Matty’s Peninsula

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Well, changing out hobbies again and it’s the slow season for lawn service right now so decided to jump back into reefing. I Found a killer deal in FB marketplace I couldn’t refuse.

Got all the equipment plus brand new 660 wave maker and extra caddy basket and additives I’m not going to list for $450 over about 45mins away. It came with a 3-4” red carpet, fire and cleaner shrimp, few rock flowers, and green hairy shroom.

My first problem was the tank had some algae on the rocks so decided to sell the livestock to a buddy for $175 and acid wash all the rock to start over. Buddy had a 40lbs bag of ocean direct Caribbean live sand I traded a refractormeter for so I didn’t have to clean the sand I could just toss it.

Tank location was already set on looking up or finding a few amazing peninsula tanks on NR I wanted to copy. Ever since we bought the house I wanted a peninsula right inside the front door on the right side and next to the dining room table and living room. With that being said I needed to get a flat area the was level so off to Home Depot for a sheet of pine wood. Got that stain and needing to put a polyurethane on it today. Hopefully that’s be ready for tomorrow where I can level it out and screw it down so I can get the cycle going. I’m sure I’m forgetting something I’ll add later on.

Equipment:
Tank: Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 20 Peninsula
Lighting: AI Hydra 26HD
Heater: Cobalt Neo-therm 75w
Media: Not quite sure which yet.
Return: Mighty jet 326gph
Wave Pumps: Current USA eFlux wave kit
ATO: hydrofill with 5g hydrofill container
Skimmer: don’t plan on running one.
Doser: manually for now.

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First coat of polyurethane has been applied now waiting till I can do another later today. Played around with the rocks and think I’ve found this the winner. Should be plenty of room and caves for the fish and plenty of real estate for coral placement. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to place the board where it’ll rest level it and then screw it in and fill the tank with sand and rock till my bag of salt gets here. Few pics along the way.
 

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Well, got the base board all coated with 3 thick coats of polyurethane but when I brought it in to level the board the wife pointed out a white hazy on the board. I tried to put some wood polisher on the board and it wasn’t coming out so back outside to try and put another coat on and start over. ‍♂️♂️♂️
Hopefully today I’ll get it corrected and I’ll be able to throw the sand and rock inside. Got the call my salt cane in yesterday so I’ll grab it from the LFS. Should be able to clean the equipment and figure out where to put everything.
 

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Was able to set the tank up top after the finally coat of polyurethane to get an idea of what it’ll look like.
 

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Finally got sand in the tank yesterday. Hooked up the hydra led to my WiFi. Don’t think they really could have made that any easier. Basically join hydra WiFi and then go on the myAI app and click the hydra and boom you’re done.
started mixing up my fritz pro salt and After mixing up about 20g I was loving the salt. Only took about 20-30mins to become clear and was quite easy measuring as well. Just over 2 cups for a 5g bucket. That’s going to make water changes so easy.
water level none 5g, 10g, and 15g. Probably only took about 17g to fill the tank up.

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Probably the easiest way of cycling a tank and takes about 2 weeks. I’ve been doing this for quite some time and I’ve never had a problem doing it. Cap full of Janitorial strength ammonia and then I drop 2 drops of AF bio s for the first 4-5 days then 1 drop after that.
 

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