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  1. The leak was found when I got home from work on 7/30. I was scheduled to work late and that got cancelled due to the vendor. So I got home around 8pm instead of the 12am or later that I was expecting. The leak was steady, but not a catastrophic failure. When I got home there was only a few gallons that had made it to the floor. I promptly made the call to drain the tank and move the fish and coral to other tanks in the system. I caught out all the fish except the Royal Gramma (couldn't that sneaky little bugger) and split them between the frag tank and the refugium. Then I pumped out about 200 gallons of water from the display. Once the water level was down to around 100 gallons in the tank, the leaking slowed substantially. I was able to direct the leak into a bucket by sliding a paper towel into the gap between the trim and glass in the leaking corner and hanging it over the bucket. Water wicked just how I needed it to and over the next few days I only had to empty the bucket 4-5 times of 2-4 gallons each. After that the dripping stopped completely. So I've got a new tank being built by Planet Aquariums that I'm hoping will be delivered to Aqua Hut by 9/6 or so. I'm not going anywhere!
  2. I've held off posting this for a couple of weeks, but I need to get it out there... The bad news: It's been a pretty bad few months for my system. Steady slow coral deaths and an equipment failure...
  3. It works well for sure, some rock like Pukani just doesn't get clean enough IMO.
  4. How are those two doing man? They peeked out of the sand yet?
  5. Nice work! Looking forward to seeing it come alive!
  6. I do not yet. Been trying to get duncans to survive so far. on my 3rd frag now, this one seems to be doing well. No new heads yet though. Will try to move it into the display this weekend. Also trying to find a good place for a torch and branching hammer frag.
  7. Not really, only @2fish4u's massive teal stag frag that I split with @Reef Tank Greg is big enough to actually frag. Got a couple of wild frags that have been growing well, but still got a lot of space to fill.
  8. 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.
  9. Nice! Much quicker from getting it in the house to wet than my build...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...