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      Macro/Mixed Reef Office Tank

      Hey guys, getting back into it after a few years. This tank is going to end up in our master control office at work. We just renovated and I managed to make it an excuse to get back into reefing

      This is my old big macro tank, I'm going for a similar vibe:


      Bought a nice 20g from Reefer78 and decided to build a nice stand to fit the space perfectly. Should have it done tonight.
      No sump so I can keep it simple.
      Lighting I've been going back and forth between an A160we and a PrimeHD. I think the Prime is going to be my choice, since I want a white light and the controller is integrated.











      If any of y'all still have my macros out there I'll definitely have to hit you up!!

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      Good to see you back bro
      Here’s a good build thread
      https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/wa...isplay.517365/

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      Quote Originally Posted by spidernano View Post
      Good to see you back bro
      Here’s a good build thread
      https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/wa...isplay.517365/
      That's an incredible tank!

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      One step closer. Gotta find some rock!




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      Cris has a nice 10” piece of Tonga with zoas that would look great in there.

      http://www.sdreefs.com/forums/showth...low-break-down

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      Woohoo!! Good to see you around again Andrew!

      Tank is looking pretty sweet

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      Quote Originally Posted by cshplumber View Post
      Cris has a nice 10” piece of Tonga with zoas that would look great in there.

      http://www.sdreefs.com/forums/showth...low-break-down
      Pretty nice piece!


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      Woohoo!! Good to see you around again Andrew!

      Tank is looking pretty sweet
      Good to see ya Chris! Already kicking around the idea of an outdoor macro grow tank... I should know better by now.

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      Welcome back brotha!

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      What's up Mike!

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      Got the rock and sand in this weekend. I have a bit more BRS rock and fiji rubble that I may end up adding for hiding spots for fish and pods.



      This tank is in our Master Control that runs our local education and public access TV channels in San Diego - you can see our master screen split in the reflection. ��
      These are feeds from IP and satellite decoders, as well as local cable, feeds from the studios, and some other places.* From here our ops make sure the stations stay on the air.

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      Progress!





      Looks like Gracilaria sp. but I think it's actually Halymenia sp.


      No idea, hope it survives:







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      Quick update, things are growing pretty nicely already. The C. Prolifera especially has taken off.
      I really need a nem, though... the clowns are hosting the Prolifera! They dive in and just waggle around in it most of the day.


      The rather crappy C. Serrulata I got has almost totally died off right off the bat. Maybe I'll get lucky and it'll regrow, doubt it. This whole side was full of it.


      Added a tiny Bangaii Cardinal today. Almost went with a small Lubbock's Wrasse but figured people in my office would like the Bangaii more.


      This has been coasting along nicely, got quite a bit more pink... perhaps Rhodopeltis sp.?

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      Ferts ready to go


      Busted out one of my old ghetto temp controllers for the growout tank at home... still works!


      Red Gracilaria is pearling like crazy already. I'm gonna start supplementing pressurized CO2 using my offroad tire fillup kit and a cheap $7 needle valve, should get crazier pearling than this once that's done.


      Here's the 55g growout tank. Using the CREE 150w equivalent par38s from home depot, but I think I'm gonna switch to chinese black boxes and see how it goes. These floodlights are a little too far up IMO.


      From right to left - chaeto and ulva growout, which will moved to make room for halymenia and portreria. The tubing is from my submerged pump, which keeps the tank flow going constant left to right in order to keep the chaeto from getting mixed in with everything else.


      Then the "good stuff" - Halymenia, Birdsnest Graciliaria, Portreria, branching coraline, G. Mammillaris, Bryothamnion, C. Prolifera, Codium, Brown Graciliaria, Rhodopeltis (?), dragon's breath, Botryocladia, etc.


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      Last off, plain red graciliaria and C. Prolifera, and the return spray bar.

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      Finally did something I've wanted to do forever... pressurized CO2 for the macros! Used the CO2 that I use to refill my tires when I'm offroading. All I had to buy was a cheap needle valve to dial the flow wayyyy down. I have it diffusing into the powerhead.


      I've also been practicing my macro shots a bit today. Pretty happy with them but I have more to go.





      The Dragon's Breath has gotten suuuuper bright. I have it under pretty high light, which limits the growth a bit but gets great color.




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