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Featured Reefspace 900 Build, The Second Coming

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks (31-100gal)' started by McPikie, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. McPikie

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    Guess I better make a thread for my new tank, another Reefspace 900, but this time in white.

    Picked the tank up back in December after having a chat with the wife about changing the colour of the living room furniture from black to white. It came with a blue backing, which I hate, so that was whipped off

    [​IMG]2017-12-30_05-27-58 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Had loads of dry rock pre-purchased, so left that soaking in RO for a few months with regular changes

    [​IMG]2018-01-08_03-58-46 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-01-11_08-21-59 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Got some vinyl added to the back

    [​IMG]2018-02-01_10-44-42 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Then after months of the tank being sat there, I actually got the motivation to move it into place.
    [​IMG]2018-03-03_07-44-59 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-03_07-45-18 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-03_07-45-46 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Scott came round and made me a nice scape up
    [​IMG]2018-03-10_05-07-51 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-10_05-07-58 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Got to filling
    [​IMG]2018-03-12_10-57-16 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-14_10-20-43 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Then transferred stock over
    [​IMG]2018-03-20_08-22-15 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-20_08-22-48 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-20_08-22-54 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr


    Added my extra T5s last night on a home made bracket. Wires could do with a little tidying up, but sits nicely and makes a difference.

    [​IMG]2018-03-23_08-22-51 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-23_08-22-57 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-23_08-23-03 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Put my UFP grow light in the sump. I really didn't like the idea of using the metal wires it came with, so fashioned up a "hanger" from some zip ties

    [​IMG]2018-03-23_08-23-12 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-03-23_08-23-17 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Again, wire management really isn't my strong point, so that needs addressing in the sump area.
     
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  2. steve861uk

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    I love cable ties....they hold up my leds in my lid and also my filter sock in the sump plus they stop leaky pipes on my reactor and return pump :)

    Great tank.........very clean (at the mo :D).
     
  3. McPikie

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    doug_amanda Admin Staff Member

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    I can see this one is going to be just as stunning as the last :):)
     
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  6. McPikie

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    Hopefully.

    Now it’s a case of checking my alkalinity levels every night at 7pm without fail to see how much carbonate is being used up to work out my dosing schedule. I don’t want to lose any more coral.
     
  7. McPikie

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    Managed to try my Hanna checker for the first time last night. Soooo easy to use, I should have bought one sooner

    [​IMG]2018-04-05_08-36-26 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
     
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    The postman arrived

    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-48-41 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-48-47 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    My new sump weir from Toby at Little Ocean. Had it made in black so it blocks the light going into the return chamber

    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-48-58 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Decided to also add a coloured baffle on the otherside to stop more lightspill. G-clamps and a heatgun

    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-49-05 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-49-14 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-04-19_07-49-26 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    And finally, I added another MP10 to the backwall. Running it on reefcrest but on low power, just to add a little more random flow.

    [​IMG]2018-04-20_04-26-40 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
     
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    Looking good mate


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  14. McPikie

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    So, given I looked like I had flatworm in the sump, and the only thing I transferred from the old tank was the fish and cheato, I decided to whip it all out and start again. Lastnight was spent on my knees for 2 hours with a DC2000 pump, some ehiem pipe and a filter sock. I handballed anything I could out, and then sucked up the rest. I went through 2 filter socks as I havent been running them on the tank since starting it up. Manky!!!

    [​IMG]2018-05-02_09-27-46 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-02_09-27-52 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-02_09-28-04 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    It's now all nice and fresh, and I've actually left a filter sock on for now to see if that gets my water any clearer. Unsure whether to actually put cheato back in, or just stick with skimmer (in a vinigar bath at the moment) and a phos reactor. I do have a decent sized fuge area there though, so it would be rude not to use macro algae I think.
     
