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Drama D
11-16-2013, 11:01 AM
What's up sd reefs!, new to the forum. I'm located in north county. Currently I am running a bq29 hqi mixed reef. This is my second sw tank. My last tank was a 60 gal mixed reef and was up and running for Aprox 7 years. I moved and had to part it out :(. I was out of the hobby for about 5 years and then decided I wanted to run another tank. Because of all the advancements in the nano world, I decided on the bq29 to help w/ the expense of starting it all up. Well I have already tripled if not quadrupled my spending cap. Lol. I'm sure many of us have.
I have joined nano reefs forum about a week before my initial set up. I spent most of my time off work browsing there forum, reading up on all the new advancements and any and everything possible. So much has changed since owning my last tank equipment wise but the basics are basically the same with a few exceptions like dsb, bb's. it's a whole new world IMO for the nano's. I remember anything less than 55 gal was not recommended when I first started. Now their are pico tanks, nano tanks etc that many enthusiast are running successfully. It's awesome IMO. Since being from San Diego, I figured I'd join a local forum to learn and share info, opinions, likes and dislikes, help others local to me, and meet local reefers. Glad I found this forum and thanks for having me.
So my tank; biocube29 hqi (mixed reef)
Tank has been running for 2 months now, I had a 3 week cycle. Started with 30# premium live rock, 30# ultra white live sand. Using Red Sea coral pro salt mixed @ 1.025 @79*f. Tank temp was up and down while cycling, I have been able to maintain it with in 1 degree for the last month. It took me switching a few things around equipment wise and lighting schedule.
I started w/ upgrading the return pump to a Colbalt mj1200, I cut the tab between chambers 1&2 for more flow and to accommodate my intank media basket. I'm running cpe and purigen w/ filter floss in the media basket. I removed the sponge between chambers 2&3 to prevent waste build up and having possible nitrate spike. I ran my lighting during my cycle to reduce die off on lr. Ran for 7 hrs a day and ran in the evening to help w/ tank temps since the end of summer was fairly warm and the stock lighting is hqi bulb. It gets rather warm. Lighting ran from 3pm -10pm. I was running two hydor 425's for flow but have since swapped them out for an mp10 to reduce tank temp even further. It has reduced my tank temp by 2 degrees having the motor outside the tank. Great upgrade and awesome piece of equipment IMO. To help with my tanks temp issues even further, I contacted Dave Fason at nano box and purchased a new full spectrum 4ch led set up. Took two months to build but is now finished and in the process of being shipped..... To be continued....., battery is about to die......

11-16-2013, 11:28 AM
Welcome! :D

Drama D
02-05-2014, 08:00 AM
Upgraded my phone, forgot my password, after a long attempt to recover my account, I have succeeded.
So,! Nanobox duo arrived w/ storm controller. It is now hanging over my bc29 and I set up a New 4gal microreefs tank and have a nanobox tide w/ storm controller over this one and is currently cycling. I also ditched the water store fill ups and got me a new spetrapure 90gpd maxcap ro/di set up all hooked up and making some good water.
Other updates, I quit dosing zeovits on my bc29 and have switched to strictly water changes and skimming. Pick up the rare at the moment gnome skimmer for my 4gal by luck and have yet to set it up. Im waiting till I get a load in the tank. Lol, gross.
Give me a minute and ill see if I can post some pics. Also one other thing,
Im looking for others reef friendly shops in sd. Im specifically interested in the north county area. Im rarely up in that area and would like to see some new stores live stock. I have been to aquaticware house, aquasd, fontains, vets pets, various tiny shops, kahoots and petco's and petsmarts. Looking to visit a new shop..anyone share any spots with me? Tanks fellas!

02-05-2014, 08:07 AM
How about some pics of the tank and equipment? Sounds great though! Tanks for sharing.

Drama D
02-05-2014, 08:11 AM
Loading photos now. Photobucket is so slow

02-05-2014, 08:25 AM
Welcome to SDR!

