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Neil82's build-off competition entry

Discussion in 'Competition Entries' started by neil82, May 4, 2019.

  1. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Here we are today. Day 29. 20190623_072752-1200x1600.jpg
     
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  2. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    No livestock yet. I have not done any water testing. I only have test kits for alk, ca, mag, and phos at the moment.
     
  3. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'm considering the idea of adding a fish. If I take a water sample to LFS and have them test ammonia, and the test result checks out, do you think it would be safe to go ahead?
     
  4. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'd say that if you're water test comes out negative for ammonia, then absolutely go for it. It's the next step for getting the "balance" going and building that bacterial population up.
     
  5. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for the reply. This is what I was thinking too. I have been slowly increasing ghost feeding over past couple weeks.
     
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  6. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yeah I think as long as the ammonia is 0, then you are good to go for your first inhabitant. What would be your first choice if everything checks out?
     
  7. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Not sure yet. Needs to be small and not a jumper. I'm going to let my wife and daughter take the driver's seat on this decision. I'll just be there to make sure it is something appropriate for the tank. Hopefully we can find something cool! Still taking suggestions.:)
     
  8. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Tailspot blennies are cool and have a lot of personality. Clown gobys might be a cool addition as well. I'm not sure on the jumping behavior of any of these though.
     
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  9. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    We are getting ready to head out on family trip to LFS. On second thought, probably won't entirely rule out jumpers. I can always make a screen top. Might be helpful with preventing any unwanted 'additions' to the reef by my daughter aka stuffed animals or toys lol.
     
  10. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    We ended up with bicolor pseudochromis. The tank officially has an inhabitant. 20190623_191509-1200x1600.jpg
     
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    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

  12. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Brought a water sample to LFS today and they did ammonia test. Result was undetectable. So we went ahead with adding a fish.
     
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  13. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Finally got the correct Sicce pump. This one moves a little bit more water (158 gph vs 132 gph) than the stock pump. I'm going to keep both pumps in my expense list. I updated 1st post with cost breakdown to date. I'll tuck away the stock pump as a backup. 20190626_153900-1200x1600.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2019
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  14. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I've been running tank with no lights since adding the fish. No corals yet so no big deal. I cleaned filter pad today for the first time. I moved the light so it's mounted to section with pump and heater. Otherwise I have to remove it each time to clean the filter and access media section. 20190626_161857-1200x1600.jpg
     
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  15. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Today I added a red legged hermit crab and a few zoa frags. Everthing came from my 90 gallon system. I'll have to figure out what to expense for these additions. 20190706_115316-1200x1600.jpg Turned the AI prime back on to run schedule.
     
  16. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    1st water change. 5 gallons.
     
  17. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Updated expense list in 1st post. I'll get updated photos posted this weekend.
     
  18. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Updated pics. Still need to figure out what to expense for the zoa frags I added. IMG_20190713_093524-1200x1600.jpg IMG_20190713_094048-1200x1600.jpg
     
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  19. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have some uglies going on. I believe diatoms. Tank is due for some maintenance. Water change, clean filter pad etc. I'll try to get some updated photos tomorrow.
     
  20. Cake_Boss

    Cake_Boss Orca M.A.S.C Club Member

    Jaja, uglies is such a funny term to me. That purple gorg is gorgeous


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