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Seven Months in

Well its been a tough couple of months, ive had 3 major snags   1. My cheato all died back and the tank started to cover with green hair algae but i think thats starting to subside now. Fingers crossed.   2. I went away for a couple of days and returned to find the power had tripped and the tank was down to 21 degrees and i lost my kole tang.   3. Once the tank was back up and running one of the power heads caught fire underwater, luckily the wife was at hand and cut the power. All seemed ok but during the next week i lost 4 of my SPS colonies which were all growing at a staggering rate.   GUTTED!!!!!!!!   So it was time for a move around and i replaced the frags with some from my nano which ive now shut down, ive replaced the cheato and added an algae blennie, and some chromis. The tanks looking better than ever and as i said the green hair algae is in recession. Top tip - try and stay at home as sods law will always bite yer.   Anyway here are the latest snaps of the tank at seven months in (im not giving up) enjoy.   TREV C - sorry to hear you broke up the tank but cant wait to see the new build if the last was anything to go by, its still what im aiming for.   Rocky.   From this   To this in 2 months   FTS DAY   FTS NIGHT

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New additions 15th Feb 2009

Quick post with the new additions i aquired from my LFS, well i say local its about an hour away.   Need a bit of help on the ID of this Acro, it was a freebie a bit of damage and covered in Xenia. Had to chip away at it a bit but hopefully it will recover. Looks like a plating type. Any help greatly appreciated.     My new Pair of Cinnamon Clowns     Frogspawn Frag     And an Action Shot Left Hand Side       Rocky.

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Tank at 4 months

Well its been a while since my last tank update and boy has it seen some problems.   1. Over the cold spell the weather shattered the glass on my Halide luckily most of it stayed in the unit and did not go in the tank. 2. My pyjama wrasse - feared jumped out and dead has turned up in the sump alive and thriving, hes now back in the main tank. 3. Ive had to re-arrange my sump so that it did not stagnate ive also added another pump to pull the water through faster. 4. Cyano all over the place and i mean everywhere, its now all but gone thanks to lowering the Salinity and a good few water changes. 5. break out of white spot- prohably due to all the fiddling around for the last month.   Anyway im over most of it everything survives and enjoying the tank more than ever. The Frags from the last couple of Frag nights are all doing really well and showing good growth. Have changed the 14k for some 10k, took a while to get used to the difference in colour myself but the corals are loving it.   Anyway heres the latest batch of Photos, still got some Cyano but its less and less every day.   Full tank shot       Coral close ups                 My convict/engineer goby out for some food     Enjoy Rocky.

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Tank at Two months

Alls running fine, had a bit of a clean out and 30% water change as i was starting to get some unwanted algae and ive been a little lazy for the last month.   Ph is a little low but thats due to the salt i was using, note i said was. Ive switched to a much better salt now and the Ph has risen to around 8.15 from 7.95. I will do another 30% water change next week and should see an improvement in the water.   The SPS are showing varied amounts of growth some more than others. The hysterix especially see phots below.   November the 11th   December the 17th   Full Tank shot   New additions     Thats all for now will post again after the xmas break.   Rocky.

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Wipee Ive got SPS

The frags from Octobers Frag night are in and all settled and showing good Polyp extension. So here are a few shots of it on day one. will add more every month as the reef progresses.   Left     Right     FTS     Some close ups       Rocky.

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Halides Up

The Halides are now in place so its bring on the Frags.   Since lighting the Sump in the dark hours when the tank lights are out the Ph difference seems to be reducing. So fingers crossed thats that small problem solved.   I will post again when the Frags are in there new homes.   Rocky.

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New Home

Well the tank is finally set up in the new house and its coming on well. The cycle has now finished new clean up crew are in beavering around.   here are the Latest readings.   1.025 at 26.1 degrees Ph 7.91 (7.68 at 6am and 7.91 ish by 6pm Mag 1250 Cal 440 Dkh 9.5 Phosphate 0.01 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0   These seem fairly stable now and ready for the Frag night corals. Not sure where they are going to go but thats half of the fun.   Here are a couple of phots of the tank           Rocky  

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Cabinet now modded for sump

Spent most of yesterday moding the cabinet for my sump. Used 2x2 timber to re-inforce the panels that ive removed. Just fits all the stuff i need in there and the electrics and co2 will go behind the cabinet which has an open back.   Here are some snaps so you can see what i mean.   BEFORE       AFTER       Rocky.

