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      08-10-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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REEFERS thread

i thought it would be a cool idea to create a thread to locate reefers out their. ill start i have a new 29 gallon biocube HQI



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      08-10-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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And just when I thought this would be something different...it's not.

I started out with a 29 myself...told my wife it would only be about $100 to convert. I'm in about 30 Grand now Addicting for sure...

Here are a few pics of my 220 in wall project...
Front View

This was back before I added an extra 150lbs of live rock...I'll need to update this at some point.

Behind the Scene

Copperband Butterfly

Hammer

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Yellow Tank and Bubble Coral

Suncoral

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Anyway...I documented the entire build...it can be seen here.

http://www.primepittsburgh.com/reef1.htm

But I can keep posting pics if needed
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This is not what I was expecting...
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another thread about it.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...alt+water+reef
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Wow, such a badass setup ShopVac.
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Wow, such a badass setup ShopVac.
Thanks, I've dedicated years to it.
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LMAO about the title and sorry to disappoint you guys

ShopVac your tank is insane !!!!!! real badass
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LMAO about the title and sorry to disappoint you guys

ShopVac your tank is insane !!!!!! real badass
Thanks...I see you said yours was new. I seem to remember going through a cycle process with a raw piece of shrimp...did you go through all that?

Your tank looks so clean now...that will change

I see you got some pulsing Xenia...zoas...star polyps (which will take over the tank). What kind of LPS is that in the front...I can't tell without it being open.
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Forgot to post my latest fishy...I got this Koran Angel about two years ago. He didn't really start coming out (for me to get his picture) until about a month ago.

When I got him, he was about 2 1/2 inches, now he's over 7 (and still a juvenile). You can see he's starting to change a tad...

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Thanks...I see you said yours was new. I seem to remember going through a cycle process with a raw piece of shrimp...did you go through all that?

Your tank looks so clean now...that will change
ya its new and im still adding things to it. my cycle process was let it run for 2 days with live rock, live sand, and water then i added 3 chromes to the tank and after a month i began to buy some corals that ended up dieing on me because of a redslime problem that i didnt take care of and probably a over dose of buffer and other chemicals.

after i took care of the redslime i bought this tank and transferred w/e i had left over slowly. sadly i think i might over dosed on purple up or didnt watch my calcium levels because the torch coral i had looks like it died.....do you know anything about torch corals? if i live it in the tank will it grow back or is it too late to save? you can see it in the video and picture its the thing in front that looks closed. i saw all the green things float around the tank which gives me the impression that it died

btw this tank has been running for about 2-3 weeks
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But Nemo isn't there lol
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I've had some torches...and unfortunately they've gone through a similar process in what I see yours doing.

Once the tissue starts to recede on the stems, that's not a good sign. The coral is looking for one of a few things. More light, more calcium, or more food. Food part can be easy. Take a 2 litre bottle top (cut it) and force it into the sand around the coral (just to keep the fishies out). You can put cyclopeez into the top and let it float around it...if it takes it, you're good...if not it's something else. Don't leave the bottle on there for more than 30 minutes. Lighting is tricky...I've never had issues with VHO or Halide...I can't tell what you have on yours, hopefully sufficient. Obviously check your calc levels or get a water change in to raise it.

No need to worry about purple up...you'll get the algae you're looking for naturally with time.
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i want a reef tank, but its such pain in the ass. i have friends who are obsessed with this shit, and couple of friends that service them for other people.

i'm just not ready for how time consuming and expensive it is. maybe when i become an old fart with nothing else to do.
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i have the biocube HQI which uses a halide and i upgraded the bulb to a 20k to get a more blue color. mmmh i know my calcium level were a little low when i got it but i did try to raise it with some calcium that i have and i never fed it but it only lasted a week tops. could it have been the ocean water that i use from the back of my house could have been bad?
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But Nemo isn't there lol
Sorry, here...



Had a dory too...it choked on me. Hard fish to keep.
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i have the biocube HQI which uses a halide and i upgraded the bulb to a 20k to get a more blue color. mmmh i know my calcium level were a little low when i got it but i did try to raise it with some calcium that i have and i never fed it but it only lasted a week tops. could it have been the ocean water that i use from the back of my house could have been bad?
I wouldn't use any water close to a beach. From what I hear, there's too much in it when it's that close to shore. I don't know from personal experience, but to see that much foam sometimes...and knowing what my skimmer does.

A mile out...probably a different story.
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I wouldn't use any water close to a beach. From what I hear, there's too much in it when it's that close to shore. I don't know from personal experience, but to see that much foam sometimes...and knowing what my skimmer does.

A mile out...probably a different story.
skimmer does do a lot of work so i usually wait till high tide to get better water. i once got the water from about a 2-3 mile out and that was super clear. i dont think ive ever seen my tank that clear before

i just did a water change but if the rain stops and i see the sun come out ill probably change it again
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