As many of you know I had decided to do a restart on my tank and correct earlier mistakes/lack of knowledge from when I started my tank 2 years ago. Several of my corals were dead or dying and I had placed corals into my tank that I later realized was a mistake (Xenia, blue clove polyps, ect...) I looped my pump return from my sump back into my sump again, kept the skimmer running, maintained a constant temperature, maintained choeto in the refugium, and kept the biopellet reactor operational to
Updated 12-02-2012 at 12:33 PM by melev
Well I thought I would give a quick update on what was going on with my tank restart.
I ordered 50lbs of keylargo rock from Marco Rock that has arrived.
I purchased a 10 gallon tank and filled it up to use as my frag tank, painted the back glass, made a frag rack out of light diffuser, installed a heater, 30 gallon rated biowheel, added a nano korelia, added led lighting, waited for the temperature to level out and started moving over frags. I did not cycle the tank though
I decided to upgrade my nano to one step up. I had a few requirements:
1. Not too big. 42 x 24 X 20
2. Had to blend into existing house and furniture. Where possible use existing items vs buy new and have it accepted by wife
3. Have the system set up to be as low maintenance and automated as possible! Wife will not deal with tank related issues when I'm out of town on business!
So this is my story of the tank build up in San Francisco, Bay Area!
As many of us know Kalkwasser is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add calcium and alkalinity to a reef tank as well as maintain pH in smaller heavily stocked aquariums and lightly stocked larger aquariums. about 6 months ago I decided to make my own reactor here are some pictures of the build process, if anyone has questions please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you
(1) Acrylic tube 4”OD- 2’
(3) ¼” acrylic 6”x6”
Various scrap acrylic
Updated 03-01-2011 at 12:10 PM by baker.shawn
Seems like every post I read about DIY LED on the interweb uses CREE lights. While not a bad LED, people should at least consider the Philips Luxeon light here:
There are several advantages. The Luxeon lights are significantly brighter, consume the same power, have many various avaliable lenses, and offer a neat tri-star package where you specify three LED's and they solder them onto one chip. Other places I have