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- Aug 6, 2019
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Sounds like a good time!Took my girl to Chicago this weekend. Saturday was sightseeing day to let her get to see a “real” big city. However we also spend 3 1/2 hours at Shedd aquarium. Including a “behind the scene” tour. Quite interesting to the a operation on that scale. Some nice Reef and Saltwater tanks too. But notice that quite a few tanks have aiptasia problems.
One of the tanks at the Sheed aquarium
Sunday we went to Aquashella, it was fun and extremely educational to me. However, it was also completely overwhelming. I knew I would not buy any corals, but walking out I was feeling disoriented by the array of corals and no idea what I would like or want to put in my tank. Will need to think about a strategy how to approach that.
However, picked up some Copepods and live phytoplankton from @AlgaeBarn to seed the tank for a good price.
Seeded the tank and added the first dose of phytoplankton.
Does it mean now I have to turn on the lights or can I continue to keep them off?
Nice. Where did you get the storage tanks?One thing I learned about myself is that I should make things as easy as possible on me in the long run for “simple” maintenance tasks. So that means tank automation for me as much as possible. My wishlist after watching
/reading ) a lot about tank automation (Thank you Mr. Saltwater Tank - for the awesome tank automation series):
First thing was building a saltwater mixing station. Looked at saltwater mixing station designs and probably copied the most used design in my garage. Also run RO/DI tubing for ATO, ATW from tank location and storage tanks, as well as from the RO/DI unit to the storage tanks. And as you can see although run an aquabus extension to a power bar and FMM module mounted over the storage tanks to control the pump and being able to add water level sensors to the storage tanks. So far I have installed to sensors high low for the RO/DI storage tank. Maybe in the future I will build a stand for it, but we have to wash out our garage after the winter with all the salt we bring in with the car, so probably shouldn’t be out of wood an aluminum stand would be great.
- Having a aquarium controller (I’m a confessing gear junky)
- Auto top off
- Water storage to have RO/DI for emergency water changes at hand
- Saltwater mixing station to support automated water change
Thank you! These are norwesco 65 gallon water vertical storage tanks. You can find a distributor close to you on norwesco home page (https://www.norwesco.com). Shipping on these thinks is equal to what you pay for them. I was lucky that the distributor I ordered from had a glitsch on the website that said shipping was free for the tanks. Got a bill doubling the price of the tanks in the mail called them up and they honored that the website said shipping was free at check out. However, maybe you lucky to find a farm supply store close to you that carry these. Tractor supply is one of them.Nice. Where did you get the storage tanks?