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Established May 29, 2012. Restarted July 19, 2012 with new rock from KP Aquatics.  The official birthday is July 19th.

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The 28 Gallon Itch Video!!!!


Background:

I found this 28 gallon AquaEuro USA All-in-One tank at a friend's garage sale for $35. It was barely used, in nearly new condition.

Initially I was planning to move the entire contents of my NC12 into this tank. But instead, I decided to transfer most of the inhabitants from my 10g macro tank and retire the 10g. After a few months I did end up breaking down my NC12 and transferring some of the inhabitants into this tank.

The tank stand is from a vintage singer sewing machine. We removed the original table top but kept the legs. My husband stained and varnished the new wood top to match the furniture in our den. I think it turned out GREAT :)

The thread name: I'm a huge Marilyn Monroe fan. It's a take on the movie she was in called "The Seven Year Itch" :lol: I found it fitting because the reefing habit is an itch that can never be scratched away :happy:

This tank had a pretty rough start. I had trouble with the dry rock I had purchased. This was the fake purple painted rock. All Ca and alk would precipitate out of the water and coat the rock and sand. I still have not figured out why this was happening. After 2 months of trying to fix this, I gave up and purchased Live Rock uncured from KP Aquatics (formerly SealifeInc.). The following pictures are of the fake rock I started with initially, but then removed. The final picture is of the uncured Live Rock from KP Aquatics. The difference has been night and day. I'm so pleased with the uncured rock.


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I haven't tucked away the wires yet. I'll get there soon :)
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KP Aquatics Live Uncured Rock (highly recommended):
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Specs

Tank
28G AquaEuro USA AIO Aquarium

Lighting
Coralife 96W T5HO

Filtration
All natural Live Rock and Sand
Refugium with Chaeto in back chamber
Lots of Macros in the display

Heater
Eheim Jager TruTemp 75 Watt Fully Submersible UL Approved Heater

Controller
Apex Lite System

Rock and Sand
approximately 30# Aquacultured Lived Rock (uncured)
CaribSea Live Sand


Livestock

Fish
2 Orange Ocellaris Clownfish
2 Rusty Gobies
2 Neon Gobies
2 Masked Gobies
1 Pink Streaked Wrasse

Cleanup crew
assortment of snails (Nassarius, nerite, cerith, etc)

Inverts
3 Porcelain Crabs
2 PomPom Crabs
2 nano serpent stars (from KP Aquatics)
1 Emerald Crab
1 Red Mithrax Crab


Coral

Softies
pink cabbage leather
clove polyps
red, rhodactis green, Superman rhodactis, pink, mushrooms
neon green toadstool
Asst. ricordeas
Asst. Palythoas

Zoas and Palys
Nuclear green
Mohawk
Sunny Delight
Asst. palythoa
Oxides
Tubbs Blue
Captain America
Space Monster
Pink Elephant
Grandis Paly


LPS
Turquoise candy cane
Open Brain Coral

SPS
Orange Digitata
Meteor Shower Cyphestrea
Green Monti cap with Pink Polyps



GORGONIANS
Purple Feather
Purple Sea Rod
Purple Plume

MACROS
Dragons Breath
Ulva
Halimeda
Chaeto


Maintenance Routine
Weekly 5 gallon water change with Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Feed 2x per day (NLS pellets, Reef Chili, Fresh Frozen Cyclopeeze)
Live Phyto Every other Day
Oyster Feast once a week

Edited by gena, 19 April 2013 - 08:15 AM.

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awesome.

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Sweet deal my friend.

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Thanks you guys!!!!! It was a pretty sweet deal :happy:

I ended up ditching the hood for the T5 light fixture, which I LOVE! I can't believe I'm cycling another tank :lol:

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Yay for vintage things. Would that be Real Reef Rock?
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Beautiful :D

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looking good. another totm maybe? :D

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I love the rock scape! I know we won't be able to see it in a few months ;)
(Love the name BTW - and I love that you've got the poster right above the tank)

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Awesome. Tracking this.

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Yay for vintage things. Would that be Real Reef Rock?

You like vintage too :happydance: We are obsessed over here :lol:

THAT'S what it's called....yes, "Real Reef Rock". It's the same rock I have in my macro tank. I LOVE it! I don't know how it will be long term, but so far, it "rocks" :lol:

Beautiful :D

Thanks, Paige!!!!!

looking good. another totm maybe? :D

Thanks, Jr!!!!!

