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Tank Threads : speyside's new 90 gallon reef build!

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:44
Author: speyside712
Subject: speyside's new 90 gallon reef build!
Posted: September 28 2017 at 4:44pm

Hey everyone, after taking a few weeks off from the forums I am back with some more updates on my 90 Gallon build.
The tank has been progressing slowly.  I have been adding equipment slowly (clearly I bought too much stuff!).  I mounted a BRS dual reactor in the cabinet and loaded it up with GFO and Carbon.  I bought a larger pump to run the reactor instead of the MaxiJet it came with.  I tried out the MaxiJet and it wasn't strong enough, even with the ball valve completely open the flow was really weak.  I couldnt get the GFO to tumble at all.  There was no visible movement in the GFO at all and I feared it would become a solid rock after a week of that.  The pump has to lift the water about 2.5 feet, so that must have just been too much head pressure for the original pump.
The new one didn't exactly fit the 1/2 bendable pvc that BRS supplied with the reactor.  To fix this I snipped 2 inches of rubber tubing off the end of a water change syphon kit.  This fit perfectly over both the pumps output and the 1/2 pvc and doesnt leak (it sits in the sump anyway, so a tiny leak wouldn't matter anyway).  The result worked out pretty well, the GFO is tumbling ever so slightly to prevent it from turning to stone.
At this point I was ready to build a mounting board.  I bought some wood at lowes and was able to put it together pretty quick.  I built the board to sit on a shelf in the closet behind the tank.  It has 4 legs, with the back 2 being longer than the front 2 so it sits slanted toward the front.  All the wires get concealed under the mounting board and on top of the shelf.  I mounted the following so far:

2 energy bar 8's2 jabeo powerhead controllers1 Tunze Osmilator controller1 Reef Octopus return pump controller1 Apex Classic1 Apex Display module1 Apex WXM module1 Apex ALD Leak Detection module1 Apex PM2 Salinity module

Here is a picture of the mounting board.

I was planning to use a spare Google Nexus 10 tablet as a full time tank controlling device and leave it on the shelf in the closet, but i'm finding that the Apex Fusion app doesn't work at all on android, the home screen doesn't have any buttons and is basically a frozen screenshot.  Due to this I have to navigate to the website and log in every time in order to control anything.  I might as well just use my phone to do this so i'm not standing in front of the closet for long periods of time.  Its much easier to control from the couch on my phone. 
I have yet to calibrate my probes and get those working, but I do have my fusion account set up and the energy bar 8's configured.  Since I dont have the probes working yet I have a few items set to "always on." That is the next item on my list to fix.

Now to the exciting stuff - As the whole project is being done to upgrade an existing tank, I have 5 fish waiting to move into their new home.  Now that the tank has been cycling for nearly 4 months it should be good and ready to start adding life slowly.
The fish waiting to be moved in are 1 orange/white ocellaris clown, 2 yellowtail blue damsels, 1 flame angel, and 1 yellow tang.  I have had all 5 fish for about 6 years, so they are at least that old (not sure how old they were when I bought them).
I am trying to put the fish in in the perfect order to reduce aggression.  Three days ago I added a new bubble tip anemone, a new juvenile black and white ocellaris clown, and my larger female orange and white ocellaris clown.  All went well and they are now both hosting in the same anemone together.  Here is a shot of them together.

I had one algae bloom of diatoms near the end of the cycle, when I first started turning on the lights.  It all died off after 3 days.  I don't have any coralline growth yet because I started with all dry rock and dry sand, so I'll need to introduce some into the tank at some point.
I've been monitoring my ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels and so far so good.  My bio-load is extremely small at the moment, so I don't forsee having any problems with that as long as I keep going slow and only add fish every few weeks.
Here is a FTS taken today.
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Tank Threads : Ch3tt's Red Rea Reefer 625 XXL

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:01
Author: ch3tt
Subject: Ch3tt's Red Rea Reefer 625 XXL
Posted: September 28 2017 at 4:01pm

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Show Off / POTM (Picture of the Month) : September POTM

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:38
Author: Electro4112
Subject: September POTM
Posted: September 28 2017 at 2:38pm

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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS - Slim-Skim Nano Protein Skimmer

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 06:25
Author: stout_trout
Subject: FS - Slim-Skim Nano Protein Skimmer
Posted: September 28 2017 at 12:25pm

I've had two for a long time but I've only used one (currently in the first chamber of an Oceanic 29). This one has hardly been used.
Asking $50
Send me a PM or text 801-430-15ThreeTwo
BrentModel No.HeightFootprintHeavy StockingNormal StockingFoaming PumpsSlim-Skim Nano 135.3612" (30 cm)3.3" x 3.1" x 12"25 Gallons35 Gallons4 Watts
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Meetings and Events : FragStock - November 2nd

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 05:48
Author: Krazie4Acans
Subject: FragStock - November 2nd
Posted: September 28 2017 at 11:48am

We are getting more vendors each day. We will will get this updated with the new ones soon.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS:Bubble magus skimmer

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 04:10
Author: Lucky15
Subject: FS:Bubble magus skimmer
Posted: September 28 2017 at 10:10am

I have a bubble magus protein skimmer for sale it works grate I just don’t need it $100 OBO I will add pics later text or call with any questions 559 696 88 nine nine

The Bubble-Magus NAC5.5 Cone skimmer is practical and highly efficient. This skimmer offers innovative features at an affordable price: which makes it a great value.

