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The flux rx really worked. Not sure if it was the 3 days without power or the no more fish so no more feeding or combination of it all but the algae has really disappeared. Maybe I never had red hair algae and it was byropris. Whatever it was its pretty much all gone. The only algae on the rocks right now is "flat" green that a toothbrush can wipe off. I have kept the protein skimmer on and it has still been pulling stuff out of the water. I plan on doing a large water change tonight when I get home...around 60-70 gallons.

I also decided I will be going with the same style of fish as before just maybe some different choices. Placed my first order of fish that should be coming in this next week. I ordered some wrasses and 2 clowns. I also placed a CUC package order from reefcleaners. I only have a few hermit crabs alive.

A lot of zoas have recovered and opened up. Also looks like the 3 gorgonians survived and toadstool leather.
I’m glad to hear some coral made it! Definitely post pics of the fish when they get there!
 
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First batch of fish showed up yesterday. Well FedEx dropped of 2 out of 3 packages. The third got delivered to their facility after the driver left so I won't get it in til today. The fish that came in are: 2- ORA osc. clownfish, 1 bluehead fairy wrasse and 1 katherine fairy wrasse. Hopefully the rest of the fish make it to me alive. I redid the aquascape while I was doing water change and cleaning sand so I will post a pic of that eventually. Little more caves and places to hide for the fish.

I also won a giveaway on IG for some paypal to help rebuild my tank livestock. I plan on using the money for some euphyllia maybe next month
 

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First batch of fish showed up yesterday. Well FedEx dropped of 2 out of 3 packages. The third got delivered to their facility after the driver left so I won't get it in til today. The fish that came in are: 2- ORA osc. clownfish, 1 bluehead fairy wrasse and 1 katherine fairy wrasse. Hopefully the rest of the fish make it to me alive. I redid the aquascape while I was doing water change and cleaning sand so I will post a pic of that eventually. Little more caves and places to hide for the fish.

I also won a giveaway on IG for some paypal to help rebuild my tank livestock. I plan on using the money for some euphyllia maybe next month
I’m glad to hear that some of the fish made it! Is it possible for you to go pick up the rest of them from the facility yourself?
 
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I’m glad to hear that some of the fish made it! Is it possible for you to go pick up the rest of them from the facility yourself?
FedEx called me back yesterday but i couldnt answer phone and they said they were trying to find package on voicemail they left. I checked tracking today and its now in Houston instead of the city it was in yesterday but it was at a hub and didn't say out for delivery. I called again and all they said was they see same thing and to leave my number so someone could call. I stressed again that there were animals inside and they will die if not delivered. I did order thru Live Aquaria so they have 7 day guarantee but its about $400 worth. I called them yesterday also to give them a heads up.
 
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To my shock I checked tracking a little bit after I called FedEx and it actually showed out for delivery and within 2 hours the fish arrived on doorstep. As of yesterday evening all fish were alive. It is so nice to see fish swimming again in the tank
 

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so far so good with all the fish. Im really happy with this live aquaria purchase. I noticed about a week or so ago that some cyano started in sandbed and rocks. Ordered some chemiclean that showed up yesterday and did a dose so hopefully that will knock that out. It was kinda expected since I read that I will probably get it since power turned off and I had so much death. Chemiclean worked really well the first time I used it so crossing fingers again.

I am lucky enough to win a giveaway from DropOffCorals through IG that will help me add more coral to the tank. Other reefers donated cash and coral to them so that they can contribute to people who lost their livestock during texas freeze. I might be getting that package at some point this week.

Future fish additions that Id like to get are blue tang, purple tang and one spot foxface. I would like to order these through TSM so I know they will be healthy. Just have to wait til they are in stock but I did send them an email.
 

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Background: Growing up I always wanted a saltwater tank. Seeing all the cool colors of fish and coral was awesome to me. Parents said doing a saltwater tank is too difficult so we just had some cichlids when I was younger. Fast forward to being married and have a little extra money I decided to jump in and try to do this saltwater thing. I didn't do much research before buying a tank so I just went to a local fish store and bought what they had. It was a 75 gal tank witIh stand, not drilled. They sold me a canister filter and some small pebbles for sand. I will give them credit and they didn't try to sell me any fish right away. Unfortunately after I bought all this I then decided to do some research on what to get. All the fish I really wanted needed a bigger tank but already dropped all this money on a 75 gal so I stuck with it.

