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labnjab
11-30-2009, 12:25 PM
Were quickly collecting the pieces for our tank merger so I thought I'd start a journal. We plan on merging our 2 29 gallon reefs into one 75 gallon rr tank. Our goal is to simulate a reef transition zone with live rock piled up on the right half under a 250 watt phoenix 14000K hqi then it will slope to a large sand area with a few chunks of rock on the left under t-5's. Sps and a clam on the right and lps and softies on the left. It will have the 85 lbs of live rock we currently have along with 20-30 lbs of dry rock

Tank
Used All Glass aquarium 75 gallon Reef Ready tank. We upgraded the standpipe from a crappy homemade stockman to a better durso style, which I need to make one small adjustment to.

Before
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/mailgooglecom.jpg

After- The only changes I have to make are adding a street 90 degree to give me more room
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/mailgooglecom-1.jpg

The stand is going to be custom made by me so we can fit our lage skimmer underneath. I picked up most of the lumber yesterday and got it cut to size. I'm going to assemble it tonight

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/mailgooglecom-2.jpg

Heat- 2 200 wat visa therm stealth heaters hooked up to a temperature controller

Flow- 3 Koralia 2's, 1 koralia 1 and my mag drive 9.5 return pump, this can change depending on how much we like the flow

Skimmer- Coralife 125. We bought it used for $85

Sump- 20 long which is currently running on one of the 29 gallons. Along with the skimmer it will have a refugium with live rock and chaeto, phosphate reactor, and auto-top off

Stock- all the fish in the 2 tanks (see signature) including our bubble tip anemone plus we'll probably add 1 or 2 more fish.

At this point the only thing holding us up is building the stand and buying sand. Were going with a all new sandbed seeded with our old to elimnate any problems with switching over our old sandbed. I have to save up a few more weeks because the sand is going to be about $200 for 200lbs of dry aragonite. Hopefully we'll have everything switched over before christmas

Northernguy
11-30-2009, 02:31 PM
Sounds like a nice plan! thumbs2:
I am looking forward to seeing it complete!:22:

Rue
11-30-2009, 03:09 PM
Good start!thumbs2:

Miltonic
11-30-2009, 03:11 PM
looking good! I bet you're excited bigger reefs are 10x better

labnjab
11-30-2009, 05:52 PM
Thank you everyone. I started building the stand on my lunch break. I made the mistake of not pre-drilling some holes on the 1st piece and split it, so its off to home depot for another board. I have the bottom and 2 legs complete. I'll finish the frame tonight and will get some plywood later in the week to box it in. Here's a quick camera phone pic of what I've done so far

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/stand.jpg

The only concern I have are where the bulkhead fittings come through the bottom of the tank. Its gonna be a tight fit but I'm hoping i'll be ok

MCHRKiller
12-01-2009, 05:55 AM
Looks awesome so far :22:

labnjab
12-02-2009, 12:22 PM
Thank you:ssmile: The tank is cleaned up and the stand is almost complete, all that's left now is to take a belt sander to the top to make it even. I ordered 160 lbs of aragonite from marcorocks.com Monday night for $109 shipped (cyber Monday deal) and if its here by Saturday then I'm making the switch Sunday. 160 lbs is going to give me a 3 inch sand bed which is actually all I need. Hopefully nothing else comes up because I am completely out of money:ssuprised: Untill the sand comes I'll be mixing up saltwater. I'm using what I can save out of the other tanks but I don't know for sure exactly how much extra I'll need. Between the tank and sump its going to be a 90 gallon system

labnjab
12-08-2009, 10:17 PM
Tonights the night i picked up 160# of dry aragonite from marcorocks for $109 shipped. I rinsed ot last night so tonight were gonna make the merge. Look for pics tomorrow afternoon

labnjab
12-09-2009, 12:20 PM
Last night didn't go as planned:spam: We got 1 tank switched over but didn't get the sump or other tank moved. I had a bulkhead that was bad so I decided not to break down the other tank. I managed to find another bulkhead, but instead of the inside being a slip fitting it is threaded so I need to get some plumbing parts this afternoon and finish switching over the tank tonight

So far whats in the 75 gallon is all of the aragonite, 35 lbs live rock, 35 gallons of water, all my sps, yellow watchman goby and pistol shrimp, firefish goby, bangai cardinal, and part of the cuc. I've got a heater and 2 koralia powerheads in for flow and I marked the glass so I can have a referance for top off. So far all parameters i've checked are in check, 0 ammonia and nitrate, ph is 8.2, and alk is 11. I'll check calcium and magnessium once I get the other tank transfered over which will hopefully be tonight.

We did have two small scares last night. 1st the firefish took the easy way out of the 29 gallon. He decided to ride the siphone hose down to the storage bucket instead of joining the rest of the fish in the fish bucket. Luckily he was small enough that it didn't do any damage to himself and was swimming and looked fine. He was going to be the hardest to catch so it made my job eaisier. 2nd was from our tiger pistol. He deceided to crack his claw as we put him in the other tank and it sounded just like the tank cracked. Its much louder when he's out of the tank then in it.

Hopefully things will go a little better tonight. Its snowing and will be all day so its a good day to finish the tank. I'd have some pics now but photobucket is down

Rue
12-09-2009, 03:47 PM
At least the critter did okay...even if it was somewhat adventursome...

Think how nice it will all look on Xmas eve! thumbs2:

labnjab
12-09-2009, 05:04 PM
I can't wait till it clears up. Its a lot better then it was last night. I can almost see the back glass. I'm heading out now to home depot to brave the blizzard and get the remaining plumbing pieces I need for the sump.

The only fish I haven't seen yet is the firefish. I hope he's just hiding like he usually does
Here's some pics. I have to move the halide to the right tonight
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1270.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1271.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1272.jpg

Rue
12-09-2009, 10:24 PM
That's a lot more room!thumbs2: Do you have a hood and full lights?

I'm assuming you're mixing up more water as well?

labnjab
12-09-2009, 10:48 PM
That's a lot more room!thumbs2: Do you have a hood and full lights?

I'm assuming you're mixing up more water as well?
We have another 10 gallons mixed and another 10 gallons of ro made plus the other tank has 40-45 gallons between the tank and sump. I installed the new bulkhead, added some water and so far its not leaking. If its still dry in an hour then I think were good to go

No hood yet. The other half of the tank is going to have our 4x39 watt t-5 fixture (it will stick out a few inches). Sometime soon we'd like to add a 150 watt HQI in place of the t-5 fixture and then we'll have someone build a hood. We love the extra roomthumbs2:. Most of the rock that's in there now will be put in the sump because I want as much empty sand as possible for lps and a clam

labnjab
12-10-2009, 06:24 AM
Tanks full and sump has been running for an hour running. We had one bulkhead start to drip but once I snugged it up it stopped. Our coralife 125 skimmers impeller broke so we stuck the coralife 65 back in until we could find a new impellar for the 125. The skimmer is pulling some nasty looking skimmate already. I didn't realize how much live rock we had. Were not gonna be able to do exactly what we wanted to the tank with the reef transition zone but I'll wait till the dust settles to aquascape, place coral and adjust powerheads. Were pushing almost 3000gph between the return and 4 powerheads. I love flow http://nhreefclub.org/Smileys/classic/grin.gif

Look for pics tomorrow and hopefully I can sleep tonight http://nhreefclub.org/Smileys/classic/undecided.gif I did a power kill test and the sumps level hardly rose http://nhreefclub.org/Smileys/classic/grin.gif Clowns are sleeping in the nem which will hopefully not move much

Were going to be looking for a 150 hqi soon. Were not liking the 2 different colors between the halide and t-5's. On side is blueish and the other is pink. We are definitely going to change it

labnjab
12-10-2009, 05:37 PM
Heres the pictures. The water is a little cloudy but much better. Now we need to fill it with coral
FTS
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1273.jpg

Left Half

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1274.jpg

Middle

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1275.jpg

Right

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1276.jpg

Rue
12-10-2009, 06:06 PM
Looks WAY better today! Yay!thumbs2:

And yeah, you need the same colour lights...it looks odd when they don't match...

labnjab
12-10-2009, 07:22 PM
Thank u im saving up for another hqi. I wat another luminex reflector with galaxy ballast and a phonix 14000k bulb

Miltonic
12-11-2009, 04:12 AM
Im glad that you solved your bulkhead issues without many problems, I bet your loving the extra space a bigger tank gives. looking forward to see it once you get everything how you want it.

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:54 AM
Im glad that you solved your bulkhead issues without many problems, I bet your loving the extra space a bigger tank gives. looking forward to see it once you get everything how you want it.

Thank you milt. The extra space is awesome. We picked up 2 frags tonight. A metor shower frag (very fast grower and very in demand locally) and a Red Zombie eye chalice. We traded a tunze nano skimmer for them. We also have a friend breaking down a frag tank soon and he's going to be selling his frags cheaper then he already sells them for so that will help us stock up.

