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Old 06/20/2017, 07:11 PM   #126
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What rock and sand did you use in this new aquascape?
I used Tropic Eden Meso flakes and reef flakes. The rock came from the local reef club. It was a donation that they received. I think it is a mix of different types of reef rock that had been in someone's tank, pulled out and bleached before being donated.


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Old 06/21/2017, 10:10 PM   #127
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I love planted tanks and was going to do a iwgumi style setup, but cleaned up my salt water setup instead.

Very very nice work on the aquascaping. I have seen some of these tanks on the net and on planted tanks forum.


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Old 07/07/2017, 08:54 AM   #128
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How did you do the background of this tank?
It looks like white glass?
Aren't the Red Sea Reefer's with black background?


Keep up the great work!


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Old 07/07/2017, 09:35 AM   #129
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How did you do the background of this tank?
It looks like white glass?
Aren't the Red Sea Reefer's with black background?


Keep up the great work!
Yes. The tank comes with a black vinyl on the backwall. I simply peeled it off. Then applied a frosted white film (no adhesive). And then mounted a used LED in the back to backlight the tank.


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Old 07/07/2017, 10:00 AM   #130
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All is well and starting to breath a bit easier after fighting the crazy issues Ive had with the startup of this tank.

Tank is going through the uglies now. Diatoms/cyano and start of some gha. All good signs that the cycle is progressing normally with the new rock/sand. The tank no longer looks sterile either. Water chemistry is also now rock solid. Alkalinity no longer drops and has been holding in the 8s for over a month. So quite confident that the rock/sand originally used was the root cause of the issue.

Best indicator that the tank is on the right track now is that the corals are doing fine. Previously they would slowly shrink/die. I believe the bacteria colonies were likely composed of ureolytic bacteria that were in the original rock/sand and were stripping the water of all nutrients and the corals were starving. The wildly fluctuating alkalinity/calcium as well wasn't helping.




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Old 07/07/2017, 11:45 AM   #131
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Yes. The tank comes with a black vinyl on the backwall. I simply peeled it off. Then applied a frosted white film (no adhesive). And then mounted a used LED in the back to backlight the tank.
Thanks for the explanation, I see now.
Any idea where i can get such a film?
And do you use an LED bar?


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Old 07/07/2017, 12:39 PM   #132
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Thanks for the explanation, I see now.
Any idea where i can get such a film?
And do you use an LED bar?
I know Home Depot sells it by the roll. It is sold as window film. The LED bar is a used Current Marine LED I picked up from a friend.


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Old 08/04/2017, 04:33 PM   #133
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Reef tank is really doing well now. Very stable. Corals growing quickly. Decided to rip out the manifold out and make room for a refugium in the sump. Just got my hands on some chaeto and have the Kessil H380 light coming. So pretty simply setup now, just protein skimmer and chaeto and a gac reactor. Plan on doing 40 gallon water changes every 3 weeks.






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Old 08/05/2017, 03:41 PM   #134
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Love seeing the progress. Keep up the good work!


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Old 08/06/2017, 11:17 AM   #135
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Had some time to finish working on the reef aquascape. Added some much needed balance and better visual flow.








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Old 08/07/2017, 01:30 PM   #136
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Finished the sump and ready for Cheato.






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Old 08/11/2017, 12:57 PM   #137
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Loving the updates and changes to the rock work. Any particular reason you're going with a refrugium now that the parameters are stable?


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Old 08/11/2017, 01:47 PM   #138
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Loving the updates and changes to the rock work. Any particular reason you're going with a refrugium now that the parameters are stable?
Thanks. I was originally going to use carbon dosing for nitrate/phosphate control. Ive decided to go with the fuge instead. So only filtration I have now is protein skimmer and the fuge.


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Old 08/12/2017, 01:14 AM   #139
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The tank looks awesome. I'm envious of the scape. Really glad to hear your chemistry problems were fixed. Looking forward to even more updates!


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Old 08/12/2017, 05:04 PM   #140
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In love with that scape, looks fantastic!


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Old 09/16/2017, 01:26 AM   #141
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Do you frost the glass on any of your tanks?
I've always liked the look of the back light on planted scapes.


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Old 09/26/2017, 01:12 PM   #142
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Do you frost the glass on any of your tanks?
I've always liked the look of the back light on planted scapes.


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Yes. Exactly, and then back light with a inexpensive LED strip.


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Old 09/26/2017, 01:14 PM   #143
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Old 10/21/2017, 07:30 AM   #144
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Great looking tank. I always preferred well-scaped tanks and I really enjoyed the changes you made.


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Old 10/24/2017, 10:46 AM   #145
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Old 10/25/2017, 04:10 AM   #146
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Ugh, it's hideous. Tear it down.

Kidding! I love it. Great 'scaping and beautiful fish!


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Old 11/13/2017, 05:06 PM   #147
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Any updates? I want to see how the corals fill in that scape!


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Old 11/23/2017, 12:36 AM   #148
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Well... after reading all your thread... I am speechless.

You did an amazing setup, but the Caribsea rocks and sand seemed to ruin it. And this is probably the exact problem I can face in the future, as I have a Reefer 250 with only Life Rock from Caribsea. Now I am really scared about those rocks.

I will need to replace them somehow. For the moment, as my tank is quite new (only 2 months) there is no live there except one emerald crab and one snail.

I've heard some other people stories, about having issues with the Caribsea. After I started my tank, I met a guy with a Marine Fish Store and said I was going to have problems with phosphates if my tank was only Life Rock. I am sorry for all the problems you have been through, but congratulations, it seems you have found the right direction. It must be difficult for a guy that had built all those nice planted tanks to face those problems.

Keep us posted!


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Old 11/27/2017, 07:05 AM   #149
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Great build so far... The depletion of your Kh & Ca levels in the past is strange. Did you contact Caribsea about it?

How did you apply the led strip against the back of the tank? Is just pointing up or is it in an angle? Could you possibly post a picture of the back of the tank?

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Old 12/02/2017, 09:36 AM   #150
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Great tank! how you keep the glass spotless is beyond me. Nice work!


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