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04-27-2014 07:02 PM
chenowethpm
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Really looks great, I can't wait for the day I can take on a project this big.
04-27-2014 05:24 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

OK update on this tank;Tank is running like a champ.I have not yet installed the additional sump and still have to add water every/everyother day to avoid microbubbles.I do hate the overflows in sumps ,but wonder if I should not convience myself so much.The red anenome has just split into two(about the size of a dinner plate each) and every other invert or coral is doing great!I'm blown away since my 75 and 29 both seem to have individual issues that make them no where near as well running as this tank.I will probly pull all corals from my 75(they are not well) and install them into this tank.
The yellow/green anenome is HUGE compared to his arrival also and I guess I am expecting him to split soon also?
The only real issue for this tank is the Banghia cardinals!Only 2 left from 4.Ihave read how territorial they are and carnivorus as fry they can be.Also read they may be illegal soon(due to extinction threat even though they are being bred).One of my two left looks like it is getting whipped by the other?I don't see them fighting,but his fins are going 1 by 1 and the other is fine.These will be my last of these fish(I hate if I can't a fish full term and feel I should not encourage the sale of diffacult to keep fish).My reading(extensive) say you need like 10+!And possibly even then?
Mostly this was just to say how thrilled I am with the splitting of the Nem.This is how nature works ,but I of all am well aware we only TRY TO EMULATE NATURE,and am honetly astonished (and proud) to see this.
Don't ask,here's the pic!Sorry for the reflection.And we are on evenning lighting so the green nem is like 1/10 or less of what he usaully is.




01-25-2014 11:46 AM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

OK update on this tank;Pulled all fish back during the ich ,but still lost all but the clowns and betta.Kept tank fishless for over a month hoping to kill ich.Possible sucess as I have had fish back in since early December and have not seen a spot.
I switched the blue line external pump for a DC pump that I installed in sump(it leaked in external application{only a very little ,but still too much!}).I'm very happy with the performance of the dc pumps and installed a wave maker on opposite side of the tunze that came with it.I also ordered and have received another DC pump so will be adding a second acrylic sump(aprox. 40G) in line to the existing sump and installing new dc pump for the skimmer.Same large pump(12,000 LPH/3000GPH) so I think I will make a manifold to route some water to a UV steriliser that came with the tank I never set up.The extra sump came with all the stuff I got with this tank also(real gold mine!).The extra sump will allow a little wiggle room on evap,as the volume of the last compartment(overflow) in sump is only 3-4 gallons and draws micro bubbles if 2g are missing.
Here's a pic!




10-31-2013 02:55 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

So disaster is striking!ICH!Have been attempting to dose with "reef safe" meds(herbal) and have lost both tangs and the emperor angel or foxface look like their next in line.I understand the difference between marine ich and freshwater (they don't even compare to each other with marine ich having an 11 month lifespan and the ability to last over 30 days without a host),but what I do find unusaull(trying to be observantant through my losses) is that the most severly effected are all herbivores!Not sure what the real outcome will be(total losses) but I remain hopeful for a few fish?



10-22-2013 04:53 AM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Pics from yesterday;





10-21-2013 01:34 AM
fish fever02
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

haha I just realized this is the same size as my tank! looks nice tho bandit
10-20-2013 02:18 PM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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10-20-2013 01:23 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY




Not the best pics as I added purple up an hour ago(still have white coraline in tank since move) and to much light comming in windows!
I try to shoot some keepers this evenning.
You push me ,and I love it!



10-20-2013 12:56 PM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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10-20-2013 12:26 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Ok final stocking has taken place and the clown fish and anenomes have been installed.The tank is running good and I have made a few "modifications" to lighting and such.The most recent additions are;chevron tang,emperor angel(juvi),and long nosed hawk.I picked a gorgonian and red mushroom (cheap) ,along with GSP on a coral branch.
Pics comming tonight hopefully "when the smoke clears"!



10-08-2013 08:59 AM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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10-07-2013 04:58 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

So feeling bold and not suffering any losses,I have moved one of my comets and a blue tang into this tank.
Stocking list as of now;1 algae blenny,6 clown gobies(3 yellow 3 green),1 foxface,1 comet,6 banghia cardinals and the powder blue tang.Oh and a LARGE black long spined urchin!The cardinals hang out in his spines when they get nervous(pretty smart!)Got one or two of these guys in each of my other reef tanks ,as they are awesome(not in the fowlr;it got the "not reef safe" pencil urchin,who is still holding his own in a fairly tough place).
All previous fish seem to enjoy the company of the powder blue tang and comet and are out swimming around a little more.
Still got too much algae so I changed the GFO in the phosban 150 reactor today.Hope the herbivores and GFO get it under control so I post "proud" pics.
I think I'm interested in a regal angel(at least on my wish list right now$$$$)!



10-05-2013 03:09 PM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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10-05-2013 02:09 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Well the gobies and algae blenny seem fine,it is hard to find the green guys with all the algae though.
The algae being a problem IMO I got a fox face yesterday(a replacement for one that died in transport from NJ).Today I got 6 Bangghia cardinals(for $15 each).The tank is becoming a little more active and I will soon start moving some of my fish into this tank.I think the GFO needs to be changed and then I willbe ready to "invest" some of my favorite fish from my other tanks.
Pics when it looks a little better,but all test say that is running very well right now!



09-28-2013 07:39 PM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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09-28-2013 04:39 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY


That's what I like to hear!
I know I got a little bit of sense and knowledge ,but affirmation from "The Man" is what I like!



09-28-2013 04:22 PM
Reefing Madness
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

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09-28-2013 04:10 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Quote:
Originally Posted by fish fever02 View Post
This is my favorite part of getting a new tank. Setting it all up and getting it running and adding all the fish
This is one of my favorite parts(a guilty pleasure) if the fish live!
The algae blennie seemed fine and has been eating the algae in force, so to up the stocking ,and add to the bio load,and add fish I plan to keep(if they live) I got 6 clown gobies today.3 yellow and 3 green.Both on sale for $6.99 at my LFS.Although they are recommended to be kept singulary(in small tanks; like 10 G ) I figured they would do ok in the 120G?We'll see!



09-27-2013 10:57 PM
fish fever02
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

This is my favorite part of getting a new tank. Setting it all up and getting it running and adding all the fish
09-27-2013 03:55 PM
coralbandit
Re: Moving a 120 gallon reef from NJ to NY

Tried another royal gramma last week and it to died in 1 day!
I fell like a newb as all test came back well within reason.
I felt I had no choice to but to run carbon on the possibility there is something in the water I can't test for.
So 4 days after carbon was installed I am trying fish(victim)#3,an algae blenny as there is a good amount of algae now growing in this tank.
It is day 3 for the blenny and he seems fine so maybe there was "something" in the water or I still have no clue?
Hopefully he will fare well and I can move the clowns and their host anenomes into tank this weekend(maybe,kind of nervous).But hopefully things are getting straightened out,although pH is still high.



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