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We started up a little 3 gallon tank to keep my daughters beach finds in, and of course I have ended up addicted. I picked up some tanks at the $1/gallon petco sale a few weeks ago and am starting up a 40 breeder.
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Not much going on yet. Got a used stand from the LFS, filled it up, and transferred our crammed 3 gallon into the 40 gallon abyss.
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Have a 20 long in the stand for a sump. Planning on building a coast to coast overflow this weekend and adding the baffles to the 20 to get the fuge going. For lighting I'm probably going to go with a 4 bulb T5HO setup for now, and move to LEDs in the future when I have time to build the fixture.

Just order 50 pounds of live rock, hopefully will be here some time next week.

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:welcome:
Nice lil tank ya got there.. sounds like you have done some research and know what ya want.

Welcome abourd keep us posted and lotsa PICS!!! hehe




Oh curious where you decided to go for rock?

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Holla! Good luck!

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:welcome:
Nice lil tank ya got there.. sounds like you have done some research and know what ya want.

Welcome abourd keep us posted and lotsa PICS!!! hehe




Oh curious where you decided to go for rock?


I looked at a bunch of vendors recommended on here, and decided to go with http://www.gulf-view.com
I am in Florida so the shipping should be cheap and fast. Hopefully won't see too much die off bringing it into the tank.

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Cool keep us posted on your experience dealing with them. and of course we will want pics.. LOL

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Rock guy emailed. He will be shipping monday for delivery on tuesday! Need to find a light :(

Kenya tree frag that has extended pretty nicely since moving to the empty 40.

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Got my rock today. Packaging was good. Thick black plastic wrapped in thick clear bag, stuffed inside styrofoam box, inside cardboard box. Rocks look pretty good for the money. Not as good as the $8/lb fiji rock I moved from my 3 gallon, but hey it was only $2-3 a lb.
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Stopped by another LFS that I haven't been to before... WOW!! They have an awesome selection of corals. I picked up a frogspawn frag and a couple heads of some yellow tipped zoas.

Frogspawn sitting on my mini frag shelf (aka magfloat)
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DIY Overflow is in and gulping along, literally :(. The baffles I put in my sump are holding up pretty well too, only a couple tiny leaks definitely nothing to worry about.

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Looking good let us know when your rock work is complete.. rock looks pretty good for 3.00 per pound.. how much did you put in total now?

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Looking good let us know when your rock work is complete.. rock looks pretty good for 3.00 per pound.. how much did you put in total now?


I've got about 55-60lbs.

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You should have a purty new light tomorrow. :)
You do realize that you may lose some of those corals as the rock cycles, right?
You might want to read up on Soft Cycling, it would give your current frags a fighting chance.

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You should have a purty new light tomorrow. :)


Was waiting on me when I got home :)

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Bulbs: 2x ATI Blue +, 1x Fuji Purple, 1x ATI Aquablue special
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Unfortunately the new light showed me that I got some free aiptasia on my live rock :( At least thats what I think it is.
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yup looks like aiptasia.. turkey baster it with boiling water.. or use a syringe if you ahve one available.. works awesome.. only ever had one return from that treatment.. and I kinda knew i missed him when i did it.

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yup looks like aiptasia.. turkey baster it with boiling water.. or use a syringe if you ahve one available.. works awesome.. only ever had one return from that treatment.. and I kinda knew i missed him when i did it.


Boiling water now... Thanks for the tip :D

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Awesome.
Didja like my tape job? :D

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Awesome.
Didja like my tape job? :D


HAHA I shoulda asked for a utility knife in a separate package :)

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Tank starting to clear up from adding sand... I hate this part.

My rockwork ended up almost exactly like I had planned it!
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I wanted to keep my rock from the 3 gallon as it was to pay hommage to the tank that started this obsession.
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I plan on getting a clam or two in the future, so I wanted to incorporate a sand shelf for them so they can be off the tank floor and still have a place to call home.
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I also want some open sandbed to let some GSP and similar corals go wild. Lastly I wanted to make sure I had an open diagonal across the tank for when I do start adding fish.

Now hurry up and clear up you stinking water :(

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Water is slowly clearing up. Got some new shots today.

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Crabs that took over some florida nerite shells we picked up at the levy.
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GSP frag opening up
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Frogspawn lookin all fat and happy
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Water is almost cleared up. Got a couple peppermint shrimp to take care of the rest of the aiptasia that hitched in with the LR.
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Also got a good shot of my newest zoa. Not sure what morph blowpops maybe?

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Just scooped one of the new shrimp out of the sump, alive and well. Needless to say temporary grid is back on the overflow.

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Water params have finally settled after the upgrade. Added my first fish today, a pair of false percs.

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Let em float for a while, then drip acclimated before letting them loose. Definitely aren't shy. I fed the tank some brine shrimp. Everyone including the clowns were happy for a meal.

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Clowns look good, glad to hear their eating. Also like the scape Keep it up. :)

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So it looks like I may be getting a MP40 tomorrow. I have tried for the last 2 weeks to get the flow in the tank the way I'd like it and haven't had much success. Don't think I'll have any problem getting the water to move when I get this sucker in there :)

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Got the MP40 in and setup. WAYYYY Too much flow for my tank. Softies go flying if I crank it to 100%.

We had a 4 day weekend and went out of town. Setup a pet bottle ATO to keep my pump from burning up. Works, but need much larger volume.

I think my clowns are getting prepped to lay eggs. I've already been researching what is needed to raise their offspring if they do.

Picked up a couple SPS frags today.

Everything is growing like crazy. Will try to get pics tomorrow when all lights are on.

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Ordered RO/DI unit from Spectrapure today. Tank still a little murky from water change. Maybe tomorrow will be picture day.

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Picture Day!

New FTS
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Some of the awesome macros I've got growing
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The boss making sure everything is ok
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GSP growing like it does
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Also got a couple SPS frags
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Refugium with Cheato
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Power center
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