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Paul_D's rebuilt reef - Results of Chemi Clean

Postby Paul_D » Mon 24 Aug, 2009 7:55 pm

Introduction:
Well I haven't been seen around here a great deal for a couple of years, and had let my system get into a pretty sad state. Recently decided that if I was going to have a rather large aquarium in the middle of the lounge room, then it had better look a whole lot better than it was looking.

The only real option for me was a complete rebuild of the tanks - many of the old leather corals had grown to the point where they were causing huge issues with shadowing, there was a lot of pest species in there - star polyps, some aggressive and unattractive mushrooms, nuisance algae etc. I was also keen to upgrade the tank to allow a greater variety of species to be kept in the main tank.

The tank journal for the original setup can be found here

System Objectives: "My dear, You can do whatever you want with the tanks, my only request is that you make it as quiet as possible". This has been modified slightly (see below).

System Type: Mixed Reef - I have a large collection of nice mushies and rics, a bit of an LPS fetish, and miss having some nice acro (my old acro tank burst a seam and I lost everything). Basically any tank I develop tends to end up somewhat, well, full.....

Display System:

Strike up Date: Originally set up April 03, rebuilt 24 August 09

Display Tank:
Main: 4' x 1.5' x 2'
Daughter tank 2' x 14" x 14"

Display Lighting:
Main 2 x 150 W MH
4 x 54 W T5 Actinics
LED moonlights (not currently in use)
Daughter 1 x 150 W MH

Stand: Standard Strictly Aquariums wooden stands

Hood: Standard Strictly Aquariums crown hood on daughter tank. No current hood on main but my wife assures me there WILL BE!!

Sump: Standard 2 foot tank

Refugium: At least in the short term the daughter tank will be used to grow macro algae as well as holding a few frags.

Refugium Lighting: See above


Support systems:

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation:
Tunze 6060
Seio 1100 (not yet installed)

Return Pump:Pondmaster 2800 (due for replacement)

Skimmer: Tunze skimmer - currently getting a long overdue vinegar soaking

Evaporation Top Up: Auto topup as per ATJ design


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Kalk

Alkilinity Addition: Kalk

Other Chemical Maintenance: nil

Current Livestock:

- 2 x Percula clowns
- 1 x Blue Tang (whitespot but fat and eating well)
- 1 x Flame Angel
- 1 x Pink Spot Blenny
- 1 x Niger Trigger
- 1 x Potter’s Wrasse (thin)
- 1 x Lunar Wrasse
- 1 x Coral Banded Shrimp

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These photos were taken about 4 hours after I completed adding everything to the tank - obviously some things are going to be moved, and a lot of things are not really open. The leathers in the middle of the tank were fragged only recently and are looking pretty sad still, likewise a lot of the LPS are pretty unhappy. Please excuse all the tubing from the canister filter that I am running atm.

Full tank shot:

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End on:

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Left hand side:

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Right hand side:

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Postby Alf D » Mon 24 Aug, 2009 8:17 pm

Onya Paul, good to see you're getting stuck into to it again.
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Postby stoli » Mon 24 Aug, 2009 10:01 pm

Welcome back Paul :)

I am interested to hear how you find the trigger. They seemed to be around a lot when we first got into marine but I haven't seen them much lately.

Potters looks cool too. I assume they are hardier than their angel equivalent?

I like the colour mix of your morphs. Sounds like you have had a busy day!
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Re: Paul_D's rebuilt reef

Postby fulltilt » Mon 24 Aug, 2009 10:08 pm

Paul_D wrote:Introduction:
Well I haven't been seen around here a great deal for a couple of years, and had let my system get into a pretty sad state. Recently decided that if I was going to have a rather large aquarium ... then it had better look a whole lot better than it was looking.

Good to have you back, I've just been through the same thing myself but now the bug has bitten again HARD.
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Postby Basenji » Mon 24 Aug, 2009 10:22 pm

I know only too well how much work it would have taken to get the tank back to that point Paul. Well done.
All the best with the rebuild.
I'm sure it will be back in action before too long.

Is that the same flame angel that you've had since the beginning? He must be getting on now.
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Postby Paul_D » Tue 25 Aug, 2009 10:28 am

Katie,

The trigger is a gem - placid, no agro, eats well. Only possible issue is if he grows to an excessive size - thankfully I know someone with a bloody big tank (who it would appear even likes triggers). Strictly's down here had quite a few, still had one or two left last time I was there.

As for the Potter's Wrasse, he is a great looking fish but getting a bit thin - can only get him to eat frozen mysis but he is not as aggressive a feeder as I would like - until yesterday the two wrasse were in the 2 foot tank with the other always being a far more enthusiastic feeder, in the big tank with more competition it may be a problem though he seems keener on picking at the rockwork in the bigger tank.

The morphs look fantastic under the new lighting - I thought I had lost all my flouro pink ones a while ago but found two down the back. Colour is just amazing.

Colin, yep that's Elvis, the clowns, goby and CBS are also about the same age.

cheers

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Postby Basenji » Tue 25 Aug, 2009 10:32 am

The morphs look fantastic under the new lighting

I would have ripped them all out while you had the chance :pirate:
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Postby dviv » Tue 25 Aug, 2009 10:35 am

Looking great Paul!

