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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:11 pm

    I got this tank on July 4th 2012 and started from zero and very little knowledge.

    Here is when I first got it.
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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:28 pm

    Then I decided to stain it a darker color so it can match my furniture. It took me about a week of how thick of a coat I gave it.

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:33 pm

    Tank is now inside and ready for fun. Smile
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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:39 pm

    A couple days later I bought live sand and salt. Then I powered everything on. Very cloudy for a couple days since I added the sand last.

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:48 pm

    A couple days later and the sand has now settled.
    [img]My 81g Build Img_2015[/img]

    [img]My 81g Build Img_2019[/img]


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:18 pm

    Then I went to Tampa and I bought 125lbs of some really good live rock. I mean these rocks are full of critters. Really excited at this point. Smile

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:34 pm

    Now is the waiting game boring...... in the mean time I will move my rocks around.


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:46 pm

    Well I thought I was done with my rock layout, to find out it is no good. Sad No caves, no where really for fish to hide. So here we go again. 5 hours later....

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    Post by zeketaz on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:48 pm

    Make sure they won't fall. Can you put your hand in the tank and wiggle the rock and it move?

    Love the looks of it though so far. What lights are you running?
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    Post by zeketaz on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:49 pm

    Haha just saw the new pic. Love that rock scape even better. i was told by someone else that you will always be changing the rock around lol. Even years down the road.
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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:01 am

    Friday August 3rd, All my levels are good so I went and got a clean up crew. Emerald crabs, Margarita snails, Turbo snails, Hermit crabs and another that I cant remember the name. I also did a 20% water change. Will post pics of these guys later.


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:13 am

    Monday August 20th, I just got back from a mini vacation and first thing I do is look at my tank and test my water. Everything good so I decide to go get a pair of clown fish.

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:23 am

    Monday August 20th, I also got some green mushrooms.

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    Post by has no life on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:37 am

    very nice setup
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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:48 am

    Tuesday August 21st, I got a Encrusting Gorgornian, A Clove polyp, and a Green Star polyp. These little guys are so cool. Thanks Fern.

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:02 am

    Thursday August 23rd, I test the water again and my Nitrates have gone up just a bit. Aside that the clowns are doing great swimming and eating and all the little frags are doing great too.

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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:14 am

    zeketaz wrote:Haha just saw the new pic. Love that rock scape even better. i was told by someone else that you will always be changing the rock around lol. Even years down the road.

    Thanks Zeke, Yes it was very flimsy the other way. Now there are several caves and a tunnel from side to side that meets all the caves. I probably will move rocks again if I do buy another 40-50 pounds. Ill keep posting as I go.
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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:16 am

    has no life wrote:very nice setup

    Thank you.
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    Post by Fern on Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:23 pm

    EEEEEKKKKKKKKKKK I see a nudibranch! on the glass in the pic of the gorgonian! If you see it again yank the bugger! Bad news they are.

    I like the rescape a lot more!

    Whats the red branchy stuff?


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:06 am

    Hello everyone! I have been dealing with all the bad stuff for the past two weeks and eveything is where it has to be now. I had red slime algea and now it's gone. I used Chemiclean which I bought at boardroom. Red slime algea was gone in two days. I also had lots of aptasias which are also all gone now. I took out every single rock and torched those suckers. After I torched them I scraped them off. Also who can forget the two mantis shrimps. I pulled the rocks that they where in and I squirted club soda into the hole and out rite away. Of course since I had to take out every single rock I did the escape all over again. Smile Now that all the bad is out, I think its about that time!! Wink

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    There I was trying to catch the mantis with a trap which didnt work out to well. You can also see the red slime.

    [img]My 81g Build Img_2043[/img]

    Here you can see all the aptasias before removing them out.

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    Here is one of the mantis. Pretty big!!

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    7hrs later.. aptasias, mantis shirimp and red slime out. Still a bit cloudy. Lets try this again.
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    Post by Fern on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:24 am

    cheers cheers cheers cheers
    Now its time for 3 peppermint shrimp to eat the small aptasias you may have missed Very Happy

    The chemiclean does work very well, just had to use it myself.


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:28 am

    Good morning, yes I will get the peppermint shrimp now. You know any lfs open today?
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    Post by zeketaz on Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:12 am

    Won't you have another cycle since you fried all the good bacteria getting rid of the aptasia?
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    Post by Fern on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:16 am

    I know boardroom is closed today.


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    Post by KRAZYQBAN7 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:27 pm

    zeketaz wrote:Won't you have another cycle since you fried all the good bacteria getting rid of the aptasia?

    Good question Zek, I dont know.. Fern??

    I am going to test the water and ill let you know whats up.

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