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 Started February 2021 

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Full tank shot March 2022

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Full tank shot December 2021


 

Welcome to the build thread for my Reefspace 900. If you're interested the journey actually started in my nano thread HERE

 

This tank has been initially stocked with rock and inhabitants from my nano 15g which was around 8 months old, and is now dry.

 

 TL;DR shortcuts 

  1. GHA - the miracle cure exposed!

  2. The battle with cyanobacteria begins

  3. The "kinda" rip clean

  4. Sumps - which way is up?!

  5. Maintenance Schedule

  6. Feeding Schedule

  7. Full Guided Rip Clean

 


 

 EQUIPMENT 

TMC reef pump 4000 return, Bubble Magus C3.5 skimmer, AI Nero 3, Jecod SOW-8, 3 x AI Prime 16HD, D-D ATO, D-D P1 Doser, D-D Temperature Controller.

 

 FISH 

Scopas Tang, Six Line Wrasse, Bluestreak Clearer Wrasse, Royal Gramma, 4 x Green Chromis

 

 CORAL 

Mix of LPS and Softies (Zoa dominant)

 

 LPS 

Duncan's Coral, Joker Acan, Rose Purple Branching Hammer, ACAN Green Rim

 

 ZOAS 

Radio Active, Red Man Eater, Blue Hornet, Green Implosion, 

Rasta, Bullseye, Kryptonite, Space Invaders, UtterChaos, Cheesehead, Spiderman, Pearl Jam Zoas, Blue Boo Berries, Red Green Zoa Rock, Mind Tricks and loads of unknown

 

 MUSHROOMS 

Orange, red Rhodactis mussoides, Blue Actinodiscus, Green Ricordea

 

 LEATHERS 

Kenya Tree, Leather Finger, Cabbage

 

 OTHER SOFT CORAL 

GSP - Lime Green, Firecracker Clove, Gorgonians

 

 CURRENT PARAMETERS 

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I like to keep a track of the tank, progress and additions so regularly keep this thread updated (Aka TANK OCD!). Feel free to comment or tell me I'm doing it wrong.... I am known for the odd direction change from time to time!

 

Cheers @Murphych 

 

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Cheers mate. Well I think/hope it's dialed in now lol. It was fine until I added a handful of rubble rocks to the sump.. and the system went off balance again. I'm now running with a trickle from the emergency overflow, but I have lost patience at the moment so it's fine for now. 

I have a feeling that until all the rock is in place it will need reworking anyway so just accepted it for now 

 

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3 hours ago, Ratvan said:

So when you add the rocks is she  you'll do a water change? Or just going to take a load out, dump in the rocks and add the water back in?

Yeah I'll pull out 50 litres of water then Scape and put water back. No idea how as I have to tip toe to get my hand to the bottom of THE FRONT of the tank. Armpit deep 🤣🤣 don't fancy trying to use a step ladder. I'll end up swimming 😅

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12 hours ago, Grimes said:

Yeah I'll pull out 50 litres of water then Scape and put water back. No idea how as I have to tip toe to get my hand to the bottom of THE FRONT of the tank. Armpit deep 🤣🤣 don't fancy trying to use a step ladder. I'll end up swimming 😅

set a camera up mate, you've missed too many chances at £250 already this year... 

 

 

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I'm having no end of trouble balancing the overflow and return. I have left it as a decent trickle at the moment but the sound is killing me slowly. It surely can't be that hard to match the output to the input. But it is!!!

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So far so good. But since I dumped the rock n life from a 15 gal into an 80.... There is zero phosphate or nitrate, so doing a little overfeeding of frozen cube for the fish and tropic marin coral python for the coral. 

Skimmer is on but low 

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On 2/20/2021 at 1:17 PM, Grimes said:

I'm having no end of trouble balancing the overflow and return. I have left it as a decent trickle at the moment but the sound is killing me slowly. It surely can't be that hard to match the output to the input. But it is!!!

I feel your pain. 

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We have balance. It's been running with a dry emergency drain since this time yesterday! 

Next up is to get more rock... I mean MORE rock. But will leave a few weeks until I can count phosphate and nitrate. At the moment I can't detect so going a little heavy on feeding. Daily testing for now.

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22 minutes ago, Grimes said:

We have balance. It's been running with a dry emergency drain since this time yesterday! 

Next up is to get more rock... I mean MORE rock. But will leave a few weeks until I can count phosphate and nitrate. At the moment I can't detect so going a little heavy on feeding. Daily testing for now.

Yay, and you have it all to look forwards to again when you add the new rock lol

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Pain in the ass stuff this is lol. Had the guy from the LFS up to help in the end. Had to glue the overflow pipe to the valve as there was a weep I didn't see... 

Can't wait to get the new rock in...   Time for a photo bomb 

 

Rastas loving life

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Acan opening up

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They don't look like small trees under the primes 

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Duncan and hornets 

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6 minutes ago, Grimes said:

Pain in the ass stuff this is lol. Had the guy from the LFS up to help in the end. Had to glue the overflow pipe to the valve as there was a weep I didn't see... 

Can't wait to get the new rock in...   Time for a photo bomb 

 

 

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 Coral is all looking happy and healthy, is this all in the DT now?

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17 hours ago, Ratvan said:

 Coral is all looking happy and healthy, is this all in the DT now?

Yep all in DT looking amazing, other that the shocking 😱 fact that @Snow_Phoenix was bang on correct with the green brittle star. Just caught the beast arched up with the firefish under it. Was looking at what it was doing as it started to coil it's legs around it... SUMPED until it can be re homed 

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11 hours ago, Grimes said:

Yep all in DT looking amazing, other that the shocking 😱 fact that @Snow_Phoenix was bang on correct with the green brittle star. Just caught the beast arched up with the firefish under it. Was looking at what it was doing as it started to coil it's legs around it... SUMPED until it can be re homed 

Sorry to hear about the firefish. But yes, green brittle stars are predatory. If you still want a brittle star or something similar like a serpent star, you could try scouring online sites for a chocolate banded serpent star (like the one that I have). They're quite peaceful and don't attack smaller fish. Mine lives in the same cave with my circus barred goby, and has been a model citizen so far. I do feed the tank heavily everyday though, so it does get a decent amount of food. 

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3 minutes ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

Sorry to hear about the firefish. But yes, green brittle stars are predatory. If you still want a brittle star or something similar like a serpent star, you could try scouring online sites for a chocolate banded serpent star (like the one that I have). They're quite peaceful and don't attack smaller fish. Mine lives in the same cave with my circus barred goby, and has been a model citizen so far. I do feed the tank heavily everyday though, so it does get a decent amount of food. 

Mine has been fine for a month. As soon as I moved it to the new tank it went on the hunt. It might well be that the tank is too clean and there is nothing to feed on between the rock anymore. So if it misses food from when I feed the fish it has nothing to scavenge perhaps? 

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