NAC5.5 Features
cone skimmer body to allow smooth transition of skimmate to the collection cup
needle wheel pump with venturi intake that produces just the right amount and size of air bubbles
bubble plate to reduce the turbulence in the reaction chamber
collection cup drain to reduce maintenance frequency
compact footprint that allows easy installation
NAC5.5 Specifications
Tank Capability: 80G-135G
Pump: ROCK - SP2000
power: 16W, 110V 60Hz
Max Chamber Diameter: 5"
Dimensions: 8.66"L x 5.7"W x 20.4"H
Water Level: 9.5"-11"
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Reef Tour 2017 : Reef Tour Q&A

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 03:07
Author: theresawhite
Subject: Reef Tour Q&A
Posted: September 28 2017 at 9:07am

REEF TOUR 2017 FAQ'S  Q: I'm new here... just what is a "Reef Tour"? A: The Annual WMAS Reef Tour is basically a group "Open House" where Club Members open their homes to the general public for the purpose of showcasing their aquarium systems. This is a "family friendly" Club Event and it will be occurring Saturday, November 4. The purpose of the Reef Tour is to promote the hobby (and the Club by extension) as well as give back to the community at large, by providing a source of information and viewing pleasure for those who may not currently be involved in the hobby.
  Q: Why would I want to be a Reef Tour host home? A: As a Reef Tour host, you have the benefit of "showing off" your aquarium to literally dozens of interested people, both fellow hobbyists and non-hobbyists alike. If you have ever wished that your fellow Club Members would come "check out my tank"... well, this is your chance!   In addition, we try to make the day as "fun" as possible for both the Reef Tour hosts and the visitors alike. Many of our Tour hosts incorporate extra activities into their day; things like offering refreshments for visitors; designing information boards that describe their systems in greater detail; showing videos of hobby-related (and kid friendly) movies like "Finding Nemo" or "Shark Tale" to keep the kiddies occupied; hanging fish posters and Reef tour welcome signs, etc. We will also have a "Live Blog" Thread here on the Message Board come Reef Tour Day for our Tour hosts to share their days activities / visitor traffic info with the rest of the Club.   We would also encourage all our Tour hosts to update this Forum with details on their own preparation activities; both for the information of fellow hosts who might be wondering "What do I need to do to get ready?", and as a great way to maintain overall interest and keep up the "hype"... Q: Does it cost anything to be a Reef Tour host home? A: No - absolutely not. The only requirements we have to be a Tour host is a willingness to open your home on Reef Tour Day for the hours of the Tour. Now, as you can see from the answer above, we do have many Members who take it upon themselves to enhance the experience at their homes. Some just put out a plate of cookies and some punch; some go "all out" with BBQed hotdogs and chips and sodas and balloons, big lawn signs - almost an "open house party"... while we certainly encourage you to celebrate Reef Tour Day as extravagently as you like - it is certainly not required Q:  What do I need to do to prepare my tank(s) for showing? A: In reality, all that we ask is that you clean up your systems a bit to make the tank viewing as pleasing as possible. You know, scrape off any algae buildup or salt creep, make sure the water is topped off, clean your skimmer cup, etc.   Of course, many Members use the Reef Tour as a reason to go out and add some new livestock or equipment to their systems. Maybe a special fish of colorful coral that you have been thinking about getting... maybe a new skimmer or a UV or some other cool gadget or goody.   If your home is not used to the presence of small children, you might want to go around and put away any glass items or things that little ones might get into. Maybe put out an extra chair or 2 if you have them, so visitors can feel comfortable.   And, on Reef Tour Day, remember to turn on your tank lights early - like around 8 AM. This gives the tank occupants a couple of hours to fully "wake up" and look their best for all the guests. And don't worry - a few extra hours of light won't hurt anything. Q: Who else in my neighborhood / town / county is going to be a Tour home? A: Once we complete the sign up process, WMAS will publish a downloadable / printable Tour Guide booklet that will list ALL the Tour host homes - along with a map and directions to their home, and description of their aquarium(s), even a picture or 2 to whet your appetite.    While we are on the subject, let me answer a second (related question): Q: I don't want to "waste" a Saturday if no one shows up... What is the best way to ensure my home gets a lot of visitors? A: The ABSOLUTE BEST WAY to guarantee a lot of foot traffic to your home is to make sure that ALL the Club Members in your town are all signed up for the Reef Tour as well! This is especially true for Members who live in more "outlying" towns; places like Ogden or Toole, or anybody from Utah County. If there are 3, 4, or 5 (or more) Tour homes in your town then people will be MUCH more likely to "make the trip" to come see YOUR tank then if you are the only Tour host home within a 25 mile radius. So, talk to all your WMAS neighbors and friends and GET THEM SIGNED UP!!! Q: How can I help advertise the Reef Tour? A: The SECOND BEST WAY to generate foot traffic to your door is to help advertise - especially local advertising. Hang flyers on your neighbors doors (we will have these available for FREE at the April meeting); put up a flyer on your local Church bulletin board, your local food store bulletin boards, even a local WalMart If you feel adventurous, put flyers on car windshields at a local shopping center. If you have a Petco or PetSmart nearby, ask to hang up a flyer or 2 there as well. Anything you do to get the word out will help not only your Club but your own local area as well. Q:  What have the past years Tours been like? A: While all the past years Tours have been successful, some years generated a bigger response than others. Factors on the "success" of any given year included:  - How many homes were on the Tour total - Any other non-hobby events going on in the area (football games, Church events, etc) - How well not just the Club but individuals advertised for the Tour - The weather that day (in the fall we even saw snow in some northern locations one year) - How many homes were in your specific area    If you would like to see some photos from past Reef Tours, click on the "Other Stuff" tab in the left side margin and then click on the "Reef Tour Pics" tab that will come up on the screen.  Q:  Reef Tour decorating; signs, posters, etc - How do I do all that? A:  This year we will provide you with FREE Reef Tour flyers to advertise around your local neighborhood... other items, such as paintings, drawings, decor, etc. a lot of that you can find dirt cheap at places like DI or local yard sales, or on KSL.com, if you just search around a bit. If you have any "nautical" themed decor - put it out on display! Any old dried out starfish or seashells... put them out!  I remember one host went to a party store and found "Finding Nemo" plastic tablecloths that were on clearance for $1 each and hung a few of those up in his living room!    This is one area where you really don't have to spend a lot of $$$ at all and you can really make a memorable display to go along with your sweet reef tank  Q: If I am a Reef Tour home, then how will I get the chance to see everyone else's tanks? A: I'm sure most Tour hosts would be happy to open their home for you to come by at a later day/time.  Just reach out to them to schedule.
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:52
Author: jdinchak
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:52am