I'm still getting a slight drip from one of the bulkheads. I have a small container under it and it gets maybe an once of water every 12 hours. I think I just need to snug it up but I can't find my pliers:ssuprised: I'll have to remember to bring some home from work. If that doesn't work I'll have to take it apart and seal it

We have 2 fish unaccounted for and I'm starting to worry. Our firefish and YWG are still missing. Hopefully I'll see them in the next few days. They are very skittish so they could be hiding when we come in the room. They were great at hiding with ony 30 lbs of LR in the tank and now theres over 80

Another thing is our calcium is very high at 550. I bet its due to the new aragonite. Alk is at 11 and ph is 8.2. Hopefully calcium will come down as we have quite a few sps. For now I'm gonna enjoy not having to dose anything for calcium:hmm3grin2orange:

Look for some more pics tomorrow focusing on all the coral. Late spring we had a purple cap die and broke off and ended up in the back of the tank. While cleaning out one of the tanks we found it, and it had a small section of purple and polyps. I put it under the halide and several more polyps came out. Its 90% bleached but it looks like it may eventually recover

Northernguy
12-11-2009, 05:59 AM
Thats going to look amazing when you get it finished!
Nice tank!thumbs2:

labnjab
12-11-2009, 03:48 PM
Thank you very much. And thank you for the help on the stand as well. Its holding up very well and everything is levelthumbs2:

I just found the YWG and pistol shrimp alive http://nhreefclub.org/Smileys/classic/grin.gif. Now the only one missing is the firefish. I'll give it a few more day before I call it a loss

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:33 PM
Heres lots of pictures

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1298.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1300.jpg

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:34 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1297.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1296.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1295.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1294.jpg

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:35 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1293.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1292.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1291.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1289.jpg

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:36 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1287.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1286.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1284.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1283.jpg

labnjab
12-11-2009, 05:37 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1282.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1281.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1280.jpg

coachfraley
12-11-2009, 09:07 PM
Very cool! Looks like everything is starting to settle in.

labnjab
12-12-2009, 03:12 AM
Thank you coach. Every things doing awesomethumbs2: Now we need to increase our CUC. More snails, crabs and other inverts

Here's a small list of coral and other inverts we'd like to add down the road

Dersa Clam in a few months
Green Galaxia
Duncan
Acans
Sun Coral
Colorful Zoas
More SPS, we'd like to add some milipora (sp?) and pocillopora to the mix as well as more acros
a plate coral
mushrooms
an elegance coral if we have room, I know they are highly agressive

and once the tanks been running 6 months or so we'd love to add a gorgonian or 2


and the list goes on, I'll think of more as the weeks go on. We probably won't get all of them but its a list of stuff we'd like to get. We want a full on reef, where every inch of live rock is covered with coral. With the lighting combo and flow we have we can have just about anything so this is going to be an interesting, fun, and expensive tankthumbs2: The great thing is we have less the $300 invested in the upgrade

labnjab
12-12-2009, 06:14 PM
Today everyone is accounted for 8) The firefish has been out all morning. Now if the female clown will just stop digging. She's not making the water cloudy but she is getting sand all over the rocks. Its funny, all the fish that were in the tank with t-5's hang out under the t-5's and all fish that were in the tank with the hallide are under the halide

MCHRKiller
12-12-2009, 07:22 PM
Tanks looking good! Glad that the move went well for you :22:

labnjab
12-12-2009, 08:07 PM
Thank you very much. I consider the move a great success since we didn't loose a single fish or coral and we didn't cause a mini cycle. Hopefully we can avoid any major algae cycle. I need to pick up a new magna float cause the ones we had for the 29 gallons aren't strong enough for the thicker glass

Deftec
12-12-2009, 11:03 PM
Necessary to have all those powerheads in there? I have 2 in mine and my clowns seemed to just hide off in a corner because of all the water movement over the LR.

labnjab
12-12-2009, 11:56 PM
Necessary to have all those powerheads in there? I have 2 in mine and my clowns seemed to just hide off in a corner because of all the water movement over the LR.
Its personal preference and also depends on what you are keeping. I love flow and I'll be adding 1 more powerhead soon. We also have a lot of sps which need flow

labnjab
12-14-2009, 03:11 AM
Our firefish went carpet surfing this afternoon:scry: We think the hawkfish chased him out of the tank.

On an upside we picked up some coral. We got a favia, sun coral, pink birdsnest, a type of milli and another sps which I can't think of its name, all for $40. Hopefully all this hard coral will bring our calcium down to a better level

MCHRKiller
12-14-2009, 05:14 AM
Sorry about the fire fish, sucks when animals decide to take a leap. My condolences on that :11:

Cant wait to see pics of the new coral, especially the sun coral :22:

labnjab
12-14-2009, 05:21 AM
Thank you. This is the first jumper we've had in over a year. With the halide I can't really use a top because the tank would heat up way too much.

Here's a pic of the sun coral. Since they mostly open up at night cause their non-photosynthetic I took one just now with the flash. I'll try and get a better one tomorrow if it comes out during the day

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1306.jpg

Miltonic
12-14-2009, 06:03 AM
sorry about the fish I had one fish(yellow wrasse) carpet surf on me not too long ago but I was there to pick it up and put it right back in the tank. I keep wanting to add a mesh lid but I can't find the time to do so.

congrats on your new additions.

MCHRKiller
12-14-2009, 06:37 AM
Egg crate is a nice option, plus it looks kind of cool when cut to fit the inner rims of the tank.

labnjab
12-14-2009, 05:21 PM
Egg crate is a nice option, plus it looks kind of cool when cut to fit the inner rims of the tank.

I had some on one of the 29 gallons with t-5's. How does it hold up under metal halides?

Were starting to get some diatoms which I expected would show up soon. Not much, just a little on the sand and glass. As soon as I can order some GFO from bulk reef supply I'll get my phosphate reactor up and running

Here's some pics of the rest of the coral we picked up last night. The sps are on the sand for now to slowly acclimate them to the halide. After a few days I'll move them to the rocks

I don't remember the name of this one, but its going to turn bright green once its been under the halides for a few days
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1307.jpg

This is a type of milipora which will also be bright green

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1308.jpg

Pink w/purple polyp birdsnest

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1310.jpg

Favia

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1312.jpg

labnjab
12-14-2009, 05:23 PM
This is a purple death we bought a single polyp of about a year ago. Since adding to this tank its purple color is really showing


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1315.jpg

kaybee
12-14-2009, 11:54 PM
Nice corals there! Great deal for $40!

That neon green trumpet/candy cane in last pic looks radioactive!

labnjab
12-15-2009, 12:07 AM
Thank you. That's the kryptonite candy cane. Its been circulating around our reef club. I haven't fed them in months. Once the tanks been running a few months and I get out phosphate reactor running again I'm going to start feeding LPS more often. As for now all that's getting fed is the sun coral. I want to avoid any algae issues so I'm keeping feeding to a minimum.Hopefully I can as I didn't start a mini cycle in the switch. My plan is to feed the tank once a night just before lights out and too feed zooplex every other day for the sps. I read feeding at night doesn't give the nucissane alage a chance to use the nutrients before the chaeto does

labnjab
12-15-2009, 05:57 AM
Made a large order tonight. We ordered a pound of GFO from Bulk reef supply and this reactor http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/brs-gfo-and-carbon-reactor.html with a mj400 to run it. We also got another koralia 2 to add more flow to our sps side of the tank and an impeller for our coralife 125. I'm hoping it will all get here by the end of the weekthumbs2:

labnjab
12-16-2009, 01:35 AM
I think our YWG and pistol shrimp are missing. We haven't seen them since Thursday and their not on the carpet.

We did the 1st water change tonight. We have to do it in 2 stages in order not to expose the live rock in the sump to air. Change 5 gallons, fire it up for a few minuets, shut it down and change another 3-4 gallons.

I also fixed the leaky bulkhead ;D I did discover one thing. It takes a while for the overflow to draw a siphon when the pump restarts so the return chamber runs dry for about 30 seconds. The magdrive pumps are designed to run safely for 30 minutes without water but I don't want to test that theory. I need to find a way to prevent this from happening :o

Another thing is we have a brittle starfish stuck in the overflow box. Hopefully it will climb its way back out. We tried to get it out without success.

With the YWG and Firefish gone I have an updated stock list. Here's what we plan on adding and in this order

Foxface Rabbit Fish
YWG and tigger pistol (unless ours shows up)
Another bangai cardinal (or 2 if we need to and take one out when they pair)
6 line or yellow corris wrasse for flatworm control


Let me know what you think about this stocking list and any suggestions on getting the standpipe to start quicker.

Kazenouta
12-16-2009, 03:51 AM
This is a really interesting thread, especially because I have no experience with SW or reef tanks. The only thing I can say is that it's a really beautiful looking tank. It's so very alive. I'd love to keep a reef tank someday after I've graduated college and start making some real cash. Best of luck to you!

labnjab
12-16-2009, 05:10 PM
Thank you very much. They are a lot of money. I think we've spent over $2500 over the last year or so on saltwater:ssuprised: Its well worth it though. I could stare it for hours

labnjab
12-16-2009, 05:13 PM
Got some pictures of the sun coral open

This is before lights out as it was just starting to open

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1317.jpg

and this is after lights out and probably 10 minutes after we fed it

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1319.jpg

Its a very hungry coral. I've been feeding in half a cube of frozen food a night over the course of an hour. This way I ensure all heads eat. Its also dropped a daughter on the rock its on. Its too small to see but its closed during the day and open during feeding so hopefully it grows into a nice new colony

labnjab
12-18-2009, 05:43 PM
Our phosphate reactor should be here tomorrow. I'm real anxious to get it running to help fight the algae stages. We have one acro that is starting to turn brown, but I suspect it may be due to the move or possible excess nutrients, which the phosphate reactor will help with. It should color back up in a few week. Acros are one of the more sensitive coral

Everything else is doing awesome and are actually getting more colorful, especially our green/purple cap. It went from a brownish yellow to now bright green in under a weekthumbs2:

labnjab
12-21-2009, 05:52 PM
We got the phosphate reactor in today and I have it running. I'm glad I did order the 1 lb of GFO as the recommended dose for our tank took half the container. This isn't the final location, just a quick location for it til I get home from work and put it where I want it and fine tune it

Don't mind the wiring mess :o, that's on my list of things to take care of tonight
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1332.jpg

Miltonic
12-23-2009, 05:36 AM
That first picture of the Sun coral is amazing thumbs2:

Glad to hear you fixed the leak and got the phosphate reactor running since I got mine I think I wouldn't do a reef without out one.

labnjab
12-23-2009, 12:14 PM
Thank you Milt. We picked up an 11 or 12 head green hammer coral last night for only $25. Talk about a killer dealthumbs2: I'll get some pics of it once the lights kick on. It looks awesome.

I think its time to change our metal halide bulb. Its over 10 months old and I'm starting to get excessive algae growth on the halide side of the tank with little to no algae growth on the t-5 side. I found one site has 14000K 250 watt Phonix HQI bulbs for $50 each so I'm gonna order one after Christmas.

We also plan on ordering a Reefkeeper Lite controller. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/products/monitors-controllers/digital-aquatics-reef-keepers/reef-keeper-lite-l1-digital-aquatics.html It does a whole slew of things and is very upgradable. Its also one of the only good controllers that's under $100. Its getting great reviews, too. We plan on using it for temperature, light control, and fan control, but we plan on upgrading to so it will control ph and other things once we get a calcium reactor

I think the phosphate reactor is doing its job. The t-5 side of the tank isn't growing nearly as much algae or diatoms. I suspect the halide side will stop growing it once I replace the bulb

labnjab
12-23-2009, 05:13 PM
Here's the hammer coral, open and happy:hmm3grin2orange:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1335.jpg

labnjab
12-28-2009, 01:01 AM
We have some good news today. Our ywg and pistol shrimp showed up this afternoon alive and well. That made our day as we havent seen them in 3 weeks and took them for dead.