Drama D
02-05-2014, 08:30 AM
Newly set up microreefs4.2 aio

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/78D144AD-0EA2-4F44-99D8-52D387F3D711_zpsb48gdj5x.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/78D144AD-0EA2-4F44-99D8-52D387F3D711_zpsb48gdj5x.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/61C9A9B9-0A9E-4F9D-9658-EE392C6BEF19_zpso6ijhkin.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/61C9A9B9-0A9E-4F9D-9658-EE392C6BEF19_zpso6ijhkin.jpg.html)
Dendro in my bc29

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/Mobile%20Uploads/2013-11/AA58B23E-1EE3-478E-806B-66644B68E10C_zpsbnivtcob.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2013-11/AA58B23E-1EE3-478E-806B-66644B68E10C_zpsbnivtcob.jpg.html)
Bc29 a few months old

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/Mobile%20Uploads/2013-11/CB88236C-DB7D-4CE1-B48B-9FB95605F87C_zpsuio2yqku.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2013-11/CB88236C-DB7D-4CE1-B48B-9FB95605F87C_zpsuio2yqku.jpg.html)
New nanobox duo after hanging

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/4CEA5B7E-4879-463E-8FEC-8D7FE5855CCC_zpst0igiolz.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/4CEA5B7E-4879-463E-8FEC-8D7FE5855CCC_zpst0igiolz.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/257E5191-FFAE-44C4-9BE5-4D58FD9E5D84_zpsyxdkvfcm.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/257E5191-FFAE-44C4-9BE5-4D58FD9E5D84_zpsyxdkvfcm.jpg.html)
My pigmy tanakas wrasse, red turf algae has been removed

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/345CBAE0-7BE7-4FCC-B5F0-E2168AED6916_zpsjleuxbip.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/345CBAE0-7BE7-4FCC-B5F0-E2168AED6916_zpsjleuxbip.jpg.html)
My fire fish, this shot is from the beginning

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/null_zps987a61ad.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/null_zps987a61ad.jpg.html)
ill upload more recent shots after I figure out this camera, the spectrum on my lught throws everything off color balance wise in photos. Few pics to share for now. Open to comments. I have equip pics I need to get as well. Im running intank media basket/fuge baskets, need to take oics of my gnome skimmercause everyones always is interested in pico skimmers, close ups of leds in my new lights

Drama D
02-05-2014, 08:32 AM
Thank you I'm happy to be apart of the Local forum

02-05-2014, 08:35 AM
Very nice! Thanks again for sharing!

02-05-2014, 10:25 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Drama D
02-05-2014, 12:31 PM
^^^^Thanks for having me. I just got back from aqua sd, man they had some nice gold torches right now.

02-05-2014, 12:42 PM
AquaSD always has a nice selection of corals

Drama D
02-07-2014, 07:53 PM
More pics from this evenings fun

Gnome skimmer out of the box

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_145932_zpstbxqyzpu.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_145932_zpstbxqyzpu.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_150941_zpslsg2gves.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_150941_zpslsg2gves.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_151509_zps78yvbwmc.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_151509_zps78yvbwmc.jpg.html)

New hydor pico powerhead

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_150952_zps6tg5584c.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_150952_zps6tg5584c.jpg.html)

Some wire management

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_152526_zpslv1hxsjd.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_152526_zpslv1hxsjd.jpg.html)

All tidied up, please disregard my night stand, it is just over 100 years old

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140207_174133_zpsyrntj4pa.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140207_174133_zpsyrntj4pa.jpg.html)


02-08-2014, 07:31 AM
Welcome to sdreefs. I'm not sure if anybody has told you yet, but Aquatica and Shipwreck Cove have nice selections on livestock, but not large dry goods in store, but can order for you. Have you started a build thread in members tank forum?

Drama D
02-08-2014, 08:00 AM
Thanks for naming a few lfs, where is shipwreck cove located?
Im still new to the forum so ive been browsing all around checking everything out. I need to update my profile and create a few Build threads.
Im currently thinking about picking up a new cadlights mini 34g w/ all the bells and whistles for my living room. I have a bc29 on one side of my tv and my wife wants to balance it out with a tank on the other. Maybe fowlr only for this one or swap all my corals from the bc29 to it and turn the bc29 into a fowlr system. Id like to go big but the intial expense to get it all started up would quadruple the cost of a smaller system.

