Nart's Lagoon Build - Round 2!!!

Nanologist

You may as well pack it but I know you can't resist... nor would I!
 

stella1979

I'll take your Jebao! ANd Stella can have the other haha.
Too bad Nart already janked 'em up! jk, jk

I am super excited to hear your about your experience the MP10!!! Do you think you'll get some video of it for the update?
 

Nart

GB. No way I could resist not putting it in the tank.

Stella and Culprit - I just got it installed on the IM25 and........... I am loving it. Omg. The power is insane. I tried cranking it all the way up and it was like a blender in the tank lol. I'm currently using the gyre mode and it really gives the entire tank great flow. It's powerful yet gentle on the corals. Kind of hard to explain... like the pulses are very gentle to create the gyre/swaying motion. Worth every penny definitely.

Here's a pic of it on the tank.
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Yeah Stella. I will film a bit more tomorrow with the new powerhead.


I might as well drop the news too.
I'll be tearing down my rockscape this weekend and start prepping the tank for the move. I know it seems pretty sudden, but the longer I let it grow on the rock work, the harder it'll be for me to remove the corals. I'll be turning the tank into a frag tank in the mean time and start fragging all my corals this weekend. This will give them time to heal and I'll be able to sell them off to help re-coup some of the cost.

My limited edition frag rack system
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This also means that it'll be the last video update of the tank before the rock work goes down I choked up a little while filming today, silly me.
 

Culprit

Oh no!! That is so sad. This tank has so much history and love put into it. I know, though, that your next tank will be so amazing.

I had no idea the back of the powerhead was going to be that big. I bet it looks good though with only the tiny bit in the tank!
 

stella1979

Well dang if that post wasn't an emotional rollercoaster. MP10 The last days of that beautiful scape. Nart's limited edition frag system.
 

Nart

it's okay. There will be a part lagoon part 2 down the line

I call this Nart's Modular Frag Rack System. Order now! Limited run
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I have designed this with cleaning the sand bed in mind though. So I can move either racks forward or backward to clean the bottom without removing anything.

I'm calling it a night. My hand hurts from cutting these egg crates.
 

Culprit

What will you do with the rockscape? I know if I lived near you then I'd take it!

Are you going to rehome all your fish? Or what are you going to do with the fish?
 

Jayd976

Oh man that’s rough why the move?
 

grantm91

It looks good, its going to be the snazziest frag tank to ever exist literally haha.
 

Nart

Man.... it's a lot of work.
The progress...

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grantm91

Pic 2 is saad man, but number 3 ! Haha Narts got the neates frag table Ive ever seen !
 

Nart

grantm91 you're telling me. It was so hard to get myself to pull out the rock structure

I am beyond tired. Been working on the tank since this morning... had to keep resizing the egg crates, removing corals, fragging, etc etc. hands been in the tank since noon. I'm calling it quits for tonight.

Here's a quick pic of how the tank looks currently.
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grantm91

Il take you to the Candy shop .
 

Culprit

So many beautiful corals! I wish I lived near ya, I'd buy em all!
 

stella1979

Goodbye beautiful scape...

Dang, that is one rad looking frag tank though! Need my shades for those Radions and bright frags.
 

Nart

Bahahaha... grantm91 I love that. "Candy shop" lol. I'll take you to my candy shop, 50 cent!

Da'wwww thank you y'all. I'm glad y'all think it still looks good. I really didn't realize how many corals I was accumulating till I started breaking it down and was like wow...

Some pics to share!

Last look of the rock work
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Nanologist I tried fragging the fathead dendro, completely butchered the small polyp. Luckily the main colony is okay. Whew. I'll wait a few more weeks before I try again. It might need some time to grow some more.
Fragging the blasto merletti. Like my make shift frag rack?
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Check out my protective eyewear during dremeling the blasto. Perfect splash streaks lol.
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A look at the tank tonight. What a busy two day weekend. I fragged some of my hammers, Favite, blastos, zoas, etc today... I think I am done messing with the tank for now. Time to keep my hands out and let all the corals recover.