We also traded 2 heads of frogspawn for a large acro colony. Stay tuned for pics tomorrow

labnjab
12-28-2009, 12:10 PM
We received our impeller for our coralife 125 on Thursday and it was broken, but luckily all I needed was the ceramic shaft. I popped that in and got it working last night. Now I feel much better with a bigger skimmer running on the tank, although the coralife 65 was pulling its fair share of dark, smelly skimmate

labnjab
12-28-2009, 05:06 PM
Here's some pics.

The unnamed tri-color acro colony. It has some greens, orange, and a little bit of purple

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1343.jpg

Our larger skimmer pulling out some nice skimmate. That's how much its pulled since midnight last night

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1344.jpg


And a new FTS. The tank will be 3 weeks old Wednesday. I moved most of the rock that was on the left to the sump

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1346.jpg

labnjab
12-29-2009, 02:18 AM
We're picking up a used 250 watt HQI fixture with ballast this week for only $75 to swap out with the t-5's. Its this one http://www.petsolutions.com/Aqualight-Pro-HQI-Fixture+I96353502+C1000355.aspx All we need is a fresh bulb and to slowly acclimate that side of the tank to the halidethumbs2:

labnjab
12-29-2009, 11:21 PM
Tonight were going to get a drilled 10 gallon to set-up as a remote refugium:hmm3grin2orange: Its $20 and comes with the overflow, bulkheads, light, timer, and is full of pods and chaeto and aragonite and was up and running till today. If all goes well and I find a place to put it it will be running tonight. I plan on feeding it with a MJ1200 and will also put a small powerhead in it as well as all the rock in our sump. That will free up our sump for more equipment and add another 8-10 gallons of water volume which should bring us to close to a 100 gallons total system volume and its gonna be a low flow pod breeding ground for our next project this spring, a sea horse tank

Heres a pic taken by the person selling it
http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/rr360/jayinh/kidsfish102.jpg

labnjab
12-30-2009, 12:13 PM
Well the remote fuge didn't pan out. I did pick it up, got it all plumbed it, and then noticed a crack forming around the bulkhead, so I tore it back down and about the time I got almost all the water out, the pane cracked in several places. Luckily I emptied it our it would have burst. I'm giving the sand away today and will attempt a remote fuge another day

labnjab
01-01-2010, 12:42 PM
We got a smoking deal on an HQI last night. We picked up a used 24 inch Jalli 250 watt HQI/ 2x24 watt T-5 fixture with electronic ballast for $75. It needs new bulbs and the fan needs to be replaced, but other then that it looks like and works great. I can get the fan at radio shack for cheap money and I ordered 2 phoenix 250watt 14000K bulbs last week, 1 for this light and 1 for our HQI thats on the tank now. I'm not worried about the t-5's cause with a 14000K bulb you don't need it. These lights go for over $400 new so its a smoking deal

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1348.jpg

Now I just need to find out how to hang it and I'm really glad electricity is included in rent cause 500 watts of light probably isn't cheap to run, lol

labnjab
01-06-2010, 12:27 PM
We picked up a new leather last night for free. For lack of a better name I'll call it a red cabbage leather. Its around 3-4 inches in diameter when open. I'll post some pics once the lights turn on.

We are also buying a large leather Friday night to fill out our softie side of the tank. Its cap is roughly 12 inches around when open. I plan on making a few frags of it, but also keeping it in tact for the most part.

labnjab
01-06-2010, 05:22 PM
Here's the cabbage leather

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1356.jpg

We'll be getting our new halide bulbs tomorrow so we can get our new hqi fixture installed and get a more even color

Miltonic
01-06-2010, 06:49 PM
pretty interesting looking coral and can't wait to see how big the toadstool will look in your tank. I would recommend getting carbon reactor since you're mixing SPS and softies since they don't get along very well and you might get chemical warfare between the two.

labnjab
01-06-2010, 08:06 PM
Thank u milt. i was planning on eventually running carbon especially after we add the huge leather. im hoping it will help make the skimmer smell lessThe leathers are on the opposite end of the tank as the sps which helps

labnjab
01-08-2010, 05:08 PM
Good things are happening in the tank. Bad algae is going away and Coraline is starting to pop up on the glass. I don't have to clean the glass nearly as often and the sand is staying white. I've been dripping kalkwasser at night to keep the ph steady which also keeps calcium up. The colors on everything are looking amazing and the sps are growing at an alarming rate. Pieces I only got a few weeks ago are starting to encrust the live rock. Now we will need a calcium reactor which I plan on using my tax return to get it. The kalk should do for now.

Heres a picture of the latest aquascaping and some of the new additions. We moved the rocks around to make way for our large leather that we are picking up tonight. We also picked up a large pocilipora colony last night for cheap money

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1357.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1358.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1359.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1360.jpg


We plan on replacing our t-5 fixture with a 250 watt hqi this weekend

labnjab
01-08-2010, 05:09 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1361.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1362.jpg

rich311k
01-08-2010, 05:13 PM
Looking very nice!

labnjab
01-08-2010, 05:19 PM
Thank youthumbs2:

labnjab
01-11-2010, 12:17 PM
We installed a 2nd 250 watt 14000K hqi over the weekend to replace the t-5's. I initially installed it twice as high as I wanted to start and will be running it for the last half of the day and slowly increasing the time we run it until the tank is use to the new light and we can completely remove the t-5's. So far its awesome. Its nice having the whole tank get the shimmer effect and also have an even color.

We also picked up the large leather is weekend. Its close to 5 lbs in weight. It Has not fully opened yet but I read it can can a week before opening in a new environment.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1365.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1367.jpg

rich311k
01-11-2010, 01:32 PM
Looks great! Beautiful tank.

Tigerbarb
01-12-2010, 12:20 AM
Nice corals you have there.

labnjab
01-13-2010, 12:14 PM
Thank you.

We've run into a few problems, 1 of our birdsnest and our pocilipora are losing some color on a few branches. Nothing to be of concern with yet, but certainly something to keep an eye on. My guess is its partly due to the tank still being so new and maybe partly due to us trying to get the kalk driop just right. The color should return in a few weeks. The funny thing is our more sensitive coral, acros and millipora are doing awesome. One acro is attaching to the live rock and another is branching like crazy.

I received word yestersday that our next fish addition will be in today or tomorrow. Its a foxface rabbitfish. We have a qt tank set-up and have had a filter pad seeding in our sump for 3 weeks. If all goes good during qt we will move it to the display in 3-4 weeks.

labnjab
01-13-2010, 05:34 PM
I just got word the the foxface is in. I'm going to pick it up tonight. I'll post some pics once its settled into the qt tank

Miltonic
01-13-2010, 11:20 PM
The tank looks so much better with the even lighting and congrats on the new fish.

I think you should move the bn and pocillopora further down since they don't require as much light and it sounds to me that they are bleaching.

labnjab
01-14-2010, 11:29 PM
Turns out the birdsnest and pocillipora had a case of rapid tissue necrosis. I suspect possibly the large leather is the cause but i dont know for sure. i dropped in some carbon to be safe although i should have used it long before that.

It stopped on its own on the pocilipora but it took out 3/4ths of the bn out. I fragged what was left and i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it stopped.

The foxface is doing great, he colored right up and looks very healthy, but i can tell hes not happy in the 10 gallon qt tank even though hes only 3inches long. Tonight i'm setting up a 29 gallon qt for him. I just hope we have enough ro made or he'll have to wait till tomorrow

labnjab
01-15-2010, 05:21 PM
I just filed my taxes and I'm getting a $1000 return. With it I plan on getting a used calcium reactor and some performance parts for my car.

Everything seems to be doing good despite the small flood this morning.

The foxface is doing great. Tonight he gets switched over to a 29 gallon qt. The 10 is just to small for him. Heres a picture of him. Its kinda blurry cause he won't stop moving, but he is very healthy. I think he's eating to. I have some nori and some hair algae from our display in the tank. He hasn't touched the nori but most of the hair algae is gone

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1583.jpg

Rue
01-15-2010, 09:59 PM
Love the foxface! :1luvu: I had one...but I think the anemone stung him...I was very disappointed...after his 'shy' period was over, he was very personable...

labnjab
01-16-2010, 03:36 AM
Thank u Rue. Hes already showing great personality. Tonight we got him into the 29 gallon qt tank. He scared the crap out ofme when i tried to catch him. He jumped and whacked my hand. I thought for sure i was stung. Luckily he didnt sting me but im wearing a glove when we get him out of the qt tank to put him in the display.

labnjab
01-18-2010, 05:31 PM
I just ordered a reefkeeper lite LVL 3 Controller. http://www.digitalaquatics.com/saltwater/RKL Its gonna control everything, lights, ph, temperature. I payed for 2nd day air so hopefully it will be in Wednesdaythumbs2:

hursab
01-18-2010, 05:39 PM
I just ordered a reefkeeper lite LVL 3 Controller. http://www.digitalaquatics.com/saltwater/RKL Its gonna control everything, lights, ph, temperature. I payed for 2nd day air so hopefully it will be in Wednesdaythumbs2:


That is really cool, good luck with it.

I always though they were like an "advanced monitor" and did actually change parameters.

labnjab
01-21-2010, 11:00 PM
Heres an update. Im hoping the controller will be here tomorrow. Were also picking up a used aquac rx1 calcium reactor complete with media, co2 tank, regulator, valves and anything else needed to run it for only $350 tomorrow. I hope to have it set up sunday evening.

I think were pretty much set on stocking coral. Now were filling in the gaps with designer zoas, pallys and mushrooms. We just picked up a 10 polyp armor of god colony. I'll post some pics when it opens but it looked great in the store.

