Tank Build - Let's Give It Another Try

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  1. H2OHOH

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    IMG_0060.JPG I've tried the reef thing a couple times, but my desire to add more fish and lack of patience have not been a good combination. So, I'm trying it again. This time trying the slow and steady approach, on a more reasonable scale.

    Started with a 50 gallon tank which I drilled with two overflows and four returns. Why four, thought I would spread out the flow and help with water movement. Probably would do one overflow and two returns if doing again.

    Tried to get decent equipment, to help reduce my excuses. I will list the equipment out soon.

    I started with the tank and stand this summer. Got it running about three months ago and let things settle in. I will post a picture to give you an idea and update soon. Looking forward to feedback and guidance so I don't strike out.
     
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    Greetings HOHO!

    My best advice is to keep the water parameters stable. Water temperature swings is probably one of the most overlooked aspect of the sps hobby. Here are some of my preferred parameters. I hope they will benefit you on this wonderful journey. Good luck and happy thanksgiving!

    Alk 8.2
    Calc 440
    Temp: 78 degrees
    20 percent water change weekly (evenly done through out the week)
    Salinity 1.025

    Regards
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    I ended up changing my aquascape. I like branching rock a lot, but I saw some pictures on the interweb machine that I found inspiring.

    I thought this was a neat and clean look.
     
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    Hoho20,

    Those photos do not leave a lot of room for growth. It’s terrible when corals grow into each other.

    Regards
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    Ya be careful how close certain corals are but the design is fantastic!

    I really like the cap on your tank as well, nice look for an open canopy.
     
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    I will post some pictures soon. I ended up creating three plateau features, one larger the other two smaller. It should give me enough for growth. The nice part is I can move them around easily. Might help if needed and also help with getting just the right flow.
     
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    IMG_0855.JPG Here are some updates:

    I have a 10 gallon reservoir on the side of the tank running a Tunze ato
     
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    IMG_0856.JPG Here is one of the sump. Went with a Deltec skimmer, so far very impressed.
     
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    Here is an updated view of the rock
     
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    Agree with Reefking!

    Let me know if you need any more corals. You and ReefKing can come and visit!


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    IMG_0889.JPG IMG_0890.JPG I have added a few Corals, will be interesting to see how they settle in.
     
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    Hoho20,

    Remember to keep the hands out of the tank. A little tip that will help the corals grow.
     
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    I hear you, elbows out.
     
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    I am a big fan of the Millies so far. I like the hairy polyps waving in the breeze. I thought there were some with multiple colors, Sunset or Rainbow variations.

    If anyone has some pretty Millies, feel free to post pictures here.
     
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    E9505EF6-820F-41BC-B432-2B06B9990602.jpeg 3CBE601F-D862-4B85-90A5-EF5526505914.jpeg I am into the hairy ones as well
     
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    Very nice. Looking for some of those sunset varieties.
     
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