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Quest Library Rebuild!

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by MuralReef, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    That is my plan eventually. I’m planning on putting a 10 gallon in the equipment section to top off the ATO. That way I won’t be refilling it every 2-3 days.


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  2. mebeknob

    mebeknob Copepod

    Wait.... another tank?


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  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I have had 2 for years now. I had the tank in my classroom and another set up in the library. We had a tank to replace the one in my classroom on order when the tank in the library split a seam and dumped about 50 gallons of water on the floor. Fortunately, the librarian is very understanding. She was actually working with the secretary to try and hold the water in the tank by plugging the holes with their hands when I arrived that day. It was actually a funny site! I have had a lot of the livestock in holding, but will only be keeping a fraction of the corals since most of the rock with coral is covered with majanos. I did use a couple of pieces of dry rock which I don't usually do so now it's a waiting game until the tank cycles. Hopefully by the time I host in a couple of weeks, but I haven't even tested the water yet.
     
  4. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    So the tank is full and cycling full swing, I have been thinking about what direction I would like to go with this tank. In the past it was set up as a Caribbean biotope and I really liked the idea in theory, but it posed a ton of challenges. The greatest challenge was acquiring livestock. The options and availability of specimens for this ecosystem are very limited. What are your thoughts on the direction I should take? Should I move away from the biotope concept and just do a typical reef tank with mixed species from all over the world?
     
  5. 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

    you could keep it fairly simple and just do softies and maybe some lps. Would likely help cut down on maintenance needed for the tank
     
  6. SkyShark

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

    My vote is for 100% captive raised and/or aquaculture. Coral and fish. Show that you can have a totally bad a$$ tank without taking anything from the wild.
    Put a label on the tank saying so too.
    I bet you could get a donation of fish if you write to ORA/SA etc.
     
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  7. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    I really like that idea! Not a teaching tool about an ecosystem, but a teaching too about environmentally friendly practices.
     
  8. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    [​IMG]
    a quick shot of the current progress. No more algae! The sump is growing chaeto like mad! Current inhabitants:
    2 yellow tangs
    2 Pygmy angels
    2 springerii damsels
    CUC
    Frogspawn
    Rastas

    Tester corals that are doing well. Now to start stocking!

    Wants
    6 bicinctus clowns captive bred
    Some kind of anemone
    Captive propagated easy low maintenance corals


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  9. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    The ASM G-3 that I had I rebuilt it with all new seals and a new pump. Thing has been pulling scum like crazy!
     
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  10. 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

    Looks great! Those ASM skimmers are really well designed. No frills... just work.


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  11. 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

    What are you lighting the fuge with?


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  12. 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

    Looking much better. Nice work
     
  13. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. MASC Vice-President

    [​IMG]
    All three of these.



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