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Tank Elite standard 120 rimmed with corner overflow
Bare bottom build
40 breeder sump no baffles
Steel open stand with automotive top coat and 3/4" plywood top
7" filter sock
Tunze 9410 dc skimmer
Tunze 1073.04 return pump
Tunze 3155 ato with Bashsea 10 gal reservoir
Tuzne 3171 calcium reactor
10lb co2
Aga dual stage regulator
Tunze 880.950 calcium carbonate
2 tunze 6095 streams
2 jebao OW-25
Jebao dp-4 doser
Ati 6 bulb 3+ 3b+ on moveable T Slot fixture 4" off the surface
Apex classic
ESV B Ionic salt
ESV B 2 part
ESV B strontium
DSR Trace elements
15 lbs live rock from 2 year old nano 15 lbs from lsf
30 lbs caribsea rock that had been in lsf tank for over 3 months.
BRS 4 stage ro/di

Tank was ready to add all rock on 6-23-19. Used some turbo start and had virtually no cycle.
The goal of this tank is a zero water change system.
Currently dosing by hand 5 mils 2 part a day 2.5 mils strontium once a week and 2.5 mils dsr trace a day.
Current alk swing is only .3 a day.
Temp 78 currently not running a heater as house stays 75 all year but have heater ebo jagers if needed.
1.5 gallon evaporation a day.
It has been almost 2 months now and pumps are getting coraline with the bottom spotting up nicely already.
Calcium reactor and doser will come online when needed.
Ph 8.0
Kh 8.5
Cal 430
Mag 1350
Po4 .05
No3 2 ish
Running 1/4 teaspoon kalk in 10 gallons just to keep ph steady
Current fish stock will stay the same and I know its heavy for a 2 month old tank but the corals need food
6 blue green chromis
1 lawnmower blenny
1 pajama cardinal
1 neon dotty back
1 pygmy angel
All are about 1" except for the blenny and dottyback which ar 2 inches.
They were all added at 4 to 6 weeks.
Current coral from nano running same parameters.
2 green slimmers
1 green unknown acro
1 slimeball
1 purple stag
1 dark green stag
They all varry from 1 tp 3"
1 purple with green polyps acro dont remember the name
1 jackolantern lepto i think and 1 monti and others i dont rember the names.
All were transfered from the nano o er a 4 week period after the one month mark.
3 pepermint shrimp
3 emerald crabs
3 turbo snails
2 brittle stars they look pretty good size that came in on the lsf live rock.
I can only see there arms.
Feed 3-4 times a day well the wife does except when i get home.
R.o.e morning
R.o.e with mysis lrs sf brand angel and butterfly.
Currently running the 6095 100% but pulsed one on one off. Same with the jeboas.
Egg crate top so no jumpers.
Need to run a new 20 amp line and set up apex and work on wire managment.
Will keep updated. Any questuons about the system just ask as I am here everyday. Heres a few crappy cell phone pics as thats all I have
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Tank Elite standard 120 rimmed with corner overflow
Bare bottom build
40 breeder sump no baffles
Steel open stand with automotive top coat and 3/4" plywood top
7" filter sock
Tunze 9410 dc skimmer
Tunze 1073.04 return pump
Tunze 3155 ato with Bashsea 10 gal reservoir
Tuzne 3171 calcium reactor
10lb co2
Aga dual stage regulator
Tunze 880.950 calcium carbonate
2 tunze 6095 streams
2 jebao OW-25
Jebao dp-4 doser
Ati 6 bulb 3+ 3b+ on moveable T Slot fixture 4" off the surface
Apex classic
ESV B Ionic salt
ESV B 2 part
ESV B strontium
DSR Trace elements
15 lbs live rock from 2 year old nano 15 lbs from lsf
30 lbs caribsea rock that had been in lsf tank for over 3 months.
BRS 4 stage ro/di

Tank was ready to add all rock on 6-23-19. Used some turbo start and had virtually no cycle.
The goal of this tank is a zero water change system.
Currently dosing by hand 5 mils 2 part a day 2.5 mils strontium once a week and 2.5 mils dsr trace a day.
Current alk swing is only .3 a day.
Temp 78 currently not running a heater as house stays 75 all year but have heater ebo jagers if needed.
1.5 gallon evaporation a day.
It has been almost 2 months now and pumps are getting coraline with the bottom spotting up nicely already.
Calcium reactor and doser will come online when needed.
Ph 8.0
Kh 8.5
Cal 430
Mag 1350
Po4 .05
No3 2 ish
Running 1/4 teaspoon kalk in 10 gallons just to keep ph steady
Current fish stock will stay the same and I know its heavy for a 2 month old tank but the corals need food
6 blue green chromis
1 lawnmower blenny
1 pajama cardinal
1 neon dotty back
1 pygmy angel
All are about 1" except for the blenny and dottyback which ar 2 inches.
They were all added at 4 to 6 weeks.
Current coral from nano running same parameters.
2 green slimmers
1 green unknown acro
1 slimeball
1 purple stag
1 dark green stag
They all varry from 1 tp 3"
1 purple with green polyps acro dont remember the name
1 jackolantern lepto i think and 1 monti and others i dont rember the names.
All were transfered from the nano o er a 4 week period after the one month mark.
3 pepermint shrimp
3 emerald crabs
3 turbo snails
2 brittle stars they look pretty good size that came in on the lsf live rock.
I can only see there arms.
Feed 3-4 times a day well the wife does except when i get home.
R.o.e morning
R.o.e with mysis lrs sf brand angel and butterfly.
Currently running the 6095 100% but pulsed one on one off. Same with the jeboas.
Egg crate top so no jumpers.
Need to run a new 20 amp line and set up apex and work on wire managment.
Will keep updated. Any questuons about the system just ask as I am here everyday. Heres a few crappy cell phone pics as thats all I have
20190821_184915.jpg
20190821_184651.jpg
20190821_183401.jpg
Looks like a good start!
 
