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

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by WCKDVPR, May 31, 2017.

  1. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

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

    roostertech reef noob

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

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    All fish are able to hop out. All the more reason to be prepared to add more :).
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Does your wife know that's how you roll these days?

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  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    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

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That's what killed my mandarin (Mandy).
  7. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I hate when you know they jumped and you just cant find them

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    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,
  9. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

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

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  10. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

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

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    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?

  12. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Vinegar bath

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    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

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

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Yeah tap is fine

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    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017
  16. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    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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    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    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.
    Drain - front.jpg

    Drain - rear.jpg
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  18. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    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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    Coral reefer President

  20. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

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

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