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Post by Hero on September 19th 2010, 10:03 pm

The tank still looks really nice. Imagine how nice it will look with more LEDs and substrate. I'm excited Very Happy.

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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by jared on October 6th 2010, 2:59 am

Maybe I missed it but could you post a list of what livestock you have? From the pics you posted I can see some white nems, pink nems, sculpins, and a prawn...
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by moto826 on October 6th 2010, 9:09 am

so you only collect in Oregon you should come to wa i can show you some cool places but its a drive for you i know a few good places in the Puget sound lots of nems tube worms
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 6th 2010, 11:33 am

jared wrote:Maybe I missed it but could you post a list of what livestock you have? From the pics you posted I can see some white nems, pink nems, sculpins, and a prawn...

Snails, chitons, strawberry anemones, a metridium anemone, a couple beadlet anemones all of which I got from Jaime when he broke down his tank. The strawberries actually came from Steve Weast's old tank. The only other things in there now are the tidal sculpins that I collected, and the spot prawn and snails that I bought from the asian seafood market.

moto826 wrote:so you only collect in Oregon you should come to wa i can show you some cool places but its a drive for you i know a few good places in the Puget sound lots of nems tube worms

I might be able to make a weekend trip or something, just gotta find a weekend when the tides are working in our favor to maximize collecting. Or we can just photograph what we collect and ship them to each other.


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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by moto826 on October 6th 2010, 11:49 am

i know a few good places
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 17th 2010, 10:20 pm

Got the LED lights setup on the smaller tank, still need to waterproof a few connections and get them glued into place, but they work Very Happy

Best part with the way this tank is set up, I can view everything from above with the lights on and still get into the tank no problem.



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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Hero on October 20th 2010, 12:54 am

Nice! FTS!!

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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 20th 2010, 12:00 pm

Here's some FTS' of the tank with the lights on over it.





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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by ~ocean on October 20th 2010, 8:08 pm

Very nice! I love it!

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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Hero on October 22nd 2010, 2:27 am

It's so bright Smile. You've done a good job!

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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 22nd 2010, 3:04 am

Super cheap too, under $30 total : )
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on October 22nd 2010, 12:23 pm

I might splurge and buy a nice toggle switch to mount into the plastic and wire inline to turn them on/off instead of just plugging them in, maybe even a fancy one that lights up Laughing
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 15th 2010, 4:09 am

Day one of leak and plumbing tests completed on the second coldwater system. Addressed all the issues I could without taking another trip to Home Depot. Gotta pick up a few more ball valves and unions to make sure I can do maintenance on the pumps in the future.

Also found out the used skimmer I bought for this system leaks and is utter junk, meh, $40 down the drain on that purchase. Got a lead on a much nicer ATB skimmer for a killer price though.

Gotta swap out a drainage bulkhead on the seagrass fuge tank but otherwise looks like I should have it up and running full force by this wednesday.

Then, there will definitely be a mega picture update before and after my collecting trip this coming weekend, stay tuned Very Happy
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 18th 2010, 1:51 am

Well the second system is running with freshwater right now with no leaks and everything but a skimmer plumbed in. Refrigerated auto feeder works, sump made from cooler doesn't leak and holds enough volume when the pumps are off to not flood, chiller fully functional, waterproof LED's are working like a charm.

I have friday off so hopefully I can get water moved from the big system then.
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Michael Milligan on November 18th 2010, 2:20 am

Got to love progress.

Are you ready to hit the beach! lol

How far are you from the ocean? The lowest tides are in the middle of the night.... the neap tides are on the 21-24th (ish), but they are at around 1am!



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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 18th 2010, 2:24 am

The wife and I are staying this weekend at the coast, heading over on saturday and heading home monday. Should be some decent tides, so I'm bringing my air pumps and coolers and power inverter for the trip home. Also my bat stars, urchins and other goodies should be showing up tomorrow or the next day Smile
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Michael Milligan on November 18th 2010, 2:33 am

Do you have a sportfishing licence? use hook and line when the tides are high, and your hands when they are low Smile

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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 19th 2010, 8:00 pm

OK here's what I got finished on the new system, I'm getting water from the big tank moved into it as we speak Smile










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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Michael Milligan on November 19th 2010, 8:09 pm

OH ya. That's the stuff. Very slick. Is that fridge the chiller for that little tank? They are both Plumbed into that cool-sump, right?
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 19th 2010, 9:04 pm

Yeah the little acrylic tank and the cube tank are plumbed into the sump. The chiller is actually part of the cube tank and is built into the stand. The mini fridge is just for the auto feeding system.
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by steveweast on November 19th 2010, 9:08 pm

I may have missed it...but, are you cycled and operational on any of your tanks yet ? What (if you're stocked yet) are you keeping ?
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 19th 2010, 10:18 pm

The 110 gallon tank is cycled and has all of Jamies old livestock in it. I had a pacific spot prawn for a few months until I moved the strainer on the overflow one day and found him dead on the filter pad plate Sad

This most recent setup is where I will be transferring the heavily fed animals and the gorgonians when I get them. The 110 will house starfish, urchins, maybe some larger fish, and anything that eats large food.

Today I did a water change on the large tank and moved 25 gallons over into the new setup along with some rock. The total volume on the new system is about 55 gallons, but eventually I'll plumb another tank next to the small acrylic tank.
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 23rd 2010, 6:09 pm

Heavy Photo Update, all taken this morning. Sorry about the flash, the main tank is not lit yet.












































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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by Michael Milligan on November 23rd 2010, 6:39 pm

Corals? Did you just pick them up at low tide?

Good nems. I went out in the cold last night to see if I could find some, but alas, no. I did however find a healthy strand eel grass. Strangely, it looks EXACTLY like another plant I have growing in my FW trop tank. Could it be?

I never get my water that clear! Sad
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Re: Oregon Coast Temperate Setups.

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 23rd 2010, 7:33 pm

Keep in mind the water clarity on this tank is due to the fact its designed to keep 75 lbs of lobster filtered and happy Very Happy I also change the filter pad daily and change the carbon every 2 weeks or so.
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