Nart's Candy Shop.
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grantm91

Sell the rock, or you keeping it? Nice piece that is, it could even slot right in to someones big tank. The candy shop !!! Man I’m drooling !!! The IM25 needs to stay like that, when your back in calI you can frag from the big tank and keep that as your “shop” if the lfs presented like that they would be vacuuming the cash up.
 

Culprit

Ohhhh such beautiful corals! I want more acans and zoas, I've fallen in love. Dirty secret I think I might also be falling in love with sps uh oh
 

Nart

grantm91 ahhhhhh..... I'm debating. I might try and sell... maybe...

I really can't believe y'all actually like my frag tank setup lol. It's kind of annoying to me, weird to not have rocks to look at haha.

Btw, the Yasha Goby and pistol shrimp fit made themselves right home in the IM10. Whew.

But yeah, I plan to keep all the egg crates for when I'm back in Cali. This is going to be my QT/frag tank before anything goes into the big tank. I'm not playing that no dip and no QT for new corals anymore lol. I feel like I got away with it in my IM25, but will bite me on my butt later with the bigger tank lol

Culprit I'm telling ya lol. Corals are really addictive.
 

Culprit

You should keep it and put it in your big one!

I don't like it as much as the original with rocks... but its a super cool frag tank.

I know... its kind of scary eeee. The guy that gave me these said the other guy that had corals for me free was a great guy. Still haven't heard anything. I'll be patient though. See how these sps do for me
 

Nart

Did y'all see me in the latest video from InappropriateReefer? At 5:05 and no. I'm not planning to eat those macro algae
 

stella1979

Lookin' good Nart. So, you fragged a favite, huh? Favias and favites are some of my fastest growers, so I'm super interested in how that went.

You know it, I was not looking forward to that scape coming down. I was feeling quite morose about it actually... but honestly, if I saw that frag tank FTS in a B/S/T listing near me, I'd feel like I hit the jackpot. Do you think you'll sell most of the frags through your club?
 

Nart

stella1979 I'll let you know if any of the favites I fragged survives lol. It looked gnarly when I was dremeling it.... and I was worried about not trying to cut my finger off lol.

I had to look up the word morose. Awwwwwww................ Stella. Trust me. It wasn't easy doing it. I kept saying to myself "Benjamin, are you sure you want to do this?" it's a really weird feeling. My tank without my rock-scape and my 2 original clowns. I was especially sad about my 2 first clowns. But you know what, I re-homed them to a very very good home. A local reefer to me, the one who was letting me borrow his media reactor, hanna PO4 test kit, etc... when I was re-scaping the tank.

A little story on his tank, he doesn't have a QT either. his tank was pretty well stocked with like 2 clowns, gobies, etc... then he decided to get 1 more fish and that was the end to his live stock. Slowly, they all started getting ich. I let him borrow the Ruby's Kick-Ich. He said it cured them of ich, but a parasite of something wiped out his whole tank. His family was pretty sad. He had also gotten coral pests in his tank which started eating away at his corals. This guy was pretty bummed out. He freaked out when I told him I don't dip any of my corals and don't QT fishes either. He was just shocked lol. I wasn't bragging about it, was just telling him, that man... I've been getting away with it and he's just very unlucky. Anyways, this happened in October. He left his tank fallow till January 2018 and finally got a goby. I told him, you know what, I would love for your family to care for my clowns, because I'll be moving and I know ya'll would take great care of them. he was also a little worried that they might be aggressive with his fishes in the tank because my clowns aren't juvies anymore. I told him guaranteed, they will not bully anything in your tank. He came over Friday to pick up the clowns. Over the weekend he told me that the clowns are doing awesome. Made themselves right at home in the front of the glass, gets along with his wrasse and everything else. He also said that his kids love em since they are always out front. That made my day. It's hard sometimes you know? Especially when you raise and or grow a bond with 'em, but I am so glad that I made the right decision to find them a great home.

