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Coral Crab? by Aaron on 14 Feb 2017 20:17
Sitting by my tank late last night I noticed a small hitch hiker crab carefully stripping polops of some of my sps frags.

Its now an ex crab.

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Now for colour by Aaron on 13 Feb 2017 11:25
I have the dosing schedule for Calcium, Magnesium and Alkalinity running now. The phosphates were high (3ppm) so looked at the system to see how I could lower this. I noticed a couple of issues.

1. The refugieum needed a trim, the macro is growing well.

2. The bio pellet reactor had clumped and the biopellets were not tumbling. I checked all the valves and it was open full. I then tried removing the flow valve from the line (not needed if on full) and that was the extra movement needed to start tumbling again!

3. The sand bed needs a little more agitation (shallow sand bed) so I have introduced a blue cheeked goby and change the filter sock every couple of days.

I let this run for a week, did a 10% water change and the socks are good and filthy, skimmer working overtime for a few days and phosphate tests 0.3, 0.1, and now 0.

This has allowed me to think about improving the corals colouration, I have started the red sea colour supplements and energy supplement. I am three days in and...

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220ltr first marine tank by Aaron on 25 Jan 2017 21:42
This blog is going to follow my first marine set up. 220ltr currently with 50ltr sump/refugieum.

Plenty to do. First sps corals are in, clean up crew being expanded and working on getting the dosing levels right.

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03 Jan 2017 by ballyvora4 on 03 Jan 2017 15:40
I collected the tank last week after 2 trips. First time the tank didn't fit in my car. Had to go back with a jeep. Have plumbing setup. Found it somewhat hard to find some pieces such as PVC valves so Ill have to add to my plumbing at a later date. Its setup for now anyway. I purchased a Jebao dc 12000 pump used from another member on here. Great condition. Very powerful. Need a valve to slow it down a bit. Have the tank full of some sand and I'm currently making RO water to fill it. I'm about 3/4 there with water and hope to have it full this evening. I still need to buy some more equipment and some salt at the weekend and let it stabilize for a week or so before I start to move some stuff over. Pictures to follow!

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