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90 gallon slow and steady build

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by neil82, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Going backward in time real quick to post pics taken on 1/20/19 right before changing from LED to MH/t5.
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  2. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Great discussion here! Keep us posted on the development for sure! I run three halides over my tank and have for years... decades with little change on the lighting. Recently I’ve gone to running them for 4 hours and then led supplements for 12 hours. I run them longer in the winter to help keep the tank temp up rather than paying for heaters to run. Those aqua medic lights were solid!


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  3. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for following along! I like the idea of running the lights more in winter and less in summer. I was surprised to find out that Aqua Medic still sells replacement parts for the fixture I picked up. Pretty cool!
     
  4. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Still working toward goal of getting a clam. Now that I have the metal halide lights I am hoping to go with a maxima because I love the electric blue color. Water params have been stable since starting two part dosing. I'll run water tests again tonight and post results.
    One concern I have is related to substrate. I have fine sugar sand and between the clownfish and the watchman goby, there is constantly grains of sand in the water column. I'm thinking that will be an issue for a clam. I've considered adding a layer of larger grain substrate. I don't want to remove any fish.
    Suggestions about dealing with subrate and feedback about adding a clam? Thanks in advance.
     
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I had a similar issue with substrate and I just added a bag of medium grain aragonite over the top. Didn't cause a mini cycle.

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  6. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    I think this is what I'll need to do.
     
  7. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    7.6 Alk
    420 Ca
    1320 mg
    .05 phos
     
  8. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Finally getting around to putting doors on. Used a forstner bit to bore holes holes for the magnets. I'll still give the doors a finish coat of paint, but at least they're up. Couple pics of the livestock too since the lights are on. 20190302_123022-1200x1600.jpg 20190302_123535-1200x1600.jpg 20190302_123111-1600x1200.jpg 20190302_123122-1600x1200.jpg 20190302_131339-1600x1200.jpg 20190302_131430-1600x1200.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
  9. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Nice work on the doors. Clean and simple.
    Looks like tank starting to really grow in now. Looks good
     
  10. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    The doors look great, nice work!


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  11. geekengineer

    geekengineer Copepod

    looking really sweet. I tried ot use magnets but the ones I got were too small Anyways you did your's really well.
     
  12. geekengineer

    geekengineer Copepod

    By the way to you think you have better growthe with MH vs the LEDs? I had LEDs on my old 29G reef tank and didn't really like the results and I also had gotten LEDs for growing hydroponic plants and didn't like the results either. That's why I was going to go with T5s originally but then @jda123 nudged me to MH and seems like a lot of folks here locally are moving back that way.
     
  13. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for following! I am happy with how the doors came out. I had them made through this company:https://www.rawdoors.net
    And a couple door handles from IKEA. Magnets from Amazon.
     
  14. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    I think things are still adjusting to the new light source. But it does appear that the sps growth has accelerated a bit. I had a few pieces under the black box LEDs for a couple years and they grew, but it was slow growth. That was in my previous 55 gallon setup and my new 90 gallon setup has some other improvements beyond the lights. Better flow, bigger skimmer, temp is more stable with a controller running the heaters, more reliable dosing system. I'm hoping that I can get some decent sized colonies to grow out in this tank. I know the MH lights will play their part to help with the overall success.
     
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  15. geekengineer

    geekengineer Copepod

    I guess I missed your answer I been stewing over my tank build problems I guess too much.. hehe.. But yeah I hope the MH works out better for you since that is what I am trying too. :) . It sounds like its a easier light source to get consistent results with.
     

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