Dipping toes into salty water...

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by swk, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Marc

    Marc Guest

    Awesome progress! That skimmer is a thing of beauty!
     
  2. swk

    swk Guest

    Thanks! Seeing this skimmer in person makes me really happy I didn't get the larger model. It's a lot bigger than I imagined. I've never owned a skimmer, but I've been keeping fish for over 10 years and I feel like I know a good product when I see one. That being said, I feel like it is well made, sturdy and the parts fits together really well. The pump is a little cheesy but very quiet and I just know that it'll need replacing at some point. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase


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  3. swk

    swk Guest

    Vortech, a couple heaters and some salty water. Ready for rock this weekend!!!

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  4. swk

    swk Guest

    Picked up some amazing live rock from JAR. Thanks again man. Stuff is unreal. A few of these guys are cruising around the glass

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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Vortech cord is supposed to point upwards...
     
  6. swk

    swk Guest

    I realize that, but I like it better like this. I understand the risk of it falling setup like it is


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  7. swk

    swk Guest

    Well, I'll be damned! It's full of water and the sump is running as is the skimmer. It's online folks!

    Thanks so much to everyone who helped me get to this point


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  8. swk

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    I ended up running a herbie. It was not loud at all, but there were sooo many microbubbles from the drains that weren't dissipating before the pump section. Works great!

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  9. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    Microbubbles might discepate after your pipes develop some slimey film
     
  10. swk

    swk Guest

    Thanks but no longer an issue! Picked up a par 38 3000k led bulb and some chaeto today. Fuge is taking shape.


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  11. swk

    swk Guest

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    First scape attempt

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    Right side

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    Left side

    Don't really know what else I would do, ya know?

    Please, advice and criticism welcome


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  12. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Well that was fast!

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  13. swk

    swk Guest

    So there's stuff that's alive in there. A quick update:

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  14. swk

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    Inhabitants include:
    Gumby zoa
    Kedd red zoas
    Gobstopper zoas
    Armor of god zoas
    2 frags of Ora green birdsnest
    1 unidentified birdsnest that appears to be purple

    Fish are:
    Cherub angel that has behaved himself so far....
    Clown
    6-line wrasse

    Probably only 2 more fish I would think, huh? Thinking a midas blenny and maybe a blue spot jaw, but not quite sure.

    Also 1 skunk cleaner and 1 fire shrimp. So far no problems between the 2.

    Thanks for looking!



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  15. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Good Lord! You have shamed me. Pistols at dawn, behind the barn sir!


    Well, I've got my sump made at least. It''s only been 4 years.
     
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  16. swk

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    Here's some of the pieces I've acquired so far:

    Bottlebrush acro
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    Lfs zoas. Kedd reds and gumby I've been told
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    Strawberry shortcake acro and sour apple birdsnest
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    Lord acan
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    Armor of god paly
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    And finally, gobstopper zoa
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    I also have a few Ora green birdsnest. I never in a million years thought id have sps so soon, but I got some at my local meet and they've done great so I figured what the heck. I love the way they look.


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  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Hmm.
    Honestly, you seem to be rushing things.
    It might fine, and of course we all hope it goes well.
    But it takes a while for the tank to really stabilize. It is a lot more than just ammonia and nitrite bacteria cycling.
    If nothing else, be careful in how much you spend, in case things go badly in a month or two.
     
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  18. swk

    swk Guest

    Point taken and thanks for the advice!


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  19. swk

    swk Guest

    Incidentally, what are some things I should be on the lookout for?

    Most of the frags came from 40 bucks worth of raffle tickets at my local club meet.


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  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Tissue recession on the acro. Tips or base may turn white.
    Zoas may close up and stay closed.
    Are polyps extending.
    Things like that.
     

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