Leemar Starphire 290

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Kmooresf, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Nah, something I picked up at work from a co-worker. He grew up in Boston.
  2. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    What store? Address? Nice to see my little frag is still alive.
  3. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    New, part time store in Pacifica. Called "The fish Doctor." Nice guy, who primarily does maintenance and set up / emergency help type stuff. However he has a nice space with some coral tanks and some fish holding tanks. Seems very knowledgable and stoked on the hobby. Best to call first to make sure he is open.....I think mainly on the weekends at the moment, but he can meet there if you call. His name is Mike.

    I literally stumbled upon it while walking my dogs one day. He was carting several buckets of reef salt across the street. I was like....um, do you have a reef tank? He laughed and showed me his garage space full of stuff. LOL! Pretty much on the same page!

    No sign on his building yet, so make sure you take the address if you decide to go.

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  4. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Oh, and your frag is alive and well......... In about 9 places! LOL! No one leaves this house without a frag of it. LOL! Price of entry! Love that coral.

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  5. Gudhjem

    Gudhjem Supporting Member

    Really beutiful tank. Great video work as well. I just finished setting up and am starting ot stock a new 225, and am using your tank for some inspiration. Have to fine me one of those rasberry lemonades!

  6. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Sounds like its time for a visit
  7. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Congrats Steve!

    You need to start a tank thread yourself. Others might find inspiration as well. It's not just for others, I find myself looking back through and remembering all the struggles, and seeing just how much it has changed over the years. My hope is that long after I am done with this tank, I can re-visit. Kind of like the video's. It's a great way to show others, but it's really for my own documentation.

    I make accidental frags all the time, and I'm working on a new frag tank (working on is a fluid term. LOL! As in, sometime this year.) I'm happy to get you a frag of the raspberry lemonade.

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  8. Gudhjem

    Gudhjem Supporting Member

    Awesome! I may remind you about that frag as soon as I have a few things worth offering in return. Working on a tank build story as well.
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  9. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Well, I have way too many projects going, as usual. However, one that I finally made some progress on this weekend, is a new frag tank stand. Bought the frag tank a few years ago, or at least one year ago, but never have done anything with it. I wanted a bigger frag tank, so I can house some algae eaters. The current frag tank is one I made myself, and it sucks. Maybe 20 gallons total, and an algae and aptasia nightmare!! Anyway, I am hoping the new tank will be a bit easier and really give me some space for frags. I am OUT of room in the big tank, and have many corals on the ground, spread out all over. It's just too much, and I would like to clean up the display a bit.

    Frag tank is a used truvue at 48" x 24" x 12" = 60 gallons.

    I made the stand the same height as my display stand at 40" and plan to light it with two kessil A360w. Should get perfect coverage with that 24" x 24" per light. Gonna have to get creative with the overflow and plumbing. Hoping to keep it quiet, and it came with holes drilled in each side, so it will be interesting.

    Will add doors at some point, still have to make those. ;)

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  10. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Nice job Kris
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  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Great job. What material did you use?
  12. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    beautiful work.

    Out of curiosity what type of algae eaters do you plan on housing in a relatively small tank?
  13. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Thx. It's a mix, because I bought at Home Depot. Birch veneer 1/2" ply, 2x2's for support. 1x4 poplar cross braces because it was lying around, and trimmed with 1x3 white pine because that is all they had. Lol! It will be a dark stain, so hopefully they all look similar in the end.
  14. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Oh yeah, you've got a problem!
    I empathize
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  15. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Well, the thought is a small bristle tooth tang and an algae Blenny. I'll also house a couple small wrasses. It's a small ish tank, but a decent amount of swimming room being 4'x 2'.
  16. gabloo

    gabloo Supporting Member

    Beautiful tank and great thread. If you don't mind, can you please share how you control nitrate and phosphate level?
  17. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Thank you. Nitrates have never been an issue with this tank, as I have a MASSIVE skimmer, about 300 + lbs of live rock, at least 150lbs of live sand (including the DSB in my refugium). I believe I just have enough area to grow sufficient bacteria to control the nitrates, plus the skimmer helps eliminate a lot before it turns into nitrate.

    As for Phosphate...........I do several things. I do actually rinse all my frozen foods. I do this for a few reasons. Yes, I believe it helps with phosphate control, however I also dose out my frozen food into ice cube trays. I do two 12 slot tray's at a time, so I have 24 days of food. One cube is one feeding, so if I have a house sitter, I don't have to worry about overfeeding. It also makes it much easier on the daily, if I'm tired. I just throw a cube in a bowl of tank water and let it sit / thaw. Then feed with a turkey Baster. I also use an auto feeder for pellets of two different sizes that feeds three times a day.

    I do 80 gallon water changes every two to three weeks, and I use GFO and Carbon that I change out every other water change.....so 4-6 weeks. I have a large amount of chaeto that grows in my refugium as well. I run the GFO very slowly, but if I notice an algae spike, I will turn up the flow, and it will usually fix it within a day or two, but I try to be careful with not "shocking" the tank by dropping things too quickly.

    I think that is pretty much it for the Nitrate and phosphate.

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  18. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Just a guess but I would think you have far more phosphates entering your system in the pellets than the small amount you save from rinsing your frozen food. If that's your system to thaw it out to refreeze it into your cubes then might as well.
  19. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    And you would likely be correct @Flagg37. Most of the phosphate/phosphorous is lock up in the actual food.

    From Randy Holmes-Farley - http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2012/3/chemistry

    "Now that we have some information on the phosphate in foods, we can critically examine the concern that many aquarists have about foods, and specifically their rinsing of frozen foods before use. A typical test you see is someone taking a cube of fish food, thawing it, and putting it into a half cup of water. They then test that water for phosphate and find it "off the charts". Let's assume that means 1 ppm phosphate, which would give a very dark blue color in many phosphate tests. Bear in mind this is a thought problem, not an actual measured value, but it is typical of what people think the answer is.

    Is that a lot of phosphate? Well, there are two ways to think of the answer.

    The first way is as a portion of the total phosphate in that food. A half cup of water at 1 ppm (1 mg/L) phosphate contains a total of 0.12 mg of phosphate. A cube of Formula 2 contains about 11.2 mg of phosphate. So the hypothetical rinsing step has removed about 1 percent of the phosphate in that food. Not really worthwhile, in my opinion, but that decision is one every aquarist can make for themselves.

    The second way to look at this rinsing is with respect to how much it reduces the boost to the aquarium phosphate concentration. Using the same calculation as above of 0.12 mg of phosphate, and adding that to 100 gallons total water volume, we find that phosphate that was rinsed away would have boosted the "in tank" phosphate concentration by 0.12 mg/379 L = 0.0003 ppm. That amount washed away does not seem significant with respect to the "in tank" target level of about 50-100 times that level (say, 0.015 to 0.03 ppm), nor does it seem significant relative to the total amount of phosphate actually added each day in foods (which is perhaps 50-1000 times as much, based on input rates from Table 4. Again, the conclusion I make is that rinsing is not really worthwhile, in my opinion."
  20. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Freaking frag tank is larger than my current display tank. :eek:

    I'm with RHF on the phosphates from frozen food. I dump a lot of food into the tank and have to supplement nitrates to have any of it show up on the tests. If you're refreezing for cubes, then that's a different story.
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