As far as fish go we have 2 o clowns, a bangai cardinal and falco hawkfish now. I think we have a yellow watchman goby but i havent seen it in weeks so it may be gone. Soon to be added after qt is a one spot foxface rabbit fish. To round it out id like to add one more bangai and a mated pair of yellow corris wrasse that a friend will be selling soon

labnjab
01-22-2010, 05:47 PM
Pics


Here's the very large leather we picked up 2 weeks ago. Its finally adjusted to the tank and open all day. The Long polyped leather to its right is fairly new as well is
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1601.jpg

Whats left of our softball sized green birdsnest after a bad case of RTN. It shouldn't take too long to grow back

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1602.jpg

An up to date FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1603.jpg

Armor of god pallys we bought last night and purple death we bought last year. I have some dry rock curing that I plan on carving holes into to make a Zoa mountain

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1604.jpg

labnjab
01-22-2010, 05:48 PM
Atlantis Meteor Shower that we bought a month ago

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1605.jpg

tim k
01-23-2010, 12:57 PM
Tank is filling out nicely , looks great :22:

Tim K

kaybee
01-23-2010, 02:07 PM
Very very nice!

labnjab
01-25-2010, 12:17 PM
Thank you tim and kaybee. We got our calcium reactor on Friday, now I just need to fill the CO2 bottle and wait for the controller to come in.

I made the decision to move the rabbit fish to the display this weekend. He looked very healthy and has since we got him. I wanted him in QT for another week or so just to make sure but for some reason we got a 2.0 ppm ammonia spike in the QT and I didn't have nearly enough water made up to bring it down, so I made a decision to move him to the DT to keep him alive. I don't understand where the spike came from cause I've been testing daily and it was 0 the day before. He seems very happy in the display and spent yesterday cleaning up hair algae

Rue
01-25-2010, 03:32 PM
Looks good! You're doing a great job with it!

labnjab
01-25-2010, 03:47 PM
Thank you Rue

Northernguy
01-25-2010, 03:49 PM
Thats a beautiful tank!thumbs2:
Keep up the good work!

coachfraley
01-25-2010, 04:33 PM
Your tank is looking great labnjab! I love the large pieces. Keep up the good work!

labnjab
01-28-2010, 11:18 PM
Thank u coach.

Our controller will be in tomorrow so i'll be spending tomorrow night setting that and our calcium reactor up. I cant wait :)

We are are going to pick up a hot pink stylo coral later tonight. It is very bright.

Miltonic
01-29-2010, 02:58 AM
looking awesome Lab!

good luck setting up the reactor and getting it dialed in. Also dont let your CO2 finish and and not fill the tank up fats mine recently finished but i couldnt get my tank filled for a couple days and that cause my alk to drop and one of my acros RTNed a bit I cut off the tips to see if it survives.

labnjab
01-29-2010, 05:08 AM
Thanks milt. Sorry about your acro. We lost all but one branch of a large green birdsnest colony due to an unexplained RTN.

We didn't get the stylo tonight but we will be picking it up Sunday. Were also getting a 5 head, orange acan from the same guy for only $5 a headthumbs2: We've wanted an acan for a long time so I can't wait.

labnjab
01-29-2010, 06:32 PM
Looks like I need a co2 regulator. The working pressure gauge doesn't work and it leaks from the check valve:scry: Guess we won't have the calcium reactor up and running this weekend but at least we'll have the controller going

labnjab
02-01-2010, 12:31 PM
Its been a busy weekend, lol. I set up the reefkeeper controller this weekend. I have everything running off of it except for my powerheads and ATO. The controller has a float switch that I'm going to eventually buy so it will soon been our ATO. Currently I'm working on getting it so I can view the online data on any computer and my phone instead of in network only. A nice feature is it will send an email alert if any alarm goes off and I get email from my phone so I'll know when theres a problem as soon as it happens.

Another feature I like is it tells how many amps it is using. With everything going the system is drawing close to 10 amps:ssuprised:, lol. I'm glad I decided to set it up on its own circuit.

Heres a print screen of what the web interface looks like
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/Untitled-2.png

I hope to eventually set it up so all the data appears in a streaming signature. It also graphs all the data as well

Last night I also set up the calcium reactor. I've started it out low and will start working the does up over the next few weeks. I'm already seeing a slight improvement in nightime ph. My goal is to get a ph that doesn't fluctuate and to maintain calcium at 440.

BigMac
02-02-2010, 04:18 AM
I wonder how acurate the metering is.

I think its really cool that feature is built in. Does it allow you to track and log the trends in temp and wattage?

Miltonic
02-02-2010, 04:25 AM
wow that is really cool, you are making me want to order one of these lol

Bristley
02-02-2010, 01:02 PM
That is so cool. High tech fish keeping at its best :19:

labnjab
02-02-2010, 06:26 PM
The current usage seems to be pretty accurate. My halide ballast say they draw 2 amps each and the controller shows 2 amps each with just the halides on. It does graph as well; up to 16 things and 36 hours. Its also upgradeable. I have it maxed out with 4 modules,(2 pc4, 1 sl1,and 1 net) which is all i need but for $200 i can upgrade the head unit to the reefkeeper elite and have up to 64 modules.

Now im tweaking the calcium reactor. I have it set pretty low now as my demand is low. So far my alk and calcium have remained unchanged. The effluctant ph was a little high last night so i adjusted it to try and keep the ph below 6.7 in the reactor so it will disolve the media. My goal is to maintain an alkalinity of 8 and calcium of 440

Hows you reactor working out Milt? The only thing I dislike is it keeps the ph a little low due to the co2. Im debating on having the effluctant drip into a small container with an airstone in it that overflows into the sump to try to get rid of most of the co2 so i can get the ph back up if that makes sense.

I plan on taking so pics tomorrow afternoon so be onthe lookout

Miltonic
02-03-2010, 04:29 AM
I been ok with it until my co2 tank ran out Thanks to an apparent leak and i kinda had to start over again with the tweaking to get it back but now with a new tank. To prevent low pH i drip the effluent in the area where the skimmer is so it can drive out the co2 and keep the pH higher.

labnjab
02-03-2010, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the tip. I moved the effluent line to above the skimmer intake last night and will see how that works today once the co2 solenoid kicks on.

I almost forgot, our BTA split over the weekend, for the 2nd time since we've had it. The 1st time it split a little corner off but this time it split right in two so now we have identical twinsthumbs2: We were feeding it a lot more often when we were acclimating it to the halide to prevent it from wandering around and I think that caused it to split. So far they haven't moved and are staying side by side. If they don't wander around too much I'm keeping both but if they start to wander I'll have to sell one. I moved the rock they were on back a little to make more room for frags in the sand. This 75 gallon is starting to fill up fast with coral. Good thing I'm out of cash and out of room and we'd be upgrading again:hmm3grin2orange:

I've had a 5 pound piece of rock curing in our qt tank for the last week and its almost done. I've got plans to make a designer zoa garden on it once its done curing

labnjab
02-03-2010, 05:55 PM
Here's the twins
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1622.jpg

labnjab
02-05-2010, 05:30 PM
Here's the link to the data from our reefkeeper http://www.reeftronics.net/jason-b/rkl-status its pretty neat and will graph everything for up to 30 days

labnjab
02-05-2010, 06:07 PM
Pictures

Our sun coral after a feeding. Sorry for the lousy pic, it was taken acfter lights out
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1631.jpg

Sunset Monti
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1633.jpg

Favia...this guy has 3-4 inch sweepers at night

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1635.jpg

Our newest addition and our 1st acans

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1636.jpg

EmmanuelJB
02-05-2010, 06:09 PM
Beautiful!! thumbs2:

labnjab
02-05-2010, 06:09 PM
Hot pink stylo

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1637.jpg

Our newest fish addition, a foxface rabbit fish.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1638.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1639.jpg

Purple birdsnest

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1640.jpg

labnjab
02-05-2010, 06:18 PM
Beautiful!! thumbs2: Thank you:ssmile:

Rue
02-05-2010, 06:21 PM
Gorgeous! It's really coming along!

I'm impressed!thumbs2:

coachfraley
02-05-2010, 06:43 PM
Nice pickups!

labnjab
02-05-2010, 11:13 PM
Thank you everyone. Now if i can just get that calcium reactor dialed in lol. My next project is to get a streaming webcam going so i can keep an eye on it when im away

Tigerbarb
02-06-2010, 06:28 AM
I love the shot with the clown and the anemone. Nice corals, too.

labnjab
02-08-2010, 12:25 PM
Thank you everyone. I'll try and get a FTS today.


Our BTA moved behind a rock and decided it likes it there. Now we can't see it:scry: Its on the back side of the tank. It looks very happy and is always open but its gonna make it tough to feed. On the plus side it opened up a huge area for more coralthumbs2:

labnjab
02-08-2010, 04:57 PM
Heres some updated shots of our tank, which is now approaching 2 months old

FTS

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1644.jpg

Left

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1645.jpg

Right
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1646.jpg

We do still have our bta, but it decided to go behind the rocks in the center of the tank so now we can't see it

Miltonic
02-09-2010, 03:43 AM
looking good Lab and wow that Toadstool is huge! how is is it going with the reactor?

coachfraley
02-09-2010, 07:17 AM
FTS looks fantastic. I love the uneven sand look. It makes the scene look so natural!

Bristley
02-09-2010, 02:22 PM
Looks amazing. Keep up the good work.

MCHRKiller
02-09-2010, 03:53 PM
Awesome! Tank looks better than ever :22:

labnjab
02-09-2010, 05:38 PM
Thank you for the kind words everyone. The leather is somethibg else. Our rabbitfish sleeps under it. The reactors doing great. Its maintained a 400 calcium and 9 alk for 4days. Id like it a litte higher but since its stable ill leave it be

labnjab
02-13-2010, 05:18 AM
Tonight was a great night. We went to a friends house to check out his 5 gallon cuttlefish tank and his new 120 gallon reef. We got a good video of the cuttlefish feeding on large amphlipods. Its pretty cool, i will post the video in the am. We spent a good hour watching them.

To top it all of he gave us 6 frags to take home. 1 digi colony, 1 small digi frag, a green polyp monticap, an electric pink zoa frag, a nice acan frag and one other that i cant think of. Hes the same guy we buy 90% of our sps from. he also gave us a new solution that will eradicate aptasia and nusicance coral yet is very safe for the tank. i'll post the recepie monday. I will be sure to post pics soon.

kaybee
02-13-2010, 01:27 PM
That's a decent sized sinularia dura/cabbage coral that you have behind your nuclear green candy cane!