Great Score!

Thank you!!!!!

I love the rock scape! I know we won't be able to see it in a few months ;)
(Love the name BTW - and I love that you've got the poster right above the tank)

Thanks, pbj!!!!! The scape turned out pretty well. That's 23 pounds of rock. I really didn't want to go more than that since I want the corals to grow and fill in the empty space at the top. I'm hoping my neon green toadstool will get huge in there and I'm thinking of getting a green nepthea leather.

Thanks on the name too! I've had that poster forever, but in a different spot in the house. I figured behind the tank would be perfect for it :)

Awesome. Tracking this.

Sweet!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

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So exciting! It looks great on that stand and I love the poster up behind it! :D

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Beautiful! I really like the cabinet/shelves to the left of the tank too :)
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So exciting! It looks great on that stand and I love the poster up behind it! :D

Thanks, Felicia!!!!! I'm pretty excited about it. I was dreading the starting over, but I've gotten past that and now I'm just excited :lol:

Beautiful! I really like the cabinet/shelves to the left of the tank too :)

Thank you!!!!! That's an antique Barrister bookcase. It holds my husband's vintage paperbacks, and a bunch of other vintage things. I like it too :)

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I think I might add in my new green mushrooms today. I'll be watching the parameters closely, of course. I think these mushrooms could handle a brand new tank ;)

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I'm always late to the dance, didn't know you started it already. Gena, this is gonna be another classic!

Instead of being up to your elbows, looks like it up to your armpits!

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Awesome Gena!!! Those T5s are going to make some beautiful colors on your LPS.

Tell me more about how you run


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Looking great already! :happydance:

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Awesome! Love what you did for the stand. I love my 28g!

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HAHAHA Soon it'll be a 40B! :P

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:wub: Love it and your theme title could not be more fitting :happydance:

I can not wait to come by again! Specially while I can :tears:

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I'm always late to the dance, didn't know you started it already. Gena, this is gonna be another classic!

Instead of being up to your elbows, looks like it up to your armpits!

:D
Totally up to my armpits! Good thing I have full arm length plastic gloves :lol:

Awesome Gena!!! Those T5s are going to make some beautiful colors on your LPS.

Thanks!!!!!! I've cheated and put my green mushrooms in today....holy moley...the color POPS!!!!!! It's incredible.

Looking great already! :happydance:

Thank you :happy:

Awesome! Love what you did for the stand. I love my 28g!

The stand turned out well for this. Living in earthquake country, I made sure (went overboard) and had my husband install two L brackets on the stand. It's now bolted to the wall and isn't going anywhere! Hopefully the tank won't slide!!!!!

HAHAHA Soon it'll be a 40B! :P

Eeek! Maybe!!!!! Naw....not unless I find one cheap at a garage sale...like this happy accident.

:wub: Love it and your theme title could not be more fitting :happydance:

I can not wait to come by again! Specially while I can :tears:

Thanks, Danielle. Stop by anytime :)

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This is going to be so cool!! :D

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Woo hoo! I love that first photo. You're house is so cool. Great name and sig too!

I like how popular you are to have two pages of people being excited about your new tank.

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Thanks, Nathan!!!!!!! It's going to be a bigger version of my 10g macro tank :happy:

I'm going to have plants out the wazoo before too long :lol:

I've decided I'm not going to add my kenya tree to this tank. No more kenyas for me :( I still like them, but I don't want to deal with their crazy spreading abilities!!!!!! I just tear them out of my NC12 but they do grow back if you don't get every speck of flesh. They are bullet proof!!!!!!

So..no SPS and no crazy invasive species like kenya, xenia, or gsp. I will allow for the blue cloves...but I may kick myself later on that one. They are so pretty though, so who cares :lol:

Woo hoo! I love that first photo. You're house is so cool. Great name and sig too!

I like how popular you are to have two pages of people being excited about your new tank.

coughcrazytankladycough

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Thanks, Ethan!!!!!

Right now I have 4 tanks going :lol: I AM a crazy tank lady. I'll be back to 3 again soon though ;)

Danielle's daughter pointed out that I have 4 tanks. She's so cute :lol:
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