UPDATE: This system has been torn down. Currently rebuilding!!
So its been a LOOONG time since I posted on here. Long story short: I got really busy had to sell a bunch of live stock and ended up taking down the system for about a year. I just couldn't keep up with it etc. work etc. I really couldn't bare to visit reefing sites etc. because it just made me feel pretty bummed that I had to get out. Hence the lack of updates.
Since then things have settled down, I plan on staying in my current house for several years now and my film company Fourgrounds Media has opened a beautiful new studio down the road from where I live. Long story short, I have the bug to get things going again in my rimless which sat empty in my living room for the better part of 2012.
Good News is: I am starting things back up as we speak. Currently I am cooking up some LR in my basement, cleaned all my pumps, pipes etc. etc. and am ready to start up a Zeovit system in the next couple months. The live rock is in a rubbermaid tub with a heater, skimmer, and Hydor Koralia and will likely cook for about 4-6 weeks until I am comfortable filling the display again and adding a CUC. The amount of gunk that comes out of these rocks during the cooking process is insane. For those of you who don't know about this process, the point is to starve the rock of light so the beneficial bacteria get a foothold and consume any locked up nutrients in the rock (primarily Phosphate). My rock sat in stagnant SW for several months, so there is a ton of die off but after the cooking process it will be good as new and full of life.
Plan is to keep same tank dimensions and lighting, but run a SSB with 1-2 mm substrate. In sump will be heater, skimmer, carbon, and Zeolite Reactor. That is all.
Likely eventually going to go SPS dominated again, however not sure about fish yet.. Suggestions? I am really open to ideas. I want a very very minimal looking footprint. But want to make sure I have enough LR to keep everything happy. Maybe I will put half in the sump, not sure yet?
In the past I have moved a lot and set up and tore down several systems over the course of 4 years, and have never really had a chance to see a system mature into a uber stable environment, so for the first time since I have been in the hobby I am excited to take everything really slow knowing I will be living in this house for 3-5 years minimum.
Can't decide wether to start a new thread for the new system or not. But I will post here when I do. Excited to share again with all of you.
April 2011 FTS
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- Protien Skimmer: Vertex IN-100
- Heater: 2x Stealth 150 Watt Heater
- Water Motion: Eco-Tech Vortech MP10, Nano Koralia, Mag 9.5 Return Pump (7 ft. lift)
- Filter Media: 1.5 L Vertex ZEOvit Reactor w/ Korallen Zucht ZEOlite, Filter Floss, 250 ml ROX Carbon
- ATO: D.I.Y. auto top of using a gravity fed, float valve and a 40g Rubbermaid bin.
- 8 x 24w ATI Powermodule T5
- ATI Blue +
- ATI Blue +
- ATI Blue +
- K-Z Fiji Purple
- ATI Aquablue Special
- ATI Blue +
- ATI Blue +
- ATI Blue +
- Salinity Level: 1.025
- Temp: 77- 78
- pH: 8.2
- Calcium Level: 420
- Alkalinity: 9 dKh
- Ammonia: 0
- Nitrite Levels: 0
- Nitrate Levels: <0.2
- Phosphate: <0.00
- Sandbed Depth: 2-3 in.
- Liverock: 43 lbs
- Total System Water Volume: 74.5g
Fish: 2x Lyretail Anthias, 2x ORA Black Ice Snowflake Clownfish (QT)
SPS: True Bali Tricolor Acropora, Acropora Tenius, Neon Green/Blue Acropora, Purple Millipora, Green Millipora, Blue/Green Tipped Acropora, Pink Birdsnest, Purple/Green Acropora, Orange Acropora, Red Montipora Cap, Hydnophora Rigida, Green/Yellow Digitata, Orange/Red Montipora Cap, Blue/Green Tortusa, Purple Polyp Green Digitata, Red Polyp Digitata, Aussi Delicate
LPS: LA Lakers Scroll Coral, Red Blastomussa, Diploria Brain, White, Red and Green Acan, Pink and White Acan, Purple and Green Favia, Echinophyllia, Caulastrea Candy Cane, Torch Coral
Softies: Yellow Tonga Leather, Assorted Zoanthids, Purple Mushrooms, Green Star Polyps, Yellow Yuma, Orange Ricordia, Blue Ricordia, Kenya Tree, Pulsing Xenia
Invertebrates: Pair of Sexy Shrimp (Hosting in Maxi Mini Anemone), Hawaiian Strawberry Crab, Snakeskin Crocea Clam, Squamosa Clam, 12 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Several Astreas, Chestnut, Margarita, Cerith, and Nassarius Snails, Cleaner Shrimp.
