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Thanks Burt.  I still got a long way to go.  You all have been a lot of help.

I just ordered Nanocustom's 3.24 lighting upgrade kit.  I know, I know, it's not as cool or effective as LED or MH, but it's quite a bit cheaper ($80 vs $360).  I'm not planning on SPS corals, but I found a few people who have grown them at the top of their tank with this setup.
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Todd, you should show some pictures of the media basket you made, i'm really interested in the build

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Here's a couple pics of my homemade media basket for those interested.  I've got two different grades of filter floss, then activated carbon and then chemi-pure.  There is a removable panel on one end.  This is short enough to allow the use of the factory water drip diverter thingy on top.


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Excellent work Todd,
 
You should do a DIY Build thread on that. I would put it in the Quick Reference thread so others could find it easily.
 
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That looks awesome! I like it a lot better than the media basket that is sold online.  I'll have to get one running as soon as my tank gets cycled (currently just running some filter floss through it)
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That is awesome! Good work!
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Thanks guys! 

Burt - I'll try to get to a DIY thread for that this weekend.

Here's an updated pic of my project.  The 3.24 PC lighting upgrade will happen sometime by the end of this weekend.  Let's hope with the additional 50/50 bulb I get some more color.  Some of my corals don't look quite as pretty as they were under the MH lighting.  Ermm

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Darned clown fish keep moving!
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How's your Anemone holding up by the way?  I was thinking about one, but I think i'll wait and just see if mine will host some Xenia or something (I might get two clowns and 1-2 jaws depending upon how daring I get)
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The anemone is doing great.  So happy that it chose a place far from all my corals to settle down.  My clowns haven't hosted in the RBTA yet.  They seem to like the hammer and the star polyps near the top of the tank, but haven't really hosted in either of those either.

I got the nanocustoms 3.24 PC lighting upgrade installed today.  I like the look but it's not MH.  Colors are a little more brilliant and the tank is brighter.  I think I may try a small inexpensive SPS to see how it fares.  I had to make a few adjustments to the kit/installation instructions to make it work properly, but overall a good kit.  One of the new upgraded fans is not working and since heat hasn't been a problem in this tank I will reinstall the original fans tomorrow.

I also put in a fish guard today.  I didn't think there would be much room for a fish to jump into the filtration section, but someone on another forum said they had a goby get out with the same setup.

I've also added some macroalgae; chaetomorpha, caulerpa mexicana, caulerpa prolifera, caulerpa racemosa and halimeda.  It's all in the tank for now.  I'll move some of it into the mini-fuge once I get a light for back there.

I'll post pics of these mods in the next couple days.


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Nanocustoms 3.24 PC upgrade kit installed.  Overall I like this kit.  Well worth the money.  My corals look a little more colorful and look a lot more healthy.  Also visible are the new digital thermometer and my homemade fish saver.


Current project: a condo for my yellow watchman goby.  This is built out of 1" pvc and 3/4" fittings because I wanted the inside and outside diameters to be consistent.  My glass thermometer decided to lay lead all over my sand so while the tank is in reorganization, I thought I'd build him a home where I can see him.  The front door and back doors both face forward.  I used aquarium sealant and sand to cover the entrances.  I'd have made it more interesting but there's not a lot of real estate in my tank.  Now to convince him to use it...

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Is that digital thermometer for the water temp or light temp? Just be careful either way as those things are know to be really inaccurate, If it's for the water I prefer a cheap glass therm, you can't get much more accurate and they are cheap.
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The digital thermometer is for the water.  I had a cheap glass one.  It shattered and scattered glass shards and lead balls all over my tank. Angry  That's why I splurged for the digital.  That's good to know about the digital thermometers.  I think I'll go buy a cheap metal one to check the accuracy of the digital one.  Thanks for the suggestion.

With a little encouragement my goby took up residence in his new digs.  With any luck he'll take up permanent residence there. Approve


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Todd,
I also hae a 14g and am wondering how difficult the lighting upgrade was to install.
Thanks for the help.
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The yellow watchman goby has made a permanent home of my pvc creation.  It's not as natural looking as if he built it himself, but at least he's out front now.  He still hides any time anyone gets close to the tank but he's getting more comfortable every day.

I've been adding a couple frags every week so my tank is looking quite interesting.  The pic below really doesn't do it justice as the colors just don't show up well.  I think I'm addicted.  Is there a Reefer's Anonymous group nearby?

I built and installed an air powered ATO today.  It's pretty much this kit: http://www.aquahub.com/store/product26.html but modified slightly to use an air pump instead of a water pump like this: http://www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=38878.  I really like the way this kit works.  This will be really nice for when we go on vacation.

@studboy - The lighting upgrade was a pretty easy mod.  There were a few things I changed and/or added from the instructions because it didn't fit exactly right, but overall it's a very good kit.  One of the fans with the kit was defective and nanotuners sent out a new one right away.  Great customer service.

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Looks good!
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Geez looks great =)
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Man Todd, thats an awesome tank.  I'm excited to see it on Wednesday Big smile
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Your tank is looking great Todd. Mine was up several months before I had close to that many frags in it. Thumbs Up
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Thanks guys!

The past week has been fun.  I got 4 lbs of Tampa Bay LR from WhiteReef.  This rock is so full of life: crabs, sponges, tube worms, feather dusters, barnacles, shrimp, macroalgae, and more!  I extracted the gorilla and rock crabs and disposed of them.  The grass shrimp went into my tank and hasn't been seen since.  The red mithrax crab went into my tank and has been hiding.  I reworked the rockscape and now have a total of 11 lbs of lr.  Now I need more frags to fill up all the new naked rock.  The watchman goby is quite happy in his house and I'm seeing the first signs of coraline algae forming on the back wall.  I also got the auto top-off installed and worked out the bugs.


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Looking good! Seems that your clowns haven't killed eachother yet either Tongue  They finally getting along?
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