RedStickReefer

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  1. Nice! Always feels good to get the water in there and begin the cycle.
  2. I dig it. Not a major change in the scape, but it looks like it opened it up a bit.
  3. Looks awesome! I can tell you have a few years of reefing experience under your belt.👍
  4. Welcome! I've never been able to keep zoanthids big and fully open like that. I'm always blasting my tank with a ton of light though. Looking nice!
  5. For sure. I will be a frag sharing SOB once the 180g goes up. A lot of room for fuzzy sticks! Hell, I might even have to trim back these frags in the 30g depending on how long this 180g build takes... Lol
  6. Ignore the middle pic. I can't figure out how to delete it with my phone...
  7. Sorry guys, not much to update on the 180g. Been working a lot and got hit pretty hard by the IRS. Still going to move forward though, just going to take more time. I have picked up some frags recently though from Adam and top shelf aquatics. I picked up a Diablo mille and ASD rainbow mille from Adam. The group of frags in the pic below from top shelf aquatics are the JF Shocktart, Paletta pink tip, ora red table, jkr rainbow acro, and the one in the middle back is a bill Murray.
  8. Looking great! Hopefully I can make it to the crawfish boil so I can see this tank in person again.
  9. Cool, sounds like you're going to have a few of the classic SPS in the tank. Looking forward to seeing some pics of how the tank is looking.
  10. SPS haul from Fragniappe today. Shout out to @lars for not buying up all of the Fraghouse SPS before I had a chance to get my hands on a few. From left to right: Walt Disney, FHC Heat Sink Mille, Dippin Dots, FHC Game Over Mille, JF Sour Twist, and in the back right is JF Fox Flame. I just hope I can keep them this colored up in the 30g. Awesome selection of SPS from Fraghouse, Top Shelf Aquatics and other vendors today. The Fragniappe SPS game has definitely been on point the last couple of years. Come a long way from our first Fragniappe event! 2019-03-09_06-15-57 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr
  11. Oh, I also did a quick video update on the 180g to give an overview of where I'm at so far.
  12. I don't want to celebrate too soon, but I think I nailed the CaRx setup on the first try on the 30g. I just tested my alk again almost 24 hrs later and it was at 9.2dkh. That's only a 0.2dkh change over the last 24hrs! My calcium dropped to 423 since I tested it last, but that's cool. I'll continue to test daily for the next few days, especially since I'll be adding more SPS frags from Fragniappe. Looking forward to tomorrow!
  13. I got the Skimz CM122 CaRx going today. I ordered a cheap Milwaukee set of gauges and of course I've already blown out the right side pressure gauge...They ship it with the pressure knob detached, I'm guessing so you don't do what I did and screw on the knob too far before opening up the CO2. Oh well, at least overall it's still functional. I set the drip rate to a pretty steady drip, but the bubble count is only 1 or 2 bubbles per second. I set the pH on the controller to 6.9-7.1. The tanks alk level is currently at 9dkh, so I'll test again tomorrow afternoon and if it has dropped to 8.0 or below I'll go ahead and drop the pH to 6.8-7.0 and see what that does for me. I definitely want to have this reactor dialed in within the next 48 hrs, so the frags I bring home from Fragniappe will be introduced to a stable system. Wish me luck! 🤘
  14. Decided to do a video update on the 30g. Go easy on me guys, I'm not very good on camera on the spot. #rockhard, #thatswhatshesaid...:D
  15. I managed to salvage this plumbing hack job and get the overflow box back on the tank. I only had to waste one bulkhead. I had an extra one in my attic from my old 90g, so that worked out. Going with the bean animal style overflow. 2019-02-28_01-58-00 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-28_01-54-34 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-28_01-54-19 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-28_01-53-58 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr
  16. Congrats on your first tank! As Eric stated above I wouldn't rush into getting your first corals just yet. The tank will need more time to settle and parameters to even out. Even if your testing show the "cycle" is over, you'll likely have a cyano outbreak which could kill any corals you have in there if not taken care of in time. It's all part of the process.
  17. I pulled my old Reef Octopus 150 skimmer and my 40w Emperor Aquatics UV sterilizer down from the attic today. I'm giving them a good soak in vinegar and a scrub and plan on using them for this build. The plastic and acrylic seem to be in good shape, so no ill effects from the flood, just some flood crud. I'll need to buy a new pump for the skimmer and a new power supply/bulb for the sterilizer. The RO 150 skimmer will just get me going for now until I can afford a bigger one down the road, preferably DC controllable.
  18. Thanks Eric. Yeah, Erica and I discussed the sharp corners and with my crazy nephews running around here from time to time somebody's gonna get a knock on the head or a bruised ribcage. LOL. I still might take a router to those corners and round them off, but I haven't made a final decision on that yet. I'm definitely going bare bottom with this tank. Like you, I prefer the look of sand but I can live without it. For me the pros of not having a sandbed outweigh the cons with the direction I'm trying to go with this tank.
  19. I made some small progress over the last couple of weekends on the 180g. Got the stand trimmed out and painted. Just put the tank on the stand this morning! Now we're in business and I can start on the plumbing! 2019-02-23_02-18-15 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-23_02-18-44 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr 2019-02-23_02-20-14 by Jensen Esneault, on Flickr Quick update on the 30g. I started slowly removing the rest of the sandbed and upped the flow in the tank with an MP10. I've got it set on random flow with max flow going up to 100% of it's capability. My SPS have never been happier! The PC rainbow is really beginning to color up and I'm getting better polyp extension on all of the SPS. I think removing the sandbed is the best decision I've made with this tank since I set it up...
  20. 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.
  21. I have a smaller one for my 30g. Works great.
  22. 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
  23. 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.