SCA 120 Gallon PNP Build

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  1. ash9965

    ash9965 Well-Known Member

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    CJ Great so far . Quick Question on the Pond Matrix for a tank that is up and running how often would you remove the pond matrix and replace with new pond matrix or would you just leave it in permanently cleaning at certain time intervals ??? Thanks
     

  2. Water Dog

    Water Dog Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Do you plan on turning on the ATS during the cycle? I'm curious as to how well the Rain2 will perform.
     
  3. CJs Aquariums

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    Matrix last forever... I just keep detritus from building up... actually will be adding another bucket for a 1-2" depth covering my entire refugium..
     
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    Yes it's Been runnjng since day 1... I'll cover progress as it grows... don't expect much until I actually start adding nutrients to the tank
     
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    Water Dog Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    I'm thinking that you should get some decent growth from curing the Pukani in your DT. We'll see... thanks for the updates!
     
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    AlexG Well-Known Member Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    I am jealous because I don't have water in my system yet. I am sure that in no time you will have a thriving reef :)
     
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    The build continues..... covering the bare bottom!

    Debated on what type of sand to use... after asking around I landed on tropic eden mini flakes 2mm grain size...

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    My thought was I wanted a smaller size for sand sifters and wrasses.. but also didn't want it to blow around. I'm running Gyre 130 & 230 on the system and they def can move a ton of water... but considering flow has to travel 6 ft from the surface to the bottom of the tank.. I figured I'd be safe with 2mm grain size...

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    Turned out I was right! At 70% power I'm getting no movement and expect everything to work out

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    Now I didn't rinse the sand out of laziness and believing the hype about topic eden being "very clean" ... well .... that myth was busted... tank took a full day to start clearing up and prob will need a another day or 2 before it's crystal clear...

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    To be continued ....
     
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    reefwiser LMAS R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    CJ it's coming along. A tank is a journey sometimes things work and then sometime nature has other ideas.
     
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    No doubt about that! Haha... we are NOT in control
     
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    Following here and on YouTube. We just moved into our new house, so I can start planning my build. Keep up the great work.
     
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    Looking great CJ!!
     
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    Tank has finally cleared... now the fun begins...

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    Checked parameters ... nitrites are thru the roof 5ppm... ammonia is around 1ppm and nitrates are around 10-20 ppm

    Only good news is my phosphates went down from .51 to .38

    I'll give it a couple more weeks Before the cycle is done...

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    Cant wait to start seeing you add live to it. Do you have anything in mind as far as for clean up crew?
     
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    Just the usual.. trochus snails.. hermits... and a few other kinds of critters

    Will be awhile before I can add those ... nothing for them to eat... I've kept lights off during the cycle.. gonna start leaving them on now though
     
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    Cant wait brother cant wait!!!
     
  17. markstubb

    markstubb Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I just barely missed your live stream on youtube. Did the aquarium break??
     
  18. Scurvy

    Scurvy Pirate Reefer R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    He hit us with a late April fools joke. It must run all month long in KY. How many of us did you get CJ?
     
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    markstubb Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    i guess late is better than never? rude!
     
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    150 people joined in 20 seconds... never seen so many people click so fast hahahha... all good I cleared it up shortly after that
     
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