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Old 02-26-2011, 05:04 AM   #31
 
Smile Update!!!

Thanks guys
And your welcome!


Alright guys, here is a pretty big update.

So I got my skimmer today (AquaC EV 120 with Mag 7 pump) and it fit like a glove. I had my first chamber to fit this skimmer perfectly. Skimmers go through a break in period but this thing started skimming within an hour. I tried to tune it a bit but it start skimming again. So I'm letting it do it's thing. The skimate is a pretty dark brown color. It isn't too wet but not too dry. I guess I had some nasty stuff in my tank. It's funny, because my tanks water clarity is amazing. It got so much more clear. My dad even noticed and I hadn't even told him I put the skimmer in already. So it made a huge difference. I am very happy with this skimmer.
It's really sturdy and solid. Build quality is amazing, and the design is brilliant. Very easy to tune and not complicated. The barbed fitting on the collection cup is a great feature. I'm using a bottle for now so the cup won't overflow when I least expect it. I'll wait until I can afford the AquaC Auto-Waste Container. Overall, it's a great skimmer.
I had to raise it about 2 inches, but just enough room so I can take off the collection cup. You only need about 1" of room to take it off.

I also put some eggcrate in between the first and second chamber for 2 reasons. First, it won't let me cheato sneak into the first chamber and get inside my skimmers pump. Second, my snails and crabs are too big to get through it. I put some critters in there to sift my DSB and I don't want them getting sucked into the pump.
I also put some eggcrate in between my bubble trap so it will suspend my foam pad and carbon. It won't get as dirty and it much easier to clean.

So last night I was staring at my fuge for like 30 minutes and found a tiny brittle star on my rocks and I got pretty excited but then I noticed something else.
I saw this little microscopic white thing move across my glass. I take a closer look and there are hundreds off them. Looks like a got copepods in my fuge. Then tonight I took a look inside my tank and they are all over my glass. So I'm pretty happy about that.
It's also been one week since I've added my cheato and it has, no joke, quadrupled in size. It just don't stop growing. It looks bigger everyday.

My chromises are really happy, eating very well, always active. I see the big one picking on the small one sometimes but then the small one grew some balls and started stealing his food lol

I also got my clean up crew today from LiveAquaria.
They came very well packaged. First time ordering from them and I am very impressed. They all came alive and well.
I got:
1 Emerald Crab
15 Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
10 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs
10 Astraea Turbo Snails
15 Cerith Snails
3 Nassarius Snails

I probably get more when there is more source of food. I dont have that much live rock and my diatoms are half gone now. So they are really cleaning up.
I hope they don't starve.
Now for some pictures. I know you guys like pictures :D





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Old 03-17-2011, 07:04 AM   #32
 
Smile Small Update

Hey guys, got a small update.
Haven't done any really big changes.
My diatoms are almost all gone. I still have about 1ppm nitrates.
My CUC is cleaning it up before I can even take a look at it.
I have little mini stars all over my glass.
They are barely barely 1mm in size, just a tad smaller.
My DSB is already starting to show signs of life. All sorts of worms, and stars, and critters in there. My fuge is full of pods and are starting to fill up the DT.


I also have new additions to the tank.
2 wild ocellaris clowns. They are really healthy and eating normally. They are getting along with chromises just fine. No aggression at all.
The male always seems to stay back when it's feeding time but I make sure he always eats. While all my fish come to the top during my feedings, the male is near the bottom. He eats, but it's like he is scared to roam with the bigger fish.
My clowns are already sleeping together side by side. It's so cute :D
Glad to see them pair up.
Since they are wild, I'm thinking of getting an anemone. Just don't know which one yet.


Alright guys, here are some pix.



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Old 03-17-2011, 10:29 PM   #33
 
hey man, your scene looks awesome!
your plumbing is tight and the skimmer looks to be working very nicely.
great design with the chambers
very exciting!!!
thanks for the great updates
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:32 AM   #34
 
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I agree, it's looking great! I really like the way you've arranged the rock.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:12 AM   #35
 
Smile Mini Update

Thanks guys

Got my first frag yesterday.
I won it at a frag swap : )

So far it's doing great. Withing 10 minutes of it being inside my tank, it had full polyp extension. I hope it down well. I'm keeping a really close on it.

Forgot what kind of sps this is but if someone can ID this, I would really appreciate it.
If I'm not mistaken, I think it's a Green Stylophora.


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Old 03-29-2011, 11:08 AM   #36
 
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hmmm

if its not stylaphora i would say pocilipora...nice they look sweet when they get bigger and are super hardy..good score..
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:06 PM   #37
 
It is a pocilipora.
Thanks for the ID badxgillen
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:05 PM   #38
 
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sps

once it gets bigger it will resemble a little green bush...pretty...you can prune it as you would a bush as well and super glue gel the frag to another rock or plug and there you go..
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #39
 
So pretty familiar with this setup as I have been tweaking on mine for a month and still dont have it with water in it (no rush, its replacing another setup that is running just fine). I started modding my sump by raising the baffle (adding 3" strip of glass) that is on the right side of the fudge, this raises the water level on the input/skimmer chamber to 8.5" so that my cone skimmer works better. I was interested in looking at yours, and it looks like you actually removed the first chamber baffle (so that water rests right up against the fudge baffle (the one I raised) and also removed the the separator that T'd into that baffle to separate the intake area from the skimmer area.

Im curious, because your plumbing doesn't have any unions except for once the plumbing reaches the sump, must have been a PAIN to pull the sump out to cut out those baffles.

Also, what is your flow rate "now" I know you say you are going to use a chiller (which will have to be fine tuned for about 200-300gph) (and your posts are from last year, so you've been through a summer now with this system) so I can see that you are pushing water to the tank and looping back to the fudge? Im just curious as I have the original pump that came with it (937/gph) and that seems like WAY to much flow.

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Thanks guys
And your welcome!


Alright guys, here is a pretty big update.

So I got my skimmer today (AquaC EV 120 with Mag 7 pump) and it fit like a glove. I had my first chamber to fit this skimmer perfectly. Skimmers go through a break in period but this thing started skimming within an hour. I tried to tune it a bit but it start skimming again. So I'm letting it do it's thing. The skimate is a pretty dark brown color. It isn't too wet but not too dry. I guess I had some nasty stuff in my tank. It's funny, because my tanks water clarity is amazing. It got so much more clear. My dad even noticed and I hadn't even told him I put the skimmer in already. So it made a huge difference. I am very happy with this skimmer.
It's really sturdy and solid. Build quality is amazing, and the design is brilliant. Very easy to tune and not complicated. The barbed fitting on the collection cup is a great feature. I'm using a bottle for now so the cup won't overflow when I least expect it. I'll wait until I can afford the AquaC Auto-Waste Container. Overall, it's a great skimmer.
I had to raise it about 2 inches, but just enough room so I can take off the collection cup. You only need about 1" of room to take it off.

I also put some eggcrate in between the first and second chamber for 2 reasons. First, it won't let me cheato sneak into the first chamber and get inside my skimmers pump. Second, my snails and crabs are too big to get through it. I put some critters in there to sift my DSB and I don't want them getting sucked into the pump.
I also put some eggcrate in between my bubble trap so it will suspend my foam pad and carbon. It won't get as dirty and it much easier to clean.


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