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310 SPS are encrusting - YES!

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  1. RedStickReefer

    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Of course the freebie would croak on you...dang it. looks like you've got a good collection of corals going. Nice! I'm planning on hitting up Fragniappe and hopefully adding a few nice pieces of SPS to my collection in the 30g. Hopefully they'll be settled in and growing well by the time my 180g is ready.
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    Icecap 48xl

    I have a smaller one for my 30g. Works great.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Minor progress made on the stand yesterday afternoon and this morning. Got the top put on the stand, caulked and used up a quart of kilz to seal/cover the top and inside of the stand. I cut the top of the stand to give a 10" ledge all the way around the tank. I added a ledge for my 30g tank and I'll never have another tank without a ledge. It has come in super handy for testing and whatever else I might need it for. I wanted to add the crown moulding yesterday too, but of course Home Depot didn't have any cove mould in stock... 2019-02-10_12-29-16 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-10_12-29-57 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but there hasn't been anything to update. Now that I got my two part dosing correct the 30g has just been chugging along. The SPS are still just SLOWLY encrusting and look like they're doing fine. I've been dosing the prodibio bio kit reef pack for a month now and havent really noticed any major changes to speak of. Sadly, the 180g build is in a holding pattern for the next few months until I can pay my taxes for 2018. I was a 1099 employee for the last two years so I just pay taxes at the end of the year. Things you have to deal with when you're working for a brand new company I guess... We started payroll this year so next year should work out great for me. I do plan on doing some easy/inexpensive work on the stand and such in the meantime, maybe this weekend. I'll report back with some updated pics of the stand when I can get around to working on it. I am looking forward very much to Fragniappe this year. I'd like to pick up a few SPS frags to hold in the 30g for the 180g when it's ready.
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Just wondering how those replacement frags did for you? How's the tank doing?
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Nice frag haul! Sucks most of them didn't survive shipping. I noticed my alkalinity drops when I let a fresh batch of water sit too. I did a water change today with water that has been circulating for a week. I'm out of Hanna checker alk reagent because BRS has been out of it for a while, so I had no way to test. I decided to take a chance and do the water change anyway. Anybody else buy multiple bottles of Hanna alk reagent at a time? I've been blowing through mine between testing my tank and my water change water.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I made some minor progress on the 180g today. The "company" bought a router and flush cut bit today...😉 So I cut out the opening for the stand. Pretty nice clean-cut opening but I had one lil screw up where I started with the router. I had the bit set too deep and it took out a small notch. The door panel will hide it when it's on, so nothing major. Next I'm going to put the new piece of plywood on top, add the crown molding, and make the magnetic door panel. I plan on reusing the original cabinet doors to give it a three panel look across the front, but it'll only be a single panel. Still haven't decided on the depth of my ledge around the tank. I'd like to do 8"-10", but it depends on how much room we have between the ledge and the backs of our couches/recliners in the Livingroom.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    The dosing is going well so far. It seems 30ml of Calcium Chloride and 50ml of Sodium Bicarbonate is keeping things pretty stable. Another Jebao powerhead crapped out on me. The propeller seized up on me and when I went to pull the PH out of the tank I got an electrical shock when I grabbed it. I'll never buy another Jebao product again...The ceramic ring piece and the shaft of the propeller were basically fused together. I soaked the propeller for 48hrs in vinegar and used channel locks to try and twist them apart. I didn't work, so I threw away the PH. I didn't really want to put it back in my tank if it was discharging electricity anyway. I've got quite the collection of Jebao PH magnets on my fridge now. LOL. Going to save up for a few weeks and just buy an Ecotech MP10. Still no additional progress on my 180g. I need a router and bit to cut out the front of the stand for the magnetic door panel. The overflow I'm going to use is the overflow that came with the tank. It is an Eshopps Eclipse L, which is a ghost style overflow.
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    MockandRoll Reefer 170 (40g)

    LOL, #nemdaddy
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I debated starting a new thread to discuss this, but I figured I'd reward anyone else having trouble and following this thread if what I've just discovered thanks to BRS is correct. So I've been having parameter issues with the 30g and didn't know why until BRS released a recent dosing video on YouTube. In the past Ive used Soda Ash to dose in equal parts with Calcium Chloride into my reef with no issues. Well, I bought Sodium Bicarbonate from BRS for this reef this go round. Go figure....I knew S. Bicarbonate was a little weaker than Soda Ash, but what I didn't realize was Soda Ash was almost TWICE as strong as S. bicarbonate....This TOTALLY explains why Ive had the issues I've had with dosing. Completely explains why my calcium skyrockets while alk steadily drops. It has taken 3 weeks, dosing over a gallon of just S. bicarbonate and three 50% water changes last week to finally get my parameters back to somewhat normal. My Ca is at 410 and Alk is at 7.4. I dosed 10mL of Ca and 20ml of s. bicarbonate and I'll test again tomorrow to see where I'm at. Thank god I got some healthy SPS from reputable dealers because they've weathered this storm like champs with the exception of the PC Rainbow. Everything is encrusting and looking happy with the exception of the PC Rainbow. It is faded and some polyps are retracted, but it is still encrusting like a mofo, so I think it'll be alright. No more progress at this time with the stand for the 120g. I need to go ahead and buy a router with the correct bit, but i'm waiting until after Christmas to pick that up. I thought I could borrow a friend's router and bit, but his house is under renovation and finding his router right now is like finding a needle in a haystack...I did order some polyp booster and the prodibio bio kit recently, so I'll be starting that on the 30th. I'll keep y'all posted on how that goes.
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    MockandRoll Reefer 170 (40g)

    Looks like you're officially a rock nem farmer!
  12. RedStickReefer

    Gauging Interest in Mr. Pacman frags

    Nice! GLWTS dude. BTW, I blame you for my SPS addiction...I think your tank was the first one I ever saw with mature SPS colonies and I was smitten. lol
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    MockandRoll Reefer 170 (40g)

    Holy crap! That's crazy!
  14. RedStickReefer

    New Member First Time Reef Keeper

    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.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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.