.

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There is a removable baffle that comes with the sump. Unfortunately, the weir section on it is too high causing the water level to also increase in the ReefMat section (prematurely triggering the roll). Baffle will stay out for now until I get it cut shorter.

Once the cycle is done. Next steps will include running the ReefMat and placing the Skimmer, along with a clean up crew and some hardy fishes.
 
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While in the middle of cycling, I’ve decided to change out the aqua scape (of course I haven’t learned from my two previous tanks). Moved as much of the RealReef shelves into the sump. Made a few orders of CaribSea Shapes and Arches. The shelves were originally for another build before I started this one. Hopefully I’ll still find use for some of the bigger ones.
 
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How’s your cycle going with the microbacter start XLM? It’s been 7 days for me and my ammonia hasn’t even gone down at all lol. Normally with dr tims or turbo start I see some nitrites at this point.
Took maybe 9 days for Ammonia to drop down to 0. Afterwards, I dosed it about 1/4 the recommended drops - dropped back down to 0 again after 24hrs. However, we’re not suppose to dose ammonia again. I was just curious.

Now Im stuck in that high Nitrite, high Nitrate phase. Don’t dose Ammonia here. Let Nitrites drop naturally (can take up to 3 weeks). Depending on the tank, it can be a fast or slow cycle.

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Day 15 of Cycle (mind you I did redo the aqua scape probably resulting in a re*cycle lol)

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 5
Nitrate - 64.8
 
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Lid from ClearView Lids in place. Fits nice. Expensive but still competitive pricing compared to others. For a 5 foot length tank though, wish I requested to have done in 2-3 sections. Carrying one long acrylic piece is scary, hate for it to break in half.

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Here’s the new aqua scape using CaribSea Shapes and Arches, & leftover RealReef Shelves.

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Started the ReefMat. Loving it so far. First night it rolled over 3ft due to leftover excess dust particles. I'm impressed with how it cleared up overnight. As of now, it’s only averaging 3inches/daily with no livestock. This is a 91ft roll. I’d be happy with 3ft/daily, changing the rolls monthly with a nice stocked bio load.

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Basically with how it’s placed and positioned, it’s pretty efficient. See marked: Blue (sump water level), Red (current water level in ReefMat reservoir - will drop eventually as well as it rolls clear), and Yellow (trigger censor to roll).

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Also, added a 4 toggle switch bar for Temp, ATO, Reactor, and Skimmer (eventually) for easy on/off water changes.
 
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Day 21 - Cycled!

Ammonia - 0 (Since Day 9)
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 31.5 (Dropped from 64.8 after starting the ReefMat)

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Day 22
- 40% Water Change

Salinity - 1.026 (Target: 1.025 - 1.026)
pH - 8.0 (Target: 8.2 - 8.5)
dKH - 7.0 (Target: 8-9 stable)
Nitrate - 8.8 (Target: < 20)

I'll be transitioning to RedSea (Blue Bucket) from Tropic Marin; however, I'll continue to dose with TM All for Reef.

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ReefMat appears to be almost too efficient. Thankfully, I do welcome it because of what I plan to do moving forward. I will be feeding a lot… lol.

Til’ next time, ya’ll!
 
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I dub thee “Bangarang!”

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Waterbox Frag 145.5 (5 feet long)
98.4 gallon display with 37.1 gallon sump, 10 gallon ATO reservoir
*Reusing equipment from previous systems, however majority are new items; will upgrade as needed

Lighting
48” DX T5 Hybrid Fixture
T5 Actinic x2
T5 Blue Plus x2
Kessil A360WE x3 USED

Pumps
Vectra M2 Return
MP40mQD x2

Heating
600W Redundancy Heaters, IM Helio Therm

Skimmer
Aquamaxx FC-80 USED

Misc

Tunze 3152 ATO USED
RedSea ReefMat 500
Kamoer X1 Doser (All for Reef) USED
BRS Deluxe Media Reactor

After building the cabinet/stand, it made sense to utilize the L compartment for a shelf and DIY control board above the ATO reservoir. Wood used is from the doors of my first tank stand; brings a bit of nostalgia. The mini board holds just the controls for the M2, MP40 x2, and Kessil lights. The board is held in place by magnets. The shelf is screwed in; precautions were made to keep electronics separate from the water reservoir below.

9E33E45D-B514-4967-A82B-ECEFDCDF0E38.jpeg
02F1EEB6-D4E6-4B78-8C13-F185DDB3FAA6.jpeg

The sump was slightly modified for the ReefMat 500. Details are documented here: ReefMat 500

D62223E0-4EE0-42AB-9360-36484506429F.jpeg

Special grade sand rinsed in tap water. Set in place. Drying for the next few days. Using mostly RealReef shelf rocks and a few Marco foundation rocks. Initial water test passed 24 hr check.

Next step - Fill and cycle!
Any reason why you didn't plumb your reactor into one of your manifolds?
 
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