It appears to be purplish in your latest tank shot rather than brownish when you first got it. Is that due to the change in lighting or effect of the camera?

labnjab
02-13-2010, 04:21 PM
Its a camera effect. Its actually pinkish in person.

labnjab
02-15-2010, 12:33 PM
Here's a list of all our stock inspired by Miltonic. I'm not great with exact names

Fish
2 O-clowns
Bangai Cardinal
One Spot Foxface Rabbitfish
Falco Hawkfish
yellow watchman goby (haven't seen in a month)

Inverts
Coral Banded Shrimp
Brittle Starfish
Miniature Turbo Snails
Mexican Turbo Snails
Astrea snails
Nassuris Snails
Miniature Fighting Conchs
Blue Legged Hermits
Cerith Snails
Pink Bubble Tipped anemone
Tiger Pistol Shrimp (haven't seen in a month)

Clam
ORA Dersa

LPS
Blue Candy Cane
Krytonite Candy Cane
Green Trumpet
Pink Tipped Frogspawn
Green Tipped Hammer
Open Brain
Red Zombie Eyed Chalice
Purple with Orange Eyed Chalice
Orange Acan
Sun Polyps
Green Favia
Crater Coral
Atlantis Meteor Shower

Leathers
Very large toadstool leather
Yellow Fiji Leather
Long Polyp leather
Cabbage Leather

Softies
kenya Tree
Pulsing Xenia
Armor of God Zoas
Purple Death Pallys
Electric Zoas

Sps
Elkhorn Montipora
Green with purple rim Montipora cap
Brown with green polyp Montipora Cap
Purple Montipora Cap
Sunset Montipora
Green with brown polyp branching Montipora
Large Orange Digi Colony
Brown with while polyp Digi
Hot Pink Stylo
Green Birdsnest
Purple and green Birdsnest
Pink with purple polyp Birdsnest
Brown Pocilipora
Indigo Acropora
Green Slimer Acropora
Brown with white polyp ORA Acropora
Brown with Green polyp Acropora
Tri-color Acropora
Green Millipora


I think that's everything, if not I'll add to it

labnjab
02-15-2010, 11:22 PM
I almost forgot, we will be getting a mated pair of yellow corris wrasse very soonthumbs2: A friend is breaking down his tank soon and is selling them for $15 each

Miltonic
02-16-2010, 03:54 AM
Im glad I started a little trend :p you have quite a list as well!


congrats on wrasse they're pretty cool fish and have an awesome personality and its awesome you got a pair. I think mine is a female so I want to get a male for her lol

labnjab
02-16-2010, 05:36 PM
Thank you Milt. We'd have them now but he's having trouble catching them. They love to burrow in the sand.

One thing i'm really liking about this calcium reactor is the coraline is really starting to come in. I predict the back glass will be covered b4 the 6 month mark

labnjab
02-19-2010, 12:32 PM
New addition thumbs2: We ordered a tuxedo blue urchin but they sent a red banded pencil urchin. I took it anyways because it would stay as small as the tuxedo and still looked cool and still work for our tank

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1685.jpg

Hopefully we'll get the corris wrasses soon. I'm also planning to make a remote refugium soon

labnjab
02-22-2010, 12:16 PM
We did a few things this weekend. I changed the carbon block and sediment filters in my ro/di. I also did a water changed and used a new homemade paste to kill aptasia and nusiance coral. It did wonders on the aptasia but I didn't let it sit long enough on the clove polyps so I'll try again next water change. I also changed out my gfo and added a carbon reactor and started running BRS lignite carbon.

Here's the link to the new aptasia paste. http://nhreefclub.org/index.php?topic=2509.0 The guy I bought all my sps from gave me a sample and I like it so far.

Miltonic
02-22-2010, 03:08 PM
Thanks for that recipe I will bookmark it in case I encounter aiptasia again on day.

labnjab
03-03-2010, 12:32 PM
It actually did better on the clove polyps then I though. It wiped all that were covered out, it just took a few days for them to completely disappear

Just a few updates. For the most part the tanks is doing awesome. I did have a low ph problem last week which I think is pretty much resolved. I think it was due to the co2 from the calcium reactor so I ran the effluctant line into the skimmer and noticed a big improvement. Its not where I'd like to see it so I'm probably going to make a second reaction chamber for the calcium reactor and that should bring it right where I want it. I found plans for one that look easy to do http://www.hawkfish.org/snailman/diyseccham.htm Sps is still growing at an alarming rate, even with the ph problem

Coraline is starting to show up quickly so I'll post some pics this afternoon

labnjab
03-03-2010, 05:15 PM
Here's some pics

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1698.jpg

close up of our large leather

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1695.jpg

coraline coming in

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1696.jpg

green favia
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1699.jpg

labnjab
03-03-2010, 05:19 PM
new additions

Was told this was an acan but it looks like a chalice to me

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1688.jpg

large digi colony .It has blue flesh with orange polyps

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1689.jpg

electric pink zoas (the frag on the left)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1690.jpg

green polyp cap
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1691.jpg

labnjab
03-03-2010, 05:20 PM
Brown digi

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1692.jpg

labnjab
03-03-2010, 05:52 PM
I forgot to mention we also picked up 30 baby nerites last night. A friend gave them to us because they were breeding in his tank

sheamurai
03-04-2010, 01:01 AM
fabulous looking tank, lab. Just lovely.

labnjab
03-05-2010, 12:06 PM
Thank you:ssmile:

labnjab
03-05-2010, 12:26 PM
Last night we found out our tiger pistol shrimp was still alive. We haven't seen any sign of him for almost 2 and a half months, but recently we say some digging and heard his signature clicking and then I saw him come out to feed on so mysis. This gives me hope that our YWG is still alive as it disappeared around the same time

Miltonic
03-05-2010, 08:49 PM
your tank looks better and better every time you post, glad you found the pistol.

labnjab
03-06-2010, 12:43 AM
Thank you. Hopefully the ywg will show up soon. Tonight were doing a water change and killing clove polyps.

MCHRKiller
03-06-2010, 04:12 AM
Agreed, the tank is looking fabulous :22:

labnjab
03-07-2010, 05:27 AM
Thank you for the compliments :ssmile:

The Shield
03-07-2010, 08:12 AM
I can't believe I missed this thread! Your tank is phenominal and stunning! :22:

sheamurai
03-07-2010, 01:43 PM
Thank you. Hopefully the ywg will show up soon. Tonight were doing a water change and killing clove polyps.

may I ask why? I looked them up thinking they might be a Bad Thing to look out for, but they come back as regular corals. Is it becuase you have so many you need to get rid of some?
what a thought...too many corals...lol...

kaybee
03-07-2010, 04:06 PM
Nice corals! I especially like the favia.

Also, your leptastrea is coming along very nicely, I recall it was a tiny frag when you got it and now it's well on its way toward becoming a colony.

labnjab
03-07-2010, 06:33 PM
Thank you Shield


Nice corals! I especially like the favia.

Also, your leptastrea is coming along very nicely, I recall it was a tiny frag when you got it and now it's well on its way toward becoming a colony. thank you Kaybee. That favia is growing like a weed:hmm3grin2orange:

The laptastrea was very small, but it grows like a weed. I need to make a frag of it soon to finish my propigation program obligations



may I ask why? I looked them up thinking they might be a Bad Thing to look out for, but they come back as regular corals. Is it becuase you have so many you need to get rid of some?
what a thought...too many corals...lol...

They are ugly brown and grow quickly and will even grow over other coral so I'd like to eradicate them before they become a problem. They were hitchikers and I should have killed them before they became a problem, lol

labnjab
03-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Well, it looks like I'm still having some ph problems due to the calcium reactor. I thought I had it fixed when I ran the effluctant into my skimmer, but it turns out the effluctant was never entering the skimmer because the skimmer was pumping water throught the line back towards the reactor. My ph was rising because the effluctant was never entering the system. I noticed this because the calcium and alk were dropping.

To remedy this problem I bought a tap water sediment filter housing from homedepot and filled it with calcium reactor media and will use it as a 2nd reaction chamber.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1721.jpg

I'm also dripping kalk at night so I can get the alk and calcium back up to where they should be. Hopefully this 2nd chamber is a solution to the problem

labnjab
03-09-2010, 10:38 PM
Just wanted to update the on ph situation. The ph got up to 7.88 fairly early in the day and stayed there till 2 hours after lights out before it dipped below 7.79 and the co2 kicked off. This is a great improvement and alk and calcium have started to creep back to normal.

Last night i didnt drip kalk to keep the alk from climbing too fast. Today the ph took slightly longer to climb up over 7.79 but im still happy. Its a 7.84 now and still going up. I think adding the 2nd reaction chamber did the trick and i belive the ph level will improve more over the next few weeks as the alk and calcium get back to normal. Now i get the fun of dieling in the reactor again, lol

Miltonic
03-11-2010, 04:05 AM
glad the new chamber is helping with your pH problem and yeah I agree its "so" much fun dialing that ca reactor in...ugh

I still fiddle mine at times because the effluent gets blocked

labnjab
03-11-2010, 04:50 PM
Lol, its gettin tedious adjusting it. 2 days ago it got to where i wanted it, 9 alk and 420 calcium, so it turned the co2 back a just a hair so the alk would not climb anymore.

When i measured it last night it droped down to 8 so the adjustment was too much. I turned it back up a hair so hopefully it will go back to 9 and stay there. I had it perfect b4 the ph problem.


We are picking up 2 more frags tonight. A superman monti and a decent sized teal acro colony. More sps, lol. I'm thinking about moving some rock from the sump to the display so we have move places to put sps

coachfraley
03-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Make sure and take some pics! I think superman is the coolest monti out there.

labnjab
03-12-2010, 04:51 AM
We picked up everything earlier and they looked great under his 10000k metal halides, but they look even better under our 14000k halides. The superman monti is the best. He also gave us a red diji frag. I will have pictures tomorrow afternoon for sure.

labnjab
03-12-2010, 05:03 PM
Here the pictures

Superman monti...your right coach, this is one of the best looking monti's, lol

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1737.jpg

Red Diji

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1736.jpg

Teal Acro

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1735.jpg

Miltonic
03-15-2010, 04:29 AM
awesome new additions Lab, I really like the red digi and been wanting to get some for a while!

labnjab
03-15-2010, 04:19 PM
Thanks Milt. I ended up losing the superman monti. I can home Saturday night and it was upside down on a pally frag. I glued it 2 a rock, but half of the monti was gone and today its all white

Tigerbarb
03-15-2010, 09:02 PM
Sorry to hear about your monti.

coachfraley
03-16-2010, 01:38 AM
Too bad about the superman. I love the red digi though...nice pickup!

labnjab
03-17-2010, 02:25 PM
Thank you. Im leaving it in the tank for now hopeing it will come back.