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No going back now

Well its been a long day so far started at 8am and have just finished the job gone 2pm   Heres the tank last night, last moments of peace for the inhabitants.         The holding area for the few inhabitants and the 60Kg of live rock.         All the Live rock out and in the holding tanks.               The Fuge that was running the tank with the 60Kg live rock. Absolutely teaming with life.         AND FINALLY       NICE AND CLEAN AND READY FOR JASON TO DRILL.   Rocky (Bloody Knackered)

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Design rethink and construction

Well thanks for the input guys, have changed the design from the one below into one full length sump. Cos the weather is complete DOG S**T ive decided to make a start before i strip the tank down tommorrow so that i can get it drilled.     The water comes in from the left into a chamber that will feed the Skimmer and the Ca reactor unfortunately they are located over the other side of the sump but could be moved with a bit more effort.   It then enters the next chamber through the first set of baffles. This will contain a DSB which is located between the two low baffles in the centre, cheato and LRR will also be added in this chamber   It then passes through the last set of baffles to the return chamber.       The blue bucket is a gravity fed R/O top up that i hope will work. If not ill fork out later for a pucka one cash allowing.   Once again any comments please PM me with them you know what its like. In the excitement to do something you forget something.   CHEERS ROCKY

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New Sump design

Now that ive moved on all my soft corals i can start to dismantle the tank and get it ready for drilling. It is intended to have a 40mm overflow wier down to the sump. The sump is detailed below. I would be grateful of any comments Please feel free to PM me as you cant leave comments via this Blog. (select the picture to full size to read the labels)     The equipment is as follows   Korallin 1501 reactor operating via Ph probe and solenoid to the Co2 system Deltec APH525 skimmer DIY Calcium and Phosphate reactors   The flow will come in through the DSB and frag tank section (the frag tank will come into operation much later) then into the LRR and cheato section. The Ca Reactor and Skimmer will be fed from the Frag and DSB section of the sump and fed back in again before the water goes onto the LRR and Cheato and finally the Carbon and Phosphate reactors polish the water for return via an Eheim 1262 (3400lph).   I will take photos of the build as it progresses and also on the move to Scotland which i hope will be without too much loss.   Rocky.

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tank arrived 3rd april

picked up the tank yesterday morning. once i got it home the plumbing was started. the weir was built and installed and the back was painted. not an easy tank to work with, being so deep, and going through the base is new to me so im hoping it all goes well when i fill it. the extra depth makes the tank seem very big.                  

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next step

dead rock has gone in for re-seeding. not final resting place yet as i have more live rock to add and corals . so thing will change a fair bit yet.   sump is up and running now and the twin pipe method is very quiet.   v2 800 skimmer use as a temp until i get my schuran replacement.   auto top up fitted and will draw water from a container next to the tank, behind a chair.    

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sunday test day

ph 8.2 kh 10.4 cal 410 mct 1470 phos 0 nitrates 0 salt 1.025   looks like the dsb has started to work now ! have been having milky water for awhile and its just cleared in the last two days !  

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new additions

just add some clean up crew 4 more snails now got 6-7 snails in there now 2 more red leg hermits now have 3 in there and added two new fish (digi cam not very good for taking pics of fish !! )

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sunday testing

ph 8.0 kh 11.2 cal 390 mct 1300 phos 0 nitrates 10 salt 1.025   not sure it the dsb has started to work or the tank is just settling down ! added some calcium up to 420ish leaving the water change today and will just top with fresh if need though the week

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picking up the tank

picked the tank up from jasons his old 4x2x2 with the help of ben and martin then got home and drop the tank and sumps on the drive and started the easy job of removing the coralline algae of the sides ! 30 mins later ready to move the tank in to the house !   tank in and left for the night !   thought i will test the floor ! so started to fill the tank with fresh water !! so far so good !   tanked filled and turned on the return pump to check the weirs (as running the tank in the bedroom) running lovely and quite !   ok start to empty the tank and then all of a sudden theres water every where ! HELPPPP checked my joints that i silicon up and they was ok wheres the water coming from !! more and more !! then it twigged the return pipe was just thrown in to the top of that tank !!        

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sump

sumps now built. simple dsb sump with 2 inlets from the main tank. the pipe shown is one of them . this will have a valve on it . the other pipe will be open. the pipe with the valve will be shorter inside the weir than the other. the valve is closed to raise the water level, in the weir, so it just trickles down the taller pipe. it thinkits just called a twin pipe outlet. the advantage to this method over the durso is its supposed to be quieter and you can have the pipe with the valve on submerged in the sump. this stops splashing and air bubbles.   the eggcrate on the right is for the skimmer pump to sit on because the sump it too tall. it will have about 5" of aragonite sugar sand and chaeto in the center section. eheim 1260 return pump on the left. the return pipe will go back up inside the weir and tee off at the top to either side of the weir, at water level.   ive done a simple diagram to help explain the pipework              

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