RedStickReefer

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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Just a couple updated pics of the system set up in my office and a FTS. Tank is looking VERY empty at this point, but if you've ever had a tank packed with SPS that totally engulf any and all space I think you'll agree with me that negative space is crucial. 😀 The SPS I put in here will provide my structure and scape. Hopefully the FTS above will be the starting point of tank soon to be packed full of healthy SPS.
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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

    So, my relationship with Jebao ends today. I came home for lunch and yet another Jebao powerhead has crapped out on me. It's has only been in the tank MAYBE a week and a half. Totally uncalled for. With the money I've spent on all these Jebao powerheads I could've bought one nice powerhead from Ecotech/AI. I'm DONE. Not another Jebao product will be purchased by me. I'm surprised the DP-4 is still working...I think I'm going to try out that AI Nero 5 powerhead.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Whoa, yeah that is low. I didn't realize it was that low.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I looked into CO2 scrubbers a while back. I just don't think my budget can handle the expense of the media right now as far as how fast it seems people blow through it.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I never really monitored the pH in my old 120g, but the few times I checked it was around 7.95 or so. I don't remember it getting above 8.0 except maybe on a few occasions and especially not after I added the CaRx. I still got what I felt was amazing growth at the time. This tank's pH is running about the same as my old 120. I'm actually monitoring pH this go round and it seems to fluctuate anywhere from 7.95 to 8.1. I would like to get it higher and keep it there, but I'm not going to let that stop me from adding the CaRx. I saw too many positives from the CaRx to worry about pH.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I figured if I was planning on adding a calcium reactor within the next year that now is the time to buy. I just ordered this Skimz ca reactor from BRS. Seemed like a good value with the black Friday sale they have going on right now. $52 off the original price. I also had to buy another pH monitor. Sucks having to rebuy reactors and monitors and such, but the flood ruined all my old equipment. My old reactors pumps were burnt up and the acrylic was pitted and stained with whatever contaminants were in the flood water. Definitely wasn't going to take a chance in using them for this reef. At least my CO2 regulator was salvageable. Glass bubbler is cracked and the regulator is a little rusty, but the regulator/solenoid still work and the reactor has it's own bubbler. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/skimz-monzter-cm122-external-calcium-reactor.html
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Sweet! My alk hit 8.1 today. I upped the dose to 210mL and I'm going to leave it there for a couple of days to see if my alk stabilizes. Corals are looking happy today and the original teen wolf frag I got from Adam has stopped with the RTN. It looks like crap and looks mostly dead, but it still may be salvageable.
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    SPS For Sale