Really glad to hear you're back in the game :thumbsup:
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Postby rgh » Tue 25 Aug, 2009 11:35 am

Wow, that's changed things a lot - well done!
I'm sure once things settle in the tank will look a lot more 'stocked', but at least you've got options now - I seem to remember nearly every piece of real estate was taken before.
It's going to be great watching this tank 'grow up' all over again!
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Postby Paul_D » Wed 26 Aug, 2009 1:27 pm

:( looks like the Potter's wrasse may not have survived the move.....
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Postby rgh » Wed 26 Aug, 2009 4:57 pm

Sorry to hear that Paul - it was a lovely fish!
I hope everyone else settles into the new surroundings OK.
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Postby Jim_D » Fri 28 Aug, 2009 10:08 am

Jeez Paul you STILL don't know how to set up a good lookin' reef tank!

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Postby Paul_D » Fri 28 Aug, 2009 12:29 pm

Spooky, I think I just saw a ghost!!!!!!!!
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Postby Paul_D » Fri 28 Aug, 2009 12:42 pm

Got a couple of nice pieces down at Majestic today - a pick pocillopora and a green plating maze coral (not sure on ID).

Also Ben was kind enough to give me a couple of colonies that were starting to RTN - got a few nice frags off them so fingers crossed.

One thing I can't believe that I had forgotten is just how bad acro smells when you frag it - thats one thing I didn't miss.

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Postby caevan » Fri 28 Aug, 2009 1:38 pm

Paul_D wrote:Spooky, I think I just saw a ghost!!!!!!!!


He has been MIA for a couple of years and his post count is still greater than yours or mine.
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Postby JDub » Mon 31 Aug, 2009 11:27 am

Good to see Paul....

Nice to see some old 'faces' on this thread...... you blokes make me feel young.... LOL :poke: :devil:

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Postby JDub » Mon 31 Aug, 2009 11:31 am

Basenji wrote:
The morphs look fantastic under the new lighting

I would have ripped them all out while you had the chance :pirate:


Amen! :devil: I found one solitary one in my tank the other day, now where it was is the worlds biggest 'aquaneedit pancake' :thumbsup:
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Postby Basenji » Mon 31 Aug, 2009 12:02 pm

Ah Joel, it's good to have a kindred spirit.
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 31 Aug, 2009 5:40 pm

Reefporn! - everyone loves reefporn!!

New full tank shot, new fuzzy sticks are in and doing well:

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Nice to see some old 'faces' on this thread...... you blokes make me feel young.... LOL Poke Devil


This fish should make you feel young Joel, I think he's probably older than you:

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Something to give Caevan, Joel and Colin nightmares:

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Hangin out...

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It just ain't a reeftank without some of these guys:

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And a few random coral shots:

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Gotta say I am really happy with the way things are looking since the rebuild - have a few more SPS frags lined up, and some nice red ricordea and more flouro pink mushies attaching in the frag tank atm. Its nice to rebuild a tank with a clearer idea of your endpoint rather than just adding stuff as you go along.

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Postby dviv » Tue 01 Sep, 2009 11:02 am

Looks very clean and neat :thumbsup:

sounds like you are happy doing it too - which is probably the most important thing :)
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 8:43 am

A few more pics:

pink spotted goby

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The best shot I have been able to get of the lunar wrasse :wall:

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ricordea (have more of the reds, just trying to get them to attach atm). the orange has a beautiful target like effect, especially under actinic.

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Postby sydneydrewid » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 9:07 am

very nice pics :) tank looks great :thumbsup:
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Postby ryanrid » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 10:08 am

got any new pics of the new hammer? :poke:
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 10:32 am

New hammer is one that way dying at Majestic so they gave it to my to try and revive - doing well so far, very little further dieoff. Don't know that there will be space for it in the end though so might well be turning up in a bag at a MASS meeting. Will get you a pic, but about to take my PC in for repair in about 10 min, so might be a while....
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Postby rgh » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 12:07 pm

I love the Goby & Wrasse Paul!
Great to see the rebuilding of this tank and how many inhabitants you've kept long term - it's a real credit to you!

So you've had to upgrade the computer to handle posting all the pics of the upgraded tank? That's dedication! ;)
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Postby Paul_D » Mon 07 Sep, 2009 12:23 pm

rgh wrote:Great to see the rebuilding of this tank and how many inhabitants you've kept long term - it's a real credit to you!


Thanks mate - I always find it kind of odd that I have a CBS who is older than my kids - had Mr Pinchy, as well as the clowns, flame and goby over 6 years now
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Postby peekandboo » Thu 10 Sep, 2009 11:42 pm

wow 6 years, well done :clap: :clap: .
that ric looks really nice, let me know when you frag it :poke: :poke:
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Postby Zeason99 » Fri 11 Sep, 2009 12:27 am

peekandboo wrote:wow 6 years, well done :clap: :clap: .
that ric looks really nice, let me know when you frag it :poke: :poke:


Sorry.... one of them has my name tattoo on it... that's MINE :roflmao:
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Postby Paul_D » Fri 11 Sep, 2009 9:12 am

Zeason, yours is the same as the red on the left but about twice the size....

That orange one is like a multicoloured target under actinic - can't get a pic that does it justice.

LOTS of frags went in last night (big thanks to Zeason!), more pics once I pick up my father's day pressie.
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Postby ryanrid » Fri 11 Sep, 2009 10:04 am

he has a nice potters there too....had to resist buying it, maybee in a few weeks if still there and have researched properly....
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