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11 minutes ago, banasophia said:

This is awesome! Where did you get it? So much better than the caddy I’m using for mine. 

I love it!  Works perfect!  It is so nice to sit it down in front of you and flip those bins open rather than shuffling through boxes and stuffing your hands down in them trying to find those little spoons and drip tips!

 

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-Flip-Bin-Organizer/dp/B07GLC1Y77/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?keywords=dewalt+organizer+case&qid=1568039979&s=gateway&sprefix=dewalt+organize&sr=8-13

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13 minutes ago, Opotter said:

 

I love it!  Works perfect!  It is so nice to sit it down in front of you and flip those bins open rather than shuffling through boxes and stuffing your hands down in them trying to find those little spoons and drip tips!

 

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-Flip-Bin-Organizer/dp/B07GLC1Y77/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?keywords=dewalt+organizer+case&qid=1568039979&s=gateway&sprefix=dewalt+organize&sr=8-13

Thanks for the Amazon link - I just ordered it!! 🤗

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So close!!!  Dosed the tank with 2ppm ammonia yesterday.  Ammonia down to 0.5 and nitrites to 0.3 at 24 hours on the mark.  Maybe a couple more days I think and I’m ready for a water change and to finally hit the lights!  🙂

 

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Tank passed the ammonia test tonight!!  So I’m calling it cycled 👏!   Big water change and seeded it with some coraline.  Will retest it here in a few hours to see if it needs another soon (probably) or if I got lucky enough to get nitrates down enough.  Hit the lights and now it’s time to wait some more.. lol.  Plan to wait until I see some algae growth and add first part of clean up crew.  Not doing the full WWC/BRS 4 month cycle as that seems to be more for SPS dominant systems (and I’m just planning softies and LPS), but I do like the idea of using coraline as a marker of a system that is healthy/ achieved enough stability to grow coral.  May wait until I see a few polka dots before I start transferring corals.  We shall see if my patience holds for that 🤞.

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8 minutes ago, Opotter said:

Tank passed the ammonia test tonight!!  So I’m calling it cycled 👏!   Big water change and seeded it with some coraline.  Will retest it here in a few hours to see if it needs another soon (probably) or if I got lucky enough to get nitrates down enough.  Hit the lights and now it’s time to wait some more.. lol.  Plan to wait until I see some algae growth and add first part of clean up crew.  Not doing the full WWC/BRS 4 month cycle as that seems to be more for SPS dominant systems (and I’m just planning softies and LPS), but I do like the idea of using coraline as a marker of a system that is healthy/ achieved enough stability to grow coral.  May wait until I see a few polka dots before I start transferring corals.  We shall see if my patience holds for that 🤞.

Yay!! 😃

 

 

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So I think when IM came out with the pro model of the lagoon they may have redesigned and added a fixed surface skimmer plate to the overflows?  Can anyone confirm if the previous non-pro models had these?   I ordered an In-Tank media basket but it doesn’t seem to fit because of this?  I don’t think it’s even close enough to shave a bit off the front of the basket.  I reached out to In-Tank (awesome customer service!), but seems to be news to them.  They are researching.

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** I did confirm I ordered the correct model with In-Tank**

 

 

In other news, I just installed RFGs on the tank!  Absolutely worth the pennies!  They are awesome!

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So In-tank got back to me in a separate post.  It seems IM included the skimmer plates on previous models and that it’s just that IM has some inconsistencies with application of silicone altering dimensions of back chambers.  Solution seems to be to shave off the skimmer plate with a razor to make the basket fit.  Mine seems to miss by quite a bit on both sides (about 1/2 to 2/3 of a centimeter).  I’m not too excited about taking a razor blade to my new tank and definitely not to shave off that much.    I think I will return and just use the IM media caddies.  Not as well made, but appear to be quite functional.

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So, I think the coral migration from the old Evo will start tomorrow.  About 10 days ago, I was starting to get pretty decent uglies so first part of clean up crew (reefcleaners) and pods (Algae Barn) went in.  All seem to be doing well.  Uglies are clearing pretty fast.  Still a bit of diatoms on the sand bed and a couple of spots of cyano on the rocks.  There were a couple of cerith snails that didn’t survive shipping.  I left them on the sand thinking sometimes they stay dormant for a few days.  I gave them 4days.  Stunk to high hell when I pulled them.  Tank handled it really well.  Testing has been really stable.  Today I noticed a couple of tiny pimples of coraline forming, pods are gathering on the glass.  So, I think I’m there.  First coral goes in tomorrow!

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2 minutes ago, Opotter said:

So, I think the coral migration from the old Evo will start tomorrow.  About 10 days ago, I was starting to get pretty decent uglies so first part of clean up crew (reefcleaners) and pods (Algae Barn) went in.  All seem to be doing well.  Uglies are clearing pretty fast.  Still a bit of diatoms on the sand bed and a couple of spots of cyano on the rocks.  There were a couple of cerith snails that didn’t survive shipping.  I left them on the sand thinking sometimes they stay dormant for a few days.  I gave them 4days.  Stunk to high hell when I pulled them.  Tank handled it really well.  Testing has been really stable.  Today I noticed a couple of tiny pimples of coraline forming, pods are gathering on the glass.  So, I think I’m there.  First coral goes in tomorrow!

Yay! 😃

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Moved some coral and critters to the lagoon last night from the EVO.  I will post some pictures when everything is done being pissed off at me 😬.  
 

Meanwhile, everyone meet Pistol Pete.   20 months or so now that the Evo has been up and running, and I’ve never actually seen but a shadow of him.  Heard his noise, but always hiding.  Turns out there are two of them.  So now we have Pistol Petunia too.  (Ignore the tool under the glass, didn’t spot it while I was grabbing a picture).  They both appear to be Caribbean blue legs.. and are both pretty tiny.
 

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10 minutes ago, Opotter said:

Moved some coral and critters to the lagoon last night from the EVO.  I will post some pictures when everything is done being pissed off at me 😬.  
 

Meanwhile, everyone meet Pistol Pete.   20 months or so now that the Evo has been up and running, and I’ve never actually seen but a shadow of him.  Heard his noise, but always hiding.  Turns out there are two of them.  So now we have Pistol Petunia too.  (Ignore the tool under the glass, didn’t spot it while I was grabbing a picture).  They both appear to be Caribbean blue legs.. and are both pretty tiny.
 

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Bonus!! 

 

Where did it come from?

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9 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

Bonus!! 

 

Where did it come from?

My original live rock was from Tampa Bay Saltwater.  Loads of life on it, but also a ton of not so good hitchhikers. Really fun live rock, great first experience with keeping a reef.  But honestly I don’t think I was experienced enough to spot the signs of the bad guys in the tank.  Spent too much time focusing on chasing gorilla crabs, missed the naughty eunice and the polyclads (and a few others along the way).  By the time I really started to build the knowledge of these things, it was just too late.  But I got a really cool cup coral that is huge now, the two pistols, a handful of pretty porcelains, a big orange chestnut snail, and some great experiences/knowledge along the way.

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