Powerman's 90g thread.

Discussion in 'Show Off Your Fish Tanks!' started by Powerman, May 8, 2009.

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  1. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

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    Well I didn't know about this site. I had fresh water tanks in the past. I really enjoyed it. Always wanted salt, but never had the money laying around to do it. A coworker was selling his setup. It was a nice system and ONLY 10 months old. This was the 4th system he had set up and sold. He has a short interest period.;D

    His loss was my gain. Pennies on the dollar. This is what I started with.

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    He lived just down the street. The move took all day. My Coral beauty never got over it. Lasted for a couple of months, but then finally died. I did what I could.

    This was the start of my system. All cleaned up. I had a mini cycle. Not Amonia, but nitrates got up to 40 before going back down.

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  3. Dasco

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    Looks awesome!!
     
  4. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

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    So I tried to get a handle on chemistry and maintenance. Got on line and started reading a ton. I really didn't know much about salt water, but knew it wasn't over my head.

    I added a clean up crew, and a Hippo Tang. Replaced the Coral Beauty and got a couple of Emerald crabs. Still have them. Got some more coral.

    The sand really bugged me. Full of rubble. Tried to clean it.

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    Decided to add some. It was nice and white for a while. But then some of the stuff below came to the top. I just live with it now, but clean white sand does look wonderful.

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  6. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

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    My chemistry was going well. I never had detectable nitrates. The PO took out the bio balls, but I actually added a couple of bags of ceramic rings back in. I mechanically filtered aggressively. But I got tired of dealing with filter. The skimmer does a pretty good job.

    I wanted to add a fuge, but could not really fit what I wanted under the stand. So I decided to build a bigger one.

    Well I have a tendency to escalate things.... so this

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    Turned into this.

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    My stairway closet was on the other side of the tank. So I commandeered it. I did do a build thread on that. It has a lot of stuff I changed and added at the time.

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/i-made/my-sump-fuge-equipment-closet-build-59007.html

    That build casued some problems with noise and bubbles. My solution was to go to a Herbie overflow set up. Totally bubble free and completely silent. It has been great to date. To learn more, read the write up I did.

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/i-made/my-herbie-overflow-write-up-pics-beware-60239.html
     
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  7. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

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    I wanted more stability in my system. I added a Tunze ATO to keep my salinity in check.

    I wanted a bigger skimmer. My EV-120 was doing a good job, but I wanted a 180. Well.... remember that escalation thing I mentioned..... it turned into a Bubble King Mini 160.

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    I also got lax on my Ca/Alk. I decided Seachem was not going to cut it. I decided to go with Bulk Reef Supply 2 part. I got two of their dosing pumps and automated my chemicals. It was very easy to get going and dial in. I'm so happy I did it.

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    You can get away with just dumping in Calcium once a day. Do your self a favor though and at least get a dosing pump for the Alk. I dose all night long to keep the PH up.

    Last but not least, I needed a controller. There are more powerful for more sophisticated systems, but all I needed was a AC Jr. By far the best money I spent on my setup. Should have done it sooner.

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  9. PharmrJohn

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    That does look great. Keep up the good work!!!
     
  10. Powerman

    Powerman Giant Squid

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    My plan was to get my setup dialed in the way I wanted. Then work on system stability. I was not happy with the rock work. I had a 150lbs of Fuji rock. There was not much to do with it except stack it up. I also did not have time during the move to worry about stacking it.

    This was my tank up to this point.

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    I wanted to open it up more. Plus coral placement and water flow was a bit difficult. I had an idea of what I wanted. I paid a fortune for a couple of pieces of Tonga branch. I got a couple of pieces of Lace Rock to go with it and make shelves. I lined up a buyer for the LR I was going to be taking out and dove in.

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    Now I had a Gold Striped Maroon Clown that loved to dig. It really irked me. I relocated him several times and put rocks down to keep him from doing it. I opened up the left side of the tank and he went berserk. Holes every where. This was previously undisturbed sand too so my tank was a mess for a week. He had to go. I also has a Scopas Tang that I decided need to go too.

    I emptied the tank again to get them out. I took them to the fish store. After that, I finally was able to place my coral and clean everything up the way I wanted. This is my tank now

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    I am so happy I did it. I wound up taking 40 lbs. of rock out. (but I added 20) It just looks less because I stacked it up against the right side glass. Don't really view that side much. Turned out better than I had hopped. Much more open and my fish love the extra room and swim throughs. They love hanging out under the overhangs. I did not want to add anymore coral knowing that I was going to redo the rock work in the future....

    Well now I have a green light. My system is setup. My parameters are stable, and my aquascape is how I want it.
     
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  11. Bogie

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    Congrats and looking good. Keep it up dawg.
     
  12. Powerman

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    So I was tired of The GSM Clown stirring up sand all over everything. My Scopas Tang and Yellow Tang would chase each other all day. So I thought removing the Scopas would calm the tank down. I traded them for some Dispar Anthias

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    They are such an awesome addition to the tank. They only had two, so I will get 1-2 more when they come in.

    I also decided some Monti was in order. I think it will look great there when It grows out.

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    Plus I got a couple of Ricordias.

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    My plan from here is to enjoy. I want some softies/LPS/SPS that do not over grow my tank and get out of hand. I already had to remove a ton of Clove Polyps. I removed a tone of Zoas during the redo as well. I saw some really cool Blue Xenia. I really wanted some, but passed. I also need to get better at macro photography.

    Thanks a ton to every one that helped me with all the advice along the way.
     
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