Joel's 175 Gallon Re-build

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  1. jkapit

    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    The PBT is now eating flake food and swimig all over the QT instead of hiding in the PVC. I have not seen any Ick/white spots and the PBT is not scratching itself at this point. Going to continue to treat with metroplex for another two weeks and observe how he is doing.

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    njtiger24 aquariums SECRETARY Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    Now I never treated for ich but I did read a book on fish sickness and it says to always do the full treatment mainly for ich even if they seem to be doing better. Not sure if another two week is your full treatment or not just passing along some info.
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    Totally ageee, for ich they recommend a 28 day treatment.
     
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    Well, potential trouble in paradise.

    As part of my aquarium repair. I installed 1/2" glass braces under the plastic braces that cracked. One of the glass braces let go from the front glass. I drained a bit of the tank, cleaned the glue out as best I could and re-glue it.

    Feeling a little uneasy, but going to take a wait and see if the repaired plastic braces crack or the brace let's go again. If so I will have to replace the tank.

    You can see it was the right brace, interesting that the repaired plastic brace did not crack or break.
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    Just shut the return pumps and the top Tunze pumps, kept the lower Tunz running and put in an extra heater. Will fill it back up tomorrow night.

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    Man that sucks. Hopefully it will hold
     
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    You should look into getting one of those giant clamps to help hold it together while the glue is setting. Not sure if it'll work but I'd say it's worth a try!


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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    I cleaned the brace and glass when the seam is and re-siliconed it. I think I should be ok and will keep an eye on it.
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    just updating my tale of the tank. So far so good, all fish are healthy, active and eating dry food.

    2nd batch of fish in from the QT into the DT today and everything is going well. So far I have the following...
    2 blood red shrimp
    4 False Percula Clowns
    2 Black clowns
    3 fire fish
    Royal Gramma
    Powder blue tang.

    I am thinking the following fish will be the next to last batch. I am only buying Reef Safe Species and not take any chances with some of the sort of reef safe varieties like a Copper Band or Flame Angel etc. Would also love to have multiple tangs but think I am asking for trouble.

    On order:
    2 Yellow Tangs
    1 Purple Tang
    1 Swallow Tail Angel

    Here is my wish list as of now to complete my fish stocking....
    2 Yellow headed jawfish
    Yellow Assesor Basslet
    Black cap Basslet
    Mimic Blenny
    After tank ages with pods I will add a Mandarin and Poters Leopard Wrasse

    In total 24 fish in a system that has 225 gallons including the sump.

    Any words of caution or recommendations are welcome...

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    Good to hear the brace repair is holding. Tank looks good, like the low profile rockwork allowing a bunch of swim room.
    No considerations of Anthias?
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    I've never had Anthias, I saw the purple ones online and like them. Based on what I read I think adding a few would be nice. Thanks for the recommendation Mark.
     
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    They can be jumpers, so you may need to lid up the top
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I do have a lid, but keep the front center open, to just make things easier and help gas exchange. I read they will graze on copods and really want to reserve a fish with that type of diet to the mandarin and Poters Lepeord Wrasse. So probably not going to go with Anthias.
     
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    Well against my better judgement and watching tons of YouTube videos with tanks that have multiple tangs I could not resist.

    I ordered a small group of tangs to add to my tank. Should get them early this week and they will go in quarantine for a month then into the display. Hopefully the Powder blue will tolerate them. If not, I'll have some tangs up for adoption.

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    2 Yellow Tangs
    1 Purple
    1 White Cheek

    Fingers crossed.
     
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    Good luck. A suggestion you could take the powered blue out and put him in a holding tank and when the other tangs are ready to go in the DT add all even the PB at the same time might help with the aggression
     
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    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    I'm no tang expert, but for the yellows...should they be kept in an odd number?
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    The advice I took was to have a odd number of tangs in total, not specifically each type, but I've seen a number tanks with pairs of the same tangs on you tube.
     
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    I believe the suggestion (but again no expert here) is odd number of same shape tangs so the yellow and purple are the same shape where your blue and white check are the same
     
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    Time will tell, worst comes to worst I find a good home for them if they can't get along.
     
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    I think it's a "time will tell" deal with the tangs. Three zebrasomas....might get away with it with the large size of the tank. And I agree, the issue is most likely with the PB being the King in the tank with no other tangs....and the meanest. So agree with pulling him out and holding him out while you introduce the others, and then eventually add him back (and pray).
     
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    This is the plan, the Tangs go into QT tomorrow. If they are getting along after 6 weeks, then I'll swap them into the display and the PBT goes into QT for a week or two then put him back in. If not, they will be looking for a home.
     
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