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    I TURNED MYSELF INTO A PICKLE MORTY!!!!!

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    Sunburst Anemone and Reef in Progress.

    What was the vendor? I would seriously dis agree with that being a sunburst. I hope you did not spend more than $200 or so on that. If you are 100% certain that it is a sunburst, and you trust the seller then ignore my post! I would hate to see you get taken advantage of and pay for something you didnt actually receive
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    The Pickle rick custom 125 (pre) Build!

    Front left bottom corner! I'm in Minnesota so come pick it up! It's honestly probably fine but he's sending me a brand new one so I'll just wait for that one. Great customer service from Steve!
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    The Pickle rick custom 125 (pre) Build!

    Decided to lay out my rock and see what I liked in the tank, keep in mind there will be roughly 2 inches of sand as well. Unfortunately the tank was chipped in transit on the front bottom left corner, so SC Aquariums is sending me a brand new one. It wont be here until July however :(
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    Tub cycling dry rock

    50lbs of reef cleaners dry rock 15 lbs of fiji dry rock 10-15lbs of pukani dry rock As for the water changes It will depend on nutrient build up, Basically if i test over 25 or so ppm nitrates or .12 phosphate I will cut it in half. Is it important? probably not, but it will make me feel better
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    Tub cycling dry rock

    Interested in thoughts, opinions and experiences cycling dry rock in a tub prior to the tank build as ive never tried it before. Sorry in advance for the long read and thanks for the help! Long story short my build is delayed atleast another 2 months due to a chipped tank. SCAquariums is sending a replacement but since it is custom it wont ship until June 25th at the earliest. Id like to get the ball rolling as much as i can here between now and then, and with the added benefit of an exact size tank to use for plumbing and aquascaping i can finish everything between now and then. Question one, I am using dry sand for this build and i have already rinsed it out some, do i need to cycle that in the tub as well or should i only do the rock? As for cycling the rock in a tub here is my thought: I have roughly 9-10 weeks before the new tank will be here. Fill with RODI Put rock in Add flow for a week Drain RODI End of Week 1 Fill with saltwater Heat and add flow for 1 week 50% water change Heat and add flow for 1 Week 50% water change End of Week 3 Add bottled bacteria (dr tims, bio spira etc) Feed ghost feed some pellets every 3 days or so for 3 weeks Add copepods from algaebarn and dose some phyto Do 50% water change after the end of week 3 (or if nitrates and phosphates are 30ppm+ or .12+) End of week 6 Add seed live rock from other members tank and seeded media Verify 0 ammonia Add 2-3 royal Gramma OR talbots damsel trio to tub with rock, continue feeding fish and provide ambient lighting (these fish are fish that will be introduced into the display, and are not being used only for cycling purposes) Maintain feeding and testing with 50% waterchanges as needed or after the end of the 3 weeks End of week 9 HOPEFULLY receive undamaged display, Hire moving company to bring downstairs (the first one was hard enough, i dont want to move a second display down there.) setup, plumb, leak test, fill 3/4 full with saltwater and heat. End of week 10 Transfer rock and fish from tub to display, add additional bottled bacteria (if needed). Transfer frag rack with some test corals and a single RBTA from my current tank to new display Seed ATS and bring online feed and monitor for 1-2 weeks End of week 12 Transfer fish and coral from current tank to display
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    Ninja's Red Sea Reefer 350

    Bleach is becoming a popular treatment on some forums. although idk if i could ever do that to my tank. Sad to see you ended up with dinos like i did. I got rid of mine for over a year and a half by doing a 100% waterchange and removing the sand bed (moved from apartment to house ) Never saw any after that. Now however my nano has it. not bad but still there. onlly saw it after using red sea nopox again. so Ill not be using that or any carbon dosin gin the future.
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    The Pickle rick custom 125 (pre) Build!

    A friend of mine actually bought the t5 hybrid, This build will start with 2 ghl mitras lx7's and as it progresses Ill buy a third or something as needed. Maybe an LED bar or the aquatic life t5 fixutre. But I think it is unlikely that I will need additional lighting
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    The Pickle rick custom 125 (pre) Build!

    Some quick and dirty photos but it's finally here!!
  9. If you ever decide to frag any of those and sell them, I would be interested Awesome looking tank.
  10. Holy wow. What are the blue zoas with pink centers, and the blue zoas with purple centers off to the right of your clown in this photo? The bottom look like miami vice but i havent seen the ones with purple centers before and they look great!
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    If you could start over..

    I agree with the vitamins and aminos causing algae and bacteria issues. This was the reason I am going with an ATS on this tank. The ATS was designed locally and is able to grow 6-12 cups of algae every 12-14 days (atleast on the previous setup) so this should be plenty to keep nutrients low in the tank combined with the bubbleking skimmer!
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    If you could start over..

    Thanks for the input!
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    If you could start over..

    I am an idiot. I knew it looked similar but didnt realize it was the exact same damn thing until looking at them side by side.
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    If you could start over..

    It scares me to trust the dosing of chemicals that could nuke the tank to the jebao doser.. Im sure it works great for a lot of people but in my life, luck is not one of my strong suits, so i do my best to atleast help it out by trying to buy things that are backed with a good reputation and warranty. I am considering the ATI doser which doesnt seem too bad but still not many reviews.
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    If you could start over..

    .. which method of element replacement would you go with?! Im starting my new build soon now that the tank is shipping, so im hoping to finalize everything! Right now, i am looking at essentially 2-3 methods. 1. ATI Essentials (only using the icp tests once every 6 months or every year unless there are major issues) 2. ESV-B ionic AND Red sea trace elements 1-4 (or a small dose of their ABC+ powder) I am apprehensive to go with the ati essentials as i will need another Dos or a different doser all together to handle 3 dosing heads. That is a detterent, but wont stop me if that is the overwhelming option here lol Please post pics and thoughts if you are doing either of these (or something pretty close) or if you have an alternative! Thanks all!
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