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    Kessil AP700 Shimmer

    Kessil AP700
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    December update. Hoping everyone is having a great holiday season. So far, I'm loving the new equipment. Kessil AP700 is awesome. Ultimately settled on this light because of the pleasing rainbowless shimmer, can't beat it. The Maxspect Gyres are great. I've got them set on an anti-synchronized alternating gyre on a 2 minute cycle. I know 2 powerheads may seem like a bit overkill for a 40 gallon, but I purchased them with a future tank upgrade in mind. Besides, only one unit runs at a time and they're only turned up to %20, anything stronger blows sand. The ApexEL is my favorite of the upgrades. It allows me to know every detail about my reef, from a constant pH chart to how much power each light and pump uses. And I can access this information instantly from anywhere in the world. Yeah, it was pricey, but the peace of mind I have now is priceless. The frags I've been introducing have responded well and everything is just plugging along. The red cap is beginning to encrust on it's rock and I'm seeing some growth on the stylo. So far so good.
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    Kessil AP700 Shimmer

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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    Made some necessary upgrades.
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    Lesson learned; Calibrate your pocket refractometer when you get it. Should you fail to do so, and trust the factory (un)calibration, you may end up with a severely unhealthy level of salt it the reef, and you'll kill things. I thought something was a bit off right after I added the first corals. The zoas closed up and quickly died, the montipora bleached and lost tissue and the echinata looked to be doing very poorly as well. Borrowed some calibration fluid and once I got my refractometer dialed in, I found that I had my salinity WAY to high. Did a %100 water change with the proper concentration of salt and things are doing significantly better. The echinata bounced back and now seems relatively unharmed. The monti has a couple polyps that didn't die, so i placed it in a high flow area and we'll see how things go. I'm surprised most of the hermit crabs lived. Now that everything's corrected and stabilized, I've been hemorrhaging money at my LFS NorCal Corals. BTW, I'm totally loving the blue of the ATI blue+ bulbs .
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    Well we're all cycled, stabilized and ready for critters. Threw in a few cheap frags to see how they do. Did a little custom acrylic work to hold the light fixture. Looks much more elegant than zippies and wooden dowels.
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    Red Sea Max Nano - Skimmer Noise

    I cut up one of these tiles to my skimmer's footprint and it significantly increased the quiet. Just the sound of bubbles churning.
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    This led bulb advertised at 24 watts nearly doubled the size of a wad of chaeto in less than two weeks. The 10 watt ring light provided a laughable amount of light and was removed/repurposed and replaced with the larger bulb. Even though it puts off very little heat, I've found that the larger LED bulb/fixture provides enough light to bleach the chaeto if placed directly above it. Very impressed with the algae growth when indirectly lit. Not a spec of algae growth in the main display however, despite a 5 hour photo period while cycling with a few purple T5 bulbs (hoping to encourage coraline growth). So far, I recommend. Been monitoring ammonia, hoping to add first inhabitants soon!
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    Sharbuckle

    Very beautiful!
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    Thanks! So excited to dive back into the hobby, especially with new helper! I'm enjoying the overflow so far. Looks good, lots of flow, and the kit actually includes a hole saw and very nice template. Drilling the tank made me a little nervous, but I kept the saw wet and went very slow and it went fine. The sump is nice and compact, yet roomy enough for pumps, heaters and skimmers. The design of the channels may make it difficult to clean, but we'll see. Custom built the stand with my dad's help. "Here, lemme fix ur skimmerz"
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    Thanks! I think I want to carry on the mixed reef look of my old tank, but we'll see. I like variety!
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    Matt's 40 Gallon Breeder

    It's been a long time coming, but it's finally up and running! Display: Petco 40 gallon breeder drilled with a Eshopps Eclipse L overflow box on a DIY stand Lighting: Kessil AP700 Heater: Aqueon Pro 100w and Eheim Jager 125w Skimmer: SC Aquariums SCA-301 Sump Refugium: Eshopps R-100 with 24 watt fuge light Return Pump: Jaebo DCT-4000 Circulation: Maxspect Gyre XF230 x 2 Controller: Neptune ApexEL ATO: Tunze Osmolator with 5gal Eshopps Pacific M Reservoir Livestock 40lbs of dry rock seeded with ARC Reef Coralline Algae 60lbs of CaribSea Fiji Pink live sand Frogspawn Coral Hammer Coral Acanthastrea echinata Montipora Digitata Stylophora Favia Zoanthids This is my first adventure with plumbed aquarium setup, and I must say, I'm glad I'm finished setting it up!
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    Matt's 20 Gallon

    Time certainly has flown! New house. New kid. The twenty gallon collapsed under the demands of the large amount of livestock and lack of up-keep, and was unceremoniously hoisted into the trash around the end of 2013, just before we moved into our dream house in the country. Feeling ready to start a fresh new reefing adventure with my helper! Supplies for the new 40 gallon arrive tomorrow! Stay tuned!
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    Matt's 20 Gallon

    I have my skimmer on 24/7. I used this forum as a guide for modifying my AC 110 filter into a fuge. I didn't bother with the foam baffle though, as I wanted to put the heater in the fuge to tidy up the main tank. I kept one Koralia powerhead in the tank for a while after I installed the MP10, just to help direct flow in the tank. I did recently remove it, however, but I've yet to notice any changes in the livestock.
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    Matt's 20 Gallon

    Sad day. My chromis, which I've had for almost 3 years, went tile surfing last night. This is the last picture I took of him: It was the only fish that survived my Biocube and the fish that I'd had the longest. He will be missed. The tank is doing well, however:
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