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Skebor's C-Vue 40 gallon

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Hello everyone. Thought I would share my build in hopes of getting ideas, help, and hopefully a successful piece of functional art.

 

Equipment that I have so far is:

 

Ordered the C-Vue 40 gallon AIO

Custom built stand

Planning 2 AI Prime HD (currently have 1)

Tunze 3152 ato

 

Plan to have:

 

Refugium in one of the filter chambers

Skimmer in center chamber (Tunze 9004 dc?)

 

I would love to hear any ideas that anyone has. I am really excited about this build, but it will be a while before i get it going.

 

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It came today. Box was damaged a little, but to my surprise, there was a secondary box packed inside. The tank was perfect! Now to build a stand and get this thing going! Im so excited!9bb0f4774e8abcefcde5b6951a5b4b70.jpgcd42c1b6de821da701943e8e1c2739f3.jpgf482503e3c0ea717feff0bb119615ca2.jpg10cb100d69b85f78351c71752a91e1a9.jpgfb1daea2446b7a062710a662d70163fb.jpg

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Nice! I recently purchased a cvue 40 as well. Yours looks like it came in way better shape then mine. I have a few issues with the craftsmanship, but overall, I am happy with it.

  Almost through my cycle, and I cant wait to start filling it. 

Currently there is no light because I am waiting for Kessil to release the A360X....

As it stands, I have about 30 lbs of rock, with a bare bottom. 

The equipment I currently have is; 

  A single AI Nero 5  

   Cobalt Neotherm

   Tunze ATO

  

I plan to run a refugium/ bottle skimmer,

Hopefully my two maroon clowns like it and  I get to grow out some sick SPS!

 

Cheers Nicks&Stones

-pics to follow soon

 

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Today when i get home from work, i will begin the stand planning/construction. The stand isnt going to be anything special as there will be a built-in office desk in the future that will have a section to house my tank. I also get to have the dreaded re-addressing with the boss... i mean my wife, as to where in our house i can place the tank. Hoping to have the stand done and begin placing components this weekend.

 

Also, I have been tossing up the idea of a seeded cheato reactor with one of my pumps running to it, and then back to my tank. Would the flow in the reactor be too much for pods to live? I want some sort of refugium to mature for pod provision for a future mandarin. I have always felt that pods that go from refugium through a pump and into display get killed in the process. So a way to pump water into the refugium/pod home and then flows into the display seems better. Any ideas or feedback would be greatly appreciated!

 

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Progress on the stand so far. Tomorrow paint and figure out the cabinate doors.edb19322b186e7bfe79b635020c56ab2.jpgae2fb80a073ada87ac1050718f234c18.jpg

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So I have a good update. I have had my tank running now for a week. I am doing a fishless cycle. I got 40lbs of live rock and about 30lbs of live sand. I ran it for a week with a bottle of bio spira while dosing Tims ammonia chloride to 2ppm. I basically had a non-exsistant cycle as I would dose and test ammonia one night and the next morning it would test to 0ppm. The only "cycle" I saw was nitrites spiked to 5.0ppm. But after a large water change to remove my 40ppm nitrates, I currently have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates. I decided to stop the ammonia additions and I got 10 hermit crabs to combat future algae outbreaks. I will be feeding the tank a small amount of food every other day and will be monitoring everything for another couple days for changes before adding fish and possible corals. My equipment so far is:
AI Prime HD
Marine pure balls
Jabeo SW2
Koralia nano 240
Cobalt 200w neotherm heater
Filter socks went back in with noise reducers from 3dpreefs.com
Later this week i will receive my icecap k2-50 skimmer as well.d32556aef0f2f21a7a647b648c2f8478.jpg5c168367005bd44595db0d4de90f57d6.jpgbd37d5ae2c69803c9610950266bff271.jpg

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What kind of reef are you planning for the tank? 
I will be rinning a mixed reef. I have never really been good with sps, but I do plan to try again.

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So it seems I have forgotten about my build thread. A lot has changed with my tank.

Livestock as follows:
1 prawn goby
1 carpenters wrasse
1 firefish
3 flame cardinals (christmas present that is turning out to be trouble)
1 coral banded shrimp
3 emerald crabs

Corals:
Hammer coral
Trumpet coral
Galaxia
Orange mushroom
Pink floyd chalice
Cali-tort
Silly string
Palys that i dont remeber the name
Bali green slimmer
Neon green monti
Bi-colored monti
And a red acro that my fish guy told me the name but i forgot (its like red martian or something).

