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#41 Delapool

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 12:01 PM

Yeah, I had that with the planted tank with light reflection. Lights now sit on tank and I think it was just a 10cm drop and gained maybe 5% PAR (although just using Seneye reef meter).

#42 Peckoltia

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:17 AM

Live Rock is in - pretty happy with the structure as far, may make a couple minor changes. Apologies about the crappy pics, need to get my mate in with the camera. 
 
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#43 Jules

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:29 AM

How long till you can start throwing some stock in?

 

School of chromis to help with the cycle perhaps?



#44 Peckoltia

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:32 AM

See how the tank settles first. Probably 2-3 weeks.



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:39 PM

There is some awesome new man made reef live rock that is at Vebas. Pacco was showing me. It looks unreal and is so easy to make UNREAL scapes with. It's like grab 3 pieces and make a super natural looking scape.

 

Will you be adding sand? Do you have a refugium?



#46 Peckoltia

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 07:32 AM

Yeah, there are a lot of companies doing the fake rock now. I have some of the Carib Sea Life Rock in my quarantine, it does look pretty good. My gripe with it is the cost for a dead rock and most of the brands only come in fairly small pieces. The rock on the far left of my tank is one piece!

 

I have a sump, and connected to the sump is a large algae reactor with chaeto.

 

Sand will go in shortly once i'm completely happy with the scape. So far looks like no crabs are mantis have come in on the rock.


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#47 Jules

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 07:58 AM

So far looks like no crabs are mantis have come in on the rock.

 

 

Don't jinx it :ph34r:



#48 Peckoltia

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:28 AM

It was collected by Batavia Coral farms from the Abrolhos Islands. Actually got the speak to the collector and he explained what he does in terms of eliminating pests best he can, and i must say that so far he seems to have done a pretty good job, not to say something wont pop up. 

 

Starting to see a few small corals pop up on it now. Including something fluro green with tentacles, possibly a torch or even a very small bubble tip anemone. Hard to tell at this size. Heaps of snails etc crawling around now too. 



#49 Jules

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 10:54 AM

Awesome stuff man!!! Reading this makes me want to do mine quicker!



#50 Peckoltia

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 01:57 PM

Haha!

 

I started this process back in February this year, and still don't have a single piece of coral or fish in the tank. Patience grasshopper.  :D



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 08:03 AM

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Added a couple pieces of rock and moved the entire structure in on the left to create some more separation between the two structures: lowered my lights which was a mission!

Sand goes in at some stage next week, so realistically ready for fish and the first coral in the next 1-2 weeks!


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#52 Delapool

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 05:32 PM

Looking nice!

#53 Peckoltia

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Posted 24 October 2018 - 02:27 PM

Thanks mate. 



#54 Peckoltia

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 09:51 AM

Few things have been done.

 

Drilled another hole in the wall and now all the cords from the lights feed through the wall into the garage. Much easier and neater. 

 

Sand is in - used Carib Sea - 'Special Grade' mixture of live sand and dry. 

 

First fish are out of quarantine and into the display - 2x Oscellaris Clowns, 1x Blue Sided Fairy Wrasse (male), 1x Bengaii Cardinal (other one got beat to death in QT - both males once fattened up), 1x Powder Blue Tang and 1x Orange Shoulder Tang. 

 

Everything is going really well, fish are happy and healthy. First corals should go in, in the next week or so and need to fill the Qt with the next round of fish. 

 

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#55 Jules

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 10:02 AM

That sand looks great! Needs some corals though!



#56 Delapool

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Posted 05 November 2018 - 05:39 PM

Should be great seeing the corals under those lights.

#57 Peckoltia

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:30 AM

Thanks. 

 

Nobody wants to see any coral go in anymore than me. Got my Calcium reactor media yesterday, and get the co2 today. So the calcium reactor can go online this weekend - then it's time to sell a kidney and start buying coral. 



#58 Jules

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:30 AM

Just go to some MASWA meets, apparently they give out and trade a lot of frags for the new guys!



#59 Peckoltia

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:44 PM

Jules - may not be a bad idea.

 

It's all systems go, Calcium reactor is now online and my levels are looking right where they need to be. 

 

Ordered some corals this morning from Oceanarium - that will be delivered tuesday afternoon, next week. 4x different Acropora sp and a plating green challice coral. Probably not the most forgiving corals to start with, but we will see how I go. 



#60 Peckoltia

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 03:25 PM

The tank is starting to come to life with some colour - still a long way to go.

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