Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby DIZZER » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:43 am

I wish I had a sand bed that big to fill with lps! And those are some gorgeous tangs!
"Good things happen to those who wait" so I'm gonna continue to kick back, put my feet up and wait. Should I happen to get the urge to do otherwise I'll close my eyes and wait for the feeling to pass. :)
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:21 am

I think nothing is happening in my tank and then I compare pictures. Here is the sailfin tang growth/color change

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:29 am

and here are the new arrivals in quarantine from live aquaria

2 cinnamon clownfish
10 yellow tail blue damsels

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby mikembe » Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:32 am

Man I wish I had a QT that big. Lookin good!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:51 pm

Going to be honest here. This is my first go around at a qt tank. Do I have to worry about a cycle or ammonia with 12 small fish in a 40 breeder and a 29 gallon sump? I have had this running for about 6 weeks before adding fish. There is about 25 lbs of live rock and I have been adding food here and there to keep bacteria going for those two months.

How often should I change water?
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:11 pm

I have been trying all night, but I can only find 9 damsels. Looked on the floor, in sump, in the overflow, running out of places to look. Might have had the first casualty. Maybe the rest ate him already.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby mikembe » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:46 am

nature boy wrote:Going to be honest here. This is my first go around at a qt tank. Do I have to worry about a cycle or ammonia with 12 small fish in a 40 breeder and a 29 gallon sump? I have had this running for about 6 weeks before adding fish. There is about 25 lbs of live rock and I have been adding food here and there to keep bacteria going for those two months.

How often should I change water?


I would assume that the QT is fully cycled after 6 weeks, w/ the live rock, & feeding, etc.

I typically do weekly 8g water changes on my QT using old water from my display. I think this helps condition the new arrivals to the tank that they will eventually be in.
My QT is ~25 gallons so it's about a 33% change.

I wouldn't get to stressed out over a damsel - they are pretty good at hiding. Mine will hide in nooks and crannies all the time. They are hard to count when u get into double digits.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:06 am

I agree you're probably okay with the live rock and weekly water changes with tank water is a good idea too. Seachem makes an Ammonia Alert sticker you can put in your QT that warns you if Ammonia starts to rise. They're pretty useful if you've got a tank that may not be cycled. Pretty sure I've got an extra if you decide you need one and can't find any locally.

YT damsels are pretty tough though. My very first two fish, sometime back in the mid-90s, were YT damsels. The shop owner had me add the fish then after two weeks he had me add a small amount of liquid ammonia to the tank (pretty sure I got the directions confused). Fortunately, they managed to survive my attempts to kill them and lived for quite a few years in that old 55.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:39 am

Getting back into the swing of things. Been doing water changes, cleaning, replaced bulbs with radiums. Here is the tank. I lost a couple of sps but for the most part things are growing especially the fish.

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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby iced98lx » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:34 am

Looking good Dustin!
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby Dakota Reef » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:44 pm

Tank looks pretty clean to me. Looks like you're caps are growing fast. Did the damsels and clowns ever get out of quarantine?
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby nature boy » Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:59 pm

I did get 5 damsels in there, but would like to get about 5 more as soon as I get ready for another order. I have one clown that made it through quarantine and it is in the sump. Was going to try to get another and then add them to the display together.
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Re: Nature Boy's 270 Gallon Reef

Postby kevine9723 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:58 am

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