Mike and Ashley's 150g reef tank (our first)

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  1. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    Done adding fish?!? That's blasphemy.
     
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  2. roostertech

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    Lol I'm staying topless and that really limit my options. Already got one fish jerky.
     
  3. Flagg37

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    All fish are able to hop out. All the more reason to be prepared to add more :).
     
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    Does your wife know that's how you roll these days?


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  5. Vhuang168

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    Yup, ALL fish have the potential to try to learn how to fly and breathe air. Even your Mandarins will jump!


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  6. Flagg37

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    That's what killed my mandarin (Mandy).
     
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    I hate when you know they jumped and you just cant find them
     
  8. WCKDVPR

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    So I installed my RO/DI system and it went in nicely, except for a few of the factory installed lines leaked and needed replacing. I made about 20 gallons of water and moved it up and back between tanks to check that everything was working. It has been sitting for a few days and no leaks. Today, I looked inside the smaller tank and there is a few spots maybe 1 cm in diameter of brown/green on the bottom of the tank. I stuck a pole with a paper towel into the tank and it wiped off, and it appears to be some type of growth (slime). Bummer.

    Do I break down and drain the tanks (the only way to get every drop of water out of them) and "clean" them? Would I use a diluted bleach? If so, what concentration and how long should I let the tanks sit in the solution? Then flush the cleaner out with RO/DI water? Open to suggestions, thanks!

    Best regards,
    Mike
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  9. roostertech

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    Personally I would not think much of it. We are keeping fish, not making drug lol.

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  10. Flagg37

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    Maybe just use up what's in them then clean them out so you don't waste it all.
     
  11. WCKDVPR

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    I'm tempted to clean them, as don't want to start off a new tank putting something unknown into the water/DT. Thoughts on cleaning?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  12. scuzy

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    Vinegar bath


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    Vinegar bath sounds like a plan. Can I then wash it out with tap water or should I use RO/DI?
     
  14. scuzy

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    Yeah tap is fine


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    OK, thanks!

    A couple gallons of vinegar are now marinating in both tanks. I'll let them sit for a few days and rinse them out this weekend.

    Saturday is plumbing day. The tubing arrived today and the fittings are due Thursday. Should be fun.
     
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    We love our Jestersix scape. He's also full of an infinite amount of tank wisdom, so you get lots of consultation on your tank when he's installing a scape. Which, for newbies like us, was invaluable.


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    Thanks Phuong for the pair of 10g tanks (for QT), Bayer, and cement! Everyone in the club is so nice/helpful.

    Started in on the plumbing - wow that takes a lot of time. So far I have the 1 1/2" drains done. Decided to slightly change what I am doing with the returns, so I need to order a few fittings so I won't get any work done on it until next weekend. Here is what it looks like so far.
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    man I remember when plumbing used to be the ugliest part of a tank build, plain white with whatever color primer you used at all the joints bleeding all over the place... now it's all color coordinated..
     
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  20. scuzy

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    Do you have a chloramine canister on oner of the rodi?


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