RedStickReefer

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    Kirk’s 350-ish build

    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.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Well, with all these epic builds happening I've been motivated to finally begin planning my dream build. It's been on my mind for the longest time, but havent been motivated to start planning with several other home improvement projects going on including construction of my outdoor kitchen next year. This will take a few years to complete, but I figured I'd go ahead and start a thread, so y'all can help me out along the different stages of planning and then building. I've decided to go with an 8x2x2 240gallon tank. Not 100% on the manufacturer at this time. I have a greenhouse/courtyard area between my master bathroom and carport shown below. I'd like to tear it down and properly enclose the space with insulation and electrical. After enclosing the space I'll have approximately 15.5'x7' to build an equipment/sump room. The tank will be in the living room where my 90g is currently, and will be plumbed directly through the wall into the fishroom behind it. Sadly, once the 240 is up and running my 120 will be broken down. The 90g will likely be moved into my fishroom to be used as a separate system for emergencies, or plumb it in with the 240...not sure yet. Thinking about using a 150 gallon Rubbermaid stock tub as my main sump. I think these industrial poly and acrylic sumps are rediculously over priced. It's my dream build, but I'm not looking to risk not being able to pay my mortgage for a nice big sump. Lol
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Oh, I also did a quick video update on the 180g to give an overview of where I'm at so far.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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!
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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! 🤘
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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
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    First tank!

    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.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    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...
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    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. http://www.eshopps.com/products/overflowboxes/eclipse-l/
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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!
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    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!