Kipp's Coral's

Kipp's Corals

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 15, 2022
Messages
235
Reaction score
1,296
Location
Kinderhook
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I am a 28 year old paramedic. I have about 10 years on the job. I have a difficult time with coping with my daily stresses and finally jumped into the hobby of marine fish & reef keeping. I have had freshwater tanks in the past, intermittently. Since day 1; I have found that building my tank & learning about marine life has decreased some of that stress, although it has already caused some new stress, its good different kind of stress.

My love for water, started in my early 20's. I went to the ocean for the first time as an executive functioning adult and really started to observe what the ocean was showing me at the time, new type of fish, invertebrates, corals, alien like creatures, ya know the normal things. So, I booked a snorkeling trip and the tour guide showed us the devastation of the reefs bleaching between early 2000's to current time. He showed up comparison photographs and it was heart breaking. After that trip, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into learning about the ocean and went and got my advanced open water scuba diving certification. I have been diving in a couple different countries including the United States Key West ; World WWII, Vandenburg 100ft dive & A Coral Reef Tour. I have also dove in Mexico, Punta Cana, and Jamaica. I have participated in Walt Disney worlds EPCOT dive opportunity as well, which I highly recommend.

I purchased a 60G aquarium about a year ago and started my research and QUICKLY realized that I have a lot to learn. I have done well on being patient and waiting put up the tank and now that day has come that I think I am, somewhat financially ready and have enough education to start my process. Throughout the year I have purchased both new and used equipment.

Follow me on my journey. I will be showing both successes & failures. I will try to post everything that I do. Even if I end up making a mistake. I will document it here :) I look forward to chatting with all of you. Forgive me if I made this under the wrong forum tab :'P

Special thanks to " REEF SHOWCASE - 00W AIO Smorgasbord" ; @00W, @Katrina71, @Reef Devils, @tbrown @fishguy242 @ESABOE and many others for getting me to this point.
below is my aquarium profile, I will update things as I go along under my original post as well as updating the forum when I purchase anything.


Aquarium Profile and Equipment - I included my prices with some estimates for a realistic expectation for the fellow new hobbyist following along.​


What type of saltwater aquarium is this? Will start out as LPS / softie then will upgrade to SPS
Total Water Volume: About 70 Gallons ($200.00, FB MARKETPLACE )
Aquarium Age: tank was filled on 03/13/2024
Aquarium Material: Glass
Aquarium Length: 36''
Aquarium Width 18''
Aquarium Height: 25''
Aquarium Overflow: Eshopps PF-800 ($90.00 EBAY)
Aquarium Sump: ADV-100 3rd Generation ($125.00, FB MARKETPLACE)
Sump Water Volume: 20G
Aquarium Stand Wood
Aquarium Controller: None
Protein Skimmer: Reef Octopus SS-110 ($100.00, fb marketplace)
Aquarium Reactors: Dual Reactor purchased but not running yet (PRN) ($50.00 fb marketplace)
Return Pump: amazon brand, POPOSOAP 1600GPH, 45W ; ($74.99) bought a redundancy pump recently and will install when this pump starts to act up, jerboa DCP 3500 sine wave pump 3500 ($64.99)
Wavemaker/Powerheads: Current Wave makers x 2, (1) 1600GPH, (1) 2500GPH <-- flow is too strong for current sand, have to add more and reduce flow strength (I paid $200.00 for a bunch of random things so this one was hard to price)
Lighting Equipment List: Basic Marineland top light ($ included with tank) , will upgrade when introducing corals.
Heaters: AquaMiracle aquarium heater 500W ($39.99x3 = 119.97) will buy redundancy heater, the extras are for QT tank and Mixing station)
Water temperature: Currently it's at 74 degrees, might increase need to do more research.
RODI SYSTEM: BRS 4 STAGE VALUE PLUS: $200.00
RODI BOOSTER KIT: YES, Aquatech 8800 ($100.00, dig deep for a better price then average posted $120-$150.00, found on eBay on like page 8 for the price I paid)
MIXING STATION: Yes, DIY collapsible (2) 26G water storage bins ($81.00/each or 162.00 for both, AMAZON, (honestly, just use a brute I tried to get two fancy with this lol)
MIXING STATION CIRCULATION PUMP: CANT REMEMBER MODEL, WILL UPDATE SORRY :( (around $100.00)
Livestock Quarantine Tank: will be performing a 2 - 3 week observation, if signs of sickness will begin QT procedure (will be posted)
Auto Feeder: N/A
Hard plumbed or soft plumbed:
(breaking down for those who don't know how to plumb yet lol) Hard plumbed 1 inch PVC (RED SCHEDULE 80) Pump - Female thread - PVC - union - pvc to 45degree - PVC - 45degree - PVC - Ball valve - PVC - 90 - PVC - check valve - PVC - union - PVC - union (to remove return from tank easier I put two unions in), 90degree - 90 degree to sit into tank as return, will add mesh and rubber band to secure and protect fish from entering return) (Plumbing PVC and fittings costs: this gets hairy cause im not a plumber and had to run back and forth to the hardware store, ill estimate my costs to be between $100.00 - $200 or so for the fancy PVC through BRS, much cheaper going with white but depends on your budget, also the schedule 80 ball valve's and unions add up quickly but are ESSENTIAL for maintenance, this does include DIY mixing station, that plumbing was cheap)

