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  1. And do you drain it each time? Do you use the same mag 5 to get water out of aquarium? How do you ensure that the same amount got replaced? Neat, I saw the photo. Do you use the same pump to get the water into the aquarium?
  2. If I understand correctly, in your setup you don't push the saltwater out, you can only pour it into buckets. Is this correct?
  3. Not surprisingly I am getting somewhat tired of changing water in my 100 gallon, and I do it weekly. The night before a water change I would take 2 five gallon buckets and fill them with RO water, then I put powerheads into each one of them and a heater, add salt and wait a few hours. Next morning I syphon water out into 2 more buckets and then top off with saltwater. Well, it is time to ease things up a bit. I am not ready to setup a fully automated water change system, but I want to get rid of the buckets and instead use the hose. My reef aquarium sits in my living room and all of my fish equipment and RO system is in the closet about 25 feet down the hall. They are on the same floor level (but there are a couple of steps in between, so nothing can be rolled from point A to point . I would like to make things as easy as possible and hope for your help in this. I am currently making 10 gallon water changes each week, but would prefer to do at least 15 gallons at once and plan for a larger tank in the future. Here's what my closet looks like: I am thinking adding two 40 gallon plastic vertical containers with lids. One will obviously be with RO water and the other will be mixing salt. I've seen quite a few different ways to plumb these, can anyone recommend the following: What is the best way to plumb these two containers? What type of piping is preferable? Which diameter? I need to be able to get RO water to Saltwater container, which pump would I need? Would I be using the same pump to send water to the reef tank? Ideally I would want to be able to send RO water to the tank as well, since my ATO is next to the tank. Which pump would I need to get the water out of the reef aquarium? How can I make sure that the amount I've syphoned out is the same as what I'm about to put in? (I have a laundry sink nearby, so I could use it as a temporary place to measure syphoned out water). Thanks!
  4. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    The two fish I've introduced into my tank are a hippo tang and a yellow tang. The aquarium remained fishless for over two months, so I'm glad to see some movement in there (shrimp don't quite count). Enjoy the video as well: http://www.youtube.com/embed/PPlIpXQq6MQ
  5. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Here is my thinking about the fish: I've already gone through the process of filling the tank with all the fish I wanted and knew were suitable and I've learned a thing or two about it in the process. I must admit that part of my is quite glad that I get to start again, even though I feel very sorry for the fish I've lost. So, here's a quick recap of my experience with particular species of fish in the tank so far: Yellow tang - one of my favourite fish, certainly the showpiece of the tang and was very well mannered Powder blue tang - it certainly was one of the most beautiful fish in the tank and he behaved quite well, but he'd move a lot quicker in the tank and I could see some potential problems in the near future with it Ocellaris clowns were great, Royal Gramma was super nice and is still one of my most beloved fish All the small gobies that I've enjoyed in my nano (including fire fish) were not very visible from afar, one had to come up very closely to see them Dispar anthias turned out to be extremely shy, different variety next time This time around I'll be making a few adjustments to my stocking plan. Some may consider my list a bit on the aggressive side and it might be, but I've got a really good skimmer and an aqua scape that should enable fish security, and after all it is just a plan. I'll keep adding the fish slowly and monitoring the situation, if something will not work I'll adjust accordingly. Here is my stocking plan: Yellow tang - a must Blue hippo tang - although considered tacky by some, I do like the fish a lot and have never kept it. I'll probably will have to part with it in a few years (or just get a bigger tank!) Melanurus wrasse - I need a wrasse in my tank and if there'd be a single one, I'd go for this colorful fella Pair of ocellaris clowns - every reef needs a pair Copperband - I want to try it with this fish, not sure I'll succeed but I'll try Trio of anthias - either blue-eye or bartlett's Green spotted mandarin (at least six months from now) I think that this is it, this is my list. If the tank will still have at least some more room I'd add a fairy wrasse in there. I plan to go steady, quarantine every single fish and be checking all of the water parameters and aquarium status with each step. A pair of tangs has already been purchased for me and are being quarantined by a friend. They are both small, so although they'll be the first to be added to the tank I think this should not affect any new fish I add.
  6. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    I personally think that the powder blues are the best indicators on whether you have ich in your tank or not. The fish already could've been suffering with ich on their gills and I just did not see that.
  7. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    That was exactly the plan to sneak another reef into the household.
