View Full Version : Ricky's 120 Sps donimated.

02-25-2012, 09:08 AM
Hey guys.. My tank is somewhere in the forum not sure where.. but In this thread I will post my growth pics along with problems that arise and how i'm dealing with them in ATS only tank.

Tank is 120g goal is that eventually it will be sps only.. but there are a couple lps pcs that i'm kinda attached to that will be hard to get rid off.

Anyhow. here is a couple pics..





Basement sump



Tank is filtered by srubber only. Supplemented with Kalk.

However I overdosed the kalk by mistake two weeks ago and my CA skyrocketed to 560.. so I'm letting it slowly come down.

Right now I'm dosing baked baking soda to keep Alk up by allowing my CA to come down.

Tests as of today.

Ca 520
Alk 8.2
Mg 1520
Ph 8.1
NO3 Undetectable
PO4 <.1

Upcomming Projects:

Setting up Auto Feed system. (blended oysters)
Considering either SM style with the wine cooler or might go full blown with mini fridge.. still on planning stages.

Any comments, suggestions very welcome... please.


02-25-2012, 03:55 PM
Do the fridge; you have the space.

Hope those monti caps take over, like they did with me. I just just threw away over one pound of caps the size of a vollyball.

CA 500 is not all that bad; I dose that high on purpose.

02-27-2012, 08:07 AM
You threw away?.. are u serious!!!..

Reason im.doubtfull about the fridge is cus i would need yet another pump to feed it.. and then a doser.. so its more equip that can fail
Sm on a side note i just read on nanoreefs ur thread.. man people hate there... There is no place for that on a comunity talking bout fish.. kuddos to u man.. i was pissed just seing it.

02-27-2012, 05:58 PM
Ok so its decided fridge it is.. only question i have is on feeding it.. not sure if i should buy a pump to feed it or use the return to the tank which will cut flow to to thank a bit.

If i use a smaler pump, you guys think it mqkes a diference if if it goes from the fride to the sump?.. or is it better if it goes from the fridge straight to the tank?

02-27-2012, 08:04 PM
Always straight to tank is best, for feeding.

02-28-2012, 08:45 PM
After looking at my tank for an hour something came to mind that would actually be my best option:.. A closed loop auto feeder.

that way I can put the fridge under the stand and run the thing with a mag 7, 5 or even a three..

What do you think?.. drill it.. from tank to pump under stand, from pump to fridge, from fridge to tank again.. that way I don't have to worry about getting a pump that can feed it and still pump water at 20 feet.

Any cons?

02-29-2012, 09:01 AM
Some people do it that way.

03-11-2012, 09:01 PM
Hey rick, you ever get around to what you are going to do?

03-14-2012, 08:45 PM
Yea i picked up a mini frige, havent had time to work on it yet tho

03-19-2012, 08:34 PM
Todays harvest.



And a fts.. only frags still.


03-19-2012, 09:08 PM
How are you feeding the anthias?

03-19-2012, 10:40 PM
I feed new life spectrum pellets three or four times a day.. one pinch every time.

I stopped the oyster feast feeding for a month now.. nothing seems to be affected and everything is still growing, im thinking of skipping the whole auto feed system.. i see no need in my tank for it.. fish food seems to be enough.

I tested today.

430 ca
9.9 alk
1410 mag

If something aint broke why fix it right?

03-20-2012, 06:22 AM
Awesome growth!! I just had good LED 3D growth last Thursday on my 40G.

03-20-2012, 08:23 AM
Yes the fish feeding will be enough for frags. It's only when corals get bigger with more branches, that it becomes difficult getting enough food to all parts of all the corals. It's interesting to think that the amount of water in the ocean the same size as your tank is fed a pound of food every day.

03-20-2012, 09:01 AM
Thats prety crazy.. i read somewhere tho that the coral diet is only 3% food from the water and 97% single cel algae inside if them.. forgot the name of the alga.. zoosomething.. lol

Anyway, that being the case it makes me wonder if we really need to worry so much about feeding the coral.. thoughts on this?...

03-20-2012, 11:17 AM
100% of the nitrogen that corals use for growth come from food. 0% comes from light.

03-25-2012, 12:27 PM

Great looking tank and ATS setup. How many hrs per day do you run the lights on the ATS?

03-26-2012, 12:58 PM

Great looking tank and ATS setup. How many hrs per day do you run the lights on the ATS?

+1 n how often you scraping?

04-02-2012, 09:40 AM
Run 12 hrs a day scrape every two weeks. Thanks guys.. i picked up awsome acros this week

04-05-2012, 01:42 PM
I could have sworn you were another Rick lol. Where are you in PA?

04-24-2012, 10:11 AM
thats some crazy growth your getting, probbly take a year for mine to grow that much.