Vincent's 1st Big Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Vhuang168, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Thought it was time to start this journal.

    Tank is a Deep Sea Aquatics 190g measuring 60.5/27.5/27.5. I purchased it off Craigslist from a fellow reefer who had decided on a different tank size. It is used, has some scratches on the glass (I don't know if they are very visible yet) and I may try to buff them out before it gets fill with water.


    Stand was built by fellow reefer @Flagg37 in a barter trade. Built of 2X6 top frame with 2X4 bottom. I am planning on skinning it.

    Equipment list -

    Sump - Synergy Reef CL44 Sump in white/red and matching 10g ATO container.

    Lights - Kessil AP700 x 2 on mounts from

    Skimmer - Bubble King Double Cone 200 w/ RD3 DC pump

    Return - Red Dragon 3 80w DC pump

    Pumps - Neptune Wav

    Calcium Reactor - Vertex RX-C 6D fed by a Masterflex 7550-30 brushless peristaltic pump and a custom CO2 regulator

    Doser - Pacific Sun Kore 5th Doser (since I'm running a CA Rx, this will be used for dosing supplements etc). It also has a DC pump Auto Water Change feature that I may incorporate in the future. I will be using the ATO system included in the doser until Neptune releases the optical eye sensor.

    Neptune Apex with various modules.

    Heater - Finnex 800w Titanium Heater Tubes X 2 (controlled by Apex)
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  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    So right now, I'm in the 1st stages of getting the tank setup.

    I had an electrician come and install 2 20A circuits solely for the tank.


    Today, I setup a 40b tank to transfer the rock/coral/fish over so I can tear down the old tank.


    Its almost done filling. The plan is to move the rocks with coral over 1st. Then move the fish and the loose coral frags. I'm still debating on moving the sand. I do have a Melanarus Wrasse that sleeps in the sand and numerous snails and 3 starfish that mow the sand so I'm tempted to do so.

    I'll see how it goes with the rock move 1st.
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  3. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I just watched a brs video today about calcium reactors where they recommended not to use a peristaltic pump. Something about pressure and it running 24/7. Have you read otherwise?
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    They were referring to hobbyist dosing pumps.

    This one is a medical grade pump that is designed to be used 24/7 and very accurate.

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  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    All most fully moved over. Just some rocks with nems on them and some fish to move.

    Here's a pic of the interim tank.


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  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Good job so far, and good luck with the rest of it!
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    As for the sand, id probably use mostly new sand with a few cups of the old stuff unless it's super clean and you can scoop it out easy and won't foul the new tank, but that very unusual
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  8. BillT

    BillT Guest

    Looking good!
  9. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    FTS 4/26/16


    Picture of the sump. That is the Trigger 30 I picked up from @wpeterson. Bubble Magus Curve 5 skimmer, still breaking in. Jebao DC9000 return. Agriculture LED fixture off Amazon, 600W! O.O


    Some new additions.

    Leng Sy Montipora. Definitely a legacy piece! Hopefully this is a legit piece but so far looking good.


    Miyagi Tort.


    Unique Coral Pikachu.


    Reef Raft Wolverine


    Neon Green BTA I picked up from CRC


    Aussie Gold Torch


    I think this is Blue Voodoo

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  10. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Joe The Coral


    And finally the Piece De Resistance

    ATL Yellow Lokani! It is fully yellow on the other side.

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  11. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I may have over done it this time!

    My 2 acro rocks are pretty full.



    Have a few more I need to find places for.

    Then I just picked up a PC Rainbow and Jedi Mindtrick.

    AND these gorgeous chalices. Check out the colors!




    From top to bottom,


    Crazy Clown

    Flaming Bugatti

    Rainbow Crush

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  12. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    killer score
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    That's a lot of sps. Do you have an idea of what you're going to do with the rockwork in the new one?
  14. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I'm having @jestersix come do the rockwork

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  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    Oh, awesome. Can't wait to see it.
  16. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Guest

    Ooh super cool! You got the UC Pikachu. I've been eyeing that one too! I have a RR Wolverine from CRC it's mostly brown but the tip and coralites are turning gold.

    Wah!? Super cool chalice frags! Dropped some bank! The Rainbow Crush and Crazy Clown look sooo nice!

    Drooling over that Rainbow Crush.

    The SC Dynamite chalice at CRC in the SPS system has actually been growing pretty fast. It was fragged in half about 8 months ago. Hopefully your rainbow chalices grow fast too.
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  17. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Random question about your FTS - what is that red-orange tentacled thing on the right, above the green ones? Anemone?
    Awesome acros!
  18. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I think you are seeing the Japanese Dendrophyllia.
  19. Geneva

    Geneva Guest

    You have to feed dendro's, right?? @Vhuang168 , Vincent, your tank, corals, and pictures are AMAZING! I am literally drooling - those chalices are gorgeous. I hope everything does well! There will be a fight for space once those acro's start growing!!!
  20. RobMcC

    RobMcC Supporting Member

    When do you expect the big tank to have stock in the big tank?

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