Discussion in 'Member Tanks' started by P-Dub, Jan 30, 2018.
Thank you so much, @najer!
I really like your scape!!
Your set up is very organized. I still have some cord tidying to do and my tank has been running since January.
Thank you @Ento-Reefer!
Don't look at the spaghetti mess behind the tank! It looks good from the front but behind that wall... Just need some pesto...
Well, it's been a few months now and I suppose it is overdue for an update.
Everything has been going well sans a minor catastrophe with the skimmer going wild and me not having a cut-off switch installed on the collection container. I didn't have the blaring alarm connected to indicate a water leak as well. I was happily sleeping through the Apex tune it played downstairs and across the house. Needless to say, my heart was racing a bit when I heard that Apex tune as I was coming down the stairs. I had a little PTSD after that. Any tone I heard for the next week sent my heart racing. All that has been now taken care of. Switch on the skimmer reservoir container and additional blaring alarm sound installed.
I have caught a bunch of fish and placed in the tank. A juvenile yellow shoulder-bar tang, A juvenile convict tang, a juvenile cuvier's tang, A lyertail blue & yellow goby, a lawnmower blenny, an unidentified juvenile wrasse, a blue damsel, 2 green Chromis, two Cardinals - Ostorhinchus angustatus and a pennant fish. I Just captured the pennant fish last night at 1 am. He was pecking at the Acros and has taken a fondness for a particular variety. He has decimated four nice frags. He's going back home today.
I have numerous frags of all sorts. Acros, Montis, LPS a few leathers, a clam etc. Strange, the pennant fish has been out of the tank for less than 10 hours and already some of the SPS's are extending their polyps.
Did some rearranging as usual. Plumbed the air intake for my overflow and skimmer from outside to help stabilize and raise pH. Installed a UV sterilizer and a chiller and a backup return pump and upgraded my skimmer. I don't think that was necessary but what the heck. I'm not going to bother with tank photos as it shows too much blue and I'm not going to mess with the lights. I will get some shots and process them to what I see and share later when I have more time. All the parameters are relatively stable with the exception of my Alk being a bit on the high side. Just letting it slowly fall and will readjust to maintain between 7-8 dKH.
Backup return pump.
Chiller behind TV cabinet
Thank you very much for the laugh. I am not so thankful for the incredible jealousy I am feeling now over your fish and coral collection. Thank you for the update and I will keep following.
Hey @ZaneTer , good to hear from you! Photos in a few. Hope all is well.
I am good thanks, I had my GHL fail spectacularly and killed almost every coral I own.
I bought a controller and equipment from siemens. It cost the same as the GHL setup but I control all of it.
I am always looking forward to your updates. I will be doing a rebuild thread soon when I get home again. Full photos to follow. I am very excited to see how your tank progresses.
How was your Icelandic??? Holiday?
hugs on the issues!! Looking forward to some pics.
Iceland was awe-inspiring but brutally expensive.
Really very sorry about your GHL taking a turd on you.
Would love to hear how your new set-up is put together and programmed for alk control.
Thanks Susan. Issues will happen. Overall I am happy with the progress. I have to keep reminding myself that patience is key. The pennant fish swam away happily to the wild blue. Bonus, a blenny swam in the bucket upon release of the pennant. Can't make this stuff up.
That is so cool that you can collect your own fish !!!
Can’t wait to see more pics of the tank.
Yes, I am blessed. haven't seen the adventurous blenny since I first put him in the tank though. It's like poof, he's gone...
Well, I suppose I am due for another update. Photos of some ofthe corals I have. Sorry about the colors but I don't have the time for proper post-processing to bring the colors to what I actually see. Not tooooo far off but still not an accurate portrayal of what my eyes are seeing.
Well, it's been almost 5 months now and all is well. Phone photos are what I have now.
I have no issues with the tank and have made some small changes and upgrades of some equipment but other than that nothing new to report. There is a lot of encrusting of the corals and good color. Nothing has"taken off" so to speak but all are growing and coloring nicely for me.
Feel free to question anything and comment/criticize...
Looks great! A lot of good growth, but a few pieces really seemed to take off.
Looking very healthy, nice.
Thanks, NY_Caveman! Yeah, some are going off better than others. All are growing and encrusting. I have noticed that the ones that are coloring up or morphing colors are growing slower than others. A couple of the smaller pieces are really encrusting and morphing colors but just have not sprouted vertically.
Thank you, najer! I'm stoked that there have been zero problems... so far. Just wondering if/when that hammer drops. Trying to stay on top of things for prevention.
Is there a reason you know of for the stripped skeleton in pic 4?
I'm not seeing it. Could you point out what you mean?
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