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The addiction continues... 4x1.5x1.5

Postby Htu08 » Wed 02 Oct, 2013 9:43 pm

Introduction:
Thanks to the generosity of Onetonne, I am continuing my addiction into reefing. Thanks again for everything! Pretty excited and been wanting a larger set up since the first week of setting up my desktop size pico reef!

System Objectives: Mixed Reef (Mainly LPS/SPS with zoas)

System Type:Mixed Reef

Display System:

Strike up Date: 26/09/2013

Display Tank: 4 x 1.5 x 1.5

Display Lighting: 4x 54w T5 Tubes (2x10000k whites and 2x 24000k blues)

Stand: Timber stand

Hood: Open top

Sump: 2.5 x 1 x 1

Refugium: Yes.

Refugium Lighting: China LED


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: 1x Jebao WP25
1x Tunze 6015 (Perhaps another soon)

Return Pump: Hailea 1600L/h return pump.

Skimmer: Aquamaxx EM100 - It's a beast

Evaporation Top Up: Guppies brand top up. 2 Float switches.


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Yes. 2 Part dosing. Still calculating weekly requirements. - Randys

Alkilinity Addition: Yes. 2 Part dosing. Still calculating weekly requirements. - Randys

Other Chemical Maintenance: Running a phosban reactor with RowaPhos.
Carbon in a bag

Current Water Chemistry:
Ph: 8.3
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
Nitrates: 0-5ppm
Phosphates: 0.03ppm.Salifert. Looks like clear, but just in case.
Alkalinity: 9dkh
Calcium: 420
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.024
Magnesuim: 1350

Live Stock

Fish List:
Added:
1 x Baby blue Tang ~5cm
1 x Ocellaris clownfish pair
1 x Midas Blenny
1 x Bangaii Cardinal
6 x Red Bar/ Cooper's Anthias
1 x Yellow Tang
1x Scopas Tang
Planned:



Clean Up Crew:
Added:
6 x Tronchus Snails
6 x Nassarius Snails
1 x Strombus Snail
3 x Peppermint Shrimps
5x Turbo Snails
Planned:




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FTS - 9/12/13
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Postby siddr20 » Thu 03 Oct, 2013 12:51 am

Just let the tank cycle and take it slowly. Dont be in a rush to add fish.

Happy reefing : )
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Postby onetonne » Mon 07 Oct, 2013 6:45 pm

Looks cool mate!! Just take it easy, don't rush :D Going to be awesome to watch progress.
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Postby nudibranch » Mon 07 Oct, 2013 9:12 pm

Tunze Vs Sicce.

Have you got an opinion yet of your preferred pump ?
Noise/flow width/manouverability/etc
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Postby Htu08 » Mon 07 Oct, 2013 9:42 pm

nudibranch wrote:Tunze Vs Sicce.

Have you got an opinion yet of your preferred pump ?
Noise/flow width/manouverability/etc


To be honest, my opinion's wont be as strong as many other users just because my Sicce is a bit old and the tunze is brand new.
In saying so, I found the tunze much better. My only reservation with the tunze is the output hole is just that, a hole, no guard. Best to stick some sort of net guard (gutter guard works) over it so invertebrates or fish dont go in.

The noise is almost 0 from both of them. They are dead quiet. The flow width I can't comment just because the sicce is rated at 6000L/h whilst the tunze is 1800l/h so obviously the sicce is much larger and producing a greater flow width.

They are both extremely maneuverable, the tunze probably a little bit better because its just attached to the glass via magnets and half the body is detached, so the output nozzle can be turned itself and can be twirled 360 degrees. The sicce can also be moved 360 degree but requires you to unattach the clamp and move the head in a direction and requires you to turn the magnet.
Come to think about it, they are both extremely maneuverable, you wont have issues there with either.

I haven't used any other wave makers, but I've been reassured by my LFS (A very good one too if you ask me) that they are the best on the market.

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Postby Htu08 » Tue 08 Oct, 2013 8:53 pm

Update on the tank:

Current Water Chemistry: API Test kit
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrates: 5-10ppm
Phosphates: 0-0.25ppm, (these kits are damn unreliable, need to buy a hanna checker when i find the $)
Alkalinity: 8 dkh
Calcium: 400ppm
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.024
Magnesuim: - not tested

Got myself a baby blue tang in there first (he is about 2.5-3 cm) a tiny little one and 2 tronchus snails and nass. I was told to introduce him first because of the ich scariness. Leave him to quarantine for a month or so in it before I add other fish.

All looks to be well!
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Postby Richo66 » Tue 08 Oct, 2013 9:05 pm

Tagging along!:)
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Postby Htu08 » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 2:37 pm

So, woke up today and found all my blue/purple zoas missing! D: I had 4 polyps! D:

I recently found a gorilla crab molt, shouldve been persistent in trying to take it out. My own foolish mistake! :(

Setting more traps tonight. Can't believe he cleaned them all up so bad in one night,
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Postby onetonne » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 8:28 pm

Htu08 wrote:So, woke up today and found all my blue/purple zoas missing! D: I had 4 polyps! D:

I recently found a gorilla crab molt, shouldve been persistent in trying to take it out. My own foolish mistake! :(

Setting more traps tonight. Can't believe he cleaned them all up so bad in one night,


Oh no! What can you do but laugh, hey? :D
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Postby Htu08 » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 9:03 pm

heheh! Yeah pretty much.
Did not even realise they ate zoas. but now im really worried so...

