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The Hun's Acropora Heaven 60g UPGRADE

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kthehun89

Hey Guys,

 

So I've been reefing for a good 4 years now, since senior year in HS. Now, finishing up college at UC San Diego, I've definitely made strides. I started with a 3g pico freshman year, and now I've upgraded 10 fold. Now, I'm currently putting all my effort into my 34g Solana. Here are the specs

 

Hardware:

Solana 34g

Coralife Aqualight Pro 150w Phoenix 14k, 2x65w Actinic PC

MP10 on 100% ReefCrest

150w heater

6" cheapo fan

Autotopoff.com ATO with 5g reservoir with Kalk drip

Reefkeeper Lite 1

-Heater set at 78. Fan set to turn on at 80* and off at 78*

-MH on timer

-PC Actinics on timer

Calcium is kept up with kalk dripping. Tested every other week. 5g weekly, or more often pending feeding.

 

 

Software: Upper portion will be SPS, while in the lower reaches, I plan on having a nice acan garden. I also am planning on having a nice plate in there. I'm gonna stick some of my rare zoas and palys in for filler. Current fish include a Ocellaris pair with RBTA, Sixline wrasse, pistol shrimp and yellow watchman. I feed every 3 or so days. My corals eat 3 cubs of mysis! I do alot of water changes as well as my heavy dosing regime. I lost my anemone but im not upset. It stinging my SPS was getting old real swift, but my clowns are notably devastated :lol:. I got like $1200 worth of acans (paid wayyyy less) from a friend who wanted to reboot his system, so they are kinda recovering. Some are starting to color up so i'm excited to see them at 100%. they are probably at an 85%, just minor things. I also have 2 apple scolies and some other nice LPS, and tons of chalices. Check it out.

 

Dosing: I drip kalk from my ATO. I also dose vodka daily, and microbacter7 weekly. My rates are all very very low, but I did have little algae problem after losing my anemone (got chopped in the power head). I also dose CoralAmino and VitC for general coral look and health. this later dosing is relatively new on my system so we will be documenting the change.

 

Upgrades in the future: I absolutely love my RKL, and I would like to get another PC-4 for added control. I am considering switching to a 24"TEK fixture as an upgrade. I'm in San Diego, so a chiller isnt really necessary as it rarely gets that hot, so no chiller is planned. I modded the stock skimmer pump by raising it up and replacing the impeller with mesh. It works pretty well, its not even loud.

 

 

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Current pic

 

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May FTS

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August 1, 2010

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10/19/2010

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60g UPGRADE

 

60g Cube, 24"x24"x24". Lights on at 9am, daylight on at 11am and off at 6, actinic off at 9pm. I dose 40ml of two part every 2 days, as well as feeding the tank with brine and pellets. This powermodule is sick, it lights every square inch of this tank, very bright!

 

Left Front

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Rainbow Mille

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Abro

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Raspberry Lemonade

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Red Planet

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Strawberry Shortcake

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Further up

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Even Further

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One more step back

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Hardware

 

60g cube tank, center overflow

24x24x12 sump

Tunze 9005 skimmer

RKL Lvl 3

Dual BRS Media reactor

MP20, Koralia 4, 460gph return

 

Lighting

 

10x24w ATI Powermodule with bulb combo:

Aquablue +

75/25

Aquablue +

Fiji Pink

Aquablue +

Aquablue +

Fiji Pink

Aquablue +

75/25

Aquablue +

 

Corals

 

SPS

Blue Tortuosa

Tyree Green Jacket

Monterey Bay Tricolor

Aussie Acropora Echinata

Acropora Abrotanoides

Green Millepora

Blue Millepora

Pink Millepora

ORA Red Planet

ORA Roscoes Blue

ORA Tricolor Valida

ORA Hawkins Echinata

Garf Bonsai

Strawberry Shortcake

Blue tip stag

Green Pocillopora

Acropora Cytherea

Green plating Montipora

Superman encrusting Montipora

LPS

Tyree Oregon Mummy Eye chalice

Tyree Miami Hurricane chalice

Tyree War and Peace favia

Orange Crush echinata

Rainbow echinata

Aussie Two face chalice

Apple Pie scolymia

Green scolymia

Mint green acan

Red acan

Aussie yellow tip torch

Emerald Mummy Eye chalice

Purple People Eater palys

Fish

Perecula pair

Watchman Goby, Tiger pistol

McCosker's Flasher wrasse

Scopas Tang

Pajama Cardinal

Inverts

2 Croceas, one is 5" the other 2.5"

Coco worm

Harlequin Shrimp

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davidr2340

Sounds like a great set up!

