Diver's Paradise: Take Two!

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by FeliciaLynn, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Marc

    Marc Guest

    Thanks for the info. I'll ask them next time in there.
     
  2. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Rinse it in hot water before you use it if possible. It will break in much faster. Congrats!
     
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  3. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! Good to know!
     
  4. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    My BRS order came today and I made some progress on the sump set-up. Here's a list of what all came from BRS:
    1) Single BRS reactor - I'm going to run a mix of carbon and GFO
    2) Cobalt MJ1200 pump for the reactor
    3) Eheim Jager Heater because my current heater was too long for the sump
    4) Vertex filter sock holder
    5) 2 felt 4" filter socks
    6) CPR Inflow kit
    7) Plumbing supplies - slip to barb fitting for the drain in the overflow box, 3/4" vinyl tubing, tube clamps, 2 barb fitted ball valves
    8) Clear silicone

    I got my baffles siliconed into the sump tonight and my plan is to let that cure for 2 days before putting any water in the sump. That means Thursday evening is when I'll set up all the plumbing and hopefully get the sump up and running. Since I'm using vinyl tubing for the plumbing, it should be pretty quick and easy to set up. I only had to glue one of the fittings, which was the slip to barb fitting that I glued into the drain bulkhead at the bottom of the overflow box.

    Oh, I also had a little acrylic lid cut at TAP Plastics for the overflow box so that no snails can get in and plug the siphon tube.

    Baffles in place.
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    Inside the stand with the sump and the new media reactor.
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  5. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Alright, the sump and all my new equipment has been up and running for a week now. Here's a video of the new sump set-up:


    Also, here's a new video of the tank:


    And now for some new photos!
    FTS 4/9/14
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    Left Side
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    Middle
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    Right Side
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    Octospawn
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    Tiger Derasa
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    Duncan
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    Elegance
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    Zoanthids
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    Symphyllia Brain
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    Hammer
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    Squamosa
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    Scolys
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    Fighting Conch
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  6. Love that octospawn!
     
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  7. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! Its one of my new favorites. I picked it up from Diablo Corals a few months back.
     
  8. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    awwwwwwww yissssssssss

    btw why'd you decide to hang the doser upside down?
     
  9. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    The doser isn't hanging. I just have it sitting on the shelf in my stand for now. It won't sit the other direction, so its upside down. It works fine that way though :)
     
  10. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Looks great! Lots more swimming room for the fishies now.
     
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  11. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yep, this scape is way more fish friendly. Glad you like it :)
     
  12. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    oh i figured. i wasn't sure if i was missing a cool way to use a doser!
     
  13. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Well of course you are! I always do things the cool way :) I'm just too lazy to hang it and decided it was fine to just set it there upside down haha!
     
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  14. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    hah ok now that's funny
     
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  15. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I made an impulse fish buy today! Oops! :) I went in Baja Reef and they had a whole tank full of fat, healthy leopard wrasses. I got to watch them eat frozen food like fiends and just couldn't resist taking the tiniest one home with me. Here she is!



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    I also bought a few other things today! I picked up 2 heads on dendro from Aquatic Collection to grow on the shaded base of the bonsai pillar on the right hand side of my rock scape.

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    I also picked up a large skunk cleaner shrimp at Aquatic Collection.
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    And Baja Reef had just gotten in a shipment of Caribbean gorgonians, so I picked up two nice ones!
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    Finally, I picked up the custom ATO reservoir that Mike from Micro Reefs made for me. It fits perfectly and holds much more water than any container I could find that would fit in my stand with the sump. Now I've got a little over 4 gallons in FW for top off, so it will last close to a week. I couldn't get a very good photo, but here's the new reservoir. Its black on all sides but the front is clear so I can see the water level.

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    Oh, and my skimmer is breaking in and skimming out some skimmate now!
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    Some new random angle shots of the tank. Sorry for the super blue-ness. My iPhone has issues with white balance, but I was too lazy to get my real camera [​IMG]
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    And look how fluffy the elegance is! I am so happy it is doing well.
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    Finally, my YWG and firefish have a weird friendship. They like to hang out together. They were sitting near each other under the little arch which the YWG has claimed as his territory. Since the move into the new set-up, he is sooo much more outgoing. I've even seen him be a bit aggressive at the coris wrasse over his territory near the arch. He's never aggressive with the firefish though. The firefish is more than welcome to share his territory. Fish dynamics are weird!
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  16. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Haha, impulse buy. The wrasse and ATO look solid!
     
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  17. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yeah, it happens on occasion. I try to avoid impulse buying fish but it was just too cute! Plus I've got all this extra filtration now so I can stock a bit heavier :)
     
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  18. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I did some serious cord organizing now that all the equipment is finalized and installed. I got sick of unplugging the skimmer and return pump for feedings, so I bought a powerstrip with power switches for each individual plug.

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  19. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Or you could get a controller to make life easier and just make changes from your mobile device. ;)
     
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  20. Geneva

    Geneva Supporting Member

    I love every single thing in your tank! I especially enjoyed your new leopard wrasse video - that music from Thrones is the best! (are you also addicted to that show?!) Thanks for sharing!!
     
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