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    CalmSeasQuest - Reefkeeper
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    Due to business demands, I've had to largely step away from reefing for the past 6 months. I've finally gotten to a point I have a little time to "feed the addiction" so....

    I've enjoyed the last 2 builds using the 12 long tanks...

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    I'm especially pleased with how well the skimmer has performed over the past year...



    The tank and filtration system I built for last years Nano contest will be largely re-purposed for this years's idea.

    Here's the equipment list -

    • Tank - Mr. Aqua 12 Long (36" X 8" X 9") ~12 gallons in dimension, (7.5 gallons water) Fitted with a DIY 8" internal overflow creating a 3" X 3"x 8" mini-sump area.
    • Lights - Catalina Solar Black 4 X 39W T5 (ATI Blue+, Blue+, AquaBlue, KZ Fiji Purple) + ReefBrite 36" LED 50%/50% Royal Blue / White
    • Return Pump - Eheim 600 Compact set at 160 GPH.
    • Controller - Apex Aquacontroller, lab grade pH, ORP, PM2 with salinity probe.
    • Skimmer - DIY CSQ 2X12 Luft-airstone driven skimmer with Hydor Pico Evolution pump and remote skimmate collection
    • Mechanical filtration - AquaClear 20 with custom InTANK media insert using Chemipure Elite and Purigen as needed.
    • Biological Filtration - DIY internal BioTower using Marine Pure Ceramic Biomedia Spheres (compensating for limited live rock) and Mangroves
    • ATO - Tunze Osmocontroller feeding Kalk laden RO/DI
    • Dosing - BRS 2-Part via 2 BRS peristaltic dosing pumps controlled by the Apex
    • Water movement - 1X MP-10Wes running ReefCrest @ 10%
    • Live Rock - YTBD
    • Substrate - CaribSea - Hawaiian Black
    • Heater - Hydor 100 Watt

    The theme and tank name will follow later
    Last edited by CalmSeasQuest; 02-06-2013 at 06:48 PM. Reason: Substrate updated
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    Great to see the returning champ in the contest!

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    Yahoo for CSQ! Always look forward to your builds Subscribed!
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    Boxes have started arriving I hope to get the existing build torn down and the tank and filtration cleaned this week. With any luck, I'll have something to show by next week.
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    Livestock order placed
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    CalmSeasQuest - Reefkeeper
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    A bit of progress today - A nice clean (black) slate to play with.

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    This is my first build using a black substrate, looking forward to seeing how colors pop. I do notice the tank looks dimmer with less light reflecting off the bottom which is fine as I'll be able to run the ReefBrites a bit more (they look great with the black bottom.)

    Dosed a bit of ammonia and MB-7. That coupled with the MarinePure bio spheres recycled from the last build should make for a short (if any) cycle.
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    That skimmer is impressive. Let me know when you tire of it!
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    CalmSeasQuest - Reefkeeper
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjr View Post
    That skimmer is impressive. Let me know when you tire of it!
    Sorry Pat - I LOVE that little skimmer - You'll have to make your own The good news is it's very simple. You could knock one out in an afternoon.

    As I had hoped, I didn't have much of a cycle compliments of the MarinePure bio spheres. I've placed a couple Livestock orders through CR sponsors which I should have on had on Wednesday. In the interim, I have to make a final decision on a theme and aquascape. I have an idea I'm especially fond of, but I'm note sure it's possible.

    We'll know shortly
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    CalmSeasQuest - Reefkeeper
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    Sorry for the delay in updates - Had some unexpected work travel. The tank is cycled and added some rubble and I tossed in a couple "test" corals just to see what they look like against the black substrate. Although it doesn't show up on this cell cam pic, and I wouldn't want this on every tank, I must say the black is quite stunning...

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    I'll finish the "scape"and start moving corals on Friday.
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