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Sweet! I haven't used actual live rock since my very first saltwater tank back in 2010. I typically buy the dry reef savor rock or pukani rock from bulk reef supply. I like the rock, but cycling a tank with it sucks. That live rock should help you with your tank cycle.
I HATE the build process, but thanks Greg! I just want to get past all this crap and start growing some sticks. I made slightly more progress today. Will stopped by after work and helped me take the tank off the stand and put the stand on the platform. Then I nailed in all the strong ties to tie the platform to the stand. 2018-12-12_06-08-52 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr I made not one, but TWO rookie mistakes while cutting the skin for the stand. I didn't want to waste any of Will's time, so in a rush to cut the skin (I needed Wills help to hold the thin plywood skin while I cut) I used the original measurements I took of the stand and didn't account for the height of the newly added platform. ALSO, I didn't keep the grain of the wood going in the same horizontal direction when I cut the side panels....DOUBLE It is frustrating, but truthfully it doesn't really matter in the end. The base trim and crown moulding I'll be adding will cover the gaps. I'm also painting the stand, and the skin is so smooth I highly doubt you'll be able to see any grain through the paint when I'm done. Every time I look over at the stand now I can't help but to shake my head and laugh. 2018-12-12_06-09-26 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr That's all the progress on the 180g for now. Next, I plan on borrowing a router (mine got ruined in the flood) and cutting out the opening for the stand, adding the 3/4" plywood to the top to add the ledge, and trimming out the rest of the stand. Oh, I also plan on adding a cabinet to the left of the stand to keep all of the Apex equipment and controllers in, with a gimble mounted touch pad on top to show me all of my parameters in real time and to use as the main controller for the tank. Should look pretty sweet when I'm done! Hopefully... Quick update on the 30g...I've done a 50% water change two days in a row. My Ca has finally dropped to 479, but my Alk is still hovering around 6.0. I gave the tank an alk boost of 60mL today and I'll test to see if it had any effect tomorrow. I mixed up some more saltwater today and plan on doing a third 50% water change this week. Hopefully the 30g parameters will be good to go afterward. Corals are still looking good with the exception of the PC Rainbow. It's just looking a little faded.
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