    Awesome pack! Good luck with the sale.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Here we go with SPS for round two! I let the frags acclimate in a frag rack near the bottom of the tank this week. I just glued them all in place about 30 mins ago. Hoping for the best. My alk level is at 7.6,so I'm upping the dose again tonight from 180 to 200mL/day. Hoping my alk will get up to at least 8.0 by tomorrow.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Yes, he shipped them with a heat pack, but temperature in Wisconsin was around 19 degrees and it was in the 40s here, so yeah. I think temperature was a factor. Plus the dang FedEx lady ran 2 hours late. So much for first priority overnight...what a joke. That's two additional hours they spent unnecessarily in the cold.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    No, I didn't let Adam know. It's all good though, that PC Superman frag is a $160 frag that he just gave me as a freebie.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I guess I'm conducting my own micro-fragging experiment. I came home for lunch and most of the Teen Wolf frag has RTN'd. I clipped a few polyps off that appeared to be unaffected. Maybe one of these lil guys will survive. Grow lil buddies grow! LOL. I'm sure my parameters didn't help, but I think the Teen Wolf just didn't ship well. Everything else is still looking fine. My alk is at 7.4. Raising my dosing to 180mL and testing again tomorrow. No more alk boosts...
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I brought it back to the basics to try to figure out the parameter issue and I'm stumped. There's nothing left to eliminate in my opinion accept the salt or the pumps. Tomorrow's a new day. I'm going to test and see what's up. Getting chicken to turn off the pumps like i said earlier. Don't want my alk to get rediculoualy low.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Nothing ATM, I have the BRS reactor plumbed in but it has been blocked off. I only have one fish. A single yellow Tang...Tang police arrest me...lol. My tank is about as simple as it gets right now. Literally just running a skimmer and the jebao powerhead.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I tested the fritz today, admittantly only alk, and it was at 9.6. however, I've repeatedly tested the fritz previously in the past and the Ca and Mg was elevated, but not to this extent. I will test Ca and Mg tomorrow and report back to see what's up.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I'm turning the dosing pump off tomorrow and dosing nothing but alk until Ca comes down to a normal level and alk is steady.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    So, I added a boost of alk earlier right? My alk was at 7.9. I just tested my alk out of curiosity and it read 6.9!! What the hell? This reef tank has me stumped. I've never encountered this in almost a decade of reefing. To add to the mystery, the alk level in my water change water typically reads in the mid 9s with the Fritz salt. I tested it today and it was 9.6. However, every time I do a water change my alk drops from the around 8 to the 6s...I give up at this point. I add Alk and it just has a negative effect. Hopefully these SPS survive.
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    Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Is it too soon to get a FTS? I'm interested to see how it's all coming together with the placement of the new corals and such. I know you might have diatoms or algae or whatever, but I'm not looking at all that. I'd just like to get an overall pic of how it's progressing.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    The frags are still looking pretty good today. I can tell the teen wolf is stressed from shipping as a small amount of the brown skin between the branches/corallites has sloughed off, but I don't think it's anything to worry about at this point. The polyps are still out and it looks happy overall. I'm definitely feeling the pressure of keeping these corals alive. I tested all my parameters today and I'm still befuddled as to WTF is going on....So, I thought maybe my reef had started uptaking Mg/Alk instead of Ca/Alk, which would contribute to the constant low Alk (BTW, BRS reactor is off so GFO is not a factor). I knew I had overdosed Mg early on with my first batch of corals so I thought it was feasible, but I haven't dosed Mg since March and my level is still over 1600. I know elevated levels of Mg can help elevate calcium levels, but it is also supposed to help regulate the balance of Ca and Alk. With that said, my Ca is now sitting at 600 and my Alk is at 7.9. I checked the levels in my 2 part jugs and the dosing pump appears to be dosing equal parts of Ca/Alk, however, I recalibrated my dosing pumps today just in case. So, at this point my guess is my dosing pumps aren't dosing equal parts in spite of appearance, or it's this Fritz salt I'm currently using. Every time I test my water change water the levels are fine though. I gave the Alk a boost today and increased my 2 part dosing to 160mL/day. I ordered two extra bottles of Alk reagent for my hanna checker and I'll be testing Alk levels daily from here on out until I'm 100% certain my parameters and dosing are where they need to be.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I've always heard it was good stuff and I'd probably use it again. I have no idea why it did it, it just did. I don't dose kalk either.🤷‍♀️ I've heard that same theory of micro fragging or whatever. A guy at a coral farm supposedly accidentally broke a staghorn (I think) into a bunch of pieces and the small pieces grew into small colonies before the actual frags he cut did. They're using the technique to rebuild the reefs at an increased rate now, so maybe there's hope. I agree, I placed the order on a Sunday afternoon. Adam got back to me immediately and the frags were ready to ship out Monday afternoon. It was 19 degrees in Wisconsin when he shipped them and it's in the 40's here. I was worried the cold would get them, but WOW, these corals are healthy and popping! He even threw in free PC Superman and Garf Purple Bonsai frags. Wow, what a hookup! That PC Superman all the way to the right and the teen wolf all the way to the left look redonkulous in person! The Sanjay's Leprechaun's Beard is going to look really nice when it grows out too. I had no idea it was such a delicate coral. The pics online don't do it justice. Seems very pearlberry like, but more colorful. Praying my issues are over from here on out and I can keep them all healthy. On a side note, I switched my lighting last night to the SPS AB+ schedule. Radions are dialed down to 45%. Been using my own custom schedule for years and it has worked well, but I'm trying something new. Pictured below from left to right: Teen Wolf, Sanjay's Leprechaun's Beard, Garf Purple Bonsai, Soda Popinski, PC Rainbow, PC Superman.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Thanks Eric. I placed an order with Battlecorals this afternoon thinking Adam wouldn't get back to me until tomorrow. Well, he ended up emailing me back right away and he's shipping out my corals tomorrow. Pretty awesome! The frags had already been cut for a while now and have had time to heal. Here are some pics from his website of what I ordered. I'll post some pics of the new corals when they come in. BTW, if any mods want to delete the extra PC Rainbow pics please feel free. I couldn't figure out how to remove the links from my phone. Lol
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I was able to get all of the hard sand out of the tank and everything seems to be doing fine so far. Parameters have restablized and the tank is looking better than it has in a long time. I think I'm going to go for round two with SPS and place an order with Battle Corals this week. I wanted to place another order with Fraghouse Corals, but I guess he does so many auctions, live sales, etc his corals always seem to be all sold out.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    So, I still have a sand bed for now. Luckily my sand bed was 2" deep and only the top 1" was hard as a rock. The underlying 1" was good. I was able to chisel out around 2/3 of it this afternoon with a small flathead screwdriver and I'll get the remaining 3rd tomorrow hopefully. It's nice to see a white sand bed in the tank again! Hopefully I didn't just kill off what remains of my SPS by stirring up all that detritus and nasty gunk in the sand bed. We'll see what happens. I'll probably do a water change tomorrow after I pull out that last bit of hard sand. BTW, my other Jebao SW-8 crapped out on me. So now I've officially purchased 4 return pumps and 4 powerheads in the last year for this reef...ugh.
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I don't know man, I don't think I've heard of the sand soaking it up before, but at this point I would believe it. I'm at the point of upping my dosing to what I feel is an insane amount to keep my levels right and risk nuking everything. My corals seem to be stable again for now. I still can't account for all the equipment issues. I was thinking maybe overdosing caused calcification in my pumps and may be contributing to why I can't keep my levels right, but after inspecting all the pumps that've crapped out there's zero calcification or even any gunk for that matter. They all look as new as the day I bought them on all the rotating parts...I tested again today and my calcium is fine now, but my alk is still just below 8.0...IDK what the hell, just keep dosing, just keep dosing...LOL.