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This is not a tank thread. It is a place I can use to support my current build thread which with over 3,000 posts has grown quite large. All of the posts in this thread will be current despite their post date. A few things that will live here are monthly FTS photos, coral growth comparison photos, equipment lists, livestock lists, etc. Everything here is consolidated from the main thread.

If I could start all over I would reserve more pages at the beginning of my main thread to accomplish what I am doing here. I felt this was a good way to achieve what I wanted. I actually encourage you NOT to post here and comment on my main build thread, but if you post here, you will not be in trouble. :)


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2018 Tank Progression Shots
Since the aquarium changed so much at the beginning, 2018 will get its own full post.

07/01/18
The tank gets wet, then salty.
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8.5 pounds of cured, matured shelf and live rock were added that night. No Ammonia was ever measured in this tank from day one.
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07/04/18
24.5 pounds of live rock were added from House of Fins in CT.
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07/12/18
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08/03/18
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08/04/18
Aquascape adjustments and first corals.
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08/21/18
More corals and fish.
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08/31/18
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09/16/18
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09/20/18
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09/29/18
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10/25/18
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11/01/18
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12/02/18
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2019 Tank Shots

01/02/19
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01/05/19
Blue
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Moonlight
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01/21/19
Natural sunlight creeping in
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02/03/19
Re-aquascaped the right side. Subtle, but sturdier with an open cave underneath
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03/18/19
Lobophyllia added
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Back Filtration Compartments
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  1. Overflow, Activated carbon, ~3 lbs. live rock, dosing tubes for Alk and Ca
  2. Cobalt 150 Watt Heater (refugium was removed)
  3. Dual Returns, Tunze Osmolator ATO, temperature probe, grounding pole, ATO pump return
  4. Tunze 9004 Protein Skimmer
  5. Overflow, Cobalt 150 Watt Heater

Current Tank Equipment

  • JBJ 45 Gallon Flat Panel AIO Aquarium
  • JBJ Cabinet Stand
  • Black King Starboard, bottom
  • SB Reef Lights SBox Extreme 16" WiFi, 165 Watts
  • IceCap 1K Gyre
  • 2x Cobalt MJ1200 pumps (295 GPH), current dual returns
  • 2x Stock Accela stock pumps (265 GPH), spares
  • 2x Cobalt Neo-Therm 150 Watt Submersible Heaters
  • Ink Bird ITC-308 Temperature Controller
  • Jebao DP-2 Dosing Pump
  • InTank Media Basket
  • InTank Fuge Basket (not in use)
  • LED Grow Light 3-Head Timing Lamp Plant Grow Light 36W (not in use)
  • Tunze Comline DOC Skimmer 9004
  • Tunze Osmolator Universal 3155 Auto Top Off
  • Vertex Titanium Grounding Pole
  • 2x 1/2" VCA Random Flow Generator
  • 2x IM Slip-Fit-Drop Adapter 19mm to 1/2" Loc-Line
  • ADJ PC-100 Power Center
  • Etekcity 10 Pack Extension Cables
  • 3x ClearMax 3 Prong Y Splitter Cable

Other Supplies

  • American Marine Pinpoint Salinity Monitor
  • Hanna Instruments Low Range Phosphate Checker HI713
  • Hanna Instruments Ultra Low Range Phosphorus Checker HI736
  • Hanna Instruments Calcium Checker
  • Hanna Instruments Alkalinity Checker (dKH)
  • Red Sea Marine Care Test Kit
  • Seneye Reef Monitor
  • BRS 4 Stage Value RO/DI System
  • BRS 2 Part Supplements
  • LiveAquaria Reef Salt Mix
  • Innovative Marine Gourmet Grazer
  • Aquarium Choice Coral Feeder, Long
  • Tunze Care Magnet, Long
  • Assorted buckets, jugs, tubing, gloves, etc.

Total Equipment Cost
$2,440

I feel I have done well here. Between Black Friday sales, used equipment and reward points I have accumulated $4,100 worth of equipment for $2,440, a savings of 40%. This figure includes the proceeds from selling the two slightly damaged tanks I received.

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Current Fish
Skyler the Midas Blenny
(Ecsenius midas, African)

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Pajama Cardinalfish Trio
(Sphaeramia nematoptera)
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Spotcinctus Clownfish
(Amphiprion bicinctus)
His name was Chewbacca, but everyone calls him Nemo, LOL.
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Picasso the Geometric Pygmy Hawk
(Plectranthias inermis)

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Current Coral

Acanthastrea
(Acanthastrea lordhowensis)
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Alveopora
(Alveopora sp.)

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Various Trumpets and Candy Canes
(Caulastrea echinulata, Caulastrea furcata)

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Duncan Coral
(Duncanopsammia axifuga)
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SPS Island
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Current CUC (Clean Up Crew)
  • 4 Trochus Snails
  • 4 Cerith Snails
  • 4 Large Turbo Snails
  • 4 Tiny Nerite Snails
  • A few tiny Bumble Bee Snail hitchhikers
  • 2 Dwarf Red Legged Hermit Crabs
  • 1 Dwarf Blue Legged Hermit Crab
  • Copepods
  • Amphipods
  • Ministars
  • Bristleworms
  • Spaghetti Worms
  • Sponges
  • Whatever else is hiding in the live rock
  • Me!

Current Rock

  • 24.5 lbs. Pacific live rock, House of Fins in CT
  • 3 lbs. assorted live rock
  • 5.5 lbs. AquaMaxx Tonga Shelf Rock
  • Assorted CaribSea Rubble Rock

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Past Friends (RIP)
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Ruby the Pink Streaked Wrasse
(Pseudocheilinops ataenia)

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Ruby was our first fish and her loss was tough. One day after 4 months she just vanished. No trace ever found.

Nemo the Clownfish
(Amphiprion ocellaris)

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Unsure what happened. He was fine and eating well the day before. His lips looked a little swollen, so maybe he was fighting with the Darwin ocellaris. No other signs of injury or disease were present
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Sharkbait the Darwin Clownfish
(Amphiprion ocellaris)

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Showed some stringy white poo one night and was dead in the morning. Seemed sluggish a few days before. It is possible something he carried in led to the demise of Nemo and Ruby above.
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Lucy and Ricky the Cleaner Shrimp
(Lysmata amboinensis)
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Lucy and Ricky died a few days apart two months into our setup. It was sad and we are still not certain the cause.

Pepper the Peppermint Shrimp
(Lysmata wurdemann)
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Then a few weeks later we lost Pepper. Still trying to determine what led to our shrimps' demise. That said, their deaths did coincide with the addition of the anemone and Pepper was pestering the anemone when it was introduced.

Hammer Coral
(Euphyllia paraancora)
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Did well for almost two months then disintegrated. Possibly dined on by the Peppermint Shrimp.

Neon Green Toadstool Leather (freebie coral)
(Sarcophyton sp.)
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Our first coral. Suffered some random abuse over time from snails and from me. Was crushed under a rock and did not recover.


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Coral Growth Pictures

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Current Coral Growth Posts
BC Battlejuice
Bonsai valida
Space Invader Millepora
FHC Fire Weed
Green Goblin Anacropora
CC Infection Montipora
Jedi Mind Trick Montipora
Twisted Sister
Bug Out Stylophora
Miyagi tortuoso
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Past Comparisons
Miyagi Tortuoso (left)
Space Invader Millepora (right)
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Bonsai Valida
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Bug Out Stylophora
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