I LOVE seeing you guys reach out and refer tour hosts!  Keep in mind we are doing a raffle for Reef Tour:
  • Refer a tour host to us (they do not have to be in the club) and if they sign up and participate you will get 5 raffle tickets. When they sign up they need to list your name as the person who referred them.
  • Participate on Reef Tour - posting your tour goings on Forum/Social media will get you a raffle ticket. 
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:51
Author: Lope Dawg
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:51am

Thanks Kevin. We will have to set up a time to see each other's tank.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Leathers for sale

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:49
Author: eightonex
Subject: Leathers for sale
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:49am

I really want them gone asap. That green small leather is spoken for. The ones I'm selling are the huge ones taking up my sand bed

Edited by eightonex - 8 hours 10 minutes ago at 8:50am
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:46
Author: Lope Dawg
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:46am

Echidna09 wrote:

Lope Dawg wrote:

For some reason I posted my name incorrect. It's plain ol Steve Lopez.

You oughtta really look into at least keeping the trademark.

Lol. Yes I kinda like trademark too.
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:44
Author: theresawhite
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:44am

Hi Cliff. That's great news. Few free to have anyone interested to reach out to me. I'm working on putting together more info for all the hosts.
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:33
Author: stradreef22
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:33am

Bryan Bench, thanks for reaching out Im sure Dave and myself would not mind being on the reef tour.  Dave lives in Saratoga and there is another guy Allen that would be worth going too.  Thanks.
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Tank Threads : 60g Cube

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:26
Author: shaggydoo
Subject: 60g Cube
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:26am

Yes Marcoss, it hurt a tiny bit ;) I got fully back into the hobby in 2017 but then all this other crap happened. So this is a mixed bag of a year.
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Tank Threads : Not My 270 Gallon Peninsula

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:16
Author: Corey Price
Subject: Not My 270 Gallon Peninsula
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:16am

Getting ready for salt and rock!



Grommets for cable management.



Waiting for salt!

Edited by Corey Price - 3 hours 41 minutes ago at 8:19am
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:11
Author: theresawhite
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:11am

Wow Kevin looks great!! Would love to have you on the tour. Let me know if you want me to add you to the list.
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:01
Author: kevin.st
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:01am

I can't edit my posts?
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:00
Author: kevin.st
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 8:00am

tank 917 by strad.ks, on Flickr
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 01:59
Author: kevin.st
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 7:59am

<a data-flickr-embed="true"  href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/64096201@N06/23519711878/in/dateposted-public/" title="tank 917"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4451/23519711878_9ea26ea586_k.jpg" width="2048" height="1536" alt="tank 917"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Reef Tour 2017 : REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 01:43
Author: kevin.st
Subject: REEF TOUR 2017! Info and Signup Thread
Posted: September 28 2017 at 7:43am

I am thinking about it...but I need to wait a little to see how my SPS are doing.  
Lope, your tank looks amazing!  I need to come over some day.
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