Raege's 75 Gallon Adventure

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  1. Raege

    Raege Copper Band Butterfly Servant R2R Supporter Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello all, I've been out of circulation since underground filters were the way it was done. I've been catching up on the 1 or 2 changes ( lol holy moly a lot more than 1 or 2 things to catch up on) since last I was in the hobby for about a year. A lot of books, websites, and if course lurking here gave me the confidence to jump back in.

    So far not much to share or show except a newly cleaned tank and sump. I've picked up what was missing from this Craigslist find but still found I needed a new plumbing kit ( just ordered online) as local stores didn't have what I needed to complete last bulkhead connections.

    Rocks are getting a first soaking and once last items arrive mid next week will aquascape and start the cycle going. Looking forward to documenting this tank and sharing its progress with everyone.

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    Welcome to the Reef!
     
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    IMG_3259.JPG IMG_3261.JPG IMG_3260.JPG Did a little playing around with possible aquascapes. Give a shout out if you like one better than others or see any potential issues. Thanks for checking em out
     
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    3 for me. Very interesting shape. I may even separate that left structure a little. Pure opinion.
     
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    Got around to installing a 20 amp dedicated tank outlet and finally did a water test. The tank held fine so once New bulkheads and overflow parts get here tomorrow can start for real.
    Darkened the back of the tank today as well. My wife wasnt thrilled with paint option so I tried Gila privacy film. I was worried it wouldn't be dark enough but it doesn't look bad so far. One pic is with halides other darker pic just the actinctics

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    Not much to update with work getting in the way. RODI unit is running picked up the aquatics 4 stage to start with at LFS. I thought 100 gallons a day would be output in a workday but looks like 5-7 gal an hour plus needed to flush 30 gallons thru to clean preservatives from membrane.
    I may need a trip to Salt tank rehab. Keep looking at what I want to have equipment wise compared to what I got with tank to start up from Craigslist deal.
    Future want to upgrade sump get a apex controller and cpl canisters for carbon and pros. The wife wants the pretty lights with clouds storms and lunar cycles so Coralife fixture may not have much of a life span.

    Future thoughts gear not in priority order
    Skimz 36 sump Refugium
    Pair of Hydea Hd led lights
    Apex controller
    Cpl reactors in line
    Dosing pumps
    Auto top off

    Stocking my wife's been going thru the books and her thoughts seem to be changing turns out she is into Wrasses and coral choices seem to be leaning towards mushrooms. Good news is have quite a few weeks cycling to get some gear and finalize a timeline for addition.
    Hopefully have some pics in a week of a tank with water and rocks cooking away
     
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    IMG_3328.JPG IMG_3329.JPG Well the tank is cooking away first sea life casualty is rotting away. I went for 1 Jumbo Shrimp figure everything else that goes in is gonna cost so might as well go top shelf with the starter ;-)

    Turns out practicing the scape and taking photos rock by rock if em going together to recreate wasn't needed as we tweaked as it went into the tank. I never took into account the overflow so we shifted a bit.
    Water is still cloudy as I didn't put enough sand in for my bosses liking so dropped another bag but clear enough for general idea.
     
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    Well I couldn't help but test for ammonia to see how it's progressing. Results came back at
    Ammonia .75 mg per liter with ph at 8.6
    Nitrites. .5 mg per liter
    Awesome to see the numbers coming in as cycle progresses. It seems cycle is going rather quick. Perhaps a combination of the arag alive sand and Bio S from Aquaforest I used.
    Here's to making progress and knowing I didn't screw the pooch yet lol
     
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    Test 2 tank day 4
    Ammonia still .75
    Nitrites 2mg
    Nitrate 10mg
    For tank upgrade news looks like kids are pitching in to get me the skimz 36 sump. Current sump is about 10 gallons when set to reef devil skimmer height so going to approx 30 gallons with a refugium and auto top off tank is gonna be sweet!

    Test 3 tank day 5
    Ammonia .75 mg
    Nitrites 5 mg
    Nitrates 25 mg

    Test 4 day 6
    Ammonia .5 mg
    Nitrites 5.0 mg
    Nitrates 50 mg

    Test 5 day 7
    Ammonia 4 ppm
    Nitrites off the chart
    Nitrates 40

    Test 6 day 8
    Ammonia 3 ppm
    Nitrites off the chart
    Nitrates 100+
     
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    Got some new gear coming in mid next week.
    Skimz 36 sump courtesy of my sons and wife for Father's Day
    Ice cap ATO
    Finnex hpg 300 watt heater (swapping out couple lower watt in display for quarantine tank) as temp not as dialed in as I want having almost 2 degree swing 76-78
    Tunze 6500 waterproof led for refugium
    2 jebao PP8 wireless wavemaker with controllers
    After this settles in thinking on a couple reactors and wife is set on getting led lighting
    Will get some pics of sump once installed
     
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    Hi all, well got my delivery in. Unfortunately the skimz sump came in pretty much destroyed. The end reservoir and next wall in were kicked in and three cross braces were also snapped. Folks at Reef2land aren't thrilled with skimz as this is a usual issue. They are great with customer service and ordered me a new one and when I asked to just return and get a trigger sump instead they are trying to turn the new skimz sump around for me.
    As for the wavemaker the 2 Jebao SW8 are in the tank and really stirring it up!
    Ammonia has been zero for 3 days but nitrites are still sky high but coming down now so closing in on fish time getting into the DT
     
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    Nitrogen cycle seems stalled somewhat or numbers were so high it will take a few more to see the drop register on my test kit. Still have seen color spreading on the rocks so took a few pics of that and my jebao stirring the tank.

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    20% water change today. Nitrates are now in readable range nitrites still off the charts and ammonia holding at zero.
    Any temp best for the nitrogen cycle or salinity range? At 80 and 1.025 now.
     
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    That is exactly the temp and salinity I cycled my rocks at in the bucket. I note Randy H-F noted in the past that the Nitrate test can be affected by Nitrite. If you search you can find some examples, here is one:

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/high-nitrite-nitrate-what-now.390258/#post-4720994
     
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    Thanks Caveman didnt know that about nitrates being thrown off by nitrites. Was doubting my Sera test kit but lfs came up with same numbers.
    Hopefully the livesand and bio s additive i have been using since starting cycle will show an effect on nitrates soon
     
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    Caught a break with the cycle! New inhabitants feeling good. The yellow tang named blondie McGee must be part pig cause his food intake has been nuts. The fire fish named showboat loves being front and center of tank. Acclimation from QT to tank went better than I expected and they took to home right away stress free.
    Also finally closing in on skimmer tuning the etss reef devil gets good reviews but has been very touchy trying to get the foam right. Here's a cpl pics


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    IMG_3450.JPG IMG_3452.JPG Blondie and Showboat have been staying closer and closer together lately. No nipping or mean behavior just seem to enjoy swing against the currents together
     
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    Nice build, glad the fish are getting along.
     
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