GlennF's DSR tank

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Glenn your tank is going to get me into trouble as it's marine porn.

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Glenn your tank is going to get me into trouble as it's marine porn.
haha... than it's the real deal, no faking of photoshopping involved.

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This is amazing :)

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Absolutely stunning thats all i can say

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Absolutely stunning thats all i can say




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@glennf can you please tell us more about how you got to this point. Did you have many tanks before and what