Srsevy's 120gal Reef Tank

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  1. srsevy

    srsevy New but informed

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    Hello All, I have been working on my tank for the last 7 months. My original $500 upgrade from fresh water to salt water was to just have a few fish. My family got involved and it quickly turned into a full reef tank with dedicated DI water line for easy water changes. I really like taking pictures and documenting all of the changes, so here are a few! Let me know what you think/ any suggestions? I am thinking of adding some coral soon!
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    Looks like you've got yourself a nice setup. It also seems that you have a bit of a hair algae problem. Is that still the case? What kind of lighting do you have and how many watts? That will help to determine what corals you can keep.
     
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    Looks great! I love your sump setup too
     
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    You have a great set-up...good job!
     
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    srsevy New but informed

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    I can not seem to figure out how to edit my original post to add captions, but the pictures are sort of a progression of the tank from start to present. The tank no longer has a hair algae problem.

    The light system I have is 8 T5 bulbs. 4 HO bulbs and 4 Dawn/Dusk. There are also 8 moon LED lights all tied into a timer system.
     
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    the tank looks awesome
     
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    Leslee

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    You have quite the set up! The tank looks great!
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl Moderator

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    It does look really nice! Congrats!
     
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    It's really nice to see the progression of your rocks throughout the cycle. What means did you use to "seed" your cycle?
     
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    Great looking tank. It's amazing to see the hair algae bloom and then seeing it under control.
     
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    srsevy New but informed

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    I just ordered cultured rock from FL, I know it is risky using ocean rock, but I saved a ton of money! All of the LFS were charging about $9-12 a lb. and I have over 200lbs..

    With the stuff I got, there was a lot of dead growth. Plus I did not use DI water at first, so that slowed the process down. After a few weeks the tank began to cycle and just under two months I was able to add a cleaner crew of large snails and hermit crabs to take care of the hair algae.
     
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    It's not really that risky, as a matter of fact many people on this site have gotten cultured rock from FL (TampaBaySaltwater) including myself. It's great live rock.
     
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    Congrats,it looks great.

    Are you going to add more corals?
     
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    Congrats on catching the mantis. As far as corals, I'm a big fan of anything I can watch flowing with the current
     
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    Please remind me what kind of lights you have?
     
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    looks great! excellent progress keep it up!
     
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    srsevy New but informed

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    The light system I use are 8 t5 bulbs, (4x daylight HO and 4x Blue dawn/dusk) plus 8 night blue LED moon lights. They are connected to three digital timers to keep lighting consistent.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl Moderator

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    In that case, you could get whatever corals you want. You aren't restricted by light.
     
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