Joe's Farm and Display Build Thread

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  1. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Howdy everyone. We have quietly been working on a cool new system and are finally at a point where we feel comfortable sharing some of the info and pics on it. Of course our local customers have been watching this come together for the past 6 or 7 months, but most of them haven't seen the "farm" portion of this build. I will do my best to update this periodically and include new stock etc.

    I would like to thank @jfox and the @WWC team for turning me on to the tank builder for this system. The tank was built by a custom builder out of Miami, FL and they are also responsible for building the farm and infamous display tanks of Jason and WWC. After having seen the craftsman ship and quality, I knew who to turn to...

    Also a big thanks to @Jay OR and a few others for being master plumbers!

    Ok, on to the good stuff!

    SYSTEM DETAILS

    Total System Volume: ~800gal
    Display Tank Volume: ~265gal
    Display Dimensions: 84x27x27 - we would have gone larger but that would have required a new door - glass is 1/2" sides with 3/4" bottom - starphire front panel - external "ghost style" overflow
    Farm Vats Volume: 180gal each (2 x vats)
    Farm Vat Dimensions: 96x36x12
    Refugium: 70gal - remote - rubbermaid industrial container
    Sump: 150gal - rubbermaid industrial container
    Skimmer: Octopus Regal 300-INT
    Calcium Reactor: Octopus VarioS CR220
    Lighting Display Tank: 3 x Radion XR30 G4 (will add T5 shortly)
    Lighting Farm Vats: Radion XR30 G1 (zoas), T5 & Reefbrite (LPS & SPS), Reefbreeders V2 (Acros)
    Temperature Conrtrol: Finnex 800w Titanium x 2
    Flow: MP40s & MP60s
    Return Pumps: Ecotech Vectra L1 x 2
    Live Rock: ~300# Haitian Rock - dried out, pressure washed, and recured

    CURRENT FISH & INVERT LIST:

    Purple Tang x 3
    Yellow Tang x 3
    Chevron Tang
    Tomini Tang
    Borbonius Anthia
    Longfin Clown Pair
    Flame Fairy Wrasse Pair
    Pintail Fairy Wrasse Super Male
    Lyretail Anthias x 12
    Large Reef Chromis x 12
    Kole Tang x 2 (1 in each vat)
    Melanurus Wrasse x 2 (1 in each vat)
    Sapphire Damsels x 6 (3 in each vat)
    Turbo Snails x 75 (~25 in each tank/vat)
    Astrea Snails x 120 (~40 in each tank/vat)
    "Ninja Star" Snails x 20 (display tank only)
    Red Leg Hermits x 200 (~70 in each tank/vat)

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    The tank is plumbed through the wall into the room behind it...this will be our new farm area

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    70 gallon remote refugium

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    Sump, plumbing, farm vats yada yada yada

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    More coming!
     
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  2. Dave Jackson

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    so that's what's behind the silky black rope
     
  3. Joe Knows Reefs

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    For the rock, I decided to go with Haitian rock. It is my personal favorite and although it is fairly popular in the southeast, it is not widely seen in other areas of the US. I like the shapes, curves and shelving ability of it. We started with around 450 pounds and I picked out about 300 pounds from it. Sadly pictures don't do the aquascape much justice. There is so much depth with this stuff! My good friend @Jay OR was kind enough to pressure wash each and every piece in order to get rid of undesirables and any remaining death on the surface. The rock was stacked and then cured in the tank before we finished plumbing the system. It took about 3 weeks to cycle out, even with some Fritz Aquatics FritzZyme 9 in it. I got a little heavy handed with the ammonium chloride when dosing :)

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  4. Salty1962

    Salty1962 Wrasse and SPS Lover R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    That's going to be awesome Joe!
     
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    Very cool!
     
  6. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    As I mentioned before, @Jay OR decided to step up his plumbing game for this project. He built a few nice manifolds and plumbed everything up in a nice way.

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    And the time to fill 'er up finally came on February 17th, 2017. This was just for cycling the rock though

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  7. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Around the second week in March the rock was done cycling. Nitrates were around 100 so a major water change was definitely in order. Thanks to our Lamborghini RODI unit, we pumped out enough water in 48 hours to do pretty much a 100% water change and to get most of the system filled. This was on March 17, 2017. The OFFICIAL first day of this system.

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    We experienced very little in regards to diatoms, "new tank syndrome", algaes etc. In fact we didn't see ANYthing for almost 3 weeks before we started to get a minor green film. The system has since stabilized and is already growing corals at a fast pace!

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    All of our corals are run through an extensive inspection and quarantine process. They run through a separate vat in a separate room.

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  8. Joe Knows Reefs

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    That's about it for now. As time goes on I'll continue to update the thread with pictures of new stock, mother colonies and growth photos. The system has been running for almost 4 months now and is trucking right along. Please feel free to post any questions, comments, or constructive criticisms :)
     
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    Awesome looking build! You got to give us some close up shots of them corals!
     
  10. Maritimer

    Maritimer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader CTARS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    That looks like it's going to be an amazing display!!

    ~Bruce
     
  11. ReeferMaddness843

    ReeferMaddness843 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    That tank is a beast! Looks even more amazing in person. Congratulations!
     
  12. sureal00

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    Did you happened to get Haitian rock from a online vendor? Ive been looking to purchase some


     
  13. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    We buy in bulk from a distributor in FL. Your best chance is probably contacting someone down there. I would bet someone at Top Shelf could probably help you.
     
  14. FFJB

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    I must say that every time I go into the store, this tank looks better and better. This tank is going to make the last DT look like a beginner tank. The WD growing in this tank is a nice chunky piece.
     
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    This is an awesome build.
     
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    The display tank is filling up fast with some hot cotals...
     
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    Who built your tank? you didn't say in the description
     
  18. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Exotic Aquariums in Miami
     
  19. Sealion

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    Great looking system. I like when people take time to make the behind the scenes areas look good.
     
  20. Joe Knows Reefs

    Joe Knows Reefs Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here are some pics of a few pieces we have growing in the display tank...

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