Felicia's 40B Predator Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by FeliciaLynn, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I picked up a tuxedo urchin because the partial crash a few weeks ago caused a serious algae outbreak in my tank. I want the rocks to be cleaned up before the transfer, so I figured an urchin could wipe out the algae problem in a couple weeks. Once all the algae is gone, I'll take the urchin back to the store so it doesn't starve. Such a cool critter! I'm enjoying watching it and wish I could keep it long term. Here is a quick photo and video of it on the tank glass.

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  2. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I finished siliconing the baffles into my sump tonight. Now it just needs to dry overnight and then tomorrow I can do a full water test on it.

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  3. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Everything looks great so far! How'd you manage to silicone the baffles that are really close to each other? It looks like it was a pain to do, hehe.
     
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  4. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    Great Job Felicia....it looks like it is coming together!!!
     
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  5. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    We've been thinking about getting a tuxedo urchin for our 90 gallon tank. Now that it's been up for 4 months or so we have enough algae on rock surfaces to keep one, but we're in no rush to get one.

    If you decide you can't keep your urchin, please let me know and I'd be glad to make a home for him/her in our tank.

    We had a very active Tuxedo Urchin in our 30 gallon mixed nanon in Boston who was one of our favorite creatures.

    You can see him hyper-active over time in this time-lapse video from the month of January last year:

     
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  6. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! Yeah those close baffles are a nightmare. You have to add the silicone into the tank first and use a lot so that when you press the baffle in, it oozes out on both sides (since I can't fit the tip of the silicone tube in between to apply any). Then I used a chopstick to smooth it out the best I could and remove any excess.
     
  7. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! We're getting there :)
     
  8. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I'll keep that in mind once mine exhausts the algae supply in my tank. They're definitely cool little critters. Lovely video!
     
  9. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    damn that sump looks super sexy
     
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  10. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    btw how well has the urchin worked?
     
  11. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! I'm really happy with how it turned out. Seems like I have the perfect amount of space for everything. The new skimmer fits perfect!
     
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  12. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    He's definitely making a dent. He cleaned off the middle BTA rock and then made his way to the glass and has been on the glass for the last few days. I think I'm going to grab him this evening and move him to the rocks. He's definitely very active and munching away on algae.
     
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  13. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Here's a quick video of the finished sump.

     
  14. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    Thanks for sharing the video.....looks great!!!!!

    btw....groovy remix for the video...;)
     
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  15. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Sump looks awesome. Production values on that video are way high for a reef forum!

    I have a similar Jebao DC return pump. How are you liking it? I've really enjoyed ours so far.
     
  16. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Awesome setup and nice job on the video. I badly want to redo my sump after seeing this :)
     
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  17. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you! I'm thrilled with how it came out. Will definitely be such an upgrade over my current tiny/cramped sump.

    DNA Lounge in SOMA has a mash-ups night every Saturday night. They hand out CDs of mashups made by the DJ's that are always really fun. Anyways, the song I used is from one of those CD's.
     
  18. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks! I just used iMovie to edit the video really quick. I definitely don't have any actual video editing skills.

    That was actually the first time I'd tested out the pump. I just got it a few days ago and I'm waiting to have the new tank set-up before I can really decide if I like it. So far though, it seems super nice and the features on it are awesome. Love the controller so you can fine tune the output and the feed button is nice. It shuts off for 10 minutes and then automatically turns back on.
     
  19. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks, Nav! I forget, what size sump do you have? I'll have to go check it out.
     
  20. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Its a Truvu Platinum Series Refugium 75 (meant for 75 gal DT) but I guess water volume is only 10-12 gallons.

    http://www.truvuaquariums.com/mwdpsrf75.html
     

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