ericd000

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  1. ericd000

    First tank!

    That's pretty darn cloudy. Doesn't look like any rock in there yet. Did you already add bacteria? That sand looks to be pretty fine, maybe Oolite (0.5-1.0mm in size). That will cloud the water for a while if you don't filter it out. It will also cloud up some whenever you disturb the sand, like when cleaning the tank. Generally for a system that's supposed to be ready for fish in 48 hours you'd need to add some bacteria to boost the nitrogen cycle, along with some cured live rock for the bacteria to colonize.
  2. ericd000

    First tank!

    Welcome! It is normal for it to remain cloudy for a while. I want to say the longest I've experienced was a couple of days. Most bagged sand that I've used includes a small packet of liquid that is supposed drop out the floating particulates that cloud the water. It has been a while since I looked at a BioCube, but it may be possible to use some filter floss/pad in the back chamber to catch the floating stuff clouding the water to help clear it up.
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Yeah. Just my luck. So far I’ve ordered frags from Your Reef and Pieces of the Ocean on their live sale a few weeks back. The POTO frags all came in in excellent shape and are doing well so far. Mostly LPS but a couple of SPS frags. I’ll have to adjust my lights in the display some. I think I might have been frying a couple of frags after placing them in the display. Going to drop the overall intensity by about 20%. Had one of the monti frags I got from Jerry start bleaching after a couple of weeks in the display. I popped it off and put it back in the frag tank to recover. Hoping the ORA red planet frag recovers. Did a Chemiclean treatment Sunday night and did the follow up WC last night. 99% of the visible cyano was gone when I got home from work last night. Took the baster to the little bit remaining and hoping that it won’t come back. Also saw a bit of GHA starting to grow in the frag tank. Will need to replenish snails in there and add a few more to the refugium to clear up the bits I couldn’t manually remove last weekend. Might try a baby sea hare if AH still has any. Resumed dosing NO3P4X last night to hopefully head off a potential nutrient bloom from the cyano destruction. Will see. Display is mostly clear of GHA. A few short spots that the naso ignores and the snails haven’t gotten to yet. That’s about it on the tank update.
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Tank is doing alright, other than still fighting cyano. Did Chemiclean last night. Will do 100 gallon WC tomorrow when I get home from work. Replacement frags came in. The freebie was the only one that didn’t make it. Looked like a pastel something. It didn’t make it long after dipping. [emoji21] Here are a few pics of stuff in the frag tank. Apparently I need to work with the gel filters a bit More... [emoji2365] The Red Planet in the front started losing flesh in the display so I moved it back to the frag tank. So far it looks like it’s stopped but will continue to watch it.
  5. ericd000

    75 Gallon

    Nice setup. Everything is looking healthy and happy!
  6. ericd000

    New to Saltwater

    Cool. Looks like you have a decent handle on things for a small system. I look forward to seeing it progress.
  7. ericd000

    New to Saltwater

    Nice! How stable are you able to keep alkalinity and calcium in that tank?
  8. ericd000

    Almost back in the hobby!

    Welcome back Paul! (Almost) We look forward to your updates. Hopefully you will find your perfect tank soon. Check the BRK Facebook group if you aren't already a member, there are some tanks posted there for sale. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BayouReefkeeping/
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Yeah, that one was the first pieces that caught my eye when I checked the stuff on the WYSIWYG sale. Sucks it didn't make it. I'm hoping the replacement piece arrives in good shape on Friday, and that it's comparable in size to the one I initially picked. I believe they said thy were likely pulling the replacement frags from the storefront tanks... And Welcome to BRK @jelfonso19
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    I got confirmation from Your Reef that they will be shipping out replacements to me for Friday delivery. Aquahut has the Hanna Alk reagents in stock usually (for dKH, but its supposed to be the same as PPM.) I picked up a new bottle when I was there Friday. When I order from BRS, I usually order 2-3 at a time, since I know I go through them fast.
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Well, there was some issue with the coral order. Everything except the YR Afterglow arrived Saturday morning. The frag had gotten stung and wasn't looking well enough for shipping so they refunded me for it along with a $10 credit. However when I opened the box I could smell that something wasn't right. No water in the styro, but a strong SPS smell. Sure enough 4 our of the 10 frags had RTN during shipping, and the other 6 weren't looking so hot. I checked the temps, the heating pack was at 101 degrees, and the coral bags were 74-75 each. I took pics and started the slow acclimation process. Only 2 of the frags made it through acclimation. Those two frags are still looking ok as of this post. I notified Your Reef sales via email and sent the pics and the temps I took. Stacy got back to me in a couple of hours. She felt that the heat pack may have gotten too hot at some point during transit. They will be replacing the lost order items this week. Just need to determine if I will take off Friday for it or have it come Saturday. They do have a 7 day livestock guarantee, which is good. Surviving: Emerald Rose Acro Reef Raft Tropic Thunder Montipora Lost: Radioactive Acro YR Gem Acro JD Blueberry Tort YR Pomegranate Acro YR Rose Bud Acro Furry Twist Milli YR Repo Man Acro YR Pastel Shortcake It was disheartening for this to happen with my first online livestock order for this system. I didn't have the drive to do much else this weekend. I tested Alk/CA and mixed up a new batch of saltwater to do my next WC. Alk: 10.4 CA: 440 SG: 1.025 Phos: 0.07 Mag: 1480 The spathulata frag that started to RTN on me is still hanging on to that little patch of flesh, so there is maybe a chance it will recover. I will continue to leave it be and frag off the good piece if I see it starting to encrust again. I told John to let me know when he frags his colony again, as I want to get another piece of that one. I picked up a Burning Banana and ORA Jedi Mind Trick frag from Aqua Hut on Friday. Those appear to be doing well so far. That's about it for now.
  12. ericd000

    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Good to hear that the parameters are stabilizing for you man. Sucks to hear about the Jaebo's. I bought a couple for my system and one of them started leaking voltage while I was doing the water tests early on. Magnet swelled up on that one too. Tossed it. The 2nd one is still running, but I'm only using it in my SW mixing tank. I fully expect it to fail soon. Looking forward to future updates man.
  13. ericd000

    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    How's the revamped dosing going? Let's see some updates man. You going to do a ghost overflow in the 120?
  14. ericd000

    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Thanks Ken! I plan to start placing some corals in the display this weekend if stuff in the frag tank still looks good.
  15. ericd000

    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Also took a quick video of the display earlier today. Pardon the cyano, I'm still fighting that...