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  1. So the next step was aquascaping. Before even deciding on equipment, I take the time to create my scape. Originally I was looking at using the Marco rock like in my previous tank. I am very glad I did not. I went with the new Tropic Eden Morroca dry rock. It has made a massive difference in the early time of the tank. Normally I would be fine with the year of tan dry rock, but you no longer need to. So I got 15 pounds of the rock and went to work trying various layouts. Don’t be scared if the price per pound, if this is a tank you are staring from scratch, this stuff light, easy to stack, has tons of caves for fish, and gorgeous in person. My brand new tank looks like it’s been up for years just because of this rock. I finally landed on a layout and grabbed a bag of dry CaribSea Special grade. You will notice a theme “Dry” everything for the tank. I was trying a new cycling technique which I will cover in the next post
  2. Well I would normally start a build thread before my tank is fully up and running, but in anticipation of the Frag Swap, I may have hit the fast forward button to get ahead. I will still try to cover most of what I have done, my process what has worked and not worked, and everything in between. To start out with let’s talk tank. I was not planning on doing a tank for a long time, but the dark Indiana winters+ being WFH again for who knows how long, made me realize how much a tank can help someone. From the sound of water, to the sun replicating lights, a tank can really be a piece of therapy, and adds some much needed brightness to a winter home. I was looking at doing a Red Sea reefer XL200, but could not find all the plumbing in stock(stock valve is problematic), and with supply chain issues, I decided to build a tank based on what was available, that still fit my needs. I wanted a smaller tank(space limited) that I could do LPS and SPS in, with a few nice fish. I went by Modern Aquatix just to take a look and see if my youngest (4) had any interest in reef aquariums, and low and behold he had a 25g Innovative Marine Lagoon tank and APS stand in stock. I was torn thinking this tank might be too small, but based on the actual footprint, it had the same room coral wise, and was much cheaper overall allowing me to spend on the rest of the equipment. So here is my new tank.
  3. I’m glad to hear that the local reef club is still reasonable! Can’t wait to see everyone again at the swap.
  4. Have the lights come in? I’m excited to see the transformation, hopefully you can do a before and after.
  5. So the early bird gets the nicest pick, but the last bird gets the discounts lol
  6. That’s good to hear, because online almost all the corals seem to be “Holy Grail” corals. I was worried that the hobby had gone the direction of naming all natural coral variations as “special” and pricing them as such. I remember my last tank going to a few members houses and buying bags full of frags for 10-25 each.
  7. I did not realize that, looks like I’ll have to get a membership next month.
  8. I’ve never tested par in any of my reef tanks before, but I’ve been reading a lot about it’s importance recently. Is it worth the $40-$50 to rent one?
  9. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the frag swap, and I am looking at budgeting enough to walk away with a handful of frags. I know that frags types and costs vary a lot, but looking at online frag prices, things seem to have skyrocketed as every single coral has a designer name and price tag. I wasn’t sure what to expect at the swap, as based on online prices I’m thinking walking in with a few hundred bucks will net me a few choices and maybe 1-2 frags.
  10. Well I may have skipped the build thread so I just got the equipment and got the tank cycling. The hope is to have the tank in a good place by April 2nd. Heard there was some event I should join. Now that it’s cycling I’ll do a post build recap. Does anyone know the best way to upload photos to display? If I try to use my iPhone it says attachment to large.
  11. Thanks everyone, the cycle has started, I went with the new tropic Eden dry rock, and if you have not seen it, it’s incredible.
  12. So I am looking at doing dry sand and dry rock in my new tank, and there are tons of companies that offer “Quick cycles/ bacteria strains. Any experience with some of the big ones: Polyplab Genesis Brightwell Aquatics Microbactor Dr Tims one and only live bacteria Fritz Tyme turbo start Lif Bio Fil or any of the other 900 options. Also any good guides on cycling in a modern reef world.
  13. You can also consider the flip side a Kessil a500x / T5 combo
  14. Well the break is over. Bought a tank this week, I’m thinking of doing a build thread if anyone would be interested.
  15. Well, I wanted to do an update, sorry it has taken so long. First of all, my tank is just ugly right now, I guess that's the price you pay for having dead rock and ensuring you have not contracted any bad stuff with your live rock. I have added some new equipment, First, I am running Premium Aquatic Carbon in my new Nyos Torq 1.o Secondly, I was having an issue with the built in ATO, where the float would become submerged, when I would use feed mode on the pump. This meant salt was encrusting the needle, and then it would fail. So I got a new Auto Aqua Top off unit, to replace the stock unit. The only complaint I have about the Red sea, is I wish they had some more water capacity in the top off container.
  16. Well, here is my newest update, the return pump is now dead silent, so that is good news. I added a Coral Beauty to the tank as my first fish. Tank is doing well, but I do have a good hardy Diatom build up.
  17. I’ll send the unit back, and get a replacement then.
  18. I have a Simplicity 1600 DC pump, and having never had a sump before I’m not sure if this much noise is normal. Simplicity offered to exchange it for me, but before I buy a second pump and pay for shipping this one back, I wanted some other opinions on if this sounds louder then normal. It’s not like a pump sound I am used to, it’s like a constant Hrtz hum that can be heard through the room. Video linked below. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mz9pd5vGf5DUqD2r9
  19. Well the Diatoms are coming, so glad to see the next stage of the tank is evolving.
  20. So now the worst part of a build waiting, here is the rest of my equipment list, any help thinking through what I will need next would be nice. The Neotherm, and PMUP are on back order, but I have ordered them.
  21. Well my return pump is making a high pitches noise that can be heard throughout the room. Simplicity has been incredible, they sent out some new parts to try, and when that did not work, they are sending out a new body. Incredible customer service. Stinks I go the one bad egg, but with customer service like this that’s ok.
  22. @MrsBugmaster I think your recommendation to avoid a mandarin, is smart, I think a Midas Benny would be a good replacement. Because the Midas is yellow, I’ve swapped the goby.
  23. Absolutely will have a pistol shrimp, i am torn between more little fish, so it feels full, or one larger fish like an angel.
  24. @PaulS.46122 looks like the answer is buy zebra stripped Dartfish. People say the Firefish do well short term but will become aggressive with each other long term. Revised list:
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