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Argent's Back From The Dead 90,850cc Reef Tank of Wonder

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Well I suppose technically I never left (the hobby) my 8G BC has been pretty stress free for about 2 years now - but I have since moved in to a house and started to get the itchy sensation in my drawers which can only be satisfied by working on a reef tank (or maybe I just need some Gold Bond - anyway...)

 

So I now give to you a brief glimpse of what I am about to embark upon!

 

Behold!

 

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a 24 gal Aquapod with a 70W HQI SunPod, extra new bulb, extra new Ballast, extra new return pump, a sturdy 2x4 stand, and a HOB skimmer filter UV light (ViaAqua Multi-Skimmer Deluxe w/ 5W UV Sterilizer)

 

I have no idea what that last bit about a HOB skimmer is but it's probably useful

 

THE PLAN:

 

Move everything over from my 8G BC to this (pair of black clowns, orange spotted goby, misc coral, oh and of course NATASHA! - yes my Mantis shrimp of fame and fortune is still sneaking about my rock work - she's still about the same size and last I saw her - tomato orange in color)

 

Of course this means I'll need more tahitian moon sand and swanky cool LR but I'll worry about that down the road (as well as how I'm going to get 25G's of saltwater to fill the tank with)

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Argent   

Well the tank is in my possession now :) I'm pretty excited - but I haven't a clue how the HOB skimmer/filter thingy works - I also have someone who might give me a 75:25 mix of tahitian moon/fiji pink sand free (as much as I need because he's taking down the tank) which should help make short work of my cycle.

 

The lights seems pretty nice - I put it over my 8G BC to see how the light looks different - pretty impressive

 

next up - to set it up and test for leaks in the basement before plotting my tank swap

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spanko   

*******waiting*********

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Argent   

I forgot how impatient NR can be :P

 

this tank probably won't be up and running before the end of the year due to the shoestring budget I'm trying to work with (and juggle Christmas present spending too)

 

I'll see if I can get some more/better shots of the system today and hopefully start getting it setup for leak testing

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Argent   

ok here's some shots of the Via-Aqua skimmer thingy

 

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Wow, that is one funky contraption.

What's the plastic accordion doolybob for?

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Argent   

good question - I believe it's for priming the whole thing

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Argent   

Here's some other tank shots so far

 

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and I got myself a 7" moai statue for the tank too :D

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Argent   

Finally started to try plugging stuff in

 

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Argent   

Leak testing with lights

 

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Argent   

gotta get some rock first - I do have another 20# bag of tahitian moon sand (and will seed the tank with all the sand from my BC8)

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Vesian   
gotta get some rock first - I do have another 20# bag of tahitian moon sand (and will seed the tank with all the sand from my BC8)

 

Love the statue in there, lol

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Argent   

Thanks - I can't take credit for that idea though - I got it from travisurfer :)

 

I'm aiming for christmas weekend to do the change over

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Argent   

here's a shot of my 8G that I'll be moving in to this tank

 

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Christmas came early!

 

Koralia 1, Hydor Flo, Maxi-Jet 1200

 

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Argent   

Rinsed my sand and put it in the tank

 

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basser1   

Good Luck on your new set-up! Here's an idea for your TIKI dude:

 

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Gillz   

Argent's back!!!! omgomgomg omgomgomg

 

Its like the old folks home here now! haha

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Argent   

hehe yeah I'm back and this time I'm going with a bigger tank not a smaller one :P

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Argent   

The update most of you have been waiting for....

 

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20G of saltwater and 7 new frags!

 

hopefully this weekend I'll have some time to swap the new system for the old one :)

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Argent   

Progress Update:

 

Tank in place

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Tank with 15G of water in it and waiting for the temp to raise to 70+ degrees before I can continue

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Argent   

Thanks to some friends on a local reefing forum who helped talk me through some stressful bits yesterday I managed to get the tank finally up to a temperature I could feel safe introducing my frags and fish to...

 

Note my 1G Ziploc bag filled with HOT water floating in the tank to help increase tank temps from 60-75 degrees

 

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Obviously rock placement is not final - I need more and I just wanted to get everything in the tank

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