Livinlocal’s living ocean.

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  1. Livinlocal

    Livinlocal Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hi everybody ! After about 8 years of being in the hobby, I figured it’s about time I create a build thread documenting the life of my system so I have something to look back on. I am always reading everybody else’s build threads, but have not made one of my own. I will mainly use this to document pictures of my corals and fish, along with Sharing my experiences along the way. So here’s a little about my system.

    I have had the system for a long time, but recently moved to a new house, 4 months ago and had to move all of this equipment with me. Oh boy was that a lot of work haha. It is set up pretty much like how it was at my old house, with all of the plumbing going through the walls and having the sump/frag tank in the garage. It is/will be a SPS dominate mixed reef.


    Current setup, due to change as I upgrade or replace anything:

    180g display
    60g display refugium/frag tank (garage)
    50g sump (garage)
    2016 Apex (still hooking up)
    60” ATI T5 over the 180
    48” no name t5 over refugium/frag tank
    (2) MP40qdw
    (3) MP10qdw
    Water making station
    Reeflo gold return pump
    Reef Octopus skimmer
    Finnex 800w heater
    Ecoplus 1 1/2hp chiller
    Jbj ATO
    Precision Marine calcium reactor
    Nextreef carbon reactor
    16g quarantine setup


    I was able to find some of the pictures in my phone from when we first moved into our new house, so I hope you enjoy the transition to where it is at now.

    Here she is in her final resting position. Lots of Cleaning to come...
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    Here is a quick photo I snapped after plumbing everything to the main display. In this photo I was filling the system up with tapwater and lots and lots of vinegar for the deep cleaning.
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    So after I did a deep clean on everything, I was able to fill it with salt water and hook the chiller up. As you can see, this chiller is a beast! My next challenge was deciding how to mount my chiller so I could hook up my Frag tank.
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    Well luckily I have friends in the HVAC industry, and was able to score this mini split wall bracket for $40 using my friends company discount. Next was the frag tank!
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    And here is the refugium/frag tank ! This was before I switched to the t5 over the refugium/frag tank. This is when I was using a 175w MH.

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    And here is a FTS that I took just a couple days ago!

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    If anyone has any questions, let me know! I’m always more than willing to answer whatever I can. Stay tuned for a bunch of macro pictures !!!!

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    Congrats on the upgrade. :)

    That Toadstool is really fantastic, a great center piece. Is it going in the new tank?
     
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    That picture you are referring to, is actually my set up right now after setting the tank back up. I don’t think I’ll ever part with it, it’s about 12 years old now
     
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    And thank you, it’s the same exact system we had at the old house, so not much has really changed except for its location. We really wanted to go with a 300 gallon display, but we were limited on the time to get everything out of our old house so we just transfer the same 180.
     
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    beautiful mixed reef!

    what is this if I may ask? what do you dose?
     
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    Thank you!!

    I just use a calcium reactor and Instant Ocean salt with weekly water changes. I don’t dose anything.

    Although this reminds me that I did buy a bottle of aquavitro Fuel, but havnt tried it yet.
     
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    wow very nice. my pic did not show. what is under the toadstool to the left while looking at the tank? Gorgonia?

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    Yes that is a massive gorgonian that needs a bit of trimming haha
     
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    amazing. in 8 years. 2 weeks has been the longest I have kept one.
     
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    They seem to definitely demand a lot of flow and food. My tank gets fed twice a day. Pellets with reef roids and reef frenzy
     
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    7BBB92EE-C22F-430D-8717-717BF688E33A.jpeg 97F9B036-0E42-4763-8F07-4101A69AA54F.jpeg Whoa one of my sps is spawning right now but It won’t let me upload the video
     
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    Here are a couple more pictures of the eggs

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    i Guess this is why they are called clowns haha, such goofballs

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    Very impressive.
     
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    Thank you!!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    Much appreciated !
     
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