Now i think im having alkilinty problems. I cant seem to get it to go up. I've got the calcium reactor cranked and have been dripping kalk at night, yet it seems to be slowly droping. It was down to 6 last night while calcium was 400. Either my demand jumped drastically or my test kit is messed up. I did have an explosion or coraline and sps growth this past week. I know its not too high because the tips arent burning on the sps, but it cant be too low either because im getting the best growth then ever. I've ordered another alk test kit to rule it out.

Man i cant wait to get this calcium reactor dialed back in. Its making me pull my hair out.

Miltonic
03-17-2010, 11:42 PM
you might want to check your Magnesium level as well since you need Mg to be high at least 1,300 to be able to keep CA/Alk balanced and high as well. if your Mg is low all the cal/alk are just precipitating out of the water. what test kits do you btw? I would only recommend you use Salifert kits when dialing your reactor since they are very accurate!

labnjab
03-21-2010, 04:18 AM
Magnessium is good, we keep it at 1450. I think alk is good now. I've been using api kits. Its climbing and the daytime ph is getting higher. Tonight its still at 7.9 so im not even going to drip kalk. Alk is 9 and calcium is 440.

labnjab
03-22-2010, 11:16 AM
We added 2 new fish yesterday afternoon. A mated pair of yellow corris wrasse. The male hid in the sand right away. Our hawkfish tried to chase the female for 20 min before she hid in the sand. I kept him back with the tongs. He always chases new arrivals, even if they are twice his size (like our rabbitfish and the male corris wrasse) Hopefully he will leave them alone today if they decide to come out of the sand. They are very pretty fish. I'll get some pictures when they come out

Green Milli Growth
12-14-2009
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1308.jpg

Yesterday
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1760.jpg

Growth of our purple birdsnest

8-31-2009
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_0996.jpg

Yesterday

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1758.jpg

travie
03-25-2010, 02:21 PM
Your tank is still looking amazing. Keep it up. Excellent growth shots of the coral. :22:

Question: Do you still have the mangrove in your sump?

labnjab
03-26-2010, 11:11 AM
Thank you travie. We got rid of the mangrove a while ago. It wasn't growing any leaves, just roots, which meant it wasn't really beneficial to the system. I think it was because we didn't have enough light.

We got some new frags last night. The guy we got the last batch of frags from gave us a replacement superman monti:hmm3grin2orange:. He also gave us a couple more frags, but I can't remember the names at the moment

labnjab
03-26-2010, 11:34 AM
Time for an equipment list

Tank
75 gallon AGA Reef Ready
20 long sump

Lighting
1x250 watt Jali HQI fixture with a phoenix 14000K bulb
1x250 watt lumenmax3 hqi reflector with a phoenix 14000Kbulb
1x250 watt jali electronic ballast
1x250 watt Galaxy ballast
clip on desk lamp with 100 watt cf bulb in fuge

Pumps
mag drive 9.5 return
4 koralia 2's
1 koralia 1

Skimmer
Coralife 125

Reactors
BRS phosphate reactor powered by a maxijet400
2 Little Fishies Carbon reactor powered by a small rio pump
Aqua C Rx1 Calcium Reactor with a milwaukee co2 regulator and a
2nd reaction chamber

Heaters
1 200 watt visa therm
1 100 watt jager

Controller
Reefkeeper Lite level 3 with net module

Dual Float ato with aqualifter pump

I think that's everything, i'll add on if I forgot anything

labnjab
03-26-2010, 04:13 PM
A couple of pictures

Here's the replacement superman. In a crevice so it can't fall on anything else and die, lol


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1778.jpg

Here's the teal acro, no starting to color up


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1780.jpg

labnjab
03-26-2010, 04:22 PM
Thought this was interesting. We got this March 3rd and it was all orange with no hint of any other color

March 3rd
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1689.jpg


Here it is today, and its now a very bright blue...the picture doesn't even do it justice, it is a very bright blue in person

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/100_1783.jpg

Miltonic
03-27-2010, 03:43 PM
your SPS are doing very well lab, im sure that blue digi looks amazing in person and glad you got a new superman monti.

I may just have to do one of those for my equipment lol

labnjab
03-28-2010, 04:47 AM
Thank you Milt. I think im going to add more rock from the sump to the display to have more places to put sps. Our sps mountain is getting crowded quick and its only gonna be a few more months before thinks start touching and fighting. 3 frags have already attached to the rock. Atleast its a good problem to have lol, too much growth.

labnjab
03-31-2010, 11:19 AM
4 of the 6 fish we have decided to pose for a group shot. It also happens to be in front of our sps mountain

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1784.jpg

sheamurai
03-31-2010, 11:04 PM
Nice! All posed AND you had a camera at hand...doesn't happen often, lol...

labnjab
04-02-2010, 11:13 AM
Thank you. It doesn't happen often, lol

fish00053
04-02-2010, 11:50 AM
Curious how it will look when your all done.

sheamurai
04-02-2010, 12:55 PM
I don't think you ever get "done"...one of the best things about this hobby...

labnjab
04-02-2010, 02:26 PM
Curious how it will look when your all done.

It will probably never be done, lol. I'll always think of new things to add or move around, or I may trade one coral for another. I can tell you another 6 months or so the back and side glass and all the rocks will be really purple from Coraline algae:hmm3grin2orange:

labnjab
04-05-2010, 11:15 AM
Just a quick update. Everything is doing great. The hawkfish is leaving the yellow corris alone for the most part. The only time the wrasse hides is if I start messing around in the tank. Coral is growing great. I finally got the calcium and alk back up to where I want it and my calcium reactor pretty much stays on all night because the ph is staying up. I did have to add a small booster pump to the calcium reactors intake. For some reason its not drawing in water too well but the pump solved that. Coral is growing very well, especially our sps


I stole the booster pump for the calcium from our carbon reactor, which is ok since its way past time to change the carbon. I think I'm going to start mixing the carbon into our gfo reactor so save space and it helps keep the gfo from clumping.

I'll try to post an updated FTS this afternoon.

labnjab
04-12-2010, 11:13 AM
The tank is now 5 months oldthumbs2: Time sure flies by fast. I still need to get that updated FTS. The tanks is looking great.

labnjab
04-12-2010, 04:10 PM
Pictures

Some updated Pics

For reference, here's the 1st FTS taken when we started the tank

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1298.jpg

FTS taken today

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1795.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1796.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1797.jpg

labnjab
04-12-2010, 04:11 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1798.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1799.jpg

coachfraley
04-12-2010, 07:06 PM
Looking great Labnjab! You are pulling off the mixed reef very well. Everything looks happy.

Bristley
04-12-2010, 07:14 PM
Look beautiful. You've done a great job. :19:

labnjab
04-12-2010, 09:44 PM
Thank you everyone. It took a while but i found the perfect balance of matainance, filtration, and feeding to keep the stonies growing like weeds while still keeping the softies happy. I cut water changes down to 8 gallons ever two weeks (i was doing it weekly). I also run half a pound of gfo in a reactor and a few cups of gac in a reactor. we have chaeto in the fuge which gets light 17 hrs a day.

We also feed moderatly but get no nusicance algae. Pellets in the am, 3 tsp phytofeast around noon, 1/2 cube frozen in the evening for the fish, and 1 cube frozen for the suns after lights.

We were feeding a lot less ( pellets every other day and 1/2 a cube frozen to the suns) and i think half our cuc starved to death. All 12 of our nassauris disappeared.

rich311k
04-12-2010, 09:54 PM
Fabulous tank!

labnjab
04-14-2010, 11:29 AM
Thank you Rich

labnjab
04-23-2010, 11:27 AM
Just an update. This a doing great. I think our BTA split again but I can't tell for sure. If it did where up to 3 BTA's now. If they all stay put we'll keep them all. Its starting to look like a anemone garden, lol.

I'm starting to get the alkilinity and calcium right where we want it. Now if I can just adjust the calcium reactor so I don't need to drip kalk at night. Right now were getting a very minimal ph swing. 7.92 during the day and it only drops down to 7.84 at night which means our calcium reactor has been running 48 hrs straightthumbs2: (the co2 kicks off at 7.79).

I have made several frags to try to make room. Our sps mountain is getting crowed due to the growth (not a made thing, lol). If we can sell everything then we'll use the money to buy another clam. It seems like sps isn't very popular locally so its hard to sell any

Our rabbitfish and mexican turbos have finally consumed 100% of the GHA so the tank is now nusicance algae free. I also only have to scrape the glass every 2-3 days now and lately its been more coraline then anything.

The only problems we have is aptasia. I'm having troubles keeping up with them. My next move is to attempt peppermint shrimp. Its a a little risky since we have 2 shrimp already, but we have to do something before they take over.

rageybug
04-23-2010, 03:05 PM
The only problems we have is aptasia. I'm having troubles keeping up with them.