Aquarium Water Chemistry and Parameters

3/13/2024 - START
pH Level:
needs to be tested
Specific Gravity 1.025 / 35ppt
Nitrate or NO319: needs to be tested
Phosphate or PO: 0.25
Calcium: needs to be tested
Alkalinity: needs to be tested
Magnesium: needs to be tested
Salt Brand: Coral Pro Salt Mix 200 Gallon Sack - RedSea ($84.99)

Aquarium Natural and Mechanical Filtration

Substrate: 20 lb. Special Grade Arag-Alive! Reef Sand - CaribSea ($24.32x2=$48.64, Bulk reef supply )
Substrate Level: 1 inch, want to add more (+1 inch) before adding fish (have 2 bags of expired live sand that I will rinse out and place (additional $50.00 1 year ago)
Live Rock: bought: 90lbs of dry rock, paid ($90.00+shipping)
Nutrient Export: Protein Skimmer, Refugium (not purchased yet)
Carbon: No
Ceramic rings:
yes
Bio balls: yes
Water Changes: Yes
Water Change Details: 10% every Monday or 5 gallons
Top off: 62oz every 2 days RODI into sump return, marked.

Aquarium Tank Inhabitants (fish, coral, invert etc.)

Fish List: Cycling
Total Fish: 0
Coral List: NONE ESTABLISHING
Total Corals: 0

Total Inverts 0
Livestock detail: to be updated
Livestock Quarantine: none currently

Aquarium Nutrition (fish, coral, invert etc. feeding)

Fish Feeding Frequency: to be updated
Coral Feeding Frequency: to be updated
Fish and Coral Feeding: to be updated

OTHER EQUIPMENT PURCHASED MOSTLY ON IMPULSE BUT IN INVENTORY

DR. FRITZ - COPPER TREATMENT = ($7.99 Petco)
DR. TIMS WASTE AWAY= ($14.00)
QT TANK 20G = (27.50 PETCO SALE 1/2 OFF)
QT FILTER = MarineLand Penguin 200 Power Filter, 200GPH (28.00 AMAZON)
SPARE RODI PARTS, SPARE WAVEMAKER COVERS (included in the $200.00 buy)
HANNA COPPER: ($45.00 EBAY)
HANNA ALK: ($50.00 EBAY)
HANNA CALCIUM: ($50.00 NEEDS NEW REAGENT)
WATER CHANGE SIPHON = ($17.99 LFS)
(2) circulation pumps for easy water changes ($45.00 AMAZON)
API QUICK START 16oz : (13.00 PETCO)
API REEF MASTER TEST KIT = ($34.99 AMAZON)