Welcome to the Solana club! Let's see some pics!!!

 

Also, how is your skimmer now after the mods? Are they worth it? East to do?

 

Thanks!

 

B)

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cameron1

sounds like your coming on nano reef to distract you from studying for finals just like me

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kthehun89
Also, how is your skimmer now after the mods? Are they worth it? East to do?

 

 

Definitely easy to do and worth it. What I did was cut out pizza-shaped slices to fit into the impeller's gaps. This has increased the amount of bubbles by a good bit, and has decreased their size. If you dont want to spend a $100+ on a new skimmer, then do this mod!

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Clavius85

Sounds like a nice setup. The Solana is an awesome tank.

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d'Espresso

the solana is a good tank! Welcome to the club! i will definitely add you in. Now let see them pictures!

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kthehun89

Pics up ladies and gents.

 

Any input on flasher wrasses? Are they jumpers?

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Rehype

Yes they are jumpers. A very active and beautiful fish. The males tend to dislike other planktivores.. at least IME.

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got2envy

Nice so far!!

yes flashers and most wrasse are jumpers...I lost 2 to the carpet surf :(

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mew

finals procrastination ftw?

 

nice tank. man years fly. seems like yesterday when i was giving you a freebie hermit crab lol.

looking forward to what you do with this. i always love SPS tanks. :happy:

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kthehun89

haha yeah they do. and I still have all those hermits I got from you lol

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Some more pics after relocating several of my frag tank items.

 

Neon green monti cap with 2 really cool zoanthids

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My 4" crocea :D

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FTS

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What I thought was a cool shot

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I relocated my Ocellaris pair with their rose BTA in today with my Crocea, Big Steve. Also threw my 6-line in with them (I acclimated of course). Almost all of my SPS are rescue pieces, as in they were looking pretty bad and I'm nursing them back.

-Purple Digi

-Sunset Monti

-Green Slimer

-Green Acro

-Pink and green Acan Echinata

-Mystery Encrusting monti

 

 

Did the first set of mass testing today:

 

PH - 8.0-8.3

Specific Gravity - 1.024

Temp - 79.3

Calcium - 450

Alkalinity - 8.5

Ammonia - 0

Nitrite - 0

Nitrate - 2.5

Phosphate- 0.9 ppm

 

Everything looks so happy

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MGDMIRAGE

Looks to be another great Solana nice work!

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kthehun89

Question: i have a Six line in there now. Can I still get a Flasher wrasse? all I have in there now are the 2 clowns and the 6-line fish wise

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nano-mex

Nice set up, do you happen to have a pic of the Stock Skimmer w/ mesh mod?

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kthehun89
Nice set up, do you happen to have a pic of the Stock Skimmer w/ mesh mod?

 

Its kind of a pain taking out the skimmer and the pump for it. Essentially what I did was glue sponge triangles in between each tooth on the impeller. Nothing real complicated.

 

Kristof

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Some of my Purple Deaths

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and my new Aussie Trachy

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enjoy!

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Some more pics. The tank is really starting to take off!

 

Various actinic shots

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The fishes

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My Purple/Blue Millepora

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Pretty colors

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davidr2340

Tank is looking :bowdown: !!!

 

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kthehun89

BUMP!!! cmon mo comments

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davidr2340
Tank is looking :bowdown: !!!

 

B)

:huh:

 

B)

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Paleoreef103

Tank is sweet. I'd say no to the extra wrasse in there. Chances are the sixline will bully it. I've had a sixline kill off a pseudochromis, a longnose hawk, and a striped blenny in a Finnex 30.

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kthehun89
:huh:

 

B)

 

 

haha I'm waiting for my SPS to grow in like your tank. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve tho lol

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