Thank you, and thanks for stopping buy as well.Well I just read (ok, I admit I skimmed through a number of the pages) the entire thread. I clicked on your build because I did a search for Black Bar Chromis and yours was one of the first links listed. Then I saw the quality of the tank you had and then I saw that you have two tanks of such high quality, I just got sucked into the whole thing. I saved a couple of pages to look over when I start a build myself one day, pages concerning both aquascaping and equipment comments. I love how detailed and thorough you have been this whole time! Of course the pictures are fantastic. I'll keep following the thread.
I know it's a simple thing, but I wanted to ask since I hardly ever get any feedback on the Chromis. I've got one of the Black Bar in my 30 gal FOWLR and really like it. I've seen them offered in my area a few times over the years, but they don't seem to be common (I'm in the Tampa, Florida area). Are they offered more regularly in the UK?
Last thing for now, if you don't mind spending the time when you take the next photos of some of your fish, including one or two of some of the Black Bar Chromis?
It took a while, but the entire dialog on your two tanks was fascinating!
Chunchy guys! Well fed. JackpotI’ve been getting a bit fed up with the same old corals, in particular lack of some of the nicer SPS corals in the LFS’s, so I found Masterfisch, who are based in France with a UK office. I was a little nervous but ordered 4 SPS as a test order, and they arrived today.
It was actually interesting following their journey with UPS from France, to Germany then to Castle Donnington UK and then to me all within less than 24 hours. Very impressive.
I have to say the packaging was superb, all tightly packed in a custom made box and inside that an insulated box, which is nice enough to use to carry cold drinks in! Lol
The corals bags were thick and even had what looked like pieces of carbon inside to presumably absorb and toxins during the journey.
These corals are a descent size for frags, infact large, and we’re half the price you would pay in a shop. I do buy corals from the LFS’s but the vast majority of frags come from online in particular Mail Order Corals who I also use and are very good.
Anyway, I had a email yesterday from them about a 20% sale so I’ve just ordered another 7 SPS corals. What I really like is most of the corals are wysiwyg so you get that exact peace.
The first 3 pictures below, just taken quickly with an iPhone, show the corals from Masterfisch and the bottom picture are the ones delivered last week from Mail Order Corals all acclimatising whilst I decide we’re they will live
Ive used seachem media and stability for my entire reefing life (a whopping 2 years) Stuff is great. Does what it says it does, and thats all we can ask for in this hobby.My nitrates are stable at around 8 in the new tank, and I already have around 26 litres of Seachem Matrix in place along with some DeNitrate.
i have big plans for more fish, and am trying to avoid using Nopox if at all possible, just because it’s something else to dose, new doser etc.
So yesterday I added another 10 litres of Matrix and 2 litres of DeNitrate. So we have 38 litres in total of media. I added the DeNitrate because they were out of stock of Matrix so I’ve just mixed this in as well.
This time I also used Seachem stability to ‘seed’ the Matrix before adding it to the system. I soaked it in a bucket of water for 2 days in stability
Thats more media in one sump chamber than i have utilized in 2+ years reefing. Sweet baby jesus thats a sack!Generally every Sunday, I turn the Abyzz a200 down to allow the water level to drop In the main tank so that water stops going down the down pipes
I then make up a mix of Red Sea Reef Energy and also a Reef Roids along with some fish food, and then add it to the system and let it just flow around for about 30-45 minutes (or until I get bored! Lol).
I also purchased some Polyp Booster but to be honest I can’t see it makes any difference so won’t be replacing it when it runs out.
Anyway, while the water isnt flowing here’s a few pictures of the engine room. The plastic container in front of the skimmer is my ‘skim mate locker’ which has just been emptied and would normally sit inside the sump with the drain hose into it.
You can also see what 38 litres of Seachem Matrix/DeNitrate looks like in place, but just remember this is a big sump compartment
The main ATO remains a modified Tunze Osmolator, and the red/white float and bracket you can see is the back up ATO which is basically a gravity fed system that at the moment will last about 3 days and so far has never been called upon. I can make it last longer with a few modifications.
The scissors and stapler, is for when I replace the filter roll on the X Filter, and the small cup is for mixing up the coral food, before anyone asks! Lol
I think by the time it corrodes, it will be time! lolThat 316 grade stainless hose clamp will still rust given time. It just takes longer to do it than 304 grade.
As an alternative, you can get very heavy duty zip ties about 10mm wide from hardware stores that will work without corrosion issues.
I wanted to make sure they cant come off from the main return pump and the steel worm drives arnt going anywhere.Plastic hose clamps