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    Talking 120G Reef (UPS + X'mas Coral). :)

    Anniversary Video. (June 28, 2013)



    Table of Contents

    Page___Date______________Contents
    1). July 1, 2011. The Beginning. Equipment List
    2). Feb. 12, 2012. Wind back (July-Sep, 2011)
    3). Feb.17, 2012. Wind back (Oct-Dec, 2011). Fighting GHA
    4). Apr. 8, 2012. New MH Bulbs
    5). May 17, 2012. RBTA split. Coral Pictures (Day & Actinic)
    6). July 10, 2012. Loss from Heat Wave. Frags from Fragalot (Nov)
    7). Nov 12, 2012. FTS & New Addition: Crocea Clam, Tube Anemones.
    8). Nov 20, 2012. 1st Video uploaded to YouTube
    9). Nov 23, 2012. 2nd Video, Zoa Garden, X'mas Coral 2012
    10). Dec 17, 2012. RBTA's taken out.
    11). Jan 19, 2013. Added Naso & Sailfin after trip to Maui
    12). Feb 17, 2013. Sump & Macro Pictures
    13). Feb 21, 2013. DIY Coral Viewer & Top down Pictures
    14). Mar 1, 2013. More Fragalot fragsx2 New Frag Rack
    15). Mar 20, 2013. Naso Died! Another GB with Lot of Red Acans! Close-up coral pictures.
    16). Mar 21, 2013. New $$ Dussumieri Tang!
    17). Mar 24, 2013. New Video
    18). Mar 27, 2013. Actinic & Tube Anemones Pictures
    19). Apr 13, 2013. Bad eBay MH bulbs. Fragbox Frags & Fish room Pictures
    20). June 22, 2013. 2nd Anniversary Video
    21). Aug 8, 2013. Coral pictures & FTS
    22). Aug 14, 2013. CPR Refugium added. 14 Hours Power Outage!!!
    23). Sep 9, 2013. Post Power Outage Pictures
    24). Sep 15, 2013 Space Monster Captured (Nov)
    25). Nov 7, 2013. Table of Contents added on Journal. New Powerhead.
    26). Nov 28, 2013. Pluffy Acans, X'mas Shopping (UPS & X'mas Coral 2013)


    After switching over to salty on my 46 Gal Bowfront just over 6 weeks ago, I went n picked up a 120 Gal last Sunday. It was quite fun moving it upstairs! We barely made the turn and I don't think I want to move it again within the next few years! LOL

    Tank was drilled on the back and it came complete with all the equipments since the seller was leaving the hobby.

    Here's is list of the main equipments in the package: *Items in RED were added later.

    120 Gal Tank (4'x2'x2')
    White Stand
    30 Gal Sump
    Lighting:
    - 2x250W (14,000k) M.H. with lunar lights (12 LED's)
    - 4x65W PC (2x 454, 2x 50/50)
    - 48" Blue LED Strips x2

    Skimmers:
    - AquaC Romora Protein Skimmer
    - AquaC EV-120
    DIY In-Sump Algae Scrubber
    Mangroves x5

    Modded Vertex UF-15 w Bio-pellets, Zeo-bak dosing.
    Return Pump
    Powerheads:
    - Koralia Evolution 1150 x2 on UPS (APC 600W)
    - Jebao WP-40 (Nov.9, 2013)

    200W heaters x2 on Temperature Controller
    ATO w. 5 gal reservoir

    CPR Hang on back Refugium w 24" PC light (Macro Algae)
    80lbs Liverocks, Livesand

    Dosing:
    Reef advantage calcium
    Reef carbonate alkalinity
    Microbacter
    Magnesium (liquid)
    Iodine




    After 4 days of hard work, the system is finally up n running. Currently cycling with couple of green chromis. Will be adding 3 more next week.


    Pictures time!

    After cleaning, rinsing, filling n draining the tank twice...






    Filling the tank slowly using R/O water. Yes, slowly.... It took almost 3 days until it's finally filled to the top. Salt is being mixed in the tank that's why the water looks cloudy.




    After a thin layer of sand, the big, base pieces of rocks are put in place.




    Then stacking the med. size pieces...
    My intention is to create as many caves n bridges as possible, while leaving room for coral placements.




    Topping up the tank to get the system going. As for the sump, I have the following...
    1st chamber: bag to catch debris - only for week 1 and will be taken out soon. Protein Skimmer.
    2nd: 200w heater
    3rd: Liverock rubbles and couple of crabs that I found while cleaning the liverocks
    4th: Return pump




    With the new 2x250w Metal Halide n my old Coralife 4x65w Power Compact.






    M.H. Off






    Lunar...






    Thank you for looking!
    Last edited by JTang; 12-29-2013 at 12:04 AM. Reason: Updated Table
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    Current Setups:
    33 Gal Fluval Studio 600
    14 Gal Biocube
    8 Gal Fluval Cube

    While suffering from BTS few years ago...
    135 Gal Africans
    120 Gal Reef Journal
    46 Gal Bowfront Saltwater Predator

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    Looks great John
    Welcome to the Dark Side
    Mwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Congrats on taking the plunge! Hope you have fun with it:-)
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    Looks great, seeing SW tanks make me feel on setting mine up lol
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    looks great John!

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    Nice upgrade on the tank. Lots of room to play with. Your aquascape looks very impressive for a newbie to the "dark" side.

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    wow im jealous! looks amazing man, nice job with the LR, can't wait to see it with some coral
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    Looks great already !

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words!

    I will soon have to get some stock out of the 46gal n transfer them into this one. It is overloaded with all the fish n corals that came with the 120gal. Nitrate has gone up from 20 to 40! Not good!
    Current Setups:
    33 Gal Fluval Studio 600
    14 Gal Biocube
    8 Gal Fluval Cube

    While suffering from BTS few years ago...
    135 Gal Africans
    120 Gal Reef Journal
    46 Gal Bowfront Saltwater Predator

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    Looking good so far. Can't wait to see the corals.
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