Coastie Reefer

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  1. My current camera can't do that, as I believe it is app dependent. Besides, if I did that everyone would see just how bad I am at keeping up on maintenance. 😉
  2. You tank is nearly as big as my shack! LOL
  3. Quick video of the frag tank... I got work to do...
  4. Tank is amazing! Thanks again for letting me check it out.
  5. T minus 3 weeks. Looking forward to the meet this coming weekend. It might be the last time I get away for a while!!!
  6. So I think that gets up completely up to date on the state of the shack... Here's a current FTS: And an outside before and after
  7. There's been several changes and fish additions, but not so much coral. System is just starting to get over the shock of moving to it's new home (only took 6 months!!!). Had issues with 0 nutrients and sps fading and dying. I think it's getting to a point where I'm going to start adding more corals if I can get my hands on them... hard to find good SPS without having to drive a couple hours. Here's a little update till I can post more. We just went on vacation a couple weeks ago so I added a couple wifi cameras to keep an eye on things while I was away. Just screenshot these off my phone not long ago.
  8. I wish I had more to update, but not a lot has been going on, at least not the kind of stuff you want to share lol. It’s been one battle after another it seems. Had a nasty bout of dinos that put a hurting on a lot of my sps. Did a 4 day complete blackout and dosed nitrates up from 0 to 10 and it seemed to completely disappear. Currently I’m dealing with a decent bubble algae outbreak, so I got a small army of emeralds and a one spot foxface to try and battle it naturally before I move on to something like vibrant. The 20 long is currently being used as a holding tank for a buddy that’s moving back down to south Louisiana. It’ll be another month or so before it’s vacant, but the rock I got for it has been cooking in a brute storage container and has completed its initial cycle. Considering I’m wanting to do 100% sps in the 20l I’m not adding s single frag till the new rock is decently covered in coralline. I seeded it with coralline from my buddy’s tank, probably a good heaping tablespoon full shavings. That said, the shack itself did get an upgrade this past weekend. Built a 4x12 deck in the 92 degree Louisiana heat!!!
  9. Traded a frag of Jack O Lantern for an old 4 bulb T5. It needed some TLC but it turned on and the control panel/timer worked perfectly. I wish I had a better before pick, but this thing was full of old salt creep. Like 1/4" square crystals... imagine straight up rock salt. Anyway, disassembled the light as much as I could, completely gutted it to be honest. Cleaned out all the salt, wiped down and "buffed" the reflectors, wire brushed the corroded aluminum, sanded the rusted parts, spray painted with a flat enamel, then put it back together. Honestly turned out pretty decent considering I did it in a single Saturday afternoon... It is missing a leg, but a coral frenzy jar is the perfect height LOL... I'm looking for a hanging kit so it shouldn't matter anyway. EDIT: Open to 4 bulb combo suggestions. Leaning towards 3 B+ and 1 Coral +, or maybe 2 B+, 1 Super Actinic, and 1 Coral +
  10. Since my spare 75g busted when I was drilling it for the overflow, I decided to start a new project... Instead of letting the 20" ESM overflow collect dust, or trying sell it, why not put it on the 20L I have taking up room. LOL Who knows... one day momma might let the kids have a tank in the house and I'll be all set!
  11. Well... it’s time I come clean and let everyone in on the real reason behind the frag shack. Baby girl #2 due Oct 2nd Since I'm copying and pasting this in sections from R2R this is a little behind the times... we're scheduled to go in on Sept 16th! Three weeks from today!
  12. Some days 15-20 minutes... some days 3+ hours. If I had to guess it would average out to an hour or so a day.
  13. The frag tank deserves a cocktail every now and then... (benepets and coral frenzy) Things are doing ok, not great. Lost several frags over the last month or two, but I’m guessing it’s the shocks of a new system. I’m pretty sure I’m running way less nutrients than what was in the 40. My Hanna checker died so I haven’t been able to test PO4 but I can’t get detectable levels of NO3 to save my life! I’m tossing around the idea of dosing nitrate in hopes that the colors bounce back on some of corals.
  14. Not the best pic, but here's the current scape on the 75... Not sure how I feel about it. It may just take some time for it to grow on me... It's just so different from what my 40B looked like. The 40 for reference:
  15. Brutally busy day, but everything has been transferred to the shack!!!
  16. Not your typical Louisiana weather... it’s nice and toasty in the shack though.
  17. Drained the 75 and added sand and a partial scape with the new rock was done this afternoon. The rock in my 40B is nearly 2 years old and will be used on the right side. Of course we all know things are subject to change when I actually transfer everything. I’m going to do my best to match water parameters with the old system and with a little luck I might get the tank transferred this weekend. Excited and super nervous.
  18. Frag tank is ready for some frags!
  19. I got up early this morning, let the dogs out before the rain got here, and checked on the shack since I was already outside. Good thing too, because apparently I forgot to turn my water off last night. RODI unit ran for a full 10 hours filling my 32g brute within a .25 inch of the rim!!! I got lucky this time. I'll be ordering a shutoff float valve today! But on a positive note, I'm fairly certain the rating on my 75 gpd RODI unit is just about spot on.
  20. It’s gettin salty up in here...
  21. Well the shack is running about 80% humidity right now so I have to do something. Louisiana winters are a wet mess and the rain and tanks are giving me fits. It’s too cold to run ac and opening the window doesn’t do much when it’s misting or raining a few days a weeks. That said I’m borrowing a 70 pint dehumidifier to see how it works. So far it’s working like a champ. In exactly 20 minutes it dropped the RH from 80% to 52% (per hygrometer) and only raised the temperature by 2 degrees... there’s a different % of RH on the dehumidifier vs the hygrometer at the 20 minuete endpoint but this was only round one of testing. As long as it’s truly under 60% I’ll be happy.