02-08-2014, 08:07 AM
Welcome to sdreefs it's the best! Real good people in here.:D

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Drama D
02-21-2014, 09:00 PM
New cadlights 34g mini..... just got wet

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140221_210142_zpsjnx2aymt.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140221_210142_zpsjnx2aymt.jpg.html)

02-21-2014, 09:10 PM
Looking good. Hopefully it will clear up quickly.

Drama D
02-22-2014, 08:10 AM
All clear, lr goes in, in about 1 hour...

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140222_090329_zpsv1fiuag8.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140222_090329_zpsv1fiuag8.jpg.html)

Drama D
05-01-2014, 05:08 AM
Just picked up my lighting for my 34g cad tank. Install tonight possibly

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140430_173716_zpsyr6bcsjh.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140430_173716_zpsyr6bcsjh.jpg.html)

Drama D
05-30-2014, 04:37 PM
Lil build update.

New additions to cad tank,

batt back up
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140519_182913_zpsskzfoysr.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140519_182913_zpsskzfoysr.jpg.html)
Sunset milli

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140524_174523_zpslmpc1tsa.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140524_174523_zpslmpc1tsa.jpg.html)


http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140524_174536_zpsl6tgs5nb.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140524_174536_zpsl6tgs5nb.jpg.html)

Green tri color stylo

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140524_174609_zpscvm6zwjt.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140524_174609_zpscvm6zwjt.jpg.html)

Tri color birdsnest

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140524_174621_zpsxsyhfmok.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140524_174621_zpsxsyhfmok.jpg.html)


http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140524_174628_zpsyjw6jdrw.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140524_174628_zpsyjw6jdrw.jpg.html)

And some clowns
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140518_144411_zps2aaihibx.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140518_144411_zps2aaihibx.jpg.html)

Biocube fts.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140530_170752_zpsbfl6f1ra.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140530_170752_zpsbfl6f1ra.jpg.html)
Thats all for now. Still need to get some new pics of my 4 gal

05-30-2014, 05:14 PM
Great FTS Drama. Looks nice and healthy!

Drama D
05-30-2014, 05:33 PM
Thanks. Battling temp issues with it now. Fan on order and if this does not help, chiller will be on order. Till then I have my ac cranked up

Drama D
07-14-2014, 04:58 AM
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140713_192552_zpstynqakkg.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140713_192552_zpstynqakkg.jpg.html)

07-19-2014, 11:56 AM
nice pics!!!

Drama D
07-19-2014, 02:34 PM
Thanks. Kinda been using this thread as a progress thread for all three of my tanks. I may be consolidating these all into a large 150+ tank here real soon. I keep putting it off, not sure how much longer I can tell my self no. The plan is to eliminate maintenence on 3 tanks to just one, but I know I will want at least 1 other up and running to keep me from getting bored of it. Dif scape and setup.
Here is a side shot of the 29
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140717_210846_LLS_zpsfi0kj7ru.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140717_210846_LLS_zpsfi0kj7ru.jpg.html)

Drama D
07-27-2014, 07:51 PM
125g coming soon
Piecing it together now. May take me quite a while before its up and running. Bigger equip is expensive. Need a sponser lol. Few pics
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140720_110439_zpsssfh0ajo.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140720_110439_zpsssfh0ajo.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140725_193642_zps1gr6ontn.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140725_193642_zps1gr6ontn.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140726_114852_zpsvnapboju.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140726_114852_zpsvnapboju.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140726_143829_zpsykfnnuvj.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140726_143829_zpsykfnnuvj.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140726_184657_zpsnz54wnfp.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140726_184657_zpsnz54wnfp.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140727_102319_zpsw8obwh0p.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140727_102319_zpsw8obwh0p.jpg.html)

Thats all for now. Still waiting for a few plumbing parts to arrive then ill be onto building the interior overflow.
Then ill need to find a skimmer, return pump, sock holder, possibly some kind of controller, I really want an apex to simplify my life.
Well enjoy and thanks everyone who have given me awesome deals on this build, I enjoyed meeting all of you.