  15. jim_fitz

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    ive just ditched my socks and gone back to floss
    water looks much clearer
     
  16. McPikie

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    UPDATE

    I got hold of a nice handful of calupera off a local reefer and swapped my UFO out for a 165w chinese blackbox, running full spectrum 24/7, but on very low power. Over the period of a week, the tank looked fine, then on Saturday morning, I came in to the tank looking really milky. The tank smelt a little funky and when I pulled off the front panel to the sump, the sump was green and the water felt greasy. Fish and corals seemed OK, so I assume bacteria bloom, or that the calupera had crashed, so I pulled it out and cleaned the sump out again. cranked the skimmer up to wet skim and grabbed a fresh ball of cheato. a 20 litre water change and after a couple of day, the water seemed to clear up.

    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-48 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    I don't know what caused it, but recently I have been having hair algae issues and I wonder if I attributed to this, as I had been picking this out by hand and putting it down the drain to the filter sock (although changing this before it became full). So lastnight I checked Pho on my Hanna.......

    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-37 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    maybe this is a false reading if there is algae in the tank using the phos. If so, whats the point in testing it?

    I put some fresh rowa in the reactor too and had a bit of a tidy up.

    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-43 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    All 3 MP10s looked like they were covered in an orangey coloured algae (not rust) and this was all inside my skimmer too.

    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-50-01 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    It never rains but it pours. The algae issue is really getting me down and I am close to throwing the towel in if I am honest. I've got a purple tank that doesnt touch hair algae, a bomb load of cuc that don't seem to be doing anything, and I do not want to put a foxface in there.

    Last ditch attempt is to try dosing hydrogen peroxide (3%) at 6ml per day and maybe lower my photo period. If that doesnt work, I don't know what else I can do.

    Some pics

    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-27 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-53 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-38-58 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-04 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-09 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-14 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-20 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-26 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Also noticed my Kh was low
    [​IMG]2018-05-16_08-39-42 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Will buuffer this back up to 8 over next two days, but assume this is down to using a lot of Rowa trying to get rid of the algae
     
  17. jim_fitz

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    phosphate exists in 3 different forms in water
    you are probably on measuring one form

    thats why i prefer the phosphorus (total P) version
    though is quite difficult to find anything info on recommended values
    0.03 is regarded as the acceptable level for SPS
    6 is the amount im aiming for and ive only found this once

    though the corals look happy and some good signs of growth :)
     
  18. doug_amanda

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    Whenever I’ve set up a new tank it’s always gone through a hair algae phase, the good thing is it’s never lasted long and once it’s gone it’s never come back.
    As above, the corals look very well so there can’t be too much wrong, maybe it’s just a case of waiting it out.
     
  19. Leigh williams

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    The hair algae in mine lasted 8 weeks.
    I started dosing no pox regularly and it was gone in a week.
     
  20. McPikie

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    Well, I took my eye off the tank for a while. The hair algae was getting out of control and I basically got ###### off with it. Got myself 6 tablets of 200mg fluc and gave it one last try

    [​IMG]2018-06-21_08-11-39 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-06-21_08-11-45 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]2018-06-21_08-11-58 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    Left it 10 days. Then 2 more. I was getting really ###### with it, the algae seemed to be melting, but not the fix all I was expecting. Day 14 came and I thought #### it, I am syphoning it all out. WOW. It peeled off the rock like old paint with a heat gun. I spent about an hour sucking it all through a filter sock, then did a 20% water change. I could actually see my rock again. Most of the corals look a little washed out, but that's probably due to a massive nutrient imbalnce. Got my Kh back up to 8, Ca at 420 and Mg is at 1290 (so that will need a little buffering.

    Time to start buying some corals again I think. And some CUC. And maybe a fish or two.

    [​IMG]D7K_6537 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]D7K_6541 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]D7K_6547 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]D7K_6550 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]D7K_6552 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr
    [​IMG]D7K_6553 by Phil Cookson, on Flickr

    (is this Lokani??)

     
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