TOTAL ROUGH COSTS TO DATE: $2,309.00

IMG_3192.JPG
tempImage4RtV1H.jpg
tempImageAszpJ2.png
tempImage6JoxYj.png
tempImagedMSMmo.png
tempImageKCSmpV.png
tempImagejgwmW2.png
tempImageenU9ho.png
tempImagepWpTk5.png


() tempImage5yEdUr.png
 
Last edited:

00W

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
5,277
Reaction score
36,697
Location
Sandpoint
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I am a 28 year old paramedic. I have about 10 years on the job. I have a difficult time with coping with my daily stresses and finally jumped into the hobby of marine fish & reef keeping. I have had freshwater tanks in the past, intermittently. Since day 1; I have found that building my tank & learning about marine life has decreased some of that stress, although it has already caused some new stress, its good different kind of stress.

My love for water, started in my early 20's. I went to the ocean for the first time as an executive functioning adult and really started to observe what the ocean was showing me at the time, new type of fish, invertebrates, corals, alien like creatures, ya know the normal things. So, I booked a snorkeling trip and the tour guide showed us the devastation of the reefs bleaching between early 2000's to current time. He showed up comparison photographs and it was heart breaking. After that trip, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into learning about the ocean and went and got my advanced open water scuba diving certification. I have been diving in a couple different countries including the United States Key West ; World WWII, Vandenburg 100ft dive () & A Coral Reef Tour. I have also dove in Mexico, Punta Cana, and Jamaica. I have participated in Walt Disney worlds EPCOT dive opportunity as well, which I highly recommend.

I purchased a 60G aquarium about a year ago and started my research and QUICKLY realized that I have a lot to learn. I have done well on being patient and waiting put up the tank and now that day has come that I think I am, somewhat financially ready and have enough education to start my process. Throughout the year I have purchased both new and used equipment.

Follow me on my journey. I will be showing both successes & failures. I will try to post everything that I do. Even if I end up making a mistake. I will document it here :) I look forward to chatting with all of you. Forgive me if I made this under the wrong forum tab :'P

Special thanks to " REEF SHOWCASE - 00W AIO Smorgasbord" ; @00W, @Katrina71, @Reef Devils, @tbrown @fishguy242 @ESABOE and many others for getting me to this point.

IMG_3192.JPG

We'll be with you all the way. :smiling-face-with-smiling-eyes:
 

00W

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
5,277
Reaction score
36,697
Location
Sandpoint
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Going to become a paid member when I get paid again, I think thats when I start earning my Eagle Scout badges.
Having a few issues with some badges around here ;):face-with-spiral-eyes: but we'll see what we can do. ;):upside-down-face:
 

00W

5000 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 1, 2021
Messages
5,277
Reaction score
36,697
Location
Sandpoint
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I am a 28 year old paramedic. I have about 10 years on the job. I have a difficult time with coping with my daily stresses and finally jumped into the hobby of marine fish & reef keeping. I have had freshwater tanks in the past, intermittently. Since day 1; I have found that building my tank & learning about marine life has decreased some of that stress, although it has already caused some new stress, its good different kind of stress.

My love for water, started in my early 20's. I went to the ocean for the first time as an executive functioning adult and really started to observe what the ocean was showing me at the time, new type of fish, invertebrates, corals, alien like creatures, ya know the normal things. So, I booked a snorkeling trip and the tour guide showed us the devastation of the reefs bleaching between early 2000's to current time. He showed up comparison photographs and it was heart breaking. After that trip, I knew I wanted to dive deeper into learning about the ocean and went and got my advanced open water scuba diving certification. I have been diving in a couple different countries including the United States Key West ; World WWII, Vandenburg 100ft dive () & A Coral Reef Tour. I have also dove in Mexico, Punta Cana, and Jamaica. I have participated in Walt Disney worlds EPCOT dive opportunity as well, which I highly recommend.

