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  1. I ended up only doing a half dose for my water volume initially. Took about 2 weeks I believe for things to level out. You can always add more Turbo Start, but I probably wouldn't add anymore ammonium chloride. Could prolong the cycle time. My system showed ammonia for 1-2 days, then dropped to 0, then NO2 showed in the 5-10ppm range for 2-3 days while NO3 crept up to the 30ppm range. Then it processed out most of the NO3 over the remaining 5-7 days. I started adding fish a week or so after that. How much rock you got in there? I did a bunch of Pukani rock and 4 of the 4" MarinePure blocks. I added 4 more of the blocks back in Nov/Dec to help with NO3 processing.
  2. Well, as some of you know I had been looking to do a 6 foot 300+ gallon tank in-wall setup in my house. I had originally planned to hold off on getting the tank until I got a whole house generator installed. Well, with Slick selling his setup, I figured I would see how much he wanted. Well he never got back to me, but I found out that John @ AquaHut had bought pretty much his entire remaining setup (minus lights and vortechs that were already sold). John only really wanted the massive sump from the setup, so he sold me the tanks, stand, skimmer, and a bunch of the remaining items for what I consider a steal. I don't have a full list of what I bought yet, but I know the following: 300G Marineland Deep Dimension tank 72x36x27 Steel stand with detachable riser (so the stand can fit through a standard door but still have the stand at 42") Reef Octopus XPS 5000 external cone skimmer with Avast Swabbie, and 5 gallon skimmate locker 2x 65 gallon water containers 2x 1000 watt heaters 2 smaller square tanks used as frag system Reeflow Barracuda external pump with hight & low flow impellers. UV sterilizer 2 Reef octopus reactors (not sure on models at this time) Various smaller power heads for frag system There are a few other items I know I'm missing, but will add once everything is at the house and cataloged. I will probably end up paying a moving company to move the tank and stand for me. I'm sure Greg remembers the time we had getting the 120 in the house with 3 of us. This tank is 460lbs empty! This build will take a long time, as I still need to decide on and purchase lights, and work out a few ideas I had for the tank itself. I'm shooting to have water in it by this time next year.. lol! Here are a few pics of it. Still in Johns shop for a while. Hoping to get it moved next weekend (maybe 7/5 - 7/6)
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    Ayo's 120 BB Planet

    Nice! Much quicker from getting it in the house to wet than my build...
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    A bit of a hiatus and an update

    You are like 3 hours away from Lafayette and still miss the food? lol!
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    A bit of a hiatus and an update

    Ah, cool. Glad to see you back in action, as it were. I remember you used to get in some pretty nice pieces & fish.
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    A bit of a hiatus and an update

    Welcome back to the 'blue light side'! You back in the area or you still creeping around H-Town?
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    Montipora Digitata

    I don't know the specs on this light, but assuming it's like the H80, it should work over a 4 gallon tank. You will likely have to turn it way down to start.
  8. I used Turbo Start and went fishless. It did a great job, just make sure you have enough for your water volume. I needed 64oz. I still have some ammonium chloride you can have to start the nitrogen cycle. Should be plenty left for your system.
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    Ayo's 120 BB Planet

    Looking good so far!
  10. This week I’ve done the following: 75 gallon WC Adjusted the CO2 regulator to slowly lower ALK from 11.0 Mounted some frags in the display Removed about 5 lbs of solidified sand from the tank Need to see if I have what I need to use this old Catalina pump to siphon detritus out of the sump, frag tank, and refugiums this weekend. Probably another 75 gallon WC will happen on Sat or Sun. Nitrates have been creeping back up.
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    And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Sheesh, I’m bad about updating this thread. Probably need to change the title at some point. I’ve not made any drastic changes to the system lately. The Chemiclean treatment still appears to be holding, a little cyano in the refugium but it hasn’t reappeared in the display as of yet. Got a Sea Hare last week and dropped it in the fuge and it’s working through the GHA in between munching on the chaeto... [emoji19] Guess I’ll pull some chaeto out to reserve so it doesn’t eat it all. Picked up a mess of turbo snails, (20 Mexican and 20 Astrea) at Fragniappe to help keep algae in check in fuge and frag tank. Frag tank is close to algae free now. Most went into the fuge. Got an Algae Blenny from Aqua Hut when John was running that special. He went into the frag tank for a couple of weeks, moved him to the display last weekend so I don’t need to feed the frag tank directly. Picked up a Royal Gramma from AH last week. We went into the display and promptly disappeared. Didn’t see it for nearly a week. Finally caught it darting around in one of the caves when I fed frozen. Seems to be doing well. The Naso is a pig and will attack the feeding ring with gusto. Time to increase how much food is dropped I guess. The Swallotail angel is doing well also. Out in the open a lot more and competing well with the Naso for pellets. Ordered screen tops from Clearview on 3/10. 3-4 week lead time, so hopefully I’ll have them first week of April, and I can start getting some wrasses and anthias. Last night, I continued mounting some frags that had been cooling in the frag tank for a while. Still have quite a few more. Also started removing some of the hardened chunks of sand using a (brand new and unused) cat litter scoop. Works well, just need one that’s a little thinner to get between some of the rock structure. Still got some places where it’s solidified around the base of some rocks. Going to see if I can use a length of 1/2” pvc to break it up before I get too many more frags in the tank. I’ve broken that dang green anacropora colony 3 times so far. I removed a good 5 pounds of solidified sand Here are a few shots of the display with all the lights on 100%. Here’s a shot of the frags I got at Fragniappe this year.
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    Back in the Hobby

    Good looking setup! Welcome back!
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    It's been a while

    Nice! Welcome back!
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    Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Looking good Kirk.
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    New member from Lake Chuck

    Totally understandable. I still check here a few times a day, and @RedStickReefer is posting a bit as well. I'm still hoping that people shift back here soon. So much easier to follow discussions and posts.
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    New member from Lake Chuck

    Welcome back Msupolk! Sadly most of our activity has shifted to the BRK Facebook group in recent months. Feel free to hop on there and say 'Hi!'
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    New leopard wrasse

    I'm no fish expert, but I recall that leopards do have a poor track record for longevity in home aquariums. How big is your tank? They are listed as needing at least a 50 gallon tank to start, also classified as expert only for care requirements.
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    New member in Lafayette.

    Nice! Thanks for replying with details on your setup. Will you be coming out to Fragniappe on March 9th? There might be a vendor with some stylo frags, however it's not usually something I see often at shows.
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    New member in Lafayette.

    Welcome to the forum! Glad to have you here. Tanks looking nice. Care to give us a description of your tank and equipment?
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    RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Stand is looking nice man. If that was in my house I'd have to have foam bumpers on that ledge. My hip or thigh would carry permanent bruises You planning to go bare bottom in the big tank? Even with sand issues, I just can't see myself going BB...
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    First tank!

    Glad you got the particulates from the sand cleared up. You should probably wait on the coral until your water chemistry has settled. If you don't have a test kit already, you should get one. The strips also work for quick tests. You will need to get your rock into the tank sooner rather than later, as that has a large impact on the processing and breakdown of waste and toxic ammonia & nitrites from food and fish poo. Without that, and the bacteria that needs to inhabit the rock, the tank will become too toxic to your livestock. Did whoever you purchased the tank from sell you starter bacteria for the system? Once the ammonia and nitrite are non-existent, and the nitrates are in range (30 ppm or less I would say for a new tank,) then you can start thinking about some starter corals. Leathers, and zoanthids to start. Stony corals will require a bit more attention to the tank stability to do well in a small tank. How are clowns and hermits doing so far?
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    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.
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    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.