Peppermint shrimp only work about half of the time. If any of the glass anemone are huge, they might even eat the shrimp. I saw a glass anemone eat an entire blue leg hermit in about 45 seconds. A copperbanded butterfly might be a better choice (if there is enough room for one) and a more expensive but effective option is Berghia Nudibranch. These little guys will hammer the aptasia but sadly will starve once the infestatoin is gone. Good luck... I had a brutal aptasia problem and ended up having to boil my LR to cure it.

labnjab
04-23-2010, 04:20 PM
Thank you rageybug. Unfortunately we really don't have enough room for the butterfly fish. I will order a few of the Berghia Nudibranch. Once its done with our tank I will share it with the reef club. I remember your aptasia problem. Ours isn't that bad but it seems like I kill 5 and 5 more show up the next week. I try to kill some every week just before a water change. Currently theres around 20-30 small ones and 2-3 large ones. I'm using a homemade mix to kill them, 1/2 kalkwasser, half 100% lye mixed in ro/di. It melts them instantly but they keep coming back in differant spots. I just used it on a very large one last night and now theres no sign of itthumbs2:

coachfraley
04-23-2010, 05:32 PM
Good call on picking up a Berghia. I have heard really good things about their effectiveness.

labnjab
04-26-2010, 11:15 AM
Well we have decided to go a different route with this tank. Were going to sell our very large toadstool leather. Its just too big and really limiting what we can do with the tank. It really needs a 5 foot or bigger tank. We really like it but its just too big. We have several sps frags that are on the sand or frag racks that we don't have room for because of this leather. Once its gone we will have plenty of space

My plan is to get 15-20 lbs of dry rock to put in its place and build up a little mountain. I'd like to put sps on top of the mountain and make the face a zoa garden. Let me know what you think of that idea:ssmile:

travie
04-26-2010, 03:16 PM
Great idea. I love the zoa garden look. thumbs2:

labnjab
04-26-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks Travie. We've always wanted a zoa garden but haven't had a spot. We have 3 nice zoa colonies now just sitting in the sand bed waiting for a rock, lol. We have a mohawk colony, small electric pink, and purple death plus we'll by 4 or 5 more colors. Now the biggest challenge is finding a good home for the leather. If we had a 6 foot tank we'd keep it for sure, but 4 foot is just to small to have a 12 inch leather

labnjab
04-27-2010, 10:16 PM
We have a buyer for the leather:ssmile: He's gonna pick it up Sunday or Tuesday. Now I need to find 15-20 lbs dry rock cheap

coachfraley
04-28-2010, 03:33 PM
I bought some eco-rock from bulkreefsupply.com and I was very happy with it. Several companies sell this stuff...it is actually ancient live rock that is mined here in the US.

labnjab
04-28-2010, 04:09 PM
Thank you for the suggestion. Its not priced too bad. 20#'s is less then $70 shipped. I'm selling the leather for $50 so it won't hurt the wallet too badthumbs2:

labnjab
04-29-2010, 01:33 AM
I just ordered 20 lbs of eco rock from brs for only $55 shipped. That will bring our total rock to over 100#s. Hopefully it will be here before we sell the leather so i can start aquascaping as soon as its gone. I've also got a few lfs looking for berghai nudibranch so we can take care of the aptasia. I just killed 20 this afternoon.

tanks4thememories
04-29-2010, 01:42 AM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1798.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1799.jpg


Good Job!! The water is so clear looks like fish are suspended in mid air..lol
Landscape looks good too :ssmile:

labnjab
04-29-2010, 01:48 PM
Ty tanks :)

labnjab
05-02-2010, 03:36 PM
Looks like our rock will be here wednesdsy and the leather will be gone tuesday. I cant wait. This will alow us to get all the frags off the sand and make room for more clams :)

labnjab
05-04-2010, 09:44 PM
We just sold the leather. It was to a friend with a 6 foot tank so i know its in great hands. It took up more space then i thought. Over 1/4 of the tank. It was a good move to sell the it. The eco-rock should be here tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for pics by the end of the week. I cant wait :)

labnjab
05-05-2010, 04:47 PM
Here's a fts after the leather was gone. It took up a lot of space.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1810.jpg

Here's the side where we are going to add the 20 lbs of eco-rocks. I also plan on replacing the glass heater with a visa therm which will be hidden in the overflow box. I'd like to pile the rocks as high as possible, but not too high. The top of the stack will be a little sps mountain while the face will turn into a zoa garden and will all have a few encrusting lps and a few acans added to it as well. So far we have 3 zoa colonies to add to the garden, purple death, mowhawk, and electric pink, and we will will also be adding nuclear green and cats eye to it some time this week. I'd like to attach a montipora cap to the back corner of the overflow too.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1811.jpg

I should be getting the rock in this afternnon and do all the work tonight or tomorrow so look for pictures Friday afternoon at the latest

Miltonic
05-06-2010, 03:14 AM
looking god lab and wow that leather sure took up a lot of room!

labnjab
05-06-2010, 04:25 AM
Thank you Milt. It took up a ton of space. We had to keep 1/3 of our sps on the sand or a frag rack. Now we can start firmly attaching them to the new rock so they can really start to grow. I give it another 3-4 months and we'll have to start a frag tank to keep up with the sps growth:ssuprised:, lol

Once we sell all the frags in the sand we hope to be adding a maxima and croeca clam.

Here's the current fts with the new rock

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1816.jpg

labnjab
05-12-2010, 11:25 AM
Just got word that our Randalls goby will be in this afternoonthumbs2: After we add the goby we have 1 last fish on the list, an ORA Manderin once they release them this summer.

Everything is doing awesome and we even got the calcium reactor issues resolved. I'm really liking the look of the tank with the new rock. It filled an empty void, lol. One of the local vendor is doing a group buy on the berghai nudibranches. Once he gets an order for 20 then he can get them for $15 each, but if he doesn't get them soon I'm probably going to order them online because the aptasiapopulation is growing again

sheamurai
05-12-2010, 02:16 PM
lol - ORA won't be able to keep up with the demand!

labnjab
05-12-2010, 02:29 PM
lol - ORA won't be able to keep up with the demand!I know, lol. I already told the local ora dealer to put us down for one as soon as he sees them for sale, regardless of cost

labnjab
05-12-2010, 09:41 PM
We just picked up the Randalls goby. He is tiny, probably less then an inch long, but very healthy and very colorful. Hes acclimating now and i will try to get pictures of it soon if my camera will even focus on it.

We also picked up a pair of peppermint shrimp. At 2 for $10 i thought it be worth a shot to control our aptasia until we can get berghai nudibranches.

MCHRKiller
05-13-2010, 03:19 AM
I wish you the best with the peppermints, my pair knocked out some pretty large aptasia...the anenomes would have easily made 3 of the shrimp. Cant wait to see pics of your new Goby :22:

labnjab
05-13-2010, 04:10 AM
Thank you Jenn. We are trying to get berghai nudibranches but the vendor needs an order of 20 to get them so it may be a while. I hope the peppermint will actully eat the aptasia and keep the population under control until we get them. Their getting out of hand and i cant keep up with killing them.

We got some halfway decent pictures of the goby. He perched on the open brain after acclimation. Ill try to post them soon

labnjab
05-13-2010, 04:38 AM
Here's the goby perched on the open brain shortly after acclimation

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1835.jpg

and another shot of the goby

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1839.jpg

and the peppermint shrimp

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1842.jpg

MCHRKiller
05-13-2010, 04:47 AM
Nice pickups! The goby is nice looking and that brain is quite impressive :22:

coachfraley
05-13-2010, 03:32 PM
Hey Labnjab, I'm not sure what you are using for a top, but I just wanted to warn you that the randall's gobies can jump. Mine went missing about a month ago, and I just found him on the floor behind my tank a few days ago.

labnjab
05-13-2010, 05:00 PM
Luckily we have a screen top. We were topless until our hawkfish chased one of our yellow corris wrasse out. I havent seen the goby today but im sure its just hiding, either that or he found our tiger pistol shrimp and is hanging out with him.

labnjab
05-14-2010, 11:48 PM
We finaly sold some of our sps:) We sold them to a local guy who is very interested in trading with us so we'll probably stop by his house sunday to get rid of more frags and pick up new stuff. Plus its always fun seeing other reefers setups in person

Were also meeting someone else sunday in massachuttes to trade the rest of the sps frags for high end zoas to add to our zoa garden.

labnjab
05-16-2010, 04:51 PM
I think were going to add another Koralia 2. There's no enough flow on the new rock so derutis is building up on to of it. If I add a 2 next to the koralia 1 in the center of the tank and direct it towards the new rock I think it will be perfect

labnjab
05-16-2010, 11:56 PM
Well we made out pretty good trading frags 2day. Got 6 free and bought 2. We got 3, 5+ polyp designer zoa frags, a red cap, a green with green polyp cap, and a purple encrusting monti all from trading. We bought a dark blue acro frag. We got a smoking deal on a duncan colony. 13 heads for $30. Duncans usually sell for $15 a head around here. Pictures will come tomorrow

sheamurai
05-17-2010, 12:22 AM
sweet! something to look forward to :)

labnjab
05-28-2010, 11:27 AM
Shoot we still have to take some pictures, lol. Since the last post we added more coral and I think were just about out of room, and I mean it this time. We traded a few frags and got a nice light blueish green candy cane colony which probably has 20 good sized heads. Now we have 3 different color variants of candy cane. We also got a small colony of orange digi and a decent colony of a blue tipped stag.

Things are doing awesome in the tank. Sps is still growing like weeds. We are selling our long polyp leather. I think the water is becoming too clean. The leather is starting to loose some color so I think its best to sell it to someone with a "dirtier" system. The tank is now looking more like a sps tank instead of a mixed reef and I'm still trying to adjust the calcium reactor to keep up with the calcium/ alk demand which is very high

labnjab
06-04-2010, 11:13 AM
We added the final fish to the tank last night and the most colorful. It was a red mandarin thumbs2:

Before anyone says anything I know they feed on pods. I've been doing research on these guys since we started the hobby. We have over 100#s of live rock and the tank has been running 7 months and the sump has been running well over a year and a half so we have a very large population of pods. I've also been reading about training them on frozen foods/ pellets and I know many people locally who have done it so I will be working on that soon. The store we got them from says they have been eating reef nutrition arctic pods so we bought a bottle to help us get it trained

Hopefully we will have some pictures up soon. I've been saying that for weeks, lol

coachfraley
06-04-2010, 06:45 PM
Try feeding live brine as well. A lot of mandarins will go for it.

sheamurai
06-05-2010, 01:05 AM
**waiting for pics**

labnjab
06-11-2010, 11:18 AM
Heres a few pictures, more to come when we take some

Our coral banded made a rare daytime appearance so we had to take a few pictures. He's getting huge too

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1876.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1878.jpg

Heres our new mandarin. We haven't been able to get him to take frozen food yet but he thinks about it. He is getting fatter and I see him picking the rocks so hes doing good. I'll still work on getting him to eat frozen

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1900.jpg

labnjab
06-11-2010, 11:22 AM
Our sun coral also made a rare daytime appearance, we've been feeding it every other day and its doing great and growing well

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1897.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1890.jpg

The tank is doing awesome, that little bit of green hair algae is from when we changed the gfo 3 weeks too late and its been going away day by day. We won't make that mistake again, lol. We ordered 3 berghai nudibranches online last night to take care of the aptasia problem. They aren't going to be shipped until the 30th but I ran out of options since no one locally could get any with out at least 20 being purchased

sheamurai
06-11-2010, 12:30 PM
ahhh, lookin' good!

labnjab
06-11-2010, 04:53 PM
Thank you. Today the Mandarin took a few small pieces of frozen mysis that floated by when we fed the tank so hopefully he will start eating it regularly

Lab_Rat
06-12-2010, 12:13 AM
Great looking tank! I love those mandarin fish, your guy is beautiful!

labnjab
06-23-2010, 11:21 AM
Thank you Lab_Rat. Heres a quick update since we haven't been on in a while. The mandarin went MIA, I don't know what happened, he was eating great Saturday and looking very healthy, but I haven't seen him since. No sign of him, no body or anything. I checked everywhere, inside and out of the tank as well as in the sump. I'm not giving up hope yet since we have had fish reappear alive after 2 months but its not looking good.