I purchased a 60G aquarium about a year ago and started my research and QUICKLY realized that I have a lot to learn. I have done well on being patient and waiting put up the tank and now that day has come that I think I am, somewhat financially ready and have enough education to start my process. Throughout the year I have purchased both new and used equipment.

Follow me on my journey. I will be showing both successes & failures. I will try to post everything that I do. Even if I end up making a mistake. I will document it here :) I look forward to chatting with all of you. Forgive me if I made this under the wrong forum tab :'P

Special thanks to " REEF SHOWCASE - 00W AIO Smorgasbord" ; @00W, @Katrina71, @Reef Devils, @tbrown @fishguy242 @ESABOE and many others for getting me to this point.

IMG_3192.JPG

Very nice to finally meet you by the way :smiling-face-with-smiling-eyes:
Double props to you and others for what you do.
 

steveschuerger

I love Gonis and Euphyllia. Maybe too much
View Badges
Joined
Dec 11, 2021
Messages
16,057
Reaction score
37,872
Location
Newton
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
A nice start. And I totally agree with the sentiment about removing one type stress for another(sometimes). But the rewards are definitely tangible . I work as a counselor in a psych hospital so I get it, if only a bit. My tank when it’s happy definitely reduces the stress. I noticed the people you tagged/mentioned, several are good R2R friends and have helped me. If you have any questions I’m available as well. And enjoy the journey and welcome to the R2R community!
 

AlyciaMarie

Where's my anemone?
View Badges
Joined
Feb 12, 2024
Messages
323
Reaction score
922
Location
Georgia, USA
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I worked as an nurse in the emergency department for a period of time, and paramedics saved my tail on many occasions. I was always so thankful for their help. Thank you for your service to your community and hope you're finding a happy get away here in our R2R community! Following!
 
OP
OP
Kipp's Corals

Kipp's Corals

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 15, 2022
Messages
235
Reaction score
1,296
Location
Kinderhook
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
I worked as an nurse in the emergency department for a period of time, and paramedics saved my tail on many occasions. I was always so thankful for their help. Thank you for your service to your community and hope you're finding a happy get away here in our R2R community! Following!
We have a pretty good relationship with our local hospitals. I run critical care out of the ED at times too so I get respected but it’s not always the case. Especially with the newer generation nurses who don’t realize we stabilize a lot before they get there! Nothing but love to my nurses :)
 

kevgib67

7500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 16, 2022
Messages
9,866
Reaction score
47,706
Location
Canfield, Ohio
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
Looks like you are on your way, great job. Your first name isn’t Jason is it? If so, before becoming a paramedic did you play Second base for the Cleveland Indians? I have your jersey would love for you to find the time to sign it! Happy reefing!
 
OP
OP
Kipp's Corals

Kipp's Corals

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 15, 2022
Messages
235
Reaction score
1,296
Location
Kinderhook
Rating - 0%
0   0   0
A nice start. And I totally agree with the sentiment about removing one type stress for another(sometimes). But the rewards are definitely tangible . I work as a counselor in a psych hospital so I get it, if only a bit. My tank when it’s happy definitely reduces the stress. I noticed the people you tagged/mentioned, several are good R2R friends and have helped me. If you have any questions I’m available as well. And enjoy the journey and welcome to the R2R community!
Thanks Steve :) they have been a huge help! they keep my patience in check lol
 

Making aqua concoctions: Have you ever tried the Reef Moonshiner Method?

  • I currently use the moonshiner method.

    Votes: 48 21.1%
  • I don’t currently use the moonshiner method, but I have in the past.

    Votes: 4 1.8%
  • I have not used the moonshiner method.

    Votes: 164 72.2%
  • Other.

    Votes: 11 4.8%
Back
Top