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2.5 months in a few more pics.
Still need to hook up apex and run a new outlet.
About 30 corals all growing. Same fish count except added frogspawn and clown which it hosts. Cleaner shrimp too. All corals and clown came
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from nano.
 
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Time for a couple update pics.
4.5 months in.
1st pic just taken from the couch a minute ago. Others a few days ago.
Ph 7.9-8.1
Sg 1.026
Temp 78-80
Alk 8
Ca 420
Mg 1350
Po4 .02
No3 1-2
Dosing evb 2 part. Has gone up 5 mls a week from 3 weeks ago 20- 35mls now.
2 months ago I was dosing 5mls and its going up every week now.
So far very stable
T5's at 9hrs now
All powerheads on 5 second on off pulse mode.
Decent growth since update 2 months ago.
Tank is 4.5 months now.
C
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Update. Tank at 7 months
Now running carx for about 6 weeks.
Went from 6 to 8 bulb T5 a week ago.
Good growth on all corals. Still no water changes. Lots of coralline.
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Dkh very stable at 8.1-8.3 since bringing on carx.
 
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Update. Tanks stable and all corals growing.
Coralline has exploded since carx came online.
Current t5 order
Front to back:
C+
Actinic
B+
C+
Purple
B+
C+
B+
Actinic and purple come on 15 min before and after the c+/b+.
Had to remove cherub angel a few months ago as it started nipping corals and they were stressing.
Fish list
6 blue/ green chromis
Lawnmower blenny
Pajama cardinal
Clown
Convict tang
Yellow wrasse

3 pepermint
1 fire
1 cleaner shrimp

3 emerald crabs
2 brittle stars from live rock quarter size
Various snails

Been removing asterinas over the last week every morning. Around 70 so far. Has put a good dent in them.
Here is a stick growth pic.
So far happy with the system.
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Hey you're tank looks awesome. I saw your post in another thread about coral growth and it makes me realize how much I have been needing to dose and test to get good growth.

I was basically doing water changes every 3 weeks to a month and it wasn't cutting it... so I am doing kalkwasser now.

Did you ever consider using kalk? Or straight into 2 part? I have the alkalinity component of 2 part available so would only need to get the calcium if I swap from kalk.
 
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I dosed esv 2 part for 2 years on my nano. I dosed same on my 120 for about 6 months. I now run a carx.
I dose the same trace for the carx as I did for the 2 part if you missed it on another thread its this.
Esv strontium once a week.
DSR trace daily.
I only run 1/4 teaspoon kalk per 5 gallons in my ato. It will not do anything for cal and alk but has a ph of 10 and for me helps keep ph higher than 7.9. My house is closed most of the year either running the heater or ac.

I test for, and log alk? 1 or 2 times a week as its fast and lets me know everything is inline.
Carx makes it so I only test for cal and mag once a month if that as its stable if alk does not change.
I run man made media in my carx so it only replaces cal and alk.
Test for potassium, iodine, strontium once a month.
I use DSR trace and the EZ formula for dosing. The difference is I run a carx instead of 2 part.
And no water changes.
Many ways to run a reef. My advise to anyone is research pick a method and keep it stable without changing things all the time.
 
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Here is a better FTS from the couch a minute ago. 9 months in no water changes. Did add another b+ & c+ for a total of 4b+ 4c+. Tried a couple of actinics but I like the 4&4 look better.
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Yep just filter sock and skimmer.
Once a month suck out detrius from bottom. I do run 3 liters of eheim substrate pro in a mesh bag in my sump. May help keep no3 low.
No3 1-2 its never been over 2.
Po4 .02-.06.
Feed pretty heavy 3-4 times a day.
I run carx and dose trace elements. Pretty basic sump.
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Is that a yellow coris wrasse? How’s he doing bare bottom? Do you have a bowl of sand?
He did fine for 3 months with no sand. 3 days ago he found the feed cutout on my eggcrate and went surfing.
Cats chewed off his head.
How is it that they find the one spot that is open?
 

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Yep just filter sock and skimmer.
Once a month suck out detrius from bottom. I do run 3 liters of eheim substrate pro in a mesh bag in my sump. May help keep no3 low.
No3 1-2 its never benn over 2.
Po4 .02-.06.
Feed pretty heavy 3-4 times a day.
I run carx and dose trace elements. Pretty basic sump.
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Nice clean sump
 
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