Fat Al's 93 Gallon Reef Cube

Discussion in 'New Tank Builds' started by fattytwobyfour, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    https://www.google.com/search?q=how...AUIDCgD&biw=1618&bih=932#imgrc=uJ7dZS_3S64AoM:

    Looking through those pictures, it seems the depth of water the skimmer is sitting in is six to ten inches, with seven being popular. Skimmers with the red valve, like yours, seem to be filled up to the bottom of the valve, skimmers with the handle extension, are filled up to almost halfway up the chamber. So.. it would seem to me, the lower level of water the skimmer is sitting in, the harder it is to raise the water level in the chamber, so you need more bigger bubbles. I have an air hose on mine, I put a valve on it, or the bubbles would be huge, but I would think yours would need to be wide open. Also, the impeller on the skimmer pump is made different, to create those bubbles. I am pretty sure it is different for every one, hence the six to ten inch range. In any case, look at some of the pictures of internal skimmers on that search, see if you can get an idea why your bubbles aren't making it to the cup
     
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  2. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    So I was in Mountain Home today, and stopped by TL Reefs. Their selection was as great as ever. I'll post photos later, but I got 5 different zoas for the 5 gallon tank, a red and blue blasto (awesome looking) neon candy cane, a long polyped toadstool, a fuzzy leather (Not sure what kind), and a hybrid lemon peel angel.
     
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  3. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    I'm thinking it may be time for another road trip. TL Reef is worth the drive.
     
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  4. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I agree. He gave me some really awesome deals, and his selection is very nice. He's redone the tanks, where now you look down into the tanks. If it was closer, I'd for sure visit there often. I may eventually move to Mountain Home, some of my family lives there and I hate not seeing them as often as I would like.

    But back to the corals, I'll post some photos later in the week. My lights aren't on when I come home from work, so I'll have to wait. And the lemonpeel hybrid is awesome. I know it's a gamble, but I couldn't pass it up. It's going in my softie tank, but I do have a large Duncan, frogspawn and red gonipora in that tank. If I notice any problems, I'll transfer the corals to my 93 gallon. The hair algae is getting better and better. I'm starting to feel confident to start adding some corals back to it.
     
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  5. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    I'd like a frag of that blasto when it grows out some!
     
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  6. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member

    Hiya,

    Sigh...I really want to go to Mountain Home, but like I've said, I'm in time out until the 75's back in shape.
     
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  7. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I've been there Kim. I understand.
     
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  8. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    I actually am not there right now, but have been! My nitrates and phosphates were out of hand big time and I finally have them both under control in the 85 and am just working on nitrates in the bc29 ... but that one has been a bit neglected in the water change dept lately ... oddly, everything else was in check when I tested today.
     
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  9. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

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    This psammocora coral has been super hardy in my tank. It survived the bad hair algae outbreak and continues to encrust. A year or so ago when I overdosed the algaefix, it was one of the few corals to survive. I'm just gonna let it encrust however it wants. It's a trooper.
     
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  10. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter



    Here's a video of my Pearl Coral
     
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  11. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    I like your fish. Does the coral play that music all the time or only when you are watching?
     
  12. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    Only when the actinics are on.
     
  13. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member

    Hiya,

    So, where are pictures of the rest of them?
     
  14. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    Update on the green hair algae. The first photo is from August 3rd, and the second a shot from today.
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    I feel like I'm getting my reef back. It's not 100% gone, but it's getting there. At one point the entire rock and sandbed was covered. I've been changing out gfo regularly, and rinsing my frozen food before feeding. Those two things have made a world of difference.
     
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  15. Brian

    Brian RRMAS Supporter

    my fish and shrimp at all of mine, none left
     
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  16. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I took some quick photos with my cell tonight. I didn't get the leather because I just moved it and the polyps aren't out.

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  17. LJC6780

    LJC6780 RRMAS Supporter

    Those pink zoas are pretty!
     
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  18. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I had some called "helms deep" that were similar, but even more colorful. I accidently dropped them in a rock. Hopefully they will grow towards the light. I'd have to tear down the whole tank to get them I think. Unique Corals has them every now and then. I'll have to get some more if they don't turn up.


    Edit:
    They were like these. They really glowed under blue light.
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  19. Kim

    Kim Secretary Staff Member

    Hiya,

    Nice! Love the red blasto. I'm starting to see a little hair algea in my 75 now that I'm getting my nitrates under control. Wierd huh. What did you end up using to get rid of yours?
     
  20. fattytwobyfour

    fattytwobyfour RRMAS Supporter

    I've been using the high capacity GFO from BRS. I'm running it in cheap reactor also from BRS. I started changing it every week and now I'm changing it every 2 weeks, and I just ordered regular gfo. The high capacity gets phosphates down faster. Now I'm just trying to maintain a low phosphate level. I still do a weekly water change, and I manually remove as much hair algae as I can. I also started rinsing my frozen food before putting it in the tank, and I also added a short spinned urchin. I dunno if that's making a difference. My algae eating fish also don't seem to be eating it. So I'm thinking the gfo along with rinsing the food and manual removal is what is helping the most. It has been a battle. I was ready to just tear it down, but glad I didn't.
     
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