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New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:47 pm

Hello all :D

Been a while since I posted on here about my reef. Over the past few months I have gotten away from the salty side of things and for that matter anything aquatic. Keeping reptiles is just to addicting. However, now that I have finally moved back to lawrence I can have all my aquariums and pets on the same floor of the apartment.

A little update on the reef: I had let my tank go after my carpet nem died and crashed the tank over night basically. I lost most of my fish and most of my corals died slowly over the next few months. GHA went rampant and I couldn't do anything to stopy that S^&T.

As some of you may know I was considering going with a 125 gallon reef, however, I just don't have the time or money to maintain such a lsarge system. INstead I went bacck to my little 35 gallon hex tank. However, this time I am determined not to let it turn into a cyano trap. Things that have changed since the last time this tank was a reef: I
have much better lighting, I am running two LED PAR 38s. One is 20 K and the other 10 K. There is significant spot lighting right now, but I am still looking at reflectors to minimize this. Last time I had and Odyssey MH set up that was just a disaster.

My flow is significantly greater. My previous power head on this bad boy was a 250 gph petco POS. Now I am running a 1050 gph reef octo powerhead. Thing is a beast and I would recommend it to anyone. I am also considering throwing on my Koralia 3.

This tank will in theory have little to no fish. IFf I can find some skunk clowns I will do it, but if not idc. I am looking more for invertabrates such as shrimp crabs, starfish, etc.

For now I am going to stay with soft corals. Thinking of doing a zoa garden in the bottom and some GSP near the top with a toad stool in the middle and some colve polups to wrap her up. May get some frog spawn or torches down the line but once again idk.

I will get some photos up tonight or tomorrow morning, but soon.
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:18 pm

Well just got word on a kessil led light that I have been wanting. The person is asking 150 so hopefully they havent sold them already :-?
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:56 pm

Local Petco has some snowflake clowns for sale. Probably doing to pick one up tonigh.

Also, I co have some pics but it is a pain toupload them on snap bucket on my tablet. I will get on my laptop tonight and get some photos up.

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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:19 pm

B, what's going on man!? Good to read you. Can't wait to see what your setup is going to be like.
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:16 pm

Thanks Rush. I have been lurking around and following builds, just been really busy and havnt had the time to contribute. I was at pPetco a couple of days ago and they had a rock with yumas ricordias and other mushrooms for 25 bucks so I may pick that up as well. Getting giddy as I get back into the hobby.
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Lilly » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:44 pm

Really good price for the Yuma Ricordia :) Looking forward to the pics.... Luv the salt :lol:
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:10 am

So the yuma and rics were already gone by the time I got back to Petco :( But I will be turning in some supplies to my LFS and will hopefully be able to get some sweet softie frags and maybe some more for my CUC. However, instead of getting some shrooms I did pick up a nice looking colony of zoas for 30 bucks. The whole colony has opened up under the LEDs more or less, but I don't have any photos just yet. I due time, I suppose.

Now for the moment long( a stretch I know) anticipated...pics!!
These are the lights. The big reflector is the 10k bulb and the little guy is my 20k. I have some serious spotlighting with the 20k, but for now I will live.
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Just one of my favorite snails in the whole blue ocean. This turbo has been with me for a couple of years now and is still destroying hair algae and what not.
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This here is a shot of the powerhead. I have two koralias on other tanks and this one is a reef octopus. It was a little cheaper, but this thing is awesome. Since the tank is more than likely going to end up with more corals and inverts than fish I feel I can get away with crazy amounts of flow.
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Green star polyps. This is pretty obvious. I have had the little frag for a few months. It was only a quarter covered when I bought it and has since bounced back nicely. In the old tank it was starting to spread before the tank crashed.
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Maxi-mini and colt coral. I have had that group of colt since the first time this tank was set up. The maxi I got shortly after I set up the tank as a 55. Bother are located just below the LEDs.
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I can not remember the name of this snail to save my life, but it is an awesome sand sifting critter to have. I was lucky enough to see him pop up when I tore down my 40 gallon long, and I snagged him to throw in this tank. I can honestly say I only see him about once a year if that. As a matter of fact I don't even know where he is at now :tongue:
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Reef break. This is my cat, aptly named Grey Cat. Helps out when he can and defends the apartment from intruders.
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I will try and snap some photos of the new zoas and some of the old corals when I get a chance. Just so much happening and it is the devil to upload these things from my tablet. Snapbucket is near useless. Also, I have gotten my onyx clownfish moved over and picked up some formula 1 flake food. I had omega one, but I knocked that bad boy over a long time ago. The clown has been living on pods that grew in the tank for several months.

Sometime in the near future I will probably either get some more zoas or mushrooms and maybe some LPS. However, it is more likely that I will round out my CUC before that happens. Running low on snails and crabs. May also try to find a baller starfish, but idk. Thoughts?

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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:10 pm

Looking good again B. I'm glad you got rid of that black and white gravel substrate. :D

GSP looks nice. I might have to get my hands on some of that.
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:09 pm

~RuSh~ wrote:Looking good again B. I'm glad you got rid of that black and white gravel substrate. :D

GSP looks nice. I might have to get my hands on some of that.


May that substrate rest in hell. Old set up sucked hardcore, but now I know what I am doing and am excited for this tank.
That gsp is easy to cone buy and cheap. Spreads quick tho under right conditions. Won't go near sps tho.


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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:02 pm

What do you mean? Chemical warfare?
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby Buehler » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:16 pm

Idk about chemical warfare, but if the GSP touches an SPS then that small section of GSP will die. That is how my LFS owner keeps his soft corals in check
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Re: New setup, old tank

Postby ~RuSh~ » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:28 pm

Interesting. How much do you know about mixing SPS and LPS? I plan on getting into SPS with my new setup so any knowledge shared would be appreciated.
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