Doc's Reef Build

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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    Yes friends...it is true. I am breaking up my science experiment. The decision is a tough one. I LOVE my fish. It is the reason I started this hobby in the first place. I did fresh water for two years and thought freshwater angelfish were the most beautiful fish, since I remember having them as a child....but when I walked into my LFS and saw my first emperor ...damn. I switched forever and will never look back.

    My current tank has had as many as four large angelfish, but currently has two: a 6 inch Koran and a 4 inch Blue. I also have a medium sized angelfish; a singapore angelfish. I also have between 20-30 soft corals, LPS corals and multiple mushrooms and three BTA's. I have been running my science experiment for about 1 year now, and I have been able to successfully kept LPS with angelfish. I am satisfied that I can keep them together, but......I have grown a special place in my heart for a coral reef and I want to expand my current tank into two. My plan is to move all my LPS corals into a 90 gallon tank along with the BTA's, clownfish and a select few leathers, ricordias, and mushrooms. This tank will also include scolymia, brains, xenia, and lobophillias...in time. I will also look to add more shrimp, gorgonias and a clam. More fish will be added: a school of Bartlett's anthias (Christmas anthias) and a copperband butterfly.

    The current 125 gallon angel tank will maintain mushrooms, leathers, and other softies. I will also add a radiata lionfish and a sohal tang. I will keep the other fish I currently have in my 125.

    My interest has grown into such a passion that I had to have two tanks. A classic reef tank and my continued science experiment.

    Here is the current state of my 90 gallon.

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    I am going to relocate my california kingsnake to a different tank at my work, clean out the tank and hopefully....create my reef tank in 1 day. Here is my 4 foot snake.

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    I look forward to hearing your feedback to my progress. I have the stand ordered and I will pick it up on Friday and I will start the cleaning process at that time. I should have the tank up and running by the end of next week.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
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    Re: Dr Marco's Reef Build

    Yay!:bounce::bounce::bounce::^::^::^:

    I've been waiting for you to do a build.If it looks anywhere near like your 125,then I'm sure it will be a amazing.I can't wait to see what your going to do with this.Your the fish guy and I'm more of a coral guy.Hopefully I can help you the way you help me.

    Best of luck Doc!
     
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    I will rely heavily on you and others who CLEARLY know more about tanks than I do. I will try to get a sump ASAP, but funds are tied up in trying to buy a bigger home for the time being. I am gong to get a HOB filter for the reef for the next three months until I can get the money I need to do what I want. It is really bad timing to start another tank, but my wonderful wife understands me so well, she knows that I use my fish to relax and de-stress. She agreed to let me start this tank while we are looking to move. Weird, I know, but I really need to start a new tank. Since I have had a problem with cyano, I have cut down feedings on my 125. Since that time, my angels have killed three of my four blood shrimp. They have also increased nipping at the LPS corals. I don't want to lose my wall hammer - it is HUGE and frankly, don't want to part with it or either of my green and purple branch hammers. Thanks for your support, Reef. I look forward to your feedback.

    -Dr Marco :sfish::sfish:
     
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    Re: Dr Marco's Reef Build

    I only have one question: What is your snake's name?
     
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    Ka. My girls named him/her. I have a redneck corn snake at work already, named Cletus. Classic name for a redneck. Almost as good as....

    -Dr Marco :sfish::sfish:
     
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    YOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
     
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    yeah. I left that one open for you Biff. Way to be predictable.

    -Dr Marco :sfish::sfish:
     
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    Sorry... I'll have to surprise you guys better next time...
     
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    Re: Dr Marco's Reef Build

    :yikesu:OMG, I almost threw my laptop to the floor! I was not expecting a snake. I see nightmares in my future.:shock:


    Looking forward to following the build.
     
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    sorry about the snake. I should have placed a disclaimer for those with weak stomachs. I keep forgetting that some people are terrified of snakes. I will not be posting pics of snakes on my post again. Sorry about that.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
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    I love snakes! I spent one summer working on a project in the Mohave Desert catching rattlesnakes and milking them for their venom.
     
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    Dr. feel free to post any pic you want but disclaimer before pic would be appreciated.:D when I was young I din't mind snakes, (not that I would go into the desert to milk them:passedout) but one day when I was about 13 I stepped into a nest of Garter snakes (I know they are harmless) anyway, it was a hole and there were a BUNCH of them all fanned out (getting sun I guess) and I stepped in the hole and my foot got stuck . Dad was running a chainsaw so could not hear me screaming as I had all these snakes around my ankle like Medusa's head. It seemed like hours but I know it was only a couple minutes. Anyway the grossest frickin' feeling ever and have been terrified ever since.
     
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    Awesome Doc,cant wait to see what you have in store for the 90...Your stuff is always great..
     
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    Re: Dr Marco's Reef Build

    Awesome Doc.
    We all know how your reefs going to turn out.It'll rival mother nature herself.
     
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    BTW Biff
    Next time you get ready to go milk rattlers,Send me a couple.
    Been a long time since I had any BBQed rattle snake.
     
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    Eeeew. No way, you eat snakes? But...WHY?
     
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    I used to say the exact same thing.Right up untill I went to the rattlesnake round up in west Tx.
    A friend of mine talked me into trying it.
    I'll tell you,After that first bite,I bought 4 pounds of meat for around 12 bucks a pound.
    Flakey like fish,but taste extremely sweet.
     
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    I had rattlesnake before and it is pretty good. Reminds me of fish, not a really big fan of fish, so I only ate it one time...

    Remember, Fish are friends, not food....:)
     
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    That all depends on what kind of fish you got cookin:mrgreen:
     
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    Remember, Fish are friends, not food.... your the sharks off nemo, and i like your snake what do you feed it im ,thinking about getting some dwarf chamelions
     
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