Here's an update on what I've been up to.
In addition to Calcium and Alk Buffer Two Part supplements on alternating days, I also add 1 TSP of Mg Weekly and two capfuls of Purple-Up.
All of my dosing is done manually except for my top off water which is gravity fed ATO. I will be looking into automatically dosing Two Part in the future but without a controller I dont feel safe automating anything like that.
As of right now in order to establish a ZeoVit Powered Ultra Low Nutrient System (ULNS) my dosing regiment is as follows:
- 0.6 ml ZEOStart
- 3 drops of ZEObac
- Spectrum Pellet fish food and/or rinsed PE Mysis shrimp.
- 1-2 Drops of K-Z AAHC
- 2 Drops of ZeoFood7
- 2-3 Drops of K-Z Coral Vitalizer
- 3-4 ml of Pohl's Xtra
- 2 Drops of Sponge Power 3-4 x Weekly
- 1 Tsp Strontium
- 1 Tsp Potassium
- 1-4 Drops Kent Lugols Solution
- 3 ml K-Z Coral Snow 3-4x a week
- I also Feed Cyclopeeze Rotifiers and ReefRoids Soaked in Selcon once in a while
For those of you who havent read much about this. The goal here is to dose a carbon source eg: ZeoStart, Vodka, Sugar, or Vinegar this carbon source feeds bacteria which will grow rapidly consuming Nitrate and Phosphate as they consume N/P the bacteria gets skimmed up quickly ridding the system of just about everything.
- Crystal Clear Water, in fact I had to raise my light higher because the water was soo clear the corals were reacting to the increase in light.
- The ability to feed heavily without worrying about algae or nitrates
- Incredible coral colors and growth
- First Month FTS
- Video Camera Details
- Gravity Fed ATO
- DIY LED Halide Addon
- VSV + MB7 Explanation
- DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery
- Hanna Checker Details
- Fish Room and Drilling Glass
- ATI Powermodule T5 Fixture Addition
- ReefKeeper Lite Addition
Well I upgraded the 29 Gallon Biocube this weekend. Attached are the first few pictures (iPhone only) of what is the beginnings of a 47 gallon, shallow, rimless cube. The system is a sleek shallow rimless cube made with Starphire glass... 30x30x12
Because I needed to place the tank in the same location as the already existing Biocube, all the livestock from the drained 29 gallon tank was stored in a clean rubbermaid bin with a heater and two Nano Koralias.
All new substrate was used and a lot of new water had to be made to fill the extra 40 gallons of volume but almost everything for the previous system was used. There is most likely going to be a small re-cycle in the system due to loss of a lot of beneficial bacteria in the old sand but the extra water, sump space, and massive DSB and Refugium should help to keep everything in line soon enough.
The Setup is plumbed into a 30 gallon basement sump in a room that has inevitably been dubbed the "fish room."
After all the plumbing was finished the livestock was added.
Last but not least... here are the first attempts at an aquascape... water is still a bit cloudy from new sugar sized sand but you can get the idea.
...and another from above
So far so good corals and the paired black clowns seem happy, I will be testing for ammonia and nitrite frequently over the coming days/weeks to monitor the severity of the re-cycle.
I don't recommend upgrading a tank using this "do it in a day" method if you don't have to. In this case: in order to drill into the basement and keep the tank in the living room the only option was to put it in the same place as the existing system hence the tiring all weekend affair of upgrading with a basement plumbing mission. Ideally you would set up the new system have it run and cycle for a while before beginning to add livestock...
More updates to come on specifics in the system... also to see the Biocube system I tore apart to fill this glass box visit the blog, which contains a full history of the previous system, and will continue to profile this new 47 Gallon Shallow Rimless Cube.
Edited by AJ_Tsin, 09 February 2013 - 10:54 AM.