Gablami's Reefer 525 Build

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Gablami, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I basically did what this guy did:
    http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2009-03/diy/index.php

    It was not as hard to tap the thread as he described. I bought a neptune pH probe to add to my apex, and a brs in-line probe holder:

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/probe-holder.html

    But it might be cheaper and easier to mail the lid to Geo and have them do it for you. I called them and they said they were happy to, and the price was less than everything I paid to do it myself. But I just wanted to do it myself.


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  2. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Did you use CP? How did it work? How were your corals?


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  3. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    Yeah...I wouldn't put them back in. Your plan should work with more frequent water changes. When I do TTM, I don't feed the first day, just day 2 and 3.


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  4. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I only feed the last day (day3); usually the morning before transferring.
     
  5. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    So how are your fish doing? Any more casualties?


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  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I had a few casualties early on, all new fish that were in QT. The CBB, a couple gobys and a small powder blue. But all my established fish are going strong. I just did my 5th transfer tonight cause my holding tank is not fully cycled like I initially thought. I was ghost feeding for a few days and the ammonia wasn't going away. So gotta keep transferring or doing water changes until it's ready.

    I know I could just do a water change instead of a transfer now, but using prime in this situation makes me nervous. Like after 3 days it "releases" the ammonia so I'm not sure how much ammonia will be released if I don't move the fish into a new tank. It's a quandary for me...


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  7. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Get more bottle bacteria
     
  8. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Ok time for an update. I ended up transferring 5 times, and I have slowly added to the holding tank and ammonia does not seem to be building up.

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    So now it's just a waiting game until mid October.

    Btw, this holding tank is a 67g starfire rimless with cover, stand and sump with durso drain. I got it for a great price and will be selling it when I'm done (in case anyone is interested). I would keep it and leave it in my living room, but my wife vetoed the double tank idea :(.

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  9. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Lol MJ pump suction cups fail.

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  11. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Eh, I never really pushed them on. Just dangled with the cord. I'm so paranoid now of ich that I think it's encrusted on my skin ready to infect a new tank.


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  12. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    Wow... nice second tank....too bad you can't keep it.


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  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That's funny about the wife vetoeing the double tank idea. My wife saw a picture of someone with 3 tanks set up next to each other and said any more than one tank is just obnoxious.
     
  14. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Damn, your QT tank looks better than my main tank


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  15. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Well, this tank could be yours in a couple months. I got it for $350, which is a steal. It would already come cycled. Think about it :).


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  16. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    If you sell it right around Christmas I might convince my wife to put it under the tree for me


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  17. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    That 4'?


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  18. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Yup it's a 4 footer.


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  19. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    So I guess that is also all new rock, marine pure block, siporax, pumps, feed clip, etc? Or did you scrub and bleach some stuff from your main tank so you could use it here? Just curious about the process.
     
  20. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Nothing from the main tank entered here. I had extras of a lot of stuff for TTM, and had a backup mp40 with a couple spare wet sides I would swap for cleaning. If I had to do it again, I would have tried to cycle the holding tank first before starting the mass TTM (as was recommended to me by @scuzy). Also I could have TTM in two groups instead of all at once (as was recommended to me by @vhuang).

    I've got 5L of siporax, one big MP block, 40lb new rock, a skimmer. And then when the cycle seemed to be taking awhile, I busted out my zeovit reactor and a bag of zeolite and started that going too. Remaining equipment is just a 150w heater, the mp40 and an ammonia alert badge. I had the maxijet in there for circulation while the mp40 was used for TTM.

    I also bought some purigen as backup (recommended by @roostertech). Purigen sounds like an awesome "in case of emergency" media that I had never used before.

    Hope you never need to do this :)


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