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Old 02-13-2017, 7:25 PM   #261
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So I originally thought my angels had started eating my corals as they have developed a flat side in spots that's barren of polyps and the stone is exposed in places. But now that I look at it I think it's because the gyre effect is sand blasting them flat. Too much flow in the same direction too long! Gotta get my other side working soon so I can reverse the gyre.
It's actually impossible for it to be angel damage since they would have to be swimming in reverse super fast to stay in place and eat coral in those spots.
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Old 02-13-2017, 7:36 PM   #262
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Keep the pictures coming Rusty. What an amazing build!

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:28 PM   #263
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Finished my diy alk tank. 5 gallons and free!
Doing the calc in a day or two.



Also put in diy waste line. I have a pump attached to tubing I just drop in the qt tanks to drain them. It pumps into the bucket and there's a decent sized utility pump (think basement pump) that pumps it into a garden hose, around the room and into my utility automatic pump that's attached to the sink.


Finally couple of tank pics.

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Last on was a pic from the back side where all the resplendent anthias hang out.

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Old 02-13-2017, 11:04 PM   #264
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Old 02-24-2017, 4:23 PM   #265
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Chilling on the couch while the fish watch me play app games on the iPad. Man I love fridays.

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Old 02-25-2017, 1:18 AM   #268
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So I've had this magnet I glued to some rock rubble for close to twenty years now. Crazy that I just today actually sat and thought about its species.



Of course, realization came like a bat to the face as I started qt on a new fish lol.



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Old 02-25-2017, 7:53 PM   #269
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Well I'm officially back in the acro game. Scared of pests but excited none the less!
Got a bunch of sweet frags from Atlorange!
Here they are in the qt.
Really excited about growing out some of these awesome frags. Got some of my longtime favorites!



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Cipps don't do them justice. Need to learn my dslr!

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I hope the do well for you. If you need replacements of anything let me know.

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Well, spent 2 hours vacuuming cyano off the rocks. Only got about 2/3 of the tank done. Joys of a large tank! Rock looks great for now though. Tanks still cloudy though.
Gotta love new tank uglies!



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Would love to come check this out in person. I'm amazed at the sheer size of this thing. Great build so far!


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Old 02-28-2017, 5:01 PM   #274
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I'll try to have a little open house sometime when I get closer to completion. Still have to get my alternating flow system finished, cabinets above and below, lighting for the back half of the tank (in hand, just not assembled), and the grand finale of the reef backdrop that's back lit for effect!
Probable is I stay so busy quarantining fish constantly and maintaining the tank that I don't make much progress!

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Here's a shot from the long direction I thought I'd share.

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So I spent a bunch of time working on piping last weekend. Never thought this old couch would get yet another crazy memory attached to it but here it is lol. This is the flow that feeds from the right side of the tank.


You can see the header, cross bar, and flex pvc to fit and reduce vibration.

Also figured out how to test the actuators and mount them. They seem to work well. Just need to secure them so they don't spin when I'm not holding them hehe. Saved about $700 between the two of them so I'm pretty happy about that.


The problem I noticed was that the left side and right side have different head loss and since they run back to the sump it gives me trouble with the bean animal overflow. Since it's tuned for a specific flow it either starts sucking air or it doesn't siphon quite as fast and the level in the tank rises 1/4" and sucks 20 gallons out of my sump level. This makes the bean animal discharge into the sump a splashy noisy entry. Never occurred to me this might be a problem. I'll have to brainstorm on how to solve it. Maybe I'll lower the emergency line to make it operate like a second open channel. Or tweak the valve stroke so they both have similar head loss characteristics per side.

Tank is almost 6 months old and did a full test work up tonight which took FOREVER!
Alk 8.6 Hanna checker
Calc 410 Red Sea
Magnesium 1320 Red Sea.
Phosphate 0 Hanna ULR checker
Nitrates 0 both API and Red Sea low range.
Salinity 1.0255

I'll probably try to start feeding more to get some nutrients in the system. Some corals are having a hard time.

3 yellow diamond sand sifting gobies are cleaning greatly but it's a pretty continual sand storm between them and the flow.
2 paired off and it's fun to watch them build their home.





Just left the valves in each side in mostly open position. Interestingly there's actually less flow in the tank since the penductors aren't being pushed hard.

The other thing I dodnt think about is that the water in the closed supply side will be stagnant. So if I'm switching flows every 10 minutes then I have stagnant water in one line for 10 minutes until the switchover. Another issue to solve at some point. Probably set the valves to stay a hair cracked instead of fully closing.

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Update shot while I'm sitting here!

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What an amazing tank. I cant wait for it to filled with huge SPS colonies!

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Wow. What else can you say. Very nice looking tank and setup. Who needs a t.v. with a tank like that.


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