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Nicholas41



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PostSubject: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:35 am

I am currently in the works of setting up a 27 gallon reef tank, and will be making the change from my 6 to the 27 once it has completed cycling. I will be posting the start of the build thread over the next few days.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:22 am

YAY!!!! bouncy New aquarium under construction! ouch

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:40 pm

I love me some build threads!! Now lets get this thing going! banana
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:24 pm

So far I will cover the setup of the tank up to current date.

To start with the DIY LEDs. They include 21 leds in total with two fans on an aluminium heatsink, the fans and leds are on individual drivers. I did not make these myself, I bought them from ramon (he also gave me his canopy!)








The tank with the leds on





The stand in the building




The new top. Sadly the stand measured 18.5 by 23 and my tank is 20x18, so I got a 24x24 inch piece of wood and painted it black









The tank is setup with a SeaClone Skimmer rated for up to a 100gallon tank, a koralia 750, a penguin biowheel 350, and the nano cube 28 gallon stand from drsfosterandsmith.com.


Skimmer day it came in, couldn't run it because I was waiting on the sand to settle



I tried to show the super cool twister it makes! I'll upload a video and a review of it later on.




I used live sand that we had, and got 40 pounds of live rock from forum member freakonaleash from reefcentral, along with a nice favia which is currently in my 6 gallon




Sadly the favia got too much light in his tank, but its recovering and will look great in my new tank!


Tank now that its cleared up



Supposedly the story with this perfect cave is that it was created by a cannon ball. I cannot remember what store he said he got it from, but he said they still have the cannon ball.





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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:40 pm

Looking gooooood Smile

how's that seaclone working for you? I never could figure out how to make it work without getting micro-bubbles into the tank.. don\'t know
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:08 pm

Thanks Eric! Very Happy

I was worried about the micro-bubbles after reading reviews on it, but it is working incredibly well, and I haven't had a single issue with the skimmer! So far its working perfectly, and hopefully it will stay that way! fingers-crossed

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:20 pm

Love it! Very Happy Keep us posted!! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:26 am

I am soooo happy your upgrading from the dreaded Fluval edge lol =] It looks awesome. I cant wait to get mine up and going, I think I may DIY my lights/ Canopy =P. These build threads are getting me excited for mine and I only have the tank to stair at lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:09 am

-Ill be sure to Samantha!

-Yes I am glad to be moving to a bigger tank to that wont be quite so challenging for my hand to work on lol.
The Leds honestly look better to me than the T5s in our other tanks, and I'm glad to hear that your excited about your new tank, get a move on it! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:07 am

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:08 am

Ammonia!



Nitrites!



Nitrates!



These were the results yesterday! Good to go!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:16 am

Got my cleanup crew today the total in the tank is:

Snails:
8 tonga nassarius, 3 Mexican turbo, 3 astreas, 12 Nerites, 1 abalone

Shrimp:
2 peppermint shrimp

Crabs:
12 blue legs, 5 red legs, 2 scarlets, a halloween hermit, and 2 emerald crabs (one ruby)





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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:35 am

Grizzley found himself a nice spot, and my coco worm is open in the background Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy




The ruby going to work!



Unfortunatly I got a picture of my new tankmate, but the SD card was in my computer and the cable is currently...hidden? lol So Maybe tomorrow when the lights are on I'll get some tankshots and some pictures of him!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:38 am

mangoman wrote:
I love me some build threads!! Now lets get this thing going! banana

So Eric... I just realized that you don't have a showcase for EITHER of your tanks think ... lol GET ON IT! bouncy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:25 am

Looks great, Nicholas! I want to see a FTS, though Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:16 pm

Green ORA leather from the St. Pier aquarium auction



UFO Favia


Mycidium



More Favias!!!



Meteor shower and a Favia from freakonaleash from RC


Lightning favia from MW the other day



Now the FTS's



Now for the new tank mate! My possum wrasse!



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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:22 pm

Everything looks great! Love the new wrasse; you need better pics of it, though. Wink The FTS with the knife is strange... gun

Didn't you get the Meteor Shower from SRC?? raised eyebrow

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:55 am

Sorry about the knife lmao. I tried to clear it up by putting a favia from him. But hey you can't win them all, and I doubt anyone else remembers it was from SRC.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:32 am

Nicholas41 wrote:
I tried to clear it up by putting a favia from him. But hey you can't win them all, and I doubt anyone else remembers it was from SRC.

I get it now. I read it wrong. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:23 am

It happens. It was a tricky caption to post! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:05 pm

I may have to steal your lightning favia.. looks incredible!!! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:52 am

Lol thanks Eric. I was torn between it and another one at MW, but bought this one even though it was WHOLE FIVE DOLLARS MORE! Lol Smile Overall it was far different from the other favias I have so I snatched it up.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:18 pm

I am there quite often myself Smile most of the time I don't have any cash on me whenever I see something I like :-p I have gotten some great deals from them in the past.

BTW What are the specs on your HOB filter? Just curious
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:58 pm

My possum wrasse now has a name, he is Jim/jimbo!


and... My new Helfrichi dartfish!






The dynamic duo!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 27 Gallon reef tank   Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:34 pm

Micro bubbles galore from the skimmer... looks like eric was right

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