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· Muppet of the Sea
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Since my recent move and tank upgrade I thought I should start a new build thread, because going from a 90 gallon to a 162 gallon with (I think) a 40 gallon sump means I can get a lot more goodies in the tank! :D

Okay, wavy dreamy lines as we go back in time. :nuts: I used to have a beautiful 90 gallon FOWLR tank many moons ago back when my kids were just babies. I loved that tank, but with 2 small kids I couldn't keep it up, so I had to dismantle it. It was such a sad day for me. Something like 15 years goes by and I was ready to have another tank again. I got a 55 gallon and started again. That 55 gallon started off with the infamous Chicken (3 striped damsel) and the Yellow Watchman goby. Eventually I upgraded to a 90 gallon again, added more fish, and started reefing. The 90 gallon was going well but I went into a holding pattern for a couple years with that tank, not adding much, because we were planning on moving. With my move I was also going to upgrade.

We have sold our old house and bought our new house, and I upgraded! :blob: I ended up upgrading to a much bigger thank than I had planned. I had hoped for a shorter tank because I'm vertically challenged. :D But I ran across a deal I couldn't turn down with a beautiful gently used custom made 162 gallon with what looks like a 40 gallon sump for half the price I was planning on spending for a fully new setup. :cool:

So here's my new system! I'm still working on stuff, but I'm taking my time. I have the necessities. One thing that I definitely plan on working on is the sump. Right now it's basically a sock filter with a huge protein skimmer. I'd like to have a refugium and possible algae scrubber in it. I also plan on upgrading the lighting eventually to LED lights. I'm not in a huge rush to do that though since I just bought 2 new bulbs for my T5 light LOL! But it's on the list.

So this build thread is mainly going to be the fun stuff! The pretty stuff! The fishies and corals stuff! :D

The 162g started off with:
FISH - Chicken (3 striped damsel), yellow watchman goby, engineer goby, clarkii clown, one spot foxface, yellow tang, and 6 line wrasse.
CORAL - 2 small kenya trees, toadstool, and Duncan.



Unfortunately I've got some green hair algae going because my parents put their unfiltered well water in the tank while they were housing it before I was able to move everything to my new tank. They were tank sitting for me LOL! I'm hoping that goes away soon.

Yesterday I picked up some new coral. I also rearranged the rock some. I really need to get more rock LOL!

NEW CORAL - Sour Apple Birdsnest, Red Digi, Frogspawn, and Pink Zoas.

Everything is looking good so far. The Red Digi hasn't opened up yet though. Everything else took to the tank right away. Opened up nicely with pretty color. I'm hoping the red digi decides to be happy soon. Crossing fingers!




Left rock island


Right rock island


Sour Apple Birdsnest


A good picture of Chicken :D
 

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APRIL! Fantastic as always hearing from you. That's going to be one incredible Reef journey ahead for you Folks......NICE! Hope you're all settled in now, and time allows for you to be around more once again. All the best,
Hack
 

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very cool...I actually like the minimalistic rockscape...if anything I would add a small short island in the middle for zoas and just cover the rest with coral and let that fill out the tank...just my opinion tho...looks very nice!!
 

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APRIL! Fantastic as always hearing from you. That's going to be one incredible Reef journey ahead for you Folks......NICE! Hope you're all settled in now, and time allows for you to be around more once again. All the best,
Hack
Thank you, Hack! I hope to spend more time here too. Probably not as much as the "old days" here with my work schedule but I really don't want to go MIA again.

very cool...I actually like the minimalistic rockscape...if anything I would add a small short island in the middle for zoas and just cover the rest with coral and let that fill out the tank...just my opinion tho...looks very nice!!
Thanks! I'm liking the minimalistic look too, but then I see these gorgeous tanks chock full of corals and I want want want it! Lol! We'll see how the addiction goes.


April!! Glad to hear your back! And back with a larger tank! Now all we need to do is get Rob back on this forum!

Glad to see Chicken is still alive.
Zilla!!! I'm glad you are still here! Chicken is never allowed to die, even if he is a little butthead. Love that little guy! He's such a character. He's been so funny lately. I had to glue all of my corals down because he would go around and bump them all off. I'd put the corals back and he would literally go right behind me and bump them down again. Well, this tank is way too big for me to play the Pick Up game with him. I can't reach the bottom! Lol! So I glued everything to the rocks. Taught that little stinker a thing or two. :p
 

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Looks Fantastic!!

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Thank you! ?

Looks really Nice April...shame you didn't include the "not as much fun" tank setup...but hey we get to see the rest
just kidding
Thanks! I never thought about taking pictures while setting it up. It was a long process. About two weeks because I had to wait for the RO/DI unit to produce the filtered water (that took 4 days lol!) and then I had to order and wait for the mechanism to run the heater. I thought the heater came with everything, but no they think it's intelligent to have these things sold separately. :rolleyes: Then salt mixing and waiting for things to stabalize. So taking pictures of the ugliness didn't even cross my mind lol!
 
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