The beginning and the end!

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So it’s unfortunate that I have to sit here and write this. It’s both an exciting but also a painful time. So on 3/26 I wake up to a sick dog that never messes in the house. With that being said I knew it was going to be a bad day, to make matters worse I step in it. The “******”day has started.


After cleaning up I walk to my door and notice water everywhere. Popped seam on my reefer 750. I put in a call to my boy Ryan of Island Fish and Scale(if your on Long Island best place hands down for service, livestock, and dry goods). He responded quickly helped save my livestock and took it all to his shop for safe keeping until I got my new set up. Wait did I mention we had limited time because I had to be to a burial as my wife’s Grand father had passed? So all in all it was a crazy day.


Fast forward a few weeks, Red Sea customer service was great. Tank arrived they sent me a package to get me going and boom tragedy hit. A fire hit the shop where my livestock was being held and I lost everything. Fish that I’ve had for 5 plus years, colonies that started to grow and thrive. GONE in the blink of an eye.


So today I sit here with what was set to be my dream tank looking barren and pathetic, only with minimal life. Hurt, pain, anger, frustration all the feelings that I am experiencing here. But then hope. I have hope that this will be the thing that allows me to escape into it like I’ve done for so many hours before. Hope that I can provide an environment that my future inhabitants will thrive in. Hope that I can move on from the losses I had with my 750(aptly named Darkside Reefer), and that this time when I begin it will be with a purpose.


So for this build let’s chat


Reefer 900xxxl in white
2 XR 15 pros
2 xr30s gen 2(will be upgrading when I can)
Aquatic life t5 4 bulb hybrid
1 vectra M2
1 for 20
RSK 900
2 reef wave 45s
2 gyre XF 250s
Avast kalk stirrer
Skim MBR157 macro algae reactor
Neptune apex
Coral box dower 4 channel
Kamoer peristaltic dower for the kalk


Fish and coral can’t really begin to wrap my head around how and where to start here. I’m lost. But follow this thread, and hopefully when I get over my camera shyness follow my youtube channel. Should be up in a few weeks. Name to follow.


First pic is how my tank looked before I took it down. For the new tank I'm going bare bottom NSA and it will be SPS dominant with some softies here and there.


"Progress is the path you've traveled


Goals are the directions you follow to your destination."


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Oh my goodness - talk about when it rains, it pours!!
Sorry to hear and hopeFully a successful and strong comeback!!
How is the dog?
 

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The end and the
begging


So it’s unfortunate that I have to sit here and write this. It’s both an exciting but also a painful time. So on 3/26 I wake up to a sick dog that never messes in the house. With that being said I knew it was going to be a bad day, to make matters worse I step in it. The “******”day has started.


After cleaning up I walk to my door and notice water everywhere. Popped seam on my reefer 750. I put in a call to my boy Ryan of Island Fish and Scale(if your on Long Island best place hands down for service, livestock, and dry goods). He responded quickly helped save my livestock and took it all to his shop for safe keeping until I got my new set up. Wait did I mention we had limited time because I had to be to a burial as my wife’s Grand father had passed? So all in all it was a crazy day.


Fast forward a few weeks, Red Sea customer service was great. Tank arrived they sent me a package to get me going and boom tragedy hit. A fire hit the shop where my livestock was being held and I lost everything. Fish that I’ve had for 5 plus years, colonies that started to grow and thrive. GONE in the blink of an eye.


So today I sit here with what was set to be my dream tank looking barren and pathetic, only with minimal life. Hurt, pain, anger, frustration all the feelings that I am experiencing here. But then hope. I have hope that this will be the thing that allows me to escape into it like I’ve done for so many hours before. Hope that I can provide an environment that my future inhabitants will thrive in. Hope that I can move on from the losses I had with my 750(aptly named Darkside Reefer), and that this time when I begin it will be with a purpose.


So for this build let’s chat


Reefer 900xxxl in white
2 XR 15 pros
2 xr30s gen 2(will be upgrading when I can)
Aquatic life t5 4 bulb hybrid
1 vectra M2
1 for 20
RSK 900
2 reef wave 45s
2 gyre XF 250s
Avast kalk stirrer
Skim MBR157 macro algae reactor
Neptune apex
Coral box dower 4 channel
Kamoer peristaltic dower for the kalk


Fish and coral can’t really begin to wrap my head around how and where to start here. I’m lost. But follow this thread, and hopefully when I get over my camera shyness follow my youtube channel. Should be up in a few weeks. Name to follow.


First pic is how my tank looked before I took it down. For the new tank I'm going bare bottom NSA and it will be SPS dominant with some softies here and there.


"Progress is the path you've traveled


Goals are the directions you follow to your destination."


Me
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Sorry for you losses brother but cheers to new & hopefully more successful beginnings! Can't wait to see your new setup thrive!
 

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Time for some updates. Tank is doing great. Maturing well, finally got the alk to stabilize. Trident came in handy with the testing. Added some frags and knock on wood they are doing great.

Fish list

DaVinci and Frostbite Clown
Gem tang
Powder blue tang
Sohal tang
Regal angel(eating like a beast)

Shrimp

Cleaner shrimp
Fire shrimp

Frag list

Matt v rainbow envy
Pieces of the ocean goofy homewrecker
Reef raff Canada lady in pink
Forest fire
Bio reef anacropora
Unknown acro
Walt Disney
TJM flamethrower
Milka stylo
5ac cadlestick. (Awesome and bright). 5ac pink delight digi
tjm glowstick
asd rainbow
Green slider
Pearlberry
Unknown milli
3 other Unknown acros

Goblins on fire zoa
Pink cracks
Miami vice
Wwc aoi
Blonde hair blue eyed *****

Og watermelon chalice

Rainbow acan

All donated by local reefers that helped me out. Kuddos to them.

New equipment

Ecotech radion xr30 gen 5 pro
Neptune Trident
Neptune dos
Will be adding a second for auto water changes.

Tank is heavy so I braced the floor with 4x4s and Tiger jacks .

So here is a few pics of my set up. Named her "A New Hope" after the Darkside Reefer 750 went down.
 

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Looking good. How are you liking the bare bottom?
It's going well so far. Wouldn't recommend doing it without some established rock though. So far my NIT and PHOSPHATE are right on point. My flow is truly ripping. 4 gyres running between 60 and 90 percent. Sps love it other corals not so much. Setting up auto water changes this weekend. So my stability will be on point.

Hows your build going?
 
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Thank you.

Took it as a challenge. Plus I truly love this hobby. Local support has been crazy all frags were donated. Definitely proof that good folks exist . Now I will pay it forward when the opportunity presents itself. Can't wait to see the growth happen, and all the empty space fill in.
 

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My build is coming along well. Fallow period is done and the local reefers were very kind to me, too. I have a number of sps that are building quickly and my new anemone found a spot where he isn't threatening anything. I'm just about to move a bunch of fish from QT to the DT.
 
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Just some updates. This build I named it "A New Hope" is doing swimmingly(pun intended) its definitely been pretty smooth along the way. Did a few equipment upgrades ie... lighting, ato, flow, and dosing.

I currently am set up for 2.5 gallons perday auto water changes. Ran the line outside to be sure no more booboos happen on my wood floors. Wife will kill me if I mess that up.

Next week I'm going to add kalk as my main dose. Using a kamoer fx stp to keep a steady dose, soaking it in Monday. Using my ATO for a water supply(currently a 50 gallon reservoir.

Dos xs 2 are the dosing units in adding my current two part with. But one will be used much less once kalk is added.

So now for the pics....

Corals way to many to name but so new are the

Rainbow sherbert
Voodoo magic
Brad basset the Crash tenuis
Sector 0
Poto godzilla
Tony Montana
Solar flare

Hope you enjoy the updates.
 

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