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Tank:

Aqueon 20 Long

 

Stand:

Diy 2x4 and 1/2" plywood

 

Light

Coral Moon Box Plus led ( aka Reef Breeders Nano Light)

 

Filtration:

Undetermined at the moment. I might add a sump, I may go completely filterless with a closed loop. 

 

 

Other:

The plan is to transfer everything from my 5g, and add a sandbed.  All in one swift upgrade motion.  

 

Some pictures:

painted back black with acrylic paint

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She had to inspect the inside for me

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after the second coat dried

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Tank while the previous owner had it. Also shows the diy stand

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Fts section:

 

8/18/2018

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It seems as though I make more progress while I'm at work. Then while I'm at home. 

 

I may may need to lower the shelf. Haven't fully decided if I'm going to run a sump or not. 

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56 minutes ago, JBM said:

It seems as though I make more progress while I'm at work. Then while I'm at home. 

No kidding, the trouble is, I work from home 😅

 

I wonder if you should indeed lower the bottom shelf, I worry the limited clearance above the sump might restrict what equipment you're able to get in and out of there. Once the plumbing is in, space only gets more restricted. You want to be sure it's all easy to service and maintain.

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Lowered the shelf. 

 

now to find time to go to homedepot and get a sheet of plywood to skin this thing. 

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Forced upgrade. 

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Hey, at least ya got the upgrade done!

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Nice!  20 gallon longs are nice tanks.  One of my early marine tanks was a 20 L.  That was in the 90s.  That same tank is my sump now.  (I believe in re-purposing when possible, especially when it saves me $, ha ha!)

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Everything is still angry from the forced move.  Tank has been clear for a few hours now,  here are a few that aren't so angry. 

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Almost everything has adjusted. 

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day 3 readings

 

temp 78.5

salinty 1.026

dKh 12

calcium 440

phosphate 0.25 ppm

nitrate 0 ppm

 

Some of the corals are still pissy. Like the Monti cap, while it hasn't browned out or RTN'D... I haven't seen not one polyp. Keeping my fingers crossed and I'll be keeping an eye on it for sure. Also the brown and orange zoas are mostly angry, except for a few polyps which are open. Not to worried there, they are zoas, and usually pull through. Oddly enough, the kenya tree isnt all to happy, mostly shriveled and laying over.

 

No signs of distress from the clown. She hasn't quiet found her home yet, but gladly eats what ever I give her. Even tried nibbling on my finger

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So, I followed my own dam advice and kept my hands completely out of the tank for a week. 

 

Did the corals some good

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47 minutes ago, JBM said:

So, I followed my own dam advice and kept my hands completely out of the tank for a week. 

 

Did the corals some good

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Looking good. It’s solid advice. I use tongs as much as is possible for anything that I’d have to use my hand for...

that doesn’t sound right...

i didn’t mean that dirtily. 

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Newest addition temp acclimating

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Silly anemone. Been in the tank for 2 hours and won't stick to anything. 

 

So ive covered the intake of my filter with a specimen box

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Looks great! I still like black sand too 🙂

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Current fts. 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, JBM said:

Current fts. 

 

 

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Man, I gotta get me some of that macro that grows heaters. Imagine the profit! 

 

Kidding though. Looks good. Try superglue on that nem. 

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Good Idea hiding the heater with the macro. The coral rock is gonna look cool once everything grows over it.

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1 hour ago, 1891Bro said:

Man, I gotta get me some of that macro that grows heaters. Imagine the profit! 

 

Kidding though. Looks good. Try superglue on that nem. 

 

Its my secret. It's patented. No one can steal it. 

 

And speaking of the nem. It's now in the quarantine of shame. It decided to try and eat the rockwork on the right

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27 minutes ago, BaristaBob said:

Good Idea hiding the heater with the macro. The coral rock is gonna look cool once everything grows over it.

 

Hopefully that Island recovers. I left the room for 5 minutes, and the nem was nom'ing on the whole rock. Everything got stung and is severely shriveled and pissy. Thus quarantine 

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26 minutes ago, JBM said:

 

Its my secret. It's patented. No one can steal it. 

 

And speaking of the nem. It's now in the quarantine of shame. It decided to try and eat the rockwork on the right

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Poke ‘im with a 9V battery. That’ll learn ‘im right good. 

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Purple pseudochromis and cleaner shrimp

 

need to get more trochus snails. Apparently two isn't enough to keep this tank clean

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Oh i see that i have been to this thread...

Purple Pseudo is awesomesauce. They are such butt holes but they have personality.

:tongueout: Following

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5 minutes ago, got2envy said:

Oh i see that i have been to this thread...

Purple Pseudo is awesomesauce. They are such butt holes but they have personality.

:tongueout: Following

 

Anything is better then the clown that's in there. She has zero personality. She hides all day, and is a jumper anytime I open the lid. 

 

Go to feed? Jumps! Then eats like a pig. 

 

Go to move the mag cleaner. Tries to jump

 

I opened the lid lid yesterday to acclimate the cleaner and pseudochromis. She darted right out and into the acclimation bucket. 

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