  8. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    The first week was very interesting and unusual - coming up to a tank and not seeing the fish was weird and a bit refreshing, no one is scared of you, you can observe corals without any fish in your way and it felt surreal. Now it feels super boring, 2 months and no fish in sight. And I have not yet even started quarantining any additional fish. Oh well, this hobby is all about patience.
  9. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Thanks, I've just posted an update.
  10. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Well, it has been a few months since my last post. Last time I've shared my tank status was sometime in January and since then thing have been only improving, rapidly... until a series of unfortunate events have occurred and let's just say there's a lesson to be learned here. The Winter is Coming! And what a winter it was. My inhabitants were doing great in January, I kept adding fish gradually, every one or two weeks taking a trip to a few of my local fish stores and picking a fish that would caught my eye. Nothing aggressive, everything by the book and pretty much all of the fish were doing extremely well. My yellow tang was feasting on nori, fish were all happy and even a pair of anthias that looked quite beat up when I purchased them have become brave enough to be swimming around the tank. Corals were growing a fair bit, and I kept adding more of them regularly. It was paradise, it was the best of times... but something was amiss. I just had to turn it up a notch. I've always wanted a second tang and had my heart set on a powder blue tang. Knowing its reputation I decided not to get it, but instead to go with the hippo blue tang, then changed my mind and chose a kole tang... then changed my mind again, and again, and again. After two weeks of hard thinking I've decided that it is the powder blue that I needed to have, so I did visit 5 different stores and finally, after having observed one particular individual for over an hour, have purchased that fella and brought it home. At home I gave it a freshwater dip - first time experience for both the fish and myself, I'm sure. That was nerve wrecking and to this day I have no idea how people do it. Anyways, the dip went well and the fish was doing pretty good on the second day and was doing extremely well after a week. This is my tank at its best: http://s1191.photobucket.com/user/tumanov/media/Winterfell%20Reef/DSC01552_zps390a54e0.jpg.html'> And then it happened. I noticed just a few white spots on the powder blue. Don't panic, I told myself, let's do some research. After some research I've increased the dosage of garlic I was giving the fish, increased the feedings and kept up with the water changes. But it got worse. And the next day even worse. And a week later I started noticing ich on my other fish, including the yellow tang. Ok, what's next? I skipped the step of quarantining the fish, but I'm going to right that wrong - I went ahead and bought a 40 gallon breeder, prepared some sponge filters and let it all seed in the current sump. 10 days later I've moved all the fish from my reef to the quarantine tank, a very painful process that took a few hours. Needless to say that all of my aqua scape was mangled and no matter how much I tried I could not put it back together the way it was. Oh well, I think that the new scape is even better. A few more fish died just before I've moved them over, and then I had to endure 2 weeks of seeing the rest of my fish slowly dying. This was heartbreaking to say the least. The last fish to give up were the yellow watchmen and cardinal. That was not a good day. Since then I have dismantled the quarantine tank. Bought a second one and then started them up again. It has been two weeks since the new cycle had started, one tank is already fully cycled and I'm waiting for the other one to get up to date. Then I will start getting new fish and quarantining each and every one of them. I never thought it would happen to me, it seems to be a thing that not too many aquarists that I know do, so I figured I'd wing it. And I came close, very close. But here it is. Hope that others will learn from this. Here's a shot of my secondary quarantine tank (no copper treatment will be administered in it, hence the live rock). http://s1191.photobucket.com/user/tumanov/media/Winterfell%20Reef/DSC01759_zpsfebb5a1c.jpg.html'>
  11. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Ah, where do I even start...
  12. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Sorry, which stats are you referring to? Thanks.
  13. Best Mac application for reefing?

    AquaticLog now has an iPhone app as well. And it syncs with the website, so all the data gets backed up.
  14. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Winterfell Reef is now 2.5 months old. There's not a lot that has changed over the past month. The tank seems to be quite stable, water parameters are solid and don't deviate from the norm. There was a Boxing Day sale here in Canada and I've got a whole bunch of new corals and a few fish. I like the photo below, you might notice that there's a hitchhiker snail on top of the large snail. I got this neon goby last night, unfortunately his tail is not in top shape. Hopefully he will recover.
  15. Winterfell Reef - A 100 Gallon Journey

    Another video update at 2.5 months.