Fr499y's 4 footer mixed reef - Was 3 foot - Now Pico! ( to be )

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New here! been browsing the forum for a few weeks/month or so now but after being recommended by people on here, thought I would sign up! So heres my tank log/information.

It started out as a 24L tank with a few softies and within less than a year gone to a 55L, 110L and now a 240L

Equipment:-
2x Zetlight ZA1201 16W light units, total 32W of light + natural sun light for most of the day
2x Aquael Reef Circulator Pump 2600
Standard Juwel filter box with siporax filling half the box, carbon/phosphate remover in the other half
200w Tetra heater
Skimz SH1 skimmer

Small HOB refugium:-
Chaeto, various red algae - dragons breath etc
Ehiem ecco pro 130 pump
Arcadia stretch fresh led light - reverse light cycle

And now for the pictures!
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2017 2:53:02 pm by fr499y

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Reply #1

Good to see you over here the members love to see another reef tank :)

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looks good mate. I'm surprised your keeping SPS with such low lighting. Looks to be working though mate.

hows the HOB fuge working ? did you buy it or make it ?was thinking of putting one on my tank as i too am sumpless.

good to see you mate, Welcome !!!

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To get an idea of the growth, the pic of coral on the left was less than two months ago, right was a week ago ( two different corals to show growth rates )


The HOB fuge is a superfish XL breeding box and I'm removing a tennis ball size of chaeto every week. Infact its in need of another trim now! I clean the box every month but empty the water/algae into a bowl to keep all the pods etc :)

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It is clearly working and tank looks nice and clean :)

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thank you :)

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Welcome to ReefBase:D

Lovely tank with lots of not so common gear.  :umhum: The green monty plate is especially lovely, I love planting montipora.
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Thanks :) There are two plates in there now, one is slightly higher up in an attempt to plate the filter box!


I tend to do things in a rather odd way, Kind of sums me up really  :grin:

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yea wicked, just goes to show you don't need to follow the norm.

really nice looking tank mate :)

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Welcome to ReefBase @fr499y :)

In my opinion, you should go for the biggest tank you could afford ;)

Very soon you will run out of space and will think 240l is not big enough ;)

Nice corals and scapes mate :)

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Reply #10

Thank you Hai. 4 foot is the biggest i can get in as the tank is located in our porch! ( believe it or not ) I did want to go with a custom build at 4ft x 2ft x  roughly 16/18" but that's not going to happen any time soon!

Corals are looking a bit sad for themselves at the moment as I'm dosing a fair bit of magnesium to try and kill the bryopsis that's appearing again, had it in the old tank and thought it was gone but turns out the spores were still there. Test results as of last night were 1500 for mag so getting closer to the levels needed. I usually aim for 1700-1800 on magnesium to kill bryopsis, higher than most people recon is needed but i'll let it drop on its own as to not shock anything too much  :glad:

I noticed this morning that the skimmer has decided to stop sucking in air so there's another job for tonight!
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2015 11:13:27 am by fr499y

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Won't the tank being in the porch mean that there's too much direct sunlight hitting the tank? That could cause issues?  :|
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Reply #12

Tanks been out there since September. The glass is frosted so there isn't as much direct light as you would think so no issues with algae.

Here is a picture of my arrow crab hunting a bristleworm. He failed to get it as it was still alive yesterday! hehe
 

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Reply #13

Arrow crabs are funny critters.

Are you sure the Min-Maxi anemone is ok with fish? They're very sticky. Very beautiful though.
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Welcome to ReefBase, lovely tank, nicely picked stock too, you have a thing for twigs too!
do you have to dose anything? (apart from what you're currently doing with Mag) or do your water changes keep everything ok?
I should really sort this out!!

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