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post #11 of 52 Old 03-21-2009, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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The diatom bloom hit overnight Thursday. Here is a pic for anyone wondering what this looks like:

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The top rock on the left is covered with a brown diatom. The other rocks has a light coating. To me, I consider the diatom bloom to be a very important step in determining the maturity of an aquarium. When this diatom bloom goes away, within a couple of weeks I should begin to see some coraline algae growth.

Remember, this tank will be an upgrade from my 38 reef. I need to have all the livestocke moved in 8 days! I may move a few corals today for observation.
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post #12 of 52 Old 03-25-2009, 04:47 PM
y do you have to have everything moved in so soon?

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post #13 of 52 Old 03-25-2009, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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I have to be out of my apartment this weekend. My 38 gallon reef is there, fully stocked. I think it is less risky to move the reef into a larger aquarium that to try to move the reef and set it back up same day. I plan to add some of the live rock from the 38 into the 58, removing some of the rock in the picture above and placing it into the 180.

I took off work tomorrow to accomplish this task. I have been testing the 58 daily and it should be ready. Remember, the live rock in my 58 has been curing for almost 60 days total.
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post #14 of 52 Old 03-27-2009, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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the morning after...

So, it turns out that moving a reef tank is not a fun experience, despite the rumors you might have heard. I did make a pit stop at my local Hooters, but otherwise yesterday was a lot of work.

I took a quick picture of my moving buckets. I highly recommend that you do something similar should you have to move an aquarium. I purchased some "movers plastic", which is the plastic that movers wrap your furniture in on a rainy day. This plastic is awesome because it stretches and is somewhat sticky, making it very easy to tie around a bucket.
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I am a couple of hours away from the white lights coming on, but here is a picture under the moons:
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I love the moons. If your light fixture does not have moonlights, you need to get some. You get an entirely different viewing experience late at night when the fish don't know you are there.

A close up under the blues:
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A full shot under the blues:
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post #15 of 52 Old 03-27-2009, 04:46 PM
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wow!
you certainly hav e had your hands full.
i totally love the rock work,it's awsome.
the moons look cool,i really look forward to seeing the next set of pictures.
well done you.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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good to see all is well, hope it stays this way for you.
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post #18 of 52 Old 03-29-2009, 07:24 AM
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i simply love it,i really do.
i hope i will be able to achieve something as beautiful.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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Nice job, Pasfur. The tank looks vibrant & healthy. Love the moonlights!

Great tip on using "movers plastic".

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
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post #20 of 52 Old 03-31-2009, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I snapped a few more pics just for kicks.

The Toadstool is starting to open. It took 4 days:
58Toadstool.jpg

The Hammer is looking great.
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And a full shot.
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