07-27-2014, 08:03 PM

thats a Tank!!!!!!!!!!

what a bute

Drama D
07-27-2014, 08:18 PM
Ha ha, thanks. It is a work in progress. Cant wait for it to be up and running. It will be a while but well worth the wait imo.

07-27-2014, 09:23 PM
I love how a nano turns into a 125.

Drama D
07-28-2014, 05:02 AM
More room, more options, better equip and all 3 of my tanks should fit into it with room to spare.

Drama D
08-26-2014, 09:00 PM
Bump it up. Pics of cad tank on page 2. The one with the wrasse and clowns is the cad tank

Drama D
09-05-2014, 04:42 PM
Some updates on the 125. Stand is painted, new acrylic sump aquired, almost c2c overflow assembled, pumps recieved, acrylic baffles ordered, tank is getting closer to getting wet. Pics:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140817_150930_zpsfdnc4e0u.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140817_150930_zpsfdnc4e0u.jpg.html)
New water storage:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140816_190621_zpsumqgcsfj.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140816_190621_zpsumqgcsfj.jpg.html)
Starting to paint:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140823_125943_zpsa8b4eenq.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140823_125943_zpsa8b4eenq.jpg.html)
Prepping overflow:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140830_140528_zpsglpp2zaf.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140830_140528_zpsglpp2zaf.jpg.html)
New sump:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140830_141101_zpsltromwey.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140830_141101_zpsltromwey.jpg.html)
Overflow assembled:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140830_160639_zpssyqnyhyt.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140830_160639_zpssyqnyhyt.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140830_160625_zpsq4zy1nui.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140830_160625_zpsq4zy1nui.jpg.html)
Interior doors
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140831_183613_zpsswlpexqn.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140831_183613_zpsswlpexqn.jpg.html)
Stand almost finshed:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140901_173304_zpsvcjzygjr.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140901_173304_zpsvcjzygjr.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140901_173603_zps6jhes51b.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140901_173603_zps6jhes51b.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140905_164145_zps7rdpafre.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140905_164145_zps7rdpafre.jpg.html)
Just need handles and mag catches
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140905_164125_zpshsrlnpj9.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140905_164125_zpshsrlnpj9.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20140905_164051_zpsm95uvwkx.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20140905_164051_zpsm95uvwkx.jpg.html)
THats all for now folks :). Working on installing overflow this weekend and prepping area tank will be located. Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Drama D
12-02-2014, 10:36 AM
Build update:

(I just spent an hour updating this thread full of photos and I backed out for a sec and it all deleted so I have sumed it all up in a few pics here.....)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_112017_zpsxm7lsfka.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_112017_zpsxm7lsfka.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_112103_zpsu4hca08e.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_112103_zpsu4hca08e.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_112034_zps52kneuay.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_112034_zps52kneuay.jpg.html)

still need to finish hard plumbing it all up and glue. Leak test and tune the drains and return, adjust skimmer hieght, plumb reactor, mount lights. Moneys tight this month but I still need to pick up sand and dryrock as well as another radion xr30w and figure out a mounting option for it to sit in the middle. Everything from my cad build will be going into this tank and cad tank will turn into a quarantine tank. Im thinking 50 more pounds of dry rock to go with the 26# of lr from the cad as well as 80# special grade dry sand mixed with the sand from the cad tank witch is 40# should do it. Im guessing around February until its wet and running but still build progress none the less. :)
More pics upon request or just browse my bucket...its all there minus my awesome story about it

12-02-2014, 09:06 PM
Love that stand came out clean! Nice build!

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Drama D
12-03-2014, 07:00 AM
Thanks, I was happy to finally finish it up but now am thinking of adding some molding on the top and sides. Still undecided.