Yeah - I think mostly I will try to sell through my club. I'm not fond of listing on craigslist. Too afraid of weirdos coming to my place lol.
You know what's strangely satisfying though? is that having the IM25 set-up like a "for sale frag tank" style satisfies that "I need to go to the LFS to buy frags" haha.
 

grantm91

Think I'm gonna start dipping since that guy that came to buy the nem said; “something is eating my zoas” it sent shivers down my spine lol. The one shop I actually use dips his zoas in detol and RODI literally about 10 times. Good to know your Clowns are good, that's one thing I couldn’t get rid of.
 

stella1979

I'm glad to hear you're planning on dipping Grant. Gotta protect that garden. Shoot, with my zoa luck I was afraid something was getting them too. I've seen no evidence of that though, but only the lunars and tiny rastas survive. Good news is, a new tiny rasta polyp has appeared, so I'm up to 3. They've fooled me before though, so they're staying in the back.
 

Nart

grantm91 yeahh. I started dipping all my corals recently too. I don't want to test my luck anymore lol. I get a bucket of saltwater, add Bayer to the water till it gets nice and cloudy, small heater and powerhead for 15mins. Double rinse in clean saltwater. Visual inspection, toothbrush scrub, and then in the tank. It's way too risky this late in the game for us to get pests. It'll literally make us cry. Or at least I would... especially adding up all my Coral costs today...

You'll get there eventually Stella! Your zoas will start thriving. Hopefully. Zoas... pain in my butt. Hey. You should try utter chaos zoas next. Pretty easy and rewarding. They are so big In size.
 

stella1979

I'd love some utter chaos! Not until I have reason to believe though... and I want to believe.
 

Nart

stella1979 if you can source utter chaos locally for like 3 polyps. it's only about $30. I am almost certain utter chaos will do well in your tank.
Unfortunately, imo, I think you started out with hard strains of zoas to care for. the small rasta frag that I have are very temperamental. It was doing well right? in my new scape. as soon as I took it down and put them on plugs, they are acting like they did from day 1. so annoying. meanwhile, you have my utter chaos just out and about... ahhh... it's nice to look at ya know. so yeah - utter chaos. for sure. BELIEVE!
 

Nart

stella1979 LJC6780
We talked about carbon use before in reef tanks.
Here's a good watch about carbon.
 

grantm91

The worst thing is il miss active Nart on the FL when you actually get busy with the move. Great video, the editing and just the tank overall, Love ! The coris wrasse and scooter shimmying across the sand haha.
 

Lchi87

Love the video but I’m pretty sad about it too.. so many feelings! If it were me, I don’t think I would have gotten through it without crying like a baby. But there’s bigger and better things coming.
 

stella1979

All the feelings Lchi... I've been waiting for this video. The IM25 was the first salty thread I started following here, so while I'm sad to see that awesome scape go, it sure makes a pretty frag tank and I can't wait to see what's next for the tank.

Can y'all even believe how cute that scooter is? Watching her wake up was definitely the highlight fo me.

Wish I could get that Utter Chaos frag, the Kelley Green Psammo and a piece of the Merletti. Nart, I saw your offer to DC Reefer... totally cool bud.
 

Jayd976

Sad for sure, but can’t wait for the next build. Hopefully she approves that 500 gallon
 

Nart

I'm glad y'all liked the video at least lol.

Sooooo some terrible gut wrenching news. At least to me. The IM25 has been in near perfect condition. Not a single scratch on the glass. Last night I was in a hurry to scrap and clean the glass and didn't think of it much... but this morning as I'm checking in the tank I notice hairline scratches ALL over the glass on ALL sides.



So annoyed at myself on how this happened. Still no idea on how I was able to scratch up my glass everywhere. Ugh.