Everything else is doing awesome. All coral is growing like a weed and we have to get in there soon and do some serious fragging on a few of our acros because they are now touching other coral. Our Berghai nidibranches should be in by the end of next week which I can't wait.

We've been thinking about starting a 10 gallon softie tank and moving all our softies out of this tank to it. It will be a low maintainance tank. 10 lbs live rock, aragonite sand, a few MJ1200's for flow, all softies, no skimmer, a few snails and hermits and maybe one small fish, a yellow clown goby and thats it. Currently we have everything but the rock and lighting but a friend is breaking down a 180 and selling rock for $3 a lb so were going to buy some off of him

labnjab
07-02-2010, 11:18 AM
Quick update
They tank is still doing great. Sps is growing at an incredible rate and we did some more fragging over the week. I'm picking up the live rock for our 10 gallon softie tank Monday afternoon.

Still no sign of our mandarin so I think its dead :scry: I don't know what happened, it was eating and looked healthy


Our berghai nudibranches were suppose to ship out yesterday, but the company had some type of copepod bloom in their breeding tanks that set them back because the bloom is irritating the nudibranches. They said it could be a few weeks or longer before they can ship them out. The company has been great to work with and is giving one free invert of our choice from their website for the delay. We are getting tiger micro brittle stars. They are sending 3 or 4 and they are suppose to be reef safe and a great part of our CUC. http://www.instarfarm.com/index.cfm?type=all&ls=catpg&ic=prod&pid=3

labnjab
07-12-2010, 04:57 PM
We haven't updated in a while so here are a lot of pics. This tank is now SPS dominated and all softies will soon be moved to our 10 gallon nano. Enjoy :)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1947.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1945.jpg
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http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1943.jpg

labnjab
07-12-2010, 04:58 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1942.jpg
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http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1938.jpg

labnjab
07-12-2010, 04:58 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1937.jpg
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http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1934.jpg

labnjab
07-12-2010, 04:59 PM
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1933.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1932.jpg

Spardas
07-12-2010, 08:50 PM
Great job. I can't wait to see all those acro frags grow. They'll fill out the tank nicely.

MCHRKiller
07-13-2010, 07:40 AM
Tank is really looking great, give it a few more months when those frags grow in and the coraline really gets going and it will be something else :22:

~Col~
07-13-2010, 09:35 AM
Absolutely stunning!! It's wonderful seeing such an "alive" tank.

BigMac
07-18-2010, 03:03 PM
WOW, that has grown out very nicly!

I'd been away from the board for a while so the growth and change is amazing to me..

labnjab
07-19-2010, 11:07 AM
Thank you everyone:ssmile:

labnjab
07-23-2010, 11:27 AM
We will be picking up a blue maxima clam this weekend thumbs2: I can't wait.

octoxpuss
07-23-2010, 11:55 AM
Speaking of which. I cant believe my eyes on how much that clam has grown. IMO of course. It looks so much bigger than i remember seeing it when you first got it. This only means you doing things right. Very Stunning Tank. or VST for short.

labnjab
07-23-2010, 04:14 PM
Thank you very much thumbs2: I've been noticing he's grown as well. I think he's close to 2 inches bigger. I think he's part of the reason were having trouble keeping alkalinity up, lol.

Speaking of alk, thats something I forgot to mention. We've been having trouble keeping alk up...but I think we have it fixed. Its been at 6, even with the calcium reactor, although calcium and magnesium are great. Everythings growing fast so I think we have just so much sps and coraline, as well as a fast growing dersa clam, that their just sapping it up as quick as its been added.

Recently we began supplementing red sea max Calk and it has been bringing the alk up. Now its at 8 and has been climbing every few days. I have to use 8 scoops a day of that stuff to keep it up. I'd like to have it around 10 or higher so I may have to increase the dose. Hopefully when we get it to 10, I can increase the calcium reactor output and have it keep up with it.

Its a big balancing act. We don't want our calcium going too much higher but at the same time we need our alk up

BigMac
07-24-2010, 12:28 PM
WOW! 6 I start seeing coral having issuse if mine gets down to 7.5

Man it looks good. Keep up the good work.

labnjab
07-25-2010, 12:43 AM
Thank you. We have it up to 9 now.

We picked up the clam last night. Turns out it was a croeca and not a maxima but still very beautiful. Its was fully open this morning and already attached to the piece of tile i set it on. Pics to come soon.
Its mantle is bluish purple with light blue spots. We also grabbed a blue milli frag from the same guy.

We plan on getting a maxima clam once we get some of the lps and softies moved to the 10 gallon. After that, no more clams until we upgrade to a larger tank.

labnjab
08-06-2010, 04:58 PM
We have our alk up to 12 now. Everything is growing even faster. We've made some changes to the tank and moved most of the soft coral to our new 10 gallon. We also moved our open brain and 1 candy cane colony. I killed close to 100 aptasia, but have to leave the rest for our berghai when they show up.

Here's the new clam, a nice blue croeca
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1991.jpg


And 2 fts
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1993.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_1992.jpg




One more thing, a good friend gave us a full bucket of reef crystals salt. I'm not big on "reef salts" but since it was free I'm all for giving it a shot. Plus were short on cash and are in need of salt so it all works out:) This bucket should last us 5-6 months

labnjab
09-08-2010, 11:22 AM
A few updates. We upgraded our RO/DI to an air water ice 100 gpd typhoon 5 stage with inline tds meter. This is a much, much better ro/di and is making 0 tds:).

The pump died on our calcium reactor so we ordered a new one. We went with a reef octopus 140 rated for 300 gph. I'm hope it will come in this week. We've been reactorless since last week and have been dosing a lot of calcium and alk buffer to keep up.

We just got the word that our Berghai nudibranches will be in either Friday or early next weekthumbs2: I've been waiting on them since the start of June and they have an aptasia feat waiting on them

Cliff
09-08-2010, 04:19 PM
Beautiful looking tank.

I really enjoyed reading through your whole journal.

I helps a lot to learn about SW tanks when you can read journal such as yours

labnjab
09-08-2010, 04:36 PM
Thank you Cliff :)

A few more days and the tank has been running 10 month and tomorrow is our 2 year anniversary in the SW side of things. Wow time flys. Seems like we just set the 75 gallon up yesterday.

labnjab
09-10-2010, 11:22 AM
Just got the word, they shipped the berghai nudibranches last night air mail so the will be here today at 3. I can't wait. I ordered them 3 months ago.

labnjab
09-17-2010, 04:52 PM
A few updates. Both halide bulbs have been replaced and the tank looks a lot brighter. Things are growing great and things really need to be fragged, but no-one is buying coral. The berghai have been hard at work and we have our new calcium reactor up and running. Here are a few pics.

The is the new reactor. Its a brand new reef octopus cr140 and is a much better reactor then our previous one. The directions sucked but we managed to get it going with a little tinkering. Now the tedious task of dialing it in:ssuprised: , lol.


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2025.jpg

Here are the berghai on the hunt at night. Its the grayish slug

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2020.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2022.jpg

labnjab
10-18-2010, 04:02 PM
The tank is fast approaching the 1 year mark. Everything is going awesome and the only complaint I have is the aptasia. The berghai aren't working fast enough and I'm thinking there were a big waste of money. Today I went on a careful aptasia killing spree, but If I don't seen any improvement in a few weeks then I'm going to break down and buy 5-10 peppermint shrimp. Hopefully that will be enough to get the aptasia under control. I know the 2 in our 10 gallon killed the 15 or so that were in there in under a week.

I'll post some pictures soon. The tank has changed greatly since we started it.

labnjab
10-25-2010, 04:01 AM
We added more rock to the tank from our sump and also picked up 6 frags for this tank and 2 xenia for our 10 gallon all for $35. We got a blue milli, yellow digi, bight blue/green acro, hulk acro which is kind of fadded but should color up, and a white with purple tip acro. Ill try to get some picks this week.

labnjab
11-03-2010, 11:32 AM
We are setting up an ora group buy with a local vendor and our local reef club. We ordered a ORA spotted manderin and a Hawkins Blue Echinata for this tank, and a orchid dottyback to be the only fish in the 10 gallon. We have to meet a $400 minimum and my order is 1/3 of that so hopefully we get it.

labnjab
11-08-2010, 05:53 PM
Got board at lunch and took a few random shots

Our sunset monti and superman monti. I'm hopeing the 2 grow together and for form a cool color combo

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2098.jpg

Our fastest growing coral. Started at 3 heads just under 2 years ago and now has close to 100

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2093.jpg

A blue stag we got a last spring. Its probably double the size that it was when we got it
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2088.jpg


One of our favorites, a giant head duncun

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/jabsgirlforever/75%20gallon/100_2087.jpg

hockeyhead019
11-08-2010, 06:20 PM
Seems like that clown is a fan of the camera haha sneakin into two shots haha, awesome corals!

labnjab
11-08-2010, 11:18 PM
Thank you. lol, her nems back there so she thinks I'm trying to get her, even through the glass

labnjab
11-09-2010, 10:26 PM
We Might be getting something else to elminate the aptasia soon. It will be our last resort before resorting to chemicals. A member of our local reef club is loaning out his threadfin butterflyfish to members of the club.

I know these are not reefsafe, but this one eats aptasia and majanos and will not touch coral until they are gone. His tank had 500 or more majanos and aptasia and a week after adding the butterfly they were all gone

We're next in line and im willing to take the risk of it nipping a few coral if it will eat all our aptasia. So far for him it only nips frogspawn and hammer, which we can eaisly move to our 10 gallon if that happens. Ill keep you updated and post pics when we get it