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RD's 75g reef conversion

Ok......
Lots of things to jot down and get noted.
Tank is a 75g all-glass center braced
Trigger systems amethyst 34
Marine pure ceramic balls 2qt
Apex controller with auto fish feeder and auto water change (changing 2 gallons per day)
gla regulator
10lb co2 tank
CPR CS102 overflow
Eco-Complete Substrate



The initial conversion is done. It has a few small fish and some minor plants. I'll update pics shortly.
I started with 2 Kessil tuna blues, but didn't like the look of it. So i switched out to an ATI sunpower i had. I only have 2 geissman tropics in the fixture at the moment.


Co2 reactor from NilocG coming in early next week to replace the difuser.

Test kits arriving towards the end of this week. Iron, phosphate, calcium, etc

Next on the list of things to be done:
Test the tank to get baselines

Get the reactor installed
Build a roller mat assembly for the sump and replumb the overflow into the roller mat assembly. This will be much like the theilling roller mat or the Klir without the automation. I can always do the automation later via the apex or an arduino.
Work on figuring out how to do my own ferts and get the 4 channel doser up and running.

deal with this diatom bloom. But im hoping by the time i get some of this other stuff done, the diatom phase will be over.

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Some pics
Top one is with the Kessil's
Second one is with the ATI sunpower and geissman
3rd one is with some driftwood added.
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Uggggg.
When it rains it pours, kind of literally.
So i left my RO unit running. Had about 30 gallons of water on the floor. This was enough to buckle 80-100 sq ft of sub floor in my house.
Ill be plumbing in a drain and auto shut off, as well as putting in waterproof flooring (at least in that area).
It's going to be about a 2k lesson. But at least water changes will be much easier when im done.
So note to all you peeps. . . . Keep the water in the box or in the cylinder.

On a slightly better note, most of my test kits came in, and the Co2 reactor should be here Monday.
The plants are starting to perk up a bit with the change to the t5's.
I'll post pics of the flooring nightmare later tomorrow.

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For the love of everything planted, raise that light and fill that thing with plants!!

I hope I never have to walk into 30g on the floor....Can't wait to see your tank develop, lots of nice equipment there.
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How did I miss this?

Another reef conversion. We have several going on right now.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing how things progress.

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Water damage.....
And the repairs begin....
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Did some par testing with the seneye.
With the 2 geissman tropics, fixture about 6" above the surface I am reading about 200 par at the surface (1" down). At the bottom I'm between 70 at the edges and 90 in the center.
So hopefully this will be enough to grow carpeting plants.
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First, sorry to hear about the water damage. I've come close before setting up my RO water for a water change too.

The ATI sunpower Fixture, is that a 6 bulb? That's what I have hanging over my tank, with only 4 bulbs running, but may be to much light for where I'm at with my tank, battling some bba. You are doing the right thing by only running the 2 bulbs in the fixture at the moment. Thanks for the PAR numbers on the geissman tropics, that helps me out.

Like Hendy8888 said add more plants, when I finely did, it help with the algae. That and spending 3 months of reading and studying tank journals.

Get that CO2 dialed in and start dosing and watch the plants grow...
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First, sorry to hear about the water damage
Thanks, it's going to be a month long process to repair i think.

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The ATI sunpower Fixture, is that a 6 bulb?
It is. I've been torn between 2 and 4 bulbs. I wish i could light up just 3 and call it a day.



I'm trying to get my head around how many plants to order. I have like 4 pots of ADA monte carlo and 2 pots of crypt.balansae in my cart at the moment.
I'm also looking at Hemianthus Micranthemoides but dont know if i have enough light for it.

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Some pics of R.Walichii
I have no idea if these are looking ok. They are about a 10 days in the tank.
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I'm thinking I may have some nutrient deficiencies happening. Advice welcome.
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I'm thinking I may have some nutrient deficiencies happening. Advice welcome.
Maybe. Maybe not.

Could be a lot of things.

At 90 PAR at the substrate, you have plenty of light. That means carefully dialing everything else in, not just ferts.

Could also be not enough CO2, not enough plants, not enough maintenance.

And for that particular plant, maybe even too much light. Might do better in a shaded or lower light portion of the tank.

You should post some more details on the tank. CO2 drop from degassed, how it's being measured, fert dosing, maintenance schedule, etc.

Just saying, many people immediately look to ferts for any issues, and many times it's something completely different. Better to look at the tank in it's entirety.

Just curious why the 2 gallons a day auto water change? That is not much water change for a tank being driven by that much light, and will make it difficult to dial in ferts and keep tank uber clean.

And really sorry to hear about the water damage. I've got to hand it to you, you seem pretty calm about it and are handling it well. That is a lot to deal with.
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You should post some more details on the tank. CO2 drop from degassed, how it's being measured, fert dosing, maintenance schedule, etc.
So this was taken from another post i made tonight asking if my calculations were correct.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11172799

Tank parameters
GH: 12
KH: 5
CA: 35
MG: 31????????
Po4: .25
No3: 20ish
TDS 251
(new)ORP: varies between 360 and 460 with it rising during Co2 delivery.
The PH is being measured by the apex and the drop is slightly over 1 full ph point (tonight). though most of the week it's been about .8 or so. The attached pic shows the ph swing in the last 24 hours. Notice the Min and Max numbers at the bottom.

Dosing has been almost nil because i wanted to get a grip on my water parameters first, Which i was finally able to do tonight. The only thing i havent tested yet is Fe. I will do that tomorrow.
Maintenance, 2gpd auto change. However tonight i changed it to 4gpd to try and reduce some of the ca and mg concentrations.

Thrive S states 1 pump per 5 gallons 1-3X week. Now i've halved this and done 1 or 2 pumps or so every other day to equal about 7 pumps throughout the week. I have what "I" consider an extremely low plant load. The last thing i really wanted to do was put way too much in to begin with and battle algae. (diatoms i expect in any new aquarium)
Plants:
1 cup R.Walichii
1 cup Heteranthera Zosterifolia (hope i got that right) and these guys aren't doing well at all.
2 Java Ferns (i think. they are the ones in the picture above about the deficiency)
2 stems of anacharis
1 anubias

large 30% water changes every other week.
Now keep in mind that after the tank cycled, i did a 100% water change with RO/DI water not re-constituted. I suspect the high Ca and Mg are because there were tube worms and corraline algae on equipment i could not reach during the conversion. My best educated guess would be that when the ph drops from the co2 injection, the Ca and Mg get release from the structures and introduced into the water column. What leads me to this conclusion is every so often the return spits out white chunks which i assume to be calcium carbonate. But this is conjecture on my part.

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Just curious why the 2 gallons a day auto water change? That is not much water change for a tank being driven by that much light, and will make it difficult to dial in ferts and keep tank uber clean.
It actually didnt in the reef tank. sure i used more ca/alk/mg in keeping up with the daily usage, but new traces were being added on a daily basis. Much i suspect will happen with re-constituted water for the auto water change (when i get there after having the ca and mg concentrations brought into normal levels)

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And really sorry to hear about the water damage. I've got to hand it to you, you seem pretty calm about it and are handling it well. That is a lot to deal with.
Thanks, i beat myself up for about 3 days. But in the end, freaking out and going bonkers doesn't get anything accomplished. I'll get it repaired, it will just take some time.
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