Starting @ 40gal Breeder

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Started: 7/8/2019
First fish: 8/18/2019 (day 41)
First coral: 12/27/2019 (day 172)
This update: 10/10/2020 (day 460)

Water changes: as needed
Filter sock: Yes, changed M/W/F
Skimmer: Yes
Chaeto: Yes
Carbon: Yes, plus SeaChem PhosGuard

Latest Weekly Testing: 9/5/2020

PO4 - 0.07 ppm (Hanna ULR Phosphate)
NO3 - 10 ppm (Red Sea Nitrate Pro)
ALK - 8.50 (Red Sea Foundation Pro)
pH - 7.95 - 8.07 (Apex)
CA - 450 (Hanna Calcium)
MG - 1400

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06/18/2020 link

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[initial pics Dec 2019]

Sad Update 4/22/2020 - After three months of thriving, I lost the green goni. I did not heed the feeding advice and it retracted 14 days ago and never reopened. FEED YOUR GONIS !!!

Gonis, palys, and zoas. Oh my!
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2x Kessil A160 in acclimation mode (5% to 75% over 7 days)
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Hmm. What's the extra space for? Oh, perhaps a custom rimless ;)
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What are your plans? Full tank shot?
Thanks for the question @NeonRabbit221B. I have updated the the main thread with more shots. The plan is to go another 6-12 months with this setup and then a Reef Savvy custom rimless of around 100 gallons or so. (Anyone who ever said "buy the biggest tank you can first" never had to save 3 grand for it.) The stand is 60in L x 24in W x 36in H, so anywhere from 100 to 130 seems likely. The 40 will then become the sump for a 120 to 150gal total system volume.
 
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Congratulations on taking the next step! The 40B is a great tank that allows for so many possibilities!
Thank you @Peace River. I was thinking that R2R needed yet another 40g build thread, but you're absolutely right - it is such a great tank to start an addiction!
 
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Thanks for the question @NeonRabbit221B. I have updated the the main thread with more shots. The plan is to go another 6-12 months with this setup and then a Reef Savvy custom rimless of around 100 gallons or so. (Anyone who ever said "buy the biggest tank you can first" never had to save 3 grand for it.) The stand is 60in L x 24in W x 36in H, so anywhere from 100 to 130 seems likely. The 40 will then become the sump for a 120 to 150gal total system volume.
$Exactly$! I took 1 year to piece my 120 together before I set it up. Wanted to have it all before I started. 40 breeder makes a great sump. Mine has no baffles and just a filter sock, skimmer, and now calcium reactor, + heater and return.
Here is a quick pick I just took of the sump.
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$Exactly$! I took 1 year to piece my 120 together before I set it up. Wanted to have it all before I started. 40 breeder makes a great sump. Mine has no baffles and just a filter sock, skimmer, and now calcium reactor, + heater and return.
Here is a quick pick I just took of the sump.
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Thanks @90's reefer. For me, planning for what is next was/is critical. I also had all of my gear purchased before the tank ever saw water. Some was new and some was used, but nearly 100% is transferable to the big tank when it comes.

Which reactor/skimmer are you using? (I'll check out your thread to see if it is there)
 

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Thanks @90's reefer. For me, planning for what is next was/is critical. I also had all of my gear purchased before the tank ever saw water. Some was new and some was used, but nearly 100% is transferable to the big tank when it comes.

Which reactor/skimmer are you using? (I'll check out your thread to see if it is there)
Tunze 9410 dc skimmer. Tunze 3171 calcium reactor. Tunze return pump. Yea I like Tunze. Ran a coral box skimmer that ran a jebao pump for 2.5 years with no issues on a nano. I need to update my build thread but all equipment is listed there.
 
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My first (GHA | dinos | cyano)! So excited. I have arrived. Six months setup, added first coral and cranked up the lights 10 days ago...

Water changes: 15% weekly
PO4 - 0.05ppm (Hanna ULR Phosphate)
NO3 - 4ppm (Red Sea Nitrate Pro)
Skimmer: No
Chaeto: Yes

Lights out? Vibrant? Beatles? (let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be...)

Update: My chaetomorpha has begun to die due to low nutrients. A few weeks after this - and gravel maint and water changes - the algae subsided.

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172 days ago I added the water and setup the qtank - yesterday, 12/27/2019, I added corals. NOW it's official :cool:

Gonis, palys, and zoas. Oh my!
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2x Kessil A160 in acclimation mode (5% to 75% over 7 days)
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Hmm. What's the extra space for? Oh, perhaps a Reef Savvy 100+ custom rimless ;)
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Nicee
 

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172 days ago I added the water and setup the qtank - yesterday, 12/27/2019, I added corals. NOW it's official :cool:

Gonis, palys, and zoas. Oh my!
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IMG_0828.JPG


2x Kessil A160 in acclimation mode (5% to 75% over 7 days)
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Hmm. What's the extra space for? Oh, perhaps a Reef Savvy 100+ custom rimless ;)
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Woah your build thread has way more responses than mine ;Woot
 

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Hmm. I see what you did there @Is this the LFS ;) At least Yours has clowns so that won't be true for long! Love the QP-5s by the way...
Actually they are the ow-25. I actually wasn’t trying to hijack though. How do I get people over to mine though. And did you see the puffer :p
 
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Through a two-step process over the course of seven days, I have defeated cyano... This time.

  1. Turned off the lights for three days. I did not feed the fish or zoas for this period to limit excess nutrients. This knocked back quite a bit of the cyano and made the next step more effective.

  2. After three days, I resumed the normal light schedule and I treated with 4 level scoops of Chemiclean mixed thoroughly in 1 cup of tank water. I then waited three more days.

  3. On the 7th day I rested. And did a 25% water change. And turned the skimmer and carbon back on.
After three days w/o lights, but before Chemiclean. If you know cyano, then you know it starts to come back as soon as the lights are on...
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But after three days of Chemiclean...


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