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Old 08-28-2009, 06:41 PM   #51
 
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Looking good. Long term suggestion: make sure you have good water flow over the sand bed, near the bottom of the tank. It looks like most of your powerheads are aimed at the upper 2/3 of the tank. Good flow over the substrate can be a helpful algae preventative, especially cyno!
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:43 AM   #52
 
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thanks for the advice, there are two power heads covering the bottom 1/3 of the tank they are behind the rocks...if i have too much flow on the sand it cuts big holes into the terrain. but there is enough flow where i can see small pebbles dance around on the surface.

I added a serpent sea star, a coral banded shrimp, 15 blue legged hermits, and a ton of snails. seems like i have a good amount of cyano on some of the rocks, the snails and hermits are making good work to clean it up, just a matter of time i presume.

i have a actinic and 10,000k t12 NO bulbs coming next week, not sure if it will even make a difference, but i figured id work with what i have at least till i have the money to invest ina 4 bulb t5ho 48" setup (or an 8 bulb 24" setup)

next investment will be a ro/di unit since this tank needs topped off constantly!
any recomendations?
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:05 PM   #53
 
Bulk reef supply has a 5 stage ro di unit for 170 something. When I got it, it came with a free float valve..... so now I have a gravity fed auto top off running from the top of a book shelf beside my tank to the sump. It literally cost me no money for the auto top off because I had all the parts I needed. The one I did would only cost like 10 bucks assuming you have a float valve and thats it. I can post some pics if you wanna see it.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:03 PM   #54
 
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lots of updates...ill start off with some pics
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:48 AM   #55
 
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50 gallon reef tank is gone, before it even got situiated....i have a 125 RR glass tank now...whoo hoo...will post pics soon
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:54 AM   #56
 
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Nice, looking forward to your pics.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:14 PM   #57
 
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Updated Pics!!

Its been a while, but here are some pics of some frags in my tank as well as some tank shots, the tank shots still aren't the newest, but ill try and get some fresh ones taken tonight. I lost this forum when they changed the name, so anywho here is my 125 gallon






















































Tank Specs:

125 Gallon (72" long) Glass Tank. Neptune Apex Aquacontroller, 2 250watt HQI MH Pendants, 2 160watt Actinic VHOs, LED Nightlights for Sunrise and sunset as well as moon lighting. Deltec AP 851 Skimmer, Homeade 36" high calcium reactor. 160lbs live rock 120lbs live sand. 1 occelarius clown, 1 misbar clown, 1 LTA, 4 Pajama Cardinals, 7 Green Chromis, Mated pair of yellow bellied blue damsels, 2 yellow tail damsels, yellow tang, power blue tang, foxface lo, watchman goby, bullet goby, green and blue mandarin, bicolor blenny, 2 cleaner shrimp, 1 coralbanded shrimp, 1 peppermint shrimp, Rock flower anenome, Pistol shrimp, and various other critters.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:39 PM   #58
 
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a few more pics...










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