Ray's 125G Softie Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by magnetar68, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    What are you planning. Don't make us wait to find out...
  2. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    • Remove some of the brown leather corals on top left (anyone want some? it grows like a weed in my tank)
    • Cut the gorgonian in a couple of pieces and add to the left side
    • I found two mushrooms from the old larger ones that I removed that like low light. I expect them to grow in the shade.
    • Reorganize under the tank (move the RO/DI back into the garage)
    • Fix the leaks (maybe? mainly just salt creep, but it is creaping more than it used to)
    • Add a new skimmer with a drain setup on the collection cup (maybe) [I hate my skimmer it goes from no skim to liquid skim too easily, hard to adjust)
    • Add a Neptune controller (tank is currently controllerless since my Digital Aquatics died in a power outage)
    • Add some Marine One blocks in the sump. I think I need more rock to help get the Nitrates lower than 40ppm.

    Thinking about upgrading to a 160G along the window. This tank goes into the garage as a just-for-fun projects tank.
  3. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    My Cheato, which used to grow prolifically, no longer seems to be growing, at least I have not had to export any in the last 4 months. I am thinking there is some limiting factor. Maybe iron? I am going to try dosing some Brightwells Iron + Manganese. I used to dose this when I had seahorses and a lot of macro algae and the stuff grew well.

    Any other ideas?
  4. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Nice looking tank already; I look forward to following your changes. In December I started considering starting up a small softie tank this spring because of tanks like yours. What sort of lighting do you have?
  5. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    I have two RapidLED Corona's but they are set to 25%, so they are overkill for my tank.
  6. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Fragged and moved the gorgonian. Cleaned up the sump. Removed the broken Digital Aquatics stuff and mounted the power cords outside the tank. Sump area is much cleaner. Next step is to upgrade to an Apex and upgrade the sump light to a Kessil H380 Halo II.

    Tank2019-01-06.jpg Sump2019-01-06.jpg Tank-power.jpg
  7. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Made some changes to this tank. I am still trying to figure out why my polyp extension is not what it used to be.

    I replaced my skimmer with a Reef Octopus 200INT Elite. It is much quieter and I get better control.

    I added a Skimz BR87 biopellet reactor and finally got my Nitrates down to 0 from 40.

    I removed the cabbage coral and redid the aquascape. I did not like the cabbage coral but I still kept a frag in the weir.

    I added a Tunze 6105 for additional flow.

    I also sent a sample to Triton to see if a trace element is off.


    Salinity 1.025 sg
    Alk 8.1 dkh
    Calcium 450ppm
    Nitrates 0ppm
    Phosphate 0.05ppm
    pH 8.1
    Temp 77
    Magnesium 1300ppm

  8. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    looks good from here!
  9. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Thanks. Do you recognize the green finger leather? that came from you!
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Soft tanks are the best, while SPS tanks have some zen bonsai garden feel to them, soft tanks are just sitting back and watching the forest level of relaxation.
  11. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I do. I do!
    Cut me a frag
    I’ll hit you with some other leather
  12. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    I got you one. Too bad, I drove by your house this week on my way to Albany to pickup some tile. I will PM to setup an exchange.
  13. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Looking forward to it
  14. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Video update
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  15. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    Got my Trinton Report. Not too bad considering I change the water about once every 6 weeks or so and this tank has been up continuously since the end of 2012 (~6.5 years)

    These are the ones Triton said to worry about:
    • Magnesium is a bit low. I have not dosed it in a while.
    • Lithium is high, not sure why.
    • Iron is high because I dosed it. Looks like I did not need to.
    • Phosphates are high because I overfeed.
    • Potassium is a bit low.
    • Boron is smidgen low.
    Triton Test 2019-04-06.jpg
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