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The sound of Silence ?

Posted 10/16/2011 at 08:35 PM by Spaced Cowboy
Updated 10/23/2011 at 07:31 PM by Spaced Cowboy (update on blog entry)
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So, now the tank is full of water, the Bean overflow is happily in place, and the only (tiny) leak actually drips into the sump anyway. I'll fix it, but it's not crucial right now.

The Warner Marine K2 skimmer is plugged in and switched on, it's actually producing far too many bubbles at the moment, even with the gate valve completely open (!). I've left it to overflow back into the sump, and I hope this is because the thing is squeaky clean and needs to bed in for a little while....
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Fill 'er up

Posted 10/15/2011 at 11:43 PM by Spaced Cowboy
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Well, the moment has finally arrived. It's been a hectic last few weeks (both at work and at home) so I haven't had too much time to play with the tank, but after re-doing some of the underneath plumbing, the tank and plumbing appear to be holding water

To test things out, I did as before, and short-circuited the plumbing so I didn't need to fill the tank, but once there were no leaks for a good hour or so of pumping, I could start to fill the tank up... Here's the start......
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Excess Algae Growth

Posted 10/10/2011 at 11:29 PM by HovikLoans

We have a 225 gallon reef tank with a 75 gallon sump. All seems to be going well with the coral and fish in the tank with ample coralline algae throughout. We've been getting these ugly brown algae growing in three patches and the Tang does not seem to have an appetite for it. Any suggestions on how to get rid of this stuff without tearing it out or treating with chemicals? Photo of the algae attached.
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Lighting, the way

Posted 09/28/2011 at 11:36 AM by Spaced Cowboy
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So much of this is just thinking ahead, trying to make sure it's not like being in the army ... hurry up, and wait ... hurry up, and wait ... ad nauseum.

The lighting set up is going to be DIY LEDs. This is for a couple of reasons:
[LIST][*]Cost is important - the less money I spend on lighting, the more I can spend on corals... oh, and the baby due in February [grin][*]Control is important too. The way I'm planning to ultimately set it up is a little more expressive than most....
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The Dead Sea

Posted 09/27/2011 at 11:11 AM by Spaced Cowboy
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Incremental progress is being made! The dead material is all in the tank now - the sand and rocks are set up how I want them to be, and it's actually starting to look like an aquarium, rather than a glass box...

You can see that I changed the angle of the stand supporting the large flat plate in the middle of the tank. I thought it was too beautiful a piece of rock to be mostly-hidden by nature of being too high up and horizontal. The slight inclination to the front shows off the...
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