Sabella's 450L mixed reef build thread

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  1. Sabellafella

    Sabellafella Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello all, sorry it took a little while to get a build thread but its finally here!! Ill tell you a little bit about myself before i get started. I came into the hobby when i was 11 as i started on saltwater (20long)with 99% of the help from my older cousin. Got The grip on it and was ready to start a large mixed reef when i was 16, got a 90gallon with 2 oldschool ehiem canister filters(that i still have by the way) for free so who wouldnt? At the time i kept regular softys and lps along with angels. Around 2010 bought a nonrimless elos 200 and started to keep sps. Through ups and downs with my father passing came hurricane sandy that took everything from me - i mean everything but my friends and family. By the time i sold everything off, i then again started an old biocube29 in 2014 and ben back being active in the reefing community.


    Tank - Red sea reefer450. 59" 22" 20"
    Lights- Ati 48inch dimmable 6bulb with 2 reefbrite actinicblues... Fixture 11" off waterline
    Bulb combo - 4blue plus, 1 purpleplus, 1 coralplus
    Return - jecod dct12000
    Flow - 1 maxspect gyre fx150 1 jebao rw15
    Heaters - 2 ehiem 300s
    Skimmer- vertex omega 150
    Reactors - 2 vertex rx 2.5 media
    Controller - apex gold
    Dosing - apex dos
    Sand - carib sea fiji 80 pounds
    Rock - real reef and caribsea liferock 140 pounds, also have marinepure brick and spheres


    I do use socks but mesh quick rinse and their good to go. Also stuff floss in bubbletrap from time to time. I do 20 gallon waterchanges every sunday. Ive switched back to regular IO as before i used esv and redsea but have had some trouble with them. I use a cup of vertex r0x carbon, dose potassium chloride/sulfate and esv bionic 2 part. I test alk everyday after adding new corals untill i feel my dosings tuned in and test everything else twice a week Thats it, along with feeding the best fishfoods i try getting my hands.

    Parameters as followed

    Sg - 34.2
    Ph - 8.10 in morning 8.30 at the peak of the day
    Temp - apex holds 78 steady
    Alk - 170ppm as most petstores keep it around there so if i add sps they dont get shocked much
    Calc - 440-480
    Mag - 1300 - 1400
    N03 - 5 to 25 i dont do the whole refugium uln thing
    P04 - for the last 3 months was having issues with it being 0ppb and 0 reading on everything else but have finally got it steady at 0.03
    K - 390 salifert test kit

    This thread will be photo heavy as i like to track growth, still learning how to use a dslr -currently using nikon d3300 with stock lense. Any questions feel free to ask, also any suggestions please feel free to let me kno as im always trying to figure out something new enjoy!!

    Members, sorry for all the pages! If you want up to date, start from the last few pages thank you!
     
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    Sabellafella Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    20150829_135223.jpg This is when i first picked it up, hadda take this bad boy over the verrazano bridge lol
     
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    20150901_172135.jpg First setting up, took 3 days for my unit to fill, epoxyd and glued some structure before i put in, kept a few pieces loose god forbid i have to take it out
     
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    20151113_153802.jpg 20150917_210216.jpg 20150729_120803.jpg 20151105_145240.jpg 20151213_124944.jpg 20160313_195400.jpgOnce cycled after 2 months started to transfer a few things from my biocube and turned the cube into an incoming frag qt tank lol
     
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    About time man!!! It looks awesome! Best 6 bulb combo in my opinion. Can't wait to see more.
     
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    20151128_122427.jpg 20151127_150255-1.jpg 20160223_183126.jpg 20160223_183219.jpg 20160223_183134.jpg Couple little gems growingout
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    Following, will also be setting up a Redsea tank (hopefully soon).
     
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    Oh snap, this is highly requested and long awaited thread. I vote they make this a stickie!
     
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    20160223_183008.jpg 20160313_195705.jpg 20160313_195619.jpg 20160313_195347.jpg This is my tank as of right this second, GOT SOME REEFBRITE after hours photos comming up shortly
     
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    Thanks everyone, yes kshweer bulb combo is the best combo for growth on sps imo, when i was a chalice freak i ran 7 blue+ and 1 purple... my bulb change comes up soon so i might switch one out for a coral plus as i like the white look
     
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    Sabellafella Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    I have a nikkon d3300 that i took some pics with but never uploaded a photo in my life, hopefully soon i can get the hang of it. I need help using one so please help n bare with me
     
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    Sabellafella Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    Took me madd long man, also tanks still a baby(8 months), it was my first time tryin to like vision the tank and take my aquascape serious instead of a pile of rocks with me rushing everything
     
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    All good bro, looks good. You know me well enough to know im just messin with ya..
     
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    Sabellafella Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor

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    Lol i kno, just gotta demolish the bubble algae completely somehow. My tangs cant keep up with it
     
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    I take rocks out, remove algae, pour 3% peroxide over rock then rinse with rodi IF you can
     
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    Thats basically what i do on a weekly basis, none of my hermits or snails eat it and i was going to try getting an emerald crab but i feel its going to gwt murdered the second he goes in their
     
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