I just tried the Kent's scrapper on the mirror
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Found the culprit
I had recently started going past the sand bed a little to scrape the algae on the bottom glass. I guess I some how damaged the razor blade in the process as well. Ugh. Feeling a little sick to my stomach. I know. First world problems
 
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stella1979

Ugh... gut wrenching is right. Aren't there ways to fix it though? I'm unaware of how or what to use, but I'm sure there is a way to buff them out. In a Joey K of DIY I watched recently, he mentioned 'erasing' scratches in passing, but there's probably a video on his channel. Perhaps it's a bit lucky that the tank is soon to be empty?
 

Nart

Ugh... gut wrenching is right. Aren't there ways to fix it though? I'm unaware of how or what to use, but I'm sure there is a way to buff them out. In a Joey K of DIY I watched recently, he mentioned 'erasing' scratches in passing, but there's probably a video on his channel. Perhaps it's a bit lucky that the tank is soon to be empty?

Yeah - I also remembered that you can buff out hair line scratches on glass.
But man... what a gut wrenching feeling when I looked at the front side of the glass and went WHAT THE BLEEP! and then looked at the other side of the glass and went OMG... and it just kept going. I've been babying this tank since Day 1. It must be like "You're shutting me down?! I'll show you!"
 

grantm91

My tank is scratched too, not so much so since switching to the magic sponge. I just can't help it its even happened on my 120 fw tank that I know had literally zero scratches when I got it, its so annoying.
 

Nart

I'm just being a big baby and want to cry right about now lol.
I hate it when things aren't perfect!!

Hey - I use the magic sponge from time to time. However, I was able to scratch the IM10 just a bit with it. It picked up a spec of sand near the sand bed and I dragged it up while cleaning. I found that shaking the magic sponge with each cleaning stroke was the safest to avoid scratches.

Speaking of scratches... a few years ago, I bought a brand new sports car. Two weeks in.. I strolled up to a grocery store. In and out 15 minutes. Came out to a grocery kart right on the driver side door and left a decent sized dent. whoooooo weeeeeeeeee.......... I almost raged out hardcore lol.
 

stella1979

I've got one... I got a car that was not brand new, but it was the newest I'd ever had. Not 3 days later, J was sitting at a red light at 6am when a police officer slammed into him hard. The guy didn't even slow down, so it must have been that he was distracted and didn't see the light. This was my first car that didn't show signs of age. I definitely cried and raged over that. I must admit, if it's gonna happen, it may as well happen with the county, because they paid up.

I still use a magnetic scraper on all my tanks, but I do stay a good inch or more away from the sand. For that lower area and the bottom glass I use a soft toothbrush. It does pick up sand I'm sure, but the bristles don't have enough force to cause scratches. Knock on wood, I have 5 tanks and only one has a scratch.
 

Nart

Holy smokes.... I can't even imagine that kind of freak accident happening. Just glad Joey is A-Okay!

I have my fingers crossed for your tanks too Stella haha. I never thought I could scratch up the IM25. I was wrong. Very, very wrong.... haha
 

Jayd976

you guys are making me paranoid now about my brand new 75 lol.
 

stella1979

Paranoia and reef tanks go hand in hand.
 

Nart

Jayd976 the paranoid is real..... haha.

I guess if you can't laugh at yourself... life is going to be rough for ya.
So.... here's me laughing at myself. Ha... Ha... Ha-ha. Nope. It's not working
 

Nart

Had an awesome time today with InappropriateReefer stopping by.
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I finally opened a Instagram account! Follow me at MightyNanoTank
 

grantm91

The Reefing big dogs ! Did he take anything from the candy shop ?
 

Nart

Oh yeah. He took a bunch of stuff... I can say I'm clam less now lol
 

grantm91

Clam less Nart, geez, emptied my Frag rack too today. Not sure to just be happy of the £55 Or because I was just starting to enjoy the frag rack novelty watching the two little torches wave was fun lol.
 

Nart

Just check out this maxima... so hard taking a pic because it's so small. I had to zoom in but the blue colors in person really pop.

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Culprit

I hate how cameras never catch anything like the eye does in person. However.... that pops even in the picture! I think when you get your big tank you should get one of those red electric clams. My LFS has them and they're super cool loooking.
 

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