So fast forward and I've had the 75 gal as a FOWLR going for the last 4 years. I like most people did water changes every couple weeks but eventually slacked off. I did have a reef octopus HOB skimmer that I use and a nice Tunze ATO. I stopped using RODI water and just used tap water and slacked off on testing. I used dry pukani for rock and after a year bought some sand so I could get some wrasses. I was lucky that I have never had an algae problems before. I have had ich problems and that wasn't fun. Current live stock include 2 osc. clowns, purple dottyback, yellow wrasse, sailfan fairy wrasse, yellow tang, bangaii cardinal and 2 cleaner shrimp. Within the last month or 2 I got the itch again to go bigger on a tank. I have always read build threads of larger tanks and was jealous that I didn't go bigger from the start. So that brings us to this past weekend...

I got the green light from the wife to pull the trigger on my dream tank: Waterbox 220.6 +plus HD. I thought about Redsea 750xxl but the all the bad news recently I decided to stay away from them. I liked that going with Waterbox that it included pretty much everything. I have never had a sump before so I was nervous to try my hand at plumbing. I decided to go ahead and get the Plus version because I needed to get new lights and it is a little discount if you buy from them. I did finance with the 0% interest for a year so that made it easier to pull the trigger since the only thing that I can reuse on my existing tank is my Tunze ATO.

For equipment for new tank I am leaning:
(4) AI Hydra 32 HD
COR 20 for return pump
(2)MP40WQD

I am thinking I will eventually get an Apex so I would like the equipment to be compatible with that system. I still need to research on heaters and protein skimmer. Waterbox recommends a NYOS Quantum 160 but I liked my Reef Octopus so might go with one of theirs. My goals for corals are soft and LPS but that would probably be a year I am guessing. Eventually I guess I will need a dosing system for them.

I love reading detailed and pic heavy build threads so I will try to make this one. 6-8 week wait for tank delivery so got some time to think and plan. The Waterbox will go where my current tank sits so I will need to move that first.

For corals the only must is a torch. I like to see movements in the tank so I will try to get more of that type. Still need to do a ton of research on corals

For fish the musts are a Powder blue tang and blue tang. I really like Copperband butterflys but heard they are tough eaters and might pick at corals. I would like to get more wrasses so it might be a wrasse heavy tank besides the 3 tangs.
Super excited for you - congrats on the big upgrade! I am sure you've thought through this (or at least your wife did - ha!) and know what you're getting into; however, a word of caution: reading through your journey I need to stress that bigger isn't going to be easier or less of a time commitment.

I'm sure you're excited today, but taking care of a tank that large - especially the first year to eighteen months - is going to be a huge time commitment. I mention this so that I can give you this recommendation: go in early on the APEX.

If you got bored with the first tank and started taking shortcuts, what has convinced you that a bigger reef tank will be different? Is it the additional opportunities for fish and corals? Great! That's the most demanding part of the tank journey (and not the cheapest, either).

You don't want to lose an investment in a large tank; the rule of thumb I've found to be true is that a two year cost of ownership is roughly $100 per gallon. So, my 300 gallon is a $30k tank... your 750 is going to be more, and how much more depends a lot the type of fish you get and on how much coral you buy versus frag. But the husbandry is expensive on it's own: every 10% water change you make is going to cost you $100. Heck, it's going to cost you $1000 just to put water in the tank the first time. A sump for a 750 is probably close to the size of most people's dream tank. Flow in your tank for corals ... you're looking at maybe $3 to $5 thousand.... and lighting a tank that large... oh the fun you'll have shopping!

All I'm saying is that you're going to be committing a huge investment into a tank that is amazing and in many ways also my dream tank (well, on the bottom end of a dream tank... I'm eyeing these new fiberglass 5000+ gallon containers with acrylic viewing windows measured in feet). But it's also a daily investment of time and patience - and if you've historically identified that you're quick to grow bored of the hobby... just reflect on that. Last Friday's BRS Live video actually addressed this in the industry: Ryan and Randy had a group of reefers that started the journey when they launched the YouTube channel and half of them were out of the hobby in 2 years. The other half are still in it. If you were given the opportunity to flip a coin and either keep $30k or give $30k away, you might not choose to flip the coin. Welcome to reefing.
 
