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Kchristensen8064's Build-off competition entry.

Discussion in 'Competition Entries' started by kchristensen8064, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

  2. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    Awesome, cycle is coming along nicely


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  3. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I started completely dry so I expect it to take a while. Hoping it times out for when we get back from vacation. Getting the itch though since the other guys are already putting life in theirs. LOL
     
  4. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    So I also decided to add a shelf around the top of the stand. I know this part isn't part of the build off, but just thought I'd share the progression of the stand as well. Here's a few pictures of it being made. I should have it installed later this afternoon. 20190512_140445.jpg 20190512_144208.jpg 20190518_125015.jpg
     
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  5. SkyShark

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

    I’d be pretty hesitant to add them all at once. That’s not a ton of fish, but the tank isn’t established yet. If you do add them all at once, I would plan on frequent water changes for the first few weeks. Just my two cents.
     
  6. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    That was my thoughts as well. Do you think somewhat heavy ghost feedings would help get things a little closer to being able to handle it?
     
  7. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken 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

    You got a pretty strong cycle going already, i dont think it would help much to feed it. That like would just prolong it
     
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  8. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Okay cool. I figured as much. I liked the convenience of getting them all from the same place and they had them dirt cheap but I will just have to try to find them all locally. Where's the best LFS's in your opinion? The ones up north don't thrill me.
     
  9. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Here's the shelf with corbels I added this evening. I think I'm going to really like having somewhere to set things when working on the tank or acclimating. 20190518_205707.jpg
     
  10. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm really digging the tank shelf.
    Are you doing a qt process with you livestock or buying from someone who does?
    I think AA is considered the best LFS, but not exactly local. Have you priced out livestock from sponsors?


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  11. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have one up here that is very local to me, but difficult to get in touch with. I'm putting feelers out with others to see if I can get them from one of them.
     
  12. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking really good! I love what you did with the stand and the shelf. Very nice. Hopefully you can track down that livestock locally. I would think there would be much less risk than mail ordering.
     
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  13. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    20190523_202915.jpg Cycle is still progressing nicely. Ammonia is dropping so hopefully it's on the right track.
     
  14. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    So, since we're supposed to update at least every 2 weeks I'll throw one out there. The tank has finished cycling. I'm down in New Orleans and won't be back until the 18th. So there really isn't much to update. I'll do a round of water tests when I get home and plan on adding my first fish and coral.
     
  15. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    So there is not much to update. I'm still on vacation and haven't seen the tank in 2 weeks. I get back home on Tuesday and will post another update later in the week. If everything is well I plan on adding my first fish and coral by this weekend.
     
  16. scmountain

    scmountain Amphipod

    do you have an auto feeder to keep the live rock "fed?"
     
  17. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I was ghost feeding before I left. There was plenty of food in there to get through the last couple of weeks.

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  18. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Alright, back from vacation. Tank is looking great. Has some algea growing and is definitely in one of its ugly stages. Cycle is done and probably has been for a couple of weeks. This weekend I plan on doing a 10 gallon water change, and clean out the skimmer. It's getting some really good dark gunk. I'm going to add my first fish which will be a firefish and some clean up crew.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  19. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Added my first fish and corals today. I updated my price sheet at the top of the thread and will post pictures later today or tomorrow. I also ordered a clean up crew from Reef Cleaners that will be here mid week next week.
     
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  20. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

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