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post #41 of 103 Old 03-19-2014, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Just a minor update; My camera hasn't been focusing well lately so I haven't been able to take any nice pictures, one of my T5 bulbs blew out so I'm running 2x blues and 1x white right now until my replacement gets here so the corals aren't bustling like they usually are.







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post #42 of 103 Old 03-19-2014, 11:32 AM
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Andrews Back! Is that a happy fungia in the top pic? All these corals look real healthy,and look at that sarcophytons size,won't be long until you need that bigger tank.

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Andrews Back! Is that a happy fungia in the top pic? All these corals look real healthy,and look at that sarcophytons size,won't be long until you need that bigger tank.
It is indeed a Fungia, I was a little skeptical at first with it being my first LPS, but it turned out pretty great in the end and he's happy.

The sarco grew quicker than I expected, when I first got it I could stick it in any random place and it would be a nice fit, after my tank move a few months ago I realized while I was reassembling the tank that he no longer fit anywhere, so I had to wedge him between those two rocks and he finally took root and stuck to it.

I've started the planning process of my larger tank, perhaps I should document it as I did with this one in a new thread

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post #44 of 103 Old 04-04-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well,

It's time to upgrade. I'll split this into a new thread at some point, I'm starting to make the move from the 20 tall to a 33 long. My lights will be here next week and I'll start moving everything, I've already got the tank and stand setup and I'm moving just about everything from the old tank except the sand (water, rock, pumps, etc).

Store bought RO water, since my RO housing unit is cracked for now. I'll be using it to top off after I add my current 20 gallons to the new 33, this way it's basically just a "water change" instead of a tank move.




Salt & Live Sand, since I'm not keeping all of my old sand since the bed is about 3" deep and I'm not risking taking anything on the bottom of it.



Yes, the stand is not pretty. I do not believe in over building my stands nor spending money to make them pretty.



Anywho, I'll keep everyone updated.

In addition, the tank was cut with a hand saw, I do not recommend this for anyone who isn't cheap like me and can afford a skill saw, it was extremely hard to get straight cuts and it took forever.
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UPGRADE!!!

Gotta love the 33 longs,so much floor space and so little distance for the light to travel...It is going to be a reef right?

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UPGRADE!!!

Gotta love the 33 longs,so much floor space and so little distance for the light to travel...It is going to be a reef right?
That's the main reason I went with the 33 instead of a 55, less water capacity but same amount of floor space, I won't have to spend as much on live rock as well, which was a big bonus

Correct, it's going to be a reef tank. I'm swapping everything in my 20G reef tank to this new tank, so it is essentially going to be the exact same tank, just bigger.

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Be careful if you use sand though as you will have no room for the circulation pump to go but up without stirring sand into filter components. I have a 33 with sand and did not realize this until later on.12 inches depth of tank then after substrate it is more like 10ish so not alot of room to work with the circ pumps.

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Be careful if you use sand though as you will have no room for the circulation pump to go but up without stirring sand into filter components. I have a 33 with sand and did not realize this until later on.12 inches depth of tank then after substrate it is more like 10ish so not alot of room to work with the circ pumps.
Hrm, I didn't anticipate that at all. Perhaps I can arc is properly to avoid disturbing the sand bed, I already bought the sand and I'd hate to not use it since I can't return it.

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Wow, congrats on the upgrade!
The new tank looks fab!!

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Hey Everyone,

So my lights came in today, and I can say that I'm less than satisfied. The condition of the lights are absolutely disgusting cosmetically, but internally they appear to work find (lights come on, timer works, etc), so I've decided to use them despite the cosmetic damage. I'm just posting up some pictures of the lights, I'll be starting the move process later tonight and I'll keep everyone updated.




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