Did a lil more work yesterday afternoon. I made my screen tops and received my rms mounts and test fitted to be sure they would clear the rim. Fits perfect.
I have another day off work today so I plan to order dry sand and dry rock possibly by the end of the day. Also need to get a dj power strip. Ive been procrastinating on gluing my plumbing all up and finalizing it all so I think I will attempt to mess with this today as well.
Few pics of screen tops and rms mount test fit

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_125055_zps4e2wlpoa.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_125055_zps4e2wlpoa.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_132348_zpsy1llvqog.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_132348_zpsy1llvqog.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_133716_zpskprp6vdp.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_133716_zpskprp6vdp.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_135937_zpsjsj35lnl.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_135937_zpsjsj35lnl.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_140305_zpstrwloqji.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_140305_zpstrwloqji.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_143203_zpsnysaemmg.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_143203_zpsnysaemmg.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_125132_zpsh5mnmhm8.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_125132_zpsh5mnmhm8.jpg.html)

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141202_130128_zpsho1tove0.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141202_130128_zpsho1tove0.jpg.html)

Will update as build progresses. :)

Drama D
01-18-2015, 09:45 AM

First off, I would like to know if the mods can move this thread over to the member builds section.

So I'm finally on the verge of water testing the system and then getting this thing drained and refilled. A few changes have been made equip wise. I'm ditching the dual reactor for two individual phos ban 150 reactors. I feel this will give me better control over my media choices when needed. I also decided on going for the gold, and picked up an apex gold to help monitor and make my life more complicated and enjoyable, lol. So far I have done the intial set up via ethernet cable but have been having issues uploading to the latest firm ware, my ip address keeps changing after restart on the apex so I need to set up a static ip address I think. I still need to finish the set up and calibrate the probs once the tank is finally wet. I was able to get it all set up on fusion so hopefully this makes my life easier when needing to make changes to things.

Before picking up the apex I set up a reef link, to be able to control my radions via tablet/cell phone. I really like it but I may ditch it and hook into the apex instead, still undecided. I love technology and gadgets so I kinda went crazy on purchasing some of the equip. I also set up a drop cam and have it linked to my fusion account. The cam is very cool and allows me to monitor my tank when away. My wife hates it and calls it the spy cam and thinks I have it to spy on her. What ev"s lol. Also I am waiting for the rms rail kit to be released so I can pick up the long rail and tracks for a cool new way to mount multiple radions. I'm still unsure if this is the best move rather than just hanging the lights due to access into tank for water changes and tank maintenence. I already have two rms mounts and would hate to lose out on some money and just get the hanging kits as I honestly feel this is the all around better option as far as ease of access to the tank.
Other than all of that, ato res is on order and will be here next month as well as a dosing container. I'm currently working on making an apex mount board and trying to figure out where and how to mount my tlf reactors, they must be outside the sump and the lip on the sump is to wide for them to hang on. Placing the on the floor of the stand has me worried that they will tip over if bumped, I'm thinking some velcro or screwing them into a small board will help keep them in place.
Onto the pics:
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141204_153739_zpslcirucsv.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141204_153739_zpslcirucsv.jpg.html)

Playing with rock.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141212_173605_zpsdcgd1pvp.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141212_173605_zpsdcgd1pvp.jpg.html)

Need more power.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141214_123153_zpsowu6aa6a.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141214_123153_zpsowu6aa6a.jpg.html)

Fish catcher for overflow
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150102_120316_zpsolza8n6x.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150102_120316_zpsolza8n6x.jpg.html)

Another fts. Plan to switch the rms mounts to the side of the tank, add the 72" rail and tracks to connect the two and mount another radion in the center of tank ftb.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20141231_121603_zpsnfrfwizq.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20141231_121603_zpsnfrfwizq.jpg.html)

New equip.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150114_164401_zpsuxfclcdj.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150114_164401_zpsuxfclcdj.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150111_114810_zpsovakkvru.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150111_114810_zpsovakkvru.jpg.html)

That's all for now. Thanks for checking it out.