Most of the corals and fish were Christmas presents from family. It was a lot more adds a lot faster than i wanted, but everything is doing great. I bought the 3d printed filter sock caps for holding filter floss from 3dreef.com. I got a Icecap K2-50 skimmer in the left chamber and have 2 good sized bags of marine pure in the chamber with the pumps and heater. The right chamber is getting a media basket that I made and will use as a refugium. I am running a duetto ato with a 5 gallon bucket that I fill with 1 gallon of kalkwasser and 4 gallons of rodi. For flow i have the Jebao sw2 turned to 4. The return pumps provide a lot more flow than i expected.

Right now i have a pretty bad algae problem. Im hoping chaeto will help remove whatever nutrients is growing the algae. My water parameters are 77.5°f, 8.0 pH, no ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, or phosphates. Salinity is 1.027, alk is 10dkh, calcium floats between 380 and 420 depending on the week. Im dosing Seachem reef trace once a week. I feed once a day at dinner time, and only enough to be consumed within a minute.

Anyone have any advise on combating the algae?e742254751790968aab33d0b084238ce.jpgb71d6d3bf7621fe9455c4198f5b4c362.jpgb75c7e9de8768357e566502cfe90be2c.jpgd27714f8110de8b0e6b4bcd6cf53471a.jpg79d956c4d1b670b2468a9ebb763431a6.jpgf3737174fadf81284e1db69fba5d65cc.jpgdff28f4ba659bc8efa895d0b95a44a00.jpg3a4360c2cf0e82aa84472cf37b50dfc8.jpg

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If you are still fighting algae, give flucanozole a try.  It is miraculous stuff.  Used it twice on my big system, once on my son's tank.  100% elimination of all hair algae.

Worth googling anyhow, good luck and great build!

 

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My guess for the source of your algae problem would be that you stocked up so fast. Your bio load has skyrocketed compared to the growth of your bacterial colonies.

I think some cheato is always a good idea as a nutrient export. Just keep up with your regular maintenance after you add it and see how things go for a bit. Algae isn’t bad for you reef, unless severe, it’s really just considered an eyesore by most. 

 

Getting rid of algae can can be a slow process, unless you use chemicals to battle it. Though I don’t really like chemical treatments for myself cause it feels like Kind of a quick fix and I’d rather learn how to fix my husbandry. I want to develope better habits and really understand my systems and I feel like quick fixes hinder that process for me. 

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11 hours ago, Salted_Waffles said:

 

Getting rid of algae can can be a slow process, unless you use chemicals to battle it. Though I don’t really like chemical treatments for myself cause it feels like Kind of a quick fix and I’d rather learn how to fix my husbandry. I want to develope better habits and really understand my systems and I feel like quick fixes hinder that process for me. 

Yah what he said 😀

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On 11/24/2018 at 5:54 PM, skebor said:

So I have a good update. I have had my tank running now for a week. I am doing a fishless cycle. I got 40lbs of live rock and about 30lbs of live sand. I ran it for a week with a bottle of bio spira while dosing Tims ammonia chloride to 2ppm. I basically had a non-exsistant cycle as I would dose and test ammonia one night and the next morning it would test to 0ppm. The only "cycle" I saw was nitrites spiked to 5.0ppm. But after a large water change to remove my 40ppm nitrates, I currently have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates. I decided to stop the ammonia additions and I got 10 hermit crabs to combat future algae outbreaks. I will be feeding the tank a small amount of food every other day and will be monitoring everything for another couple days for changes before adding fish and possible corals. My equipment so far is:
AI Prime HD
Marine pure balls
Jabeo SW2
Koralia nano 240
Cobalt 200w neotherm heater
Filter socks went back in with noise reducers from 3dpreefs.com
Later this week i will receive my icecap k2-50 skimmer as well.d32556aef0f2f21a7a647b648c2f8478.jpg5c168367005bd44595db0d4de90f57d6.jpgbd37d5ae2c69803c9610950266bff271.jpg

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Coming along nicely,  how is that icecap skimmer working for you? Is it the nano?  Im thinking about picking 1 of these up.

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Coming along nicely,  how is that icecap skimmer working for you? Is it the nano?  Im thinking about picking 1 of these up.
It works pretty good. Took a little to get it tuned in though, and the top of the bubble chamber separated from the bottom when you would adjust the skim. After a little acrylic glue it works great. Collection cup is small so i would make surebto have tubing and a larger container.

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