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Featured Steve's SPS Reef Look out I'm Salty again. New pics 14/01

Discussion in 'Large Tanks (101gal+)' started by stevebibby, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. stevebibby

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    Update time again

    Well after near on a year of struggling with my husbandry I finally gave up!
    No not on reef keeping but on trying to control the bioload. I blame myself for it as all these brightly coloured fish in the LFS are so inviting and as we all buy them as small fish the grow and grow and before we know whats happened it's a 6" waste prodction machine!

    So after much soul searching I decided that it was time for a complete change.

    All the fish, soft corals and my beloved Nem went up for sale and within a week they where all gone and I was left with and empty tank with just a selective amount of LPS and SPS.

    I'd taken a week off work to redecorate the house so inbetween rooms I set about rescaping the tank.

    All the rock came out, new coral sand on top of the existing and the purchase of a big piece of plating live rock. 80% water change then 6 hours later it had really began to take shape, then began loading up with my existing corals.It looked empty!!!!! I then did my first water test PO4>0.03 and NO3>5 Result!!!!

    Unfortunatly I had to carry on with the decorating for the rest of the week so the tank was left untill the Friday and then time to spend some money.

    A couple of emergency messages to ReefAddict and it was round to his over the weekend for some frags. Came away with half a poly box full and spent the rest of the evening being help by the Mrs in the placement of them, this resulted in about 1/3 of the scaping complete but still a lot of work to be done.

    I spent the next few days tinkering with bits and pieces but was not entirely happy with thw bare side of the tanks rockwork, so Tuesday it was off to my LFS for a piece of plaing reef bones as a few people had said he had some really nice pieces in. Once there it was out with the tape measure and ended up comming home with the 3rd largest piece (about 18" x 13") as the one I wanted when I walked into the shop was way to big.

    Another tnnker with the other side of the rocks and after about an hour it was sorted, had to lose a big piece of live rock to keep the hight of everything down and created a few shelves for coral placement. A happy bunny so to speak.

    I've picked up a few more frags during the course of the rest of the week that still need milliputing into place, then I'll have to start thinking about filling up the bare side with corals.

    Anyhow enough for now and I'll get some pic's up when I get home from work

    Steve
     
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  2. screwloose

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    Re: A NEW Beginning

    good to hear mate :thumbup1:

    as we have seen quite a few times its sometimes best to do a rejig of the setup, layout etc, to make it work better

    its daunting, and a lot of work. But long term pays dividends for your efforts :biggrin:

    look forward to the piccies
     
  3. stevebibby

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    Cheers Nev

    I'm a lot happier with how it looks and now the nems gone I can really load up with SPS.
    I did shed a bit of a tear once it went as I'd had it for nearly 5 years and become part of the family
     
  4. Dan1

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    Sound like its gonna be good mate, cant wait for the pics. I ll get a frag of the plate mycidiem done asap pal.

    Dan
     
  5. stevebibby

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    Cheers bud.
    I've already allocted it a place amongst the rest of the LPS with enough room for the sweepers
     
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    Appreciate it's hard to restart but I am sure you'll see the benefits soon.
    Looking forward to some pics and updates.
    James
     
  7. stevebibby

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    It's not been too bad at all TBH. Nice to sit back after changinging something and feel good about what I've done.
     
  8. TigerIssey

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    Glad you are all happy and all that, but come on, not one picture smiley-sex020

    Get that camera out smiley-sex020smiley-sex020smiley-sex020
     
  9. stevebibby

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    Give me chance Tina, I'm hard at work today.
    Promise I'll do some later when I get home
     
  10. diver 807

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    won,t believe you till we see some piccies :wink::yahoo:
     
  11. TigerIssey

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    Will hold you to that :biggrin:
     
  12. diver 807

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    bit of a bummer when work gets in the way of important things like caring for your hobby:wink:
     
  13. stevebibby

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    The joys of selling Toyota's for a living. At least I can spend 4 hours a day on here.
     
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    Best car I ever had was a Toyota, Celica 1.8ST in the purple / Blue metallic flippy paint. Still had all the original exhaust system when I sold it at 10 years old. Put a wonderful set of TSW Rib alloys 16" on it, mine had the spoiler too, some of the ST did not.

    Serviced it, Brakes, and washed it, and fitted an alternator, that was all that was ever done to it. I got it at 5 years old, had it for 5 years.

    I really loved that car, and it matched my nail varnish :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  15. kermit kills

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    lol ive got a toyota lucida 8 seater import a great car for my brood but parts so expencive need a new blower motor for the heater as the weathers getting bad lol
     
  16. stevebibby

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    As Promised

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    Steve
     
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    Re: A NEW Beginning

    Don't know what your old tank was like Steve but I'm liking this one :thumbup1:
     
  18. swin

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    this is starting to look good steve keep up the good work
     
  19. Ged

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    WOW - Looks completely different Steve, will be superb once it grows out. :thumbup1:

    Good luck mate, hopefully things will work out for you this time around.
     
  20. Realist

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    Looks great well done Steve
     
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