01-18-2015, 11:48 AM
build is turning out so sweet!

if no mod moves it soon
just click edit on this one and copy and paste everything into a new post under member tanks

Keep up the great work , this has been a cool experience from a nano to this immaculate reef your building ;]

Drama D
02-03-2015, 08:52 AM
New fts, wet maybe this weekend
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150202_205603_zpsxn5yokkj.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150202_205603_zpsxn5yokkj.jpg.html)
Just need to tidy up some wires and do a lil clean up

Drama D
02-03-2015, 08:55 AM
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150201_201942_zps9uwp4xck.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150201_201942_zps9uwp4xck.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150202_162718_zpsc9i92mon.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150202_162718_zpsc9i92mon.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150131_155100_zpsxpwmnnlw.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150131_155100_zpsxpwmnnlw.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150124_101923_zpszep3x24h.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150124_101923_zpszep3x24h.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150125_114831_zpsgjvu4tgm.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150125_114831_zpsgjvu4tgm.jpg.html)

02-03-2015, 09:15 AM
When you get it wet post deets on the gyre!

...super curious about those things!

02-03-2015, 09:15 AM
Wow, impressive set-up!

Drama D
02-03-2015, 11:37 AM
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150201_201942_zps9uwp4xck.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150201_201942_zps9uwp4xck.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150202_162718_zpsc9i92mon.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150202_162718_zpsc9i92mon.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150131_155100_zpsxpwmnnlw.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150131_155100_zpsxpwmnnlw.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150124_101923_zpszep3x24h.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150124_101923_zpszep3x24h.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150125_114831_zpsgjvu4tgm.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150125_114831_zpsgjvu4tgm.jpg.html)

Drama D
03-13-2015, 09:27 PM
So I've been busy with more diy. It's been a while since last update. Tank has been wet for about 3 weeks now. Few minor leaks on thread fittings after initial start up, all have been fixed.

So I made a mixing station or a portable mixer. Here's a few pics, works really well.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150215_141713_zpsj0wk7hlx.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150215_141713_zpsj0wk7hlx.jpg.html)

Fits inside a 44g brute container
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150207_133736_zpswp5skghp.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150207_133736_zpswp5skghp.jpg.html)
I have educators installed on one side for mixing and some vinyl tube on the other for filling and draining.

I made a stand for my water storage container. Left over scrap wood from a few stand builds I have done.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150219_160031_zps1jmmq8wf.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150219_160031_zps1jmmq8wf.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150219_162425_zpsg9si0ts2.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150219_162425_zpsg9si0ts2.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150219_162410_zps8cmo94oi.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150219_162410_zps8cmo94oi.jpg.html)

Picked up a booster pump for my Rodi system and performed a few mods to it as well. Water production time is much better.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150215_090745_zpscl85urzp.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150215_090745_zpscl85urzp.jpg.html)

Some pics when filling tank
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150228_123942_zpsfxrzcwhi.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150228_123942_zpsfxrzcwhi.jpg.html)
Almost there
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150228_151947_zpsy2asziwr.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150228_151947_zpsy2asziwr.jpg.html)
Sump shot
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150228_182141_zpsfsprgkfm.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150228_182141_zpsfsprgkfm.jpg.html)
Clearing up, scape needs some work, need more rock, looking for a large 14w20h" oval or round rock.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150301_151454_zpscdn5b4bq.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150301_151454_zpscdn5b4bq.jpg.html)
Playing with new scape for right side.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150306_155534_zpsvydth2zy.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150306_155534_zpsvydth2zy.jpg.html)
Wider view and prepping chiller plumbing
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150312_162234_zpshspk9ecg.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150312_162234_zpshspk9ecg.jpg.html)

I had some money burning a hole in my pocket, picked up an aqua euro 1/4hp chiller, plumbing for it, vertex hexaplex mag cleaner, and kz rev s skimmer. Couldn't help myself on the skimmer. I have a problem, I now have a skimmer collection :). Nothing wrong with 4 back ups. Rev s is currently in hiding until the wife's birthday passes lol, I'll post some pics once I unboxed it. She would flip knowing I bought another skimmer.
The mag cleaner is bad ass and super strong, using for the front pane only in fear of cracking the glass trying to jump it to the sides. I'll be using separate mags for the sides.
Started measuring and prepping plumbing for the chiller and snapped a locline fitting, didn't have a back up on hand so back to aw for a replacement.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150312_171324_zpst3crltpz.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150312_171324_zpst3crltpz.jpg.html)
This is how far I got, just have to replace the locline to barb connection and should be good to go on setting up the chiller.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150312_172527_zpsq8kdwmkw.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150312_172527_zpsq8kdwmkw.jpg.html)

