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  1. Been pretty busy lately! Let the rock soak in prime a little longer but let it dry out since Friday morning and put it in today. Gonna think on it a few days but may leave this as the final scape. Any feedback is appreciated! It’s off the wall on the back, fish will be able to swim all the way around, including behind and through in several spots.
  2. Got the lighting finished up finally how I wanted it. 48” 4 bulb ATI fixture 2- 48” reefbreeder lumen bars with 36 3 watt cree LEDs Front to back order RB high octane UV Blue+ Purple+ Coral+ Blue+ RB royal ice May see how it looks once filled and decide if I’m gonna replace the purple+ with coral+ or not.
  3. Thank you! Yessir I will. I moved the 65 to my parents because they wanted a tank and I knew I wanted to go larger and change things up. I still maintain it as well. It’s not as bad since it’s a very mature tank and most all LPS/Softies. If I could just get my dad to understand the concept of “over feeding” lol here are two pics about a month ago ran some GFO and cleared up the cyano that was beginning.
  4. While waiting to get the 90 gallon filled sometime next week, I figured I’d post a little about my other tank that has been up and running since January. I set this tank up originally with only LPS/Softies in mind. When I decided I wanted to build the 90 gallon along with maintain this tank and the 65 I began to put some SPS in it and if they did well I’d move them into the 90 gallon later on. This write up won’t be as detailed as the 90 gallon. More pictures than text. All frags came from Fragniappe, John at Aquahut and Aaron Lewis. Equipment used in this build 20 gallon IM Nuvo Drop off Panorama Jebao OW-10 powerhead Fluval E100 heater (first 2 months tank was ran using the hipargero aqua knight) AI Prime HD Filtration Dual Filter Socks Purigen Carbon GFO Denitrate Manual Dosing/feeding Fusion 2 daily Phytoplankton bi-weekly roti feast daily fuel daily flatworm x (purely for benefit I have zero pests in this tank) daily Coral frenzy bi-weekly Water change every Sunday Fish Black Ice Clown Frostbite Clown Red Spotted Dotty Back Coral list Fire and ice zoa Blueberry pie zoa Fruit loop zoa Radioactive dragon eye zoa Bam bam Zoas Gatorade Zoas Rasta Zoas Sunny D Zoas Pink ring of death Zoas Ultra red discosoma Marbled discosoma Orange rhodactis Neon green rhodactis Green and orange Yuma Neon green Alveopora Pink Goniopora Neon green cabbage leather Rainbow acan Green star polyp Neon green toadstool SPS Purple Stylophora Bubblegum Digitata Mystic sunset monti Teal Staghorn Green and Purple Milli Sunset Milli Ponape Birdsnest Pink Lemonade Rasberry Limeade Cornbread Purple Planet This tank began with 12lbs of dry rock and 6lbs of live rock plus a bag of Hawaiian black live sand, cycled using fritz turbo start 900 (this stuff is the real deal) Pictures will show this tanks progress from January 1st to April 13th. To date I haven’t lost any livestock or had any close calls. I did receive a brown raspberry limeade frag that is really coloring up. I’ll have to get a picture soon. 5B23C619-29B6-4056-8C1C-12AE0E55F3F4.MOV
  5. The reffbreeders high octane UV lumen bar came in today along with the icecap 3k gyre pump. Looks pretty good installed! Definitely mimics a traditional actinic bulb. The picture makes it look more blue but in person definitely closer to violet. Ready for the rocks to finish the curing process so I can fill it up and start the cycle.
  6. Thank you and sure will pay attention to that when it goes in!
  7. Hey reefers! Decided to come here to do a build thread and introduce myself. My name is Nick Babin I have been in this hobby for about 3 years. I started with a standard 20 gallon and hang on the back filters. I now have a successful mixed 20 gallon drop off tank and a 65 gallon LPS/Softies tank. This will be a mixed tank dominated by SPS. This build begain with almost all used items. Items that were second hand used in this build. 90 gallon aqueon tank stand and canopy Aqueon ProFlex model 4 2- Phosban 150 reactors 2- cobalt pumps Hydor 705 skimmer Fluval E300 heater 4 bulb ATI sunpower t5 fixture 90lbs pukani dry rock items purchased new hydor seltz-D return pump icecap 3k gyre 48” LED t5 fixture RB lumenbar- high octane UV 2- APC surge protectors 4- smart life 1-2 WiFi switches CA 1400 pump for skimmer 3/4 aluminum tubing 3/4” x 3” L brackets misc screws and hooks The next step was to get all of this cleaned up. It took me about 6 hours start to finish. I ran the entire system in a water and vinegar mix while scrubbing off the deposits and cleaning the glass. I also wiped down the stand and canopy. I didn’t take any pics while it was full, I apologize. The sump was behind the tank with the skimmer and reactors running as well as a return pump I was going to use (SP6) after settinf the tank up inside the house I noticed a haze that I just couldn’t get to go away, so at this point I decided to get a new one. While waiting for its arrival I decided to purchase all new tubing for the reactors and skimmer. I got all this into the sump and organized. I also added the 48” led t5 light to illuminate the sump during maintenance. I also bought a piece of lexan cut to size to cover the opening on the backside of the stand, to eliminate salt creep or splatter on my walls. I left a gap at the bottom for some airflow and to route power cables out of. just before purchasing a new ati fixture the exact one I was looking at was offered for sale in the BRK group on FB. The fan wasn’t working though. I thought I can fix that no problem. I got it home and began troubleshooting the fixture. The fan functioned and I checked it using a dc drill battery. Which meant the ac to dc power supply had to be bad. I took the 12v one from my router and swapped it out. Instantly the fan began to buzz. Ordered a variable 3v-12v ac to dc converter from amazon and it was running as new when it came in 3 days later. This picture shows the voltage after using my other 12v adapter in the old ones place. the next steps were to get started on my aquascape and start on my do-it yourself arms to hang the t5 fixture. I needed arms as I decided I did not want to mount the lights inside the canopy. Not to my surprise the aquascape was the much more difficult task.. the material for the arms were purchased all from Lowe’s. 3/4” alum tubing, L-brackets, wood screws, self tapping screws and 3/16” j-hooks. It took a little math to figure out the overall height I needed for the fixture to hang just above the top of the canopy with the lid removed. This allows much better airflow for the light, hides the rim of the tank, helps with light spill and also allows me to remove the canopy for working in the tank but keep my lights on so I can see. The scape I used a chisel and hand saw to cut and shape the rocks to stack best and to be solid. The tank had arrived by this time. The day before now, I had began to cure the rock in a trash can to help breakdown anything that would cause a problem later on with the tanks success. I was able to get the tank on the stand and finally see how it would look with the fixture hanging. all of my cable management supplies, timers and power strips had also come in today. Along with my hydor seltz-d controllable return pump. This means it was time for me to tackle what most of us don’t like to do. Organize the cords and keep the power strips safe and out of a corrosive environment. I decided to attach it to the side for now until I build my cabinet to hold them inside along with some supplies. Each outlet on the 1 to 2 WiFi timers can be separately controlled. I have timers for the first set of T5’s, the second set (peak), the fan, the reef breeder led that will be added when it comes in and also had an extra so put my sump light on the last one. The second surge protector is powering all of the pumps and heater. The 3 box in the picture of the power supplys is used to control the return pump. Flow control and feed mode. The outlets use the smart life app, which allows them to be organized and adjustments made even when I’m not at home via the cloud. This is where the build is at so far. I will be updating this thread as I make more progress. Any comments or concerns are welcomed! Happy reefing everyone!