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Okay well things are finally moving with my 75 gallon FOWLR build (with a 29 DIY sump). Here are a couple pictures of all the building materials. I have started to silicone the baffles in the sump and it should be ready to go by this weekend. I will be picking the pvc up for the plumbing this week so I can give everything a freshwater dry run this weekend. I picked up the display tank this weekend and put the lighting fixture on top to see what it would look like (picture below).

I will continue to post pictures as I get everything up and running!
 

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Nice looking setup :)
 

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very nice! is that rock actualy dry rock or did you go out and pick it. it looks like the kind of rock that would raise your ph so just watch it so u dont get a ph spike :p its gonna be awsome! (that sump is bigger then my whole tank o_O)
 

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The rock is from Marco rocks. It is the Key Largo that a lot of members here have gone with. I'm very pleased with size and shapes of what they gave me. I'm going to seed this with some live rock from my LFS. I'm still a long way from fish and won't add any until everything is stable. My freshwater display is 29 gallon so having a tank this large is pretty exciting for me.
 

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oh ok, just wanted to make sure :) that is a big change from 29 to 75!
 

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Rockwork

Check out my rock work. Does anyone have any suggestions? I will be adding about 20-25 lbs of liverock to this to seed the tank.
 

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very nice, i like it beacuse its like an island of rock not just a big pile in the back :p
 

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Here is a picture with the Live Rock I picked up over the weekend. All the parameters of the tank are within the recommended levels. Now the waiting game for the tank to mature and diatom bloom to hit.
 

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Okay well there has been some progress from the day that I put the live rock in. I have posted some pictures below and think I may be developing some algae problems. Not sure what type of algae the brown or green is. If anyone has any idea please let me know. I have 5' of sand (around 16 or 17 lbs) in the refugium and plan on buying some macro algae for the fug soon. I also think I may have a diatom bloom going on but there isn't as much as I thought there would be so I may be wrong. I have attached pictures of the algae blooms and the sand where I think there are diatom blooms going on. Any insight would help.

Here are my current test results:

Temp 78
SG 1.023
PH 8.2
GH 180
KH 180
NH3/NH4 0
NO2 0
NO3 0
Alk 2.2 milli equiv/L
CA2+ 480
PO4 .25 mg/L
 

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Pods!

I was looking closely at the tank today and spotted large numbers of pods all over the glass. I have attached some pictures of them as well as a total tank shot.
 

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All the green algae seems to just be some sort of macro algae from the live rock. It's kind of neat looking and it always with the current from the sump return and powerheads. The newly added CUC is starting to work on the algae. I added 5 blue legged hermit crabs and 6 astrea snails so far. I plan to add a little more to the clean up crew Thursday or Friday. Here are a few pictures of the current stage of the tank. I am setting up the quarantine tank on Thursday night.
 

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How's the tank coming along? I have a 75 gallon tank that I previously used for freshwater that I'm in the process of converting to saltwater. What kind of fish are you planning to stock it with?
 

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Here is the planned stocking list:

Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas)
Canary blenny (Meiacanthus atrodorsalis)
Longnose hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
Firefish (Nemateleotris Magnifica)
Pair of Green Chromis (Chromis viridis)
Royal Gramma Basslet (Gramma loreto)
Longfin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubriventralis)
Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula)

The firefish is in the main tank already after spending time in Q.

Currently, the pair or Chromis are in Q and are looking and eating very well.

I have attached a few updated pics.

 

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the algae is green hair algae and is a sign of high phosphates AND/or nitrates. i suggest running phosban in a media reactor. if your using any type of mechanical filtration other then a skimmer i suggest removing that as well.
 
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