Ready, Set...Reef. Changing from FOWLR to Reef

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  1. Dwight

    Dwight New Member

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    Hello Board,

    Just joined the board in my quest for more information, resources, fellowship and, hopefully, a little empathy :(. Information and resources because I learned the HARD way with my fowlr tank that ignorance and impatience is COSTLY, aggravating, discouraging and cruel to marine life and COSTLY. Did I mention that it's COSTLY

    So..armed with a truck load of trial and error and a little information..I'm moving from the 150 gal fowlr that I started 2 years ago





    To a fish and reef tank (currently being run fallow)



    Is this where I tell you a little about the system?

    It's 150 gal glass aquarium w a 40 gal wet/dry, Reef Octopus Classic 150 EXT skimmer (probably shoulda gone bigger), Aqua Euro Max 1/4 HP chiller, ATI 60" Sunpower light fixtrue, Jebao dosing pump and slave, Nitrate/GFO reactor, a UV sterilizer, Tunze 6065 Power Heads x 2, a bunch of live rock and sand


    Hoping to get some Coraline algae going - I went to my lfs and took some scrapings and, as you can see, nothing yet.


    Might be the huge water changes I did after running starting fallow and trying to get my nitrates and phosphates under control. They were always at sewage treatment plant levels. I think I figured it out though. Took the 16" eel and the puffer back to the lfs, turned and vacuumed the sand bed and moved the LR while doing it, got rid of the bio-balls,


    and a salt water mixing station in the basement that's piped up to the tank room.

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    I look forward to the journey and will update regularly.

    Thanks for checking in.

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  2. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Welcome to R2R Dwight and thanks for the details....looks like a great re-start.
     
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