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I figured it was probably time I separated the build threads for my two tanks since they really are separate systems with their own trajectories.

 

This tank, PineReef, was originally set up just to be a designated QT and grow out tank for frags coming into and going out of my other tank which I still consider my main display.  My tanks seem to get named based on what wood I build the stand out of, as my other tank has been dubbed MapleReef => empresto's 18.1 gallon build - Nano Reef Journals - Nano-Reef Community.

 

Current FTS

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Equipment

  • Tank: 40 Breeder
  • Light: Radion XR30 G5 Pro
  • Sump: DIY 10 gallon
    • Return Pump: Current USA eFlux Flow Pump 1900gph
    • Heater: 2x 75W Cobalt Neotherm connected to a BRS wifi Temp Controller
    • Fuge Light: 24W grow light from Amazon
  • Flow: 3x Hydor Koralias 850gph
  • Controller: DIY Raspberry Pi + Arduino solution I cooked up
    • ATO Relay controls a TOMs water lifter pump.
    • Fuge light on/off control.
    • Temp measurement via 3 probes - Tank, Sump, Ambient Air
    • Temp Relays control have control of heater circuit and can switch on a fan.
    • Auto Water Change made possible with a second water level sensor.  Basically I can hook up the pumps to the respective buckets for in/out, press a button on the RPi UI, and it changes a set amount of the water in the sump.  ~2 gallons as I currently have it set.
    • Dosing: Relays control 2x BRS 1.1ml/minute dosing pumps.  Settings available via UI on the RPi.
    • All activity and constant temp readings are recorded to a MS SQL database running on my home network server.
    • Built an app for my phone and computer to be able to record other activity not operated by the controller and see current status of peripherals connected to the tank.
  • DIY screen top

 

Contents of the Aquarium

  • Scape
    • ~15lbs live rock
    • 20lbs Caribsea Ocean Direct Live Sand
  • Corals
    • Orange Montipora Capricornus
    • Purple Montipora Capricornus
    • Monipora Danae frag
    • Xenia Polips
    • 4x Astreopora Frags
    • Green Pocillopora Frag
    • Purple Pavona Frag
  • Fish
    • 6-line Wrasse
    • 2x Yellow Tailed Blue Damsels
    • Juvenile Tomini Tang
  • Inverts
    • 3 peppermint shrimp
    • Tiger Conch
    • ?x Trochus snails
    • ?x Nasarius snails
    • 2x Turbo snails

 

This iteration of the tank was started on September 2nd of 2020 after the original setup had totally gone green algae carpet (Don't set up a tank and then have a kid 3 weeks later... 😉 ).  It lives in the closet off my office, but there is sufficient space for guests to see it too.

 

Setup progression:

Sand goes in and fill with sw.

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The water has cleared.

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26 minutes ago, empresto said:

I figured it was probably time I separated the build threads for my two tanks since they really are separate systems with their own trajectories.

 

This tank, PineReef, was originally set up just to be a designated QT and grow out tank for frags coming into and going out of my other tank which I still consider my main display.  My tanks seem to get named based on what wood I build the stand out of, as my other tank has been dubbed MapleReef => empresto's 18.1 gallon build - Nano Reef Journals - Nano-Reef Community.

 

FTS

image.thumb.png.0fbe3bef18404c79967769130bd8d15a.png

 

Equipment

  • Tank: 40 Breeder
  • Light: Radion XR30 G5 Pro
  • Sump: DIY 10 gallon
    • Return Pump: Current USA eFlux Flow Pump 1900gph
    • Heater: 2x 75W Cobalt Neotherm connected to a BRS wifi Temp Controller
    • Fuge Light: 24W grow light from Amazon
  • Flow: 3x Hydor Koralias 850gph
  • Controller: DIY Raspberry Pi + Arduino solution I cooked up
    • ATO Relay controls a TOMs water lifter pump.
    • Fuge light on/off control.
    • Temp measurement via 3 probes - Tank, Sump, Ambient Air
    • Temp Relays control have control of heater circuit and can switch on a fan.
    • Auto Water Change made possible with a second water level sensor.  Basically I can hook up the pumps to the respective buckets for in/out, press a button on the RPi UI, and it changes a set amount of the water in the sump.  ~2 gallons as I currently have it set.
    • Dosing: Relays control 2x BRS 1.1ml/minute dosing pumps.  Settings available via UI on the RPi.
    • All activity and constant temp readings are recorded to a MS SQL database running on my home network server.
    • Built an app for my phone and computer to be able to record other activity not operated by the controller and see current status of peripherals connected to the tank.
  • DIY screen top

 

Contents of the Aquarium

  • Scape
    • ~15lbs live rock
    • 2 bags arag-alive special grade
  • Corals
    • Orange Montipora Capricornus
    • Purple Montipora Capricornus
    • Monipora Danae frag
    • Xenia Polips
    • 4x Astreopora Frags
    • Green Pocillopora Frag
    • Purple Pavona Frag
  • Fish
    • 6-line Wrasse
    • 2x Yellow Tailed Blue Damsels

 

I'll add more soon, but need to run to a meeting...

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The tank went through a major ugly stage which it is just starting to come out of.  You can really see that in the FTS, below.  I have found that having an email alert when the ATO runs longer than a minute is really important as that keeps me posted when algae blocks up parts of the overflow.

 

FTS March 2021

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Not much to report.  Algae is still present, but I've found a half inch syphon tube sucks it out with gusto.  Just be careful what you get a half inch syphon near when you've got 4+ feet of drop on the out end. 🙂

 

Corals are doing well.  The ORA Pocillopora I have really shows me when nutrients zero out from the algae's consumption.  It retracts and looks like it's going to just RTN out of here, but if I add back nitrates and phosphates, it puffs right back up within a couple hours.  Nice to have a visual queue when something needs help.

 

Unfortunately, I've acquired some aiptasia in this tank.  So far the three peppermint shrimp haven't done anything useful to it.  I probably just need to pull out the rock it is growing on and superglue over it.

 

FTS October 4, 2021

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