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Super excited for you - congrats on the big upgrade! I am sure you've thought through this (or at least your wife did - ha!) and know what you're getting into; however, a word of caution: reading through your journey I need to stress that bigger isn't going to be easier or less of a time commitment.

I'm sure you're excited today, but taking care of a tank that large - especially the first year to eighteen months - is going to be a huge time commitment. I mention this so that I can give you this recommendation: go in early on the APEX.

If you got bored with the first tank and started taking shortcuts, what has convinced you that a bigger reef tank will be different? Is it the additional opportunities for fish and corals? Great! That's the most demanding part of the tank journey (and not the cheapest, either).

You don't want to lose an investment in a large tank; the rule of thumb I've found to be true is that a two year cost of ownership is roughly $100 per gallon. So, my 300 gallon is a $30k tank... your 750 is going to be more, and how much more depends a lot the type of fish you get and on how much coral you buy versus frag. But the husbandry is expensive on it's own: every 10% water change you make is going to cost you $100. Heck, it's going to cost you $1000 just to put water in the tank the first time. A sump for a 750 is probably close to the size of most people's dream tank. Flow in your tank for corals ... you're looking at maybe $3 to $5 thousand.... and lighting a tank that large... oh the fun you'll have shopping!

All I'm saying is that you're going to be committing a huge investment into a tank that is amazing and in many ways also my dream tank (well, on the bottom end of a dream tank... I'm eyeing these new fiberglass 5000+ gallon containers with acrylic viewing windows measured in feet). But it's also a daily investment of time and patience - and if you've historically identified that you're quick to grow bored of the hobby... just reflect on that. Last Friday's BRS Live video actually addressed this in the industry: Ryan and Randy had a group of reefers that started the journey when they launched the YouTube channel and half of them were out of the hobby in 2 years. The other half are still in it. If you were given the opportunity to flip a coin and either keep $30k or give $30k away, you might not choose to flip the coin. Welcome to reefing.
well I have had the tank up and running for a year now and still enjoying it even though i had setback with freeze
 
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Wanted to add couple more fish to the tank but it seemed like no one had all the fish I wanted. Saw a post about NYaquatics thursday morning so decided to check them out. Their prices were really good and they had all fish in stock so decided to give them a try. I placed order around 10-11a and got shipped notification later that afternoon. I received all fish on Friday so was super happy. They ship with water at 1.018 so brought up salinity slowly. Pretty sure they use copper but all fish arrived healthy and happy. I ordered: foxface (3-4"), purple tang (3"), blue tang (1"), firefish and sand sifting starfish. I would not hesitate to use them again
 
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Wanted to add couple more fish to the tank but it seemed like no one had all the fish I wanted. Saw a post about NYaquatics thursday morning so decided to check them out. Their prices were really good and they had all fish in stock so decided to give them a try. I placed order around 10-11a and got shipped notification later that afternoon. I received all fish on Friday so was super happy. They ship with water at 1.018 so brought up salinity slowly. Pretty sure they use copper but all fish arrived healthy and happy. I ordered: foxface (3-4"), purple tang (3"), blue tang (1"), firefish and sand sifting starfish. I would not hesitate to use them again
Getting new fish is always exciting! Hopefully you can get some pics of the fish for us some time soon!
 
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Still slowly bringing up magnesium levels. I have no idea how it got so low to begin with. I noticed that the top layer of sand has a crusting effect on it when I was doing water change couple days ago. I know it was like that after the freeze too. Maybe the sand soaked it up? Or a bad bag from instant ocean? I don't check every bag but each one I have done its been in the 1200s.

Unfortunately little dory died. Day after I did the water change wife noticed it didn't come out when she went to feed tank. When I got home it was stuck inside the rock where it would hide/sleep. Its been eating every day and would be in water column swimming so I have no clue how it could have died. Thought maybe got stuck but would not think being stuck 24 hours would do it. No other fish effected or show any signs.

Loving having the foxface in the tank. The little nuisance algae that was popping up pretty much disappeared.
 

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