MysterRC's 80g office build - returning to the hobby

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  1. MysterRC

    MysterRC Senior Member
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    Hello everyone. I'm returning to the hobby after having sold almost everything to try to save up to do things a little better this go-around.

    I settled on an 80g deep blue professional tank I bought from a gentleman in Osseo and started out that way. I have always liked the shallower tanks as it is easier to work on and I enjoy looking down on the corals/fish.

    I ordered an IceCap 36 sump, which looked to be about perfect for this setup. Unfortunately, when the sump came I could not fit it in the stand that came with the tank. I went back online looking for a better alternative and happened to stumble on a nice steel one from one of the TCMAS Directors (I think that is what he said he was?).

    Fast forward to now and I have a tank set up I'm actually enjoying again. Here is a FTS, though it isn't a lot to look at yet, mostly bare rock...


    Equipment:
    • 80g Deep Blue Professional (48x24x16)
    • IceCap 36 sump
    • Orphek Atlantik LED lights
    • Vertex Omega 130 skimmer
    • Reef Octopus Varios-6 return
    • 2 x Jebao RW-8 powerheads
    • Aquafuge2 HOB refugium (medium) w/light
    Fish:

    • Gold head goby
    • Lawnmower blenny
    • 5 green/blue chromis
    • blue hippo tang (very small)
    • 2 blood orange percula clownfish
    • "blue" mandarin -- refugium is set up specifically to breed food for this little guy
    Corals:

    • Green star polyps
    • Small zoa colony - unknown type
    • Green hammer coral frag
    • Small leather coral frag

    As you can see, still pretty scarce in the coral department. I'm hoping to change that, but mostly with a few zoa islands, some other softies and a couple LPS.

    I live over in WI so getting over to the Twin Cities is something that doesn't happen too often. I finally decided to bite the bullet and pay for an account so I could be more involved here and hopefully find some frags to add to my collection. All in all, looking forward to it all.
     
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    Welcome back, hope things go better for you this time, keep us updated.
     
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    Welcome back and keep the pictures coming.

    What are your impressions of the Aquafuge2 HOB refugium (medium) w/light? As for flow, what is the noise level of your 2 x Jebao RW-8 powerheads?

    Down the road I would like to get a mandarin and am looking for ways to increase pod population beyond buying them. I am also looking to upgrade the flow in my tank while keeping the noise level to a minimum.
     
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    @Juskr, I could not be happier with the Jebao pumps so far. They are nearly silent, but I also have them at a very low setting because they move so much water. In a 48"x24" tank, they move way more water than I need... in fact, keeping the sand where I want it was a little challenging. If I had to do it again I would have gone for a smaller powerhead.

    Regarding the refugium, I'm happy with it so far except for one giant oversight. That is the return is a wide open spillway that results in splashing with no easy way to fix or cover it! They sell a bubble trap that hangs on it that I might get and then rig up a cover for, but for now I am stuck with the noise and splash.

    I bought pods to seed my refugium with. Other than the return flow issue, I really like the refugium. Here is a picture of what it looks like hanging on the end of my tank.

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    Anyone know what type of zoa this would be called? I know it might be a tad difficult with the white balance being so skewed.

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  5. mnmuskyman2011

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    Welcome back! The tank looks great. I'm glad the stand worked out for you.
     
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    'Lo and behold, the Petco in Eau Claire got some fire&ice and eagle eye zoas in. Could not resist, they had to have a home in my tank. Impressed with the fire&ice purchase, I counted 60+ heads on there. Many are small, but there are a ton. Waiting for more to open 'cause it could be closer to 70-80 heads pretty easily.

    I'm also happy to say my refugium has a ton of copepods crawling around in it now. My mandarin should have plenty to feed on as they spill out. I also fixed the splashing from the refugium return, so much happier across the board.

    Will be over in Green Bay this weekend for a wedding and there just happens to be a frag swap happening in Kaukana.... hopefully I get to attend as it will be the first time I've been able to attend any.
     
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    MysterRC

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    Attended the Green Bay swap and of course could not come home empty handed. Not that much, but enough to spruce my tank up a little bit. In the end, came home with some armor of god zoas, bam bam zoas, some unnamed zoas, and an orange/yellow torch that I haven't seen before.

    Couple poor quality cell phone images attached.

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