Other than that diatoms are popping up all over, clean up crew ordered and things seem okay for the moment. I still am having issues updating my apex to the current software and getting fusion to stay logged in. I have a mac and the ip address keeps changing causing issues with the update, I need to open a ticket and get some tech support setting up a fixed ip address and have them ping my apex. But probes are hooked up and calibrated so that's nice.
Well cell is about to die, I will update more as tank progresses, thanks for checking out my build...:) cheers

Drama D
04-06-2015, 04:33 PM
New fts, new car, skimmer dialed in
Can mods please move this thread to member builds?

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150403_165417_zpsy40wqzea.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150403_165417_zpsy40wqzea.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150401_185936_zpsqh05gccm.jpeg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150401_185936_zpsqh05gccm.jpeg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150327_204648_zpshauxpjdy.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150327_204648_zpshauxpjdy.jpg.html)

Also traded some equip for a few monti and pavona frags, he got a steal of a deal, but cool dude and was trying to help him out a lil, that's what it's all about imo, helping each other out
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150404_152334_zpsdlico1m1.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150404_152334_zpsdlico1m1.jpg.html)

04-06-2015, 04:38 PM
New fts, new car, skimmer dialed in
Can mods please move this thread to member builds?

http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150403_165417_zpsy40wqzea.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150403_165417_zpsy40wqzea.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150401_185936_zpsqh05gccm.jpeg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150401_185936_zpsqh05gccm.jpeg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150327_204648_zpshauxpjdy.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150327_204648_zpshauxpjdy.jpg.html)

Also traded some equip for a few monti and pavona frags, he got a steal of a deal, but cool dude and was trying to help him out a lil, that's what it's all about imo, helping each other out
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150404_152334_zpsdlico1m1.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150404_152334_zpsdlico1m1.jpg.html)

Bad ass car bad ass tank bad ass everything!haha..Nice mustang!

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Drama D
04-06-2015, 04:42 PM
Thanks, it's all coming together slowly.
Still following your build

04-06-2015, 05:34 PM
Nice ride ;]
Great minds think alike

Drama D
04-06-2015, 05:49 PM
Thanks, I'm enjoying it. Still trying to figure out best way to launch it. Track day at barona on the 18th. Should be interesting

Drama D
05-22-2015, 03:45 AM
New fts, added a tomini tang and copperband butterfly. The butter seems to be doing well and not nipping at any corals, very healthy and seems happy.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150521_155512_zpsw3q5paot.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150521_155512_zpsw3q5paot.jpg.html)
Also have some macro algae taking off in the tank, came in on a piece of branch rock I put in.
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150521_161334_zpswwjppexo.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150521_161334_zpswwjppexo.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150520_164854_zpslgvthjgo.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150520_164854_zpslgvthjgo.jpg.html)
http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae308/dramad1/20150520_164846_zpsj9tbsumj.jpg (http://s982.photobucket.com/user/dramad1/media/20150520_164846_zpsj9tbsumj.jpg.html)

05-22-2015, 11:43 AM
Such an amazing build &
Love that car.

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Drama D
05-22-2015, 01:43 PM
Thanks, you've got some nice builds as well.

05-22-2015, 03:06 PM
Tank looks great!

05-22-2015, 03:35 PM
Tank is looking good! Always nice to find another Ramona Reefer! :cool:

Drama D
05-22-2015, 03:52 PM
Thank you, appreciate it. It took a while to bring this build together and still quite a ways to go.

Drama D
05-22-2015, 03:54 PM
Tank is looking good! Always nice to find another Ramona Reefer! :cool: Awesome. Though I have not met him bogg is up here as well. If you need anything lmk, always down to help a fellow reefer if I am able.

05-22-2015, 04:12 PM
I've picked up a couple things from Bogg. He's got a sweet setup.

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