Thread: The new "reef"....
06-29-2012, 04:59 AM #1
The new "reef"....
Well I finally got around to tearing down my 55G today...and let me tell you there was WAY WAY more rock in there than I ever thought. I always assumed I had about 70-80lbs, nope more like well over 100. So since I have became attached to my awesome coraline growth I couldnt bare to part with pretty much all of it. So I decided "hey that 50G is empty" so the reef will be going into the 50G instead of the 20G. I have spent the day wiring up plumbing...this thing is going to have mad circulation and avoid all the BS that was plaguing the 55G for the last 6 months. First off here is the specs:
2x39watt T5HO Current...Im actually going to see how this goes, I only have a few polyps and mushrooms left as I traded off most of the coral. As it was bought for FW I need to replace the pink bulb with an actinic but for a few days it should be fine.
1 Rio 6HF...running a rather interesting spraybar I have rigged up for the bottom of the tank.
2 Koralia 1s
1 Koralia Nano
1 AquaClear 110 "refugium" this will be ran reverse daylight
1 Fluval 206 Canister going to load it with long lasting chemical media and clean it once per month...will try a prefilter sponge to eliminate waste build up.
I added the contents of the cycling 20G to the 50 with some new water...will scape it tomorrow so I can get the rock out of various containers scattered all over my house. I even had to break down and use my favorite stock pot to hold rock because I ran out of places to put it"Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
06-29-2012, 05:08 AM #2
And here my wife tore me a new one when she found some driftwood in one of her pots
I'm looking forward to the pics Jenn
Sounds like a great set-upIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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06-29-2012, 05:15 AM #3
06-29-2012, 05:44 AM #4
lol, sometimes ya have to put stuff where ya can. I must also say that Magic Kleen stuff from Hydro does not remove all of coraline it just takes the first couple of layers off. I may opt for some larger koralias I have in storage which will be cleaner than these. Heck its bare bottom not like I have to worry about sand flying around
I hope it is an improvement over the 55G, the narrowness of them makes it so difficult to get circulation...I also feel I had too much light on it for its width and lack of circulation. I also discovered when the SO and I hauled it out of the house the center brace was cracked pretty bad so good thing I got rid of it when I did."Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
06-30-2012, 03:24 AM #5
Alas I wound up dumping a 20lb bag of tahitian moon sand in the tank...I couldnt get the rock to stack right...and I was afraid of scratching the tank bottom over time. It is a very very fine layer, just about 1/4", it is also easy to vacuum tahitian moon unlike sugar sized aragonite...so I dont expect as many problems. Plus the black looks pretty awesome"Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
06-30-2012, 04:18 AM #6
I'm getting pretty excited about seeing this tank too :)Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....
Ran out of room and time!!!
Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)