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Will Penfold

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Hey everyone. Glad that Reef Escape is back and better than ever with 2.0.

so this is my third reef tank build. First one was 6 years ago- built a 75 gallon mixed. That lasted 3 years until I moved to Dunnville. Next was my 32 gallon biocube build. That tank lasted just under two years- unfortunately coincided with my wife having a baby so the tank was neglected for good periods of time.

Just before Christmas I decided to start a new tank because I had an old 90 gallon tank sitting in my basement collecting dust. (And my biocube looked like crap) Had a buddy of mine who owns a welding shop put together a bare bones stand for me.

I wanted something that was sturdy but that I could access from all sides. We tested the stand before hand with lots of weight to make sure it could withstand the weight of the tank filled with rocks and water.

Built my aquascape out of used rock. Bought it off of a few people in Hamilton area who were tearing apart their tanks. Bleached cured the rocks for two weeks and then another week in RODI + Prime.

My past two reef tanks I’ve used Kessil A360’s so this time I wanted to try T5s to see if I like them better. Picked up a used TEK light- 6 bulb from another reefer for $150. Was quite happy with that.

With the exception of turning the light on quickly to see how they look, I'm going to let the tank mature for another month or so before turning on lights full time and start introducing coral.
 

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Limey

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Nice update Will let me know when you are ready fof some corals love to donate some starter softies and LPS.
Keep us updated
 

Will Penfold

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Patients, it so pays off!
learned that the hard way on my past tank. my previous bio cube cycled in a week (thanks to bottled bacteria). Turned lights on and started adding coral. Month in..BOOM, tons of hair algae, and cyano and I could never get it fully under control. Not making that mistake again lol
 

Will Penfold

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Picked up my bulbs this afternoon. Was researching on optimal combinations for T5's and these seem to be the most recommended combo.

excited to see how they look lighting up my tank.
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Luigi

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I have 4 t5's,
and it from back to front..: blue +,coral+,Purple + blue+
I love it all color are popping without being washed out
 

Will Penfold

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Well last weekend tank was right around two months old so decided to turn the lights on.

Picked up some green hairy mushrooms. Shout out to Niagara Fire Corals for the great deal on them.

Also put in a decent sized rock covered in coraline algae to kick off the growth in my tank. Many thanks to Limey for the rock!

photo was taken day I put them in tank so they look a little pissed off. They've since puffed up and are much bigger than they look in the photo.

also pictured are my grey head wrasse & red coris wrasse.







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Will Penfold

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Updated shot of the tank. Starting to fill it in with mostly softies.

Thanks to Cliff for the RBTA.

In typical anemone fashion, it picked an inconvenient spot to stay.
 

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Will Penfold

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Little update on the tank. Didn't take any photos of the mess.

So I use a 44 gallon brute trash bin as my salt water mixing bucket. Its on a dolly so that I can wheel it in and out of the room I store it in.

anyways, last night one of the wheels gave out on it and I got 44 gallons of salt water all over my basement floor.

Fortunately my floor is just cement, but it was still a colossal pain in the ass to clean. Now that its drying, my floor is gritty because of the salt left over.

anyways, theres my update on how my tanks going. lol
 

Luigi

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Darn man feel sorry, I had something like that, on time while I was having ReefEscape meeting,.. 🙄🙄🙄
 
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