Paul's return to the hobby

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WELCOME TO MY AQUARIUM BUILD!
Hi!
After a cross country move and some time getting settled in, I'm getting back into the hobby. Meaning more than my old quarantine tank that currently hosts my 6 yr old clown.
I've learned some lessons and have some goals that will be guiding me through this process. My previous tank was a hand-me down 150 gallon custom tank that was a beast. It was heavy and it was too tall. I couldn't reach the bottom. Not a great tank for corals. I tried and had some success. My new tank, I want it short enough that I don't need a step stool to work on to reach the bottom of the tank. A clean tank is a healthy tank, and anything that makes it easier (tank height) is a win for me.

My new tank I hope to have the following (this is a goal, I know this will take time)
Corals: acro's, monti's, and hammers. Likely have others, but those are my focus (for now).
Fish: Tang(either yellow or bristletooth), clownfish, Mandarin, Midas Blenny. Those are my must have's probably try others that fit that as well.



The Tank:
Based on wanting a short height and a tang, I've decided to go with a 125 gallon ~(72"x18"x23").
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The Stand:
I will be building a custom stand to fit my refugium. Again, will focus on ease of access yet still try to hide those components. This is the currently in process. Below is my design for the frame. Haven't worked out the trim on it yet, but it will be simple.
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Below the tank:
  • Refugium: Using my old one (don't recall brand)
  • Refugium Light: Still researching
  • Protein Skimmer: Currently have super reef octopus (RO-PS-2000Int)
  • Return pump: Still researching
  • Heaters: Likely get a hygger 500w heater (open to suggestions)
  • ATO: Currently have JBJ ATO.
  • Reef Controller: Still researching.
  • Dosing pumps for acros: Still researching.

The rocks: Have some dry marco reef saver rock that I will be using to aquascape.
The powerheads: Still researching.
The lights: Still researching (having a tough time with this, if you have success with acro's let me know ones that work!)
Test kits: Got a bunch, need to sort through which are expired and which are good.


Please!

Let me know if you have any constructive criticism, if you see anything that you think I've missed. Also any gear that you think should be swapped out or suggestions for lighting.
 
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Sad Christmas news. Went out of town right before Christmas. I had one of my older nephews assigned to watch it however, it seems that it was re-assigned to a younger nephew without my knowledge who has no business taking care of a reef tank. Somehow the power got shut off for about 16 hours. Lost all my fish(yellow tang, clown fish, midas blenny) including a clown fish I've had for 6 years.

My hammer corals survived the ordeal. My guess is that the dissolved oxygen dropped quickly with the falling temp.


After a few days pouting over my misfortune I'm coming back at it. I got a rasberry pi up and running. I've edited the source code for reef-pi so that it will send out a health check every 3 minutes to my server. If my server does not get a message within 6 minutes it will trigger a pagerduty alert and call me.

This should at least handle the scenario's where the power goes out on my tank. I ordered another rasberry-pi so that I can work on setting up a temperature monitor.


Here's my tank right now.

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Right now the only thing in there is 2 hammer corals. I am seeing an abundance of rather large amphipods. Their population is out of control right now and I may need to buy a fish to deal with them.


Also have 2 new tiny Amphiprion ocellaris in qt.
 

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Sorry to hear about your loss, but, the adventure is building up. :) ;)

Something else to think about is having a powerhead on a battery back up that will cause turbulence in the water surface.
 
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When it rains it pours..... Heater is acting up. Says 83 for a few minutes then says 78. Glass thermometer is reading 78. I have a replacement on the way. This will teach me from buying cheap hygger stuff on amazon.
 

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