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Old 12/30/2006, 09:48 PM   #1
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65 gal tank build and large fuge!

well im upgrading into a 65 gal reef tank. i plan to use 4 T5 and run the tank without a skimmer. filteration will be done with a large fuge area built behind the wall.



this is with just primer on, its another angle of the stand.





here is apicture of the tank and stand in place. i built the overflows myself. also built the stand with the help of my grandpa.





here is the fuge. each layer will have a light, and is gravity fed. each tray will grow chaeto. i am thinking of adding a one inch sandbed and liverock rubble to one or more of the trays. the extra space on the rack is being used for phyto, brineshrimp grow out, and rotifers. more phyto will be cultured in my window. the lights are two 30 watt 6500k T8s.





any suggestions? does my stand look like it will hold the tank when filled???


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Old 12/30/2006, 09:52 PM   #2
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more updates to come of course.


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Old 12/30/2006, 09:59 PM   #3
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Nice. Keep us updated!


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Old 12/31/2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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today i hope to finish plumbing and test for leaks.


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Old 01/14/2007, 05:35 PM   #5
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temp lighting, but it is up and running, just waiting for it to cycle alittle more. i will have live rock in a few months though.



an updated fuge picture will come soon. i already have chaeto in it. along with some starfish and other pods that came with it.


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Old 01/14/2007, 06:07 PM   #6
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Very nice armagedon84. I am in the process of setting up my 65gal RR AGA. Keep us updated and look out my build thread. Subscribed!.


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Old 01/14/2007, 10:04 PM   #7
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i am using one bag of agranite sand mixed with a 50 lb bag of playsand. over time i intend to add more agranite sand and when i move my nano into the 65, ill be adding about 10 lbs of crushed coral mixed with live sand.
so far though, the sand looks really nice with its variety of grain sizes.


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Old 01/14/2007, 11:58 PM   #8
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You can use 4 T5's power by a IC660 and 1 T5 power by a triad ballast. Works great and you will not need to upgrade if your livestock changes. Also, get a skimmer. This will save you much headaches later. Good Luck.


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Old 01/15/2007, 05:26 PM   #9
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i do have a skimmer, though i dont want to "depend" on it for any reason. its a super skimmer 65, which alone isnt even enough for my 20 gal system!
i will most likly run the skimmer once a month or run carbon once a month because many people suggest that my water will turn yellow over time because of the fuge.

i have planned to use two triad ballast for 4 T5s. though in the future i might upgrade to icecap and overdrive two of my T5s. first i need to see how much space my DIY wavysea and DIY wavemaker take up.


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Old 01/15/2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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Nice looking keep us updated.


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Old 01/20/2007, 09:18 PM   #11
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Old 01/22/2007, 07:41 AM   #12
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the top fuge tray is nearly filled with chaeto.. i dont have any livestock and only one peice of live rock and this stuff is already growing fast.
pictures are on the way.

i still have not had a noticable ammonia reading. i think my test kit is bad. i also found two baby mollies in the display tank which i moved to the fuge. my single female molly was aparently pregnant! and the number of pods in the fuge is unreal, though its most likly because of the copepod bloom that comes with new tanks.


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Old 01/22/2007, 08:43 AM   #13
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Did you do the drilling yourself?

How far down from the top of the tank is your drain bulkhead and what size?

Sorry for the questions; just planning a 65g myself.


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Old 01/22/2007, 09:19 AM   #14
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josephlb, pm sent.


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Old 01/23/2007, 04:04 PM   #15
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i added 3 handfulls of chaeto to my top layer fuge about two weeks ago. i also cheated and dosed 10 ml of F2 fertilizer! well this is how much chaeto i have now,

another pic,

i added a molly to the display tank, and just yesterday i saw 3 baby mollies in the fuge. a perfect place for the babys to grow.

the display tank hasnt changed much, only added one 5 lb peice of tonga live rock. also added dead rock rubble to reduce the sand dune effect. which isnt helping.


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Old 01/23/2007, 08:53 PM   #16
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Old 01/24/2007, 04:56 PM   #18
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here is a new fish i got today from petco, 30$ and it is visualy perfect health and was eating flake food within 30 seconds of going in the quaranteen tank! i was shocked it was eating flakes since the flake food was aimed at my clownfish.

its a fairy wrasse, "esquisite fairy wrasse" if i spelled that right.



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Old 02/02/2007, 07:46 AM   #19
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bump, today im buying a 2nd exquisite fairy wrasse. more pics will be coming this weekend.


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Old 02/03/2007, 04:07 PM   #20
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here is a video of the fairy wrasse in the quarantine tank.

here is another picture of the smaller fairy wrasse.

my royal gramma


the Blenny

video of the fish i have so far. (in display)


enjoy!


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Old 02/03/2007, 04:12 PM   #21
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That's too funny about the Mollies... now you got algae munchin machines all over your system.
Great start.


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Looks awesome. I like the fuge with the mollies.


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Old 02/03/2007, 07:18 PM   #23
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darn female molly died, i assume the female clown killed her because she has aways been after the molly. i found the female last night on the sand with a nassarus snail feasting away, then i saw my wrasse wedged under a rock and it looked dead! i paniced and poked it with rigid air line and it started swimming around. freaked me out because its colors make it look dead at night!
i had ended up with 7 baby mollies, i have been feeding them to the new wrasse but i have one left which ill leave alone.

here is something else i have made for the tank



im also going to make a DIY sea swirl. or at least try, im not very sure with the idea i have in my head.


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Old 02/24/2007, 11:40 AM   #24
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that is such a great video.......*sadness* as i sit and think of my babies that are no longer with me


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