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Postby onetonne » Sun 13 Oct, 2013 11:29 pm

When I was first catching crabs I had the glass buried in the sand with the rim just on the sand, so that the glass was on a slight angle. The crab will get in but will just slip on the glass and be unable to escape. They won't be able to get in the glass if they are standing upright like that.
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Postby Htu08 » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 8:18 am

onetonne wrote:When I was first catching crabs I had the glass buried in the sand with the rim just on the sand, so that the glass was on a slight angle. The crab will get in but will just slip on the glass and be unable to escape. They won't be able to get in the glass if they are standing upright like that.


Yeah, the picture just doesn't show it but they were all leaned up against the rocks. Except one of them, I didn't realise the wave maker had pushed it off the rock. D:
It was a success!
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Postby Richo66 » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 7:23 pm

What did u put in there to catch them? What food?

Tank looks good :)
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Postby Htu08 » Mon 14 Oct, 2013 7:24 pm

Richo66 wrote:What did u put in there to catch them? What food?

Tank looks good :)


Shrimp/ table prawn. I had 5 glasses in, just chopped up a large prawn.
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Postby onetonne » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 10:03 pm

What did you do with them? I caught about 5 during my cycle and they all live happily in my fuge now.
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Postby Htu08 » Tue 15 Oct, 2013 10:08 pm

onetonne wrote:What did you do with them? I caught about 5 during my cycle and they all live happily in my fuge now.


Oh man, I'm going to get canned now...
I actually just binned them. I didn't want them in my fuge because I was thinking of putting in some cuc down if everything goes as planned.
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Postby Amphibian » Thu 17 Oct, 2013 10:18 pm

Htu08 wrote:
onetonne wrote:What did you do with them? I caught about 5 during my cycle and they all live happily in my fuge now.


Oh man, I'm going to get canned now...
I actually just binned them. I didn't want them in my fuge because I was thinking of putting in some cuc down if everything goes as planned.




Bad boy bad boy .
i did the same first time i had them as well.

all good now !!
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Postby Htu08 » Thu 24 Oct, 2013 9:15 pm

Just added 6 X Cooper's anthias straight from Cairns marines 3 days ago. - Eating very well, thanks DeerPark Aquarium.
No ammonia spike. Monitoring Closely.

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Postby vrbs » Fri 25 Oct, 2013 10:18 am

Looking good so far, I really like the scape
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Postby jimboski » Fri 25 Oct, 2013 1:43 pm

Nice!
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Postby Htu08 » Fri 06 Dec, 2013 10:15 pm

Will try to update this journal soon with pics, but interesting thing happened tonight.

As I turned the lights to blue to sus out the new additions, my male anthia started swimming eratically and the females started to school with him. They'd run to the bottom of the tank and then race upwards. Reminds me of something I read about anthias spawning. Interesting....
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Postby Htu08 » Mon 09 Dec, 2013 8:28 pm

Some pictures:

-Confused Duncan (Must be the first vegetarian coral)
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-Ghetto Frag Rack
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-Hammer Garden (It begins...)
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-3 week old Dallas frag (well been in my tank for 3 weeks or so) Gorgeous SPS, easy to care for. Every tank should try to get one of these!
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-FTS 9/12/13 (Prob one of the last before the upgrade) Didnt really clean the tank at all >.< Lot's of algae
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Postby sparker » Tue 10 Dec, 2013 1:07 pm

looking good mate!
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Postby Htu08 » Tue 10 Dec, 2013 1:08 pm

sparker wrote:looking good mate!


hehehe, thanks sam! Not sure if we are talking about my tank or that 6x2.5x2 monster thats coming to geelong in approximately 164 hours though...
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Postby KirTracid » Sun 15 Dec, 2013 3:20 pm

Htu08 wrote:Some pictures:

-Confused Duncan (Must be the first vegetarian coral)
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Most stupid coral award goes to these guys. My kids duncan ate a carbon pellet when a couple accidently flew into the tank last week.
-Kirsty

My new 10x3.5x2 SPS dominated mixed reef ( start date: Christmas time)
My 5x2x2 SPS dominated, ATI LED Powered ZEOvit Reef - basically discountinued
Where clams & Angelfish can live in Harmony :)
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Postby Htu08 » Fri 20 Dec, 2013 4:33 pm

A day @ the LFS mines

Found a nugget?
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Washed and cleaned the nugget
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Amongst my other precious metals
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Postby sparker » Fri 20 Dec, 2013 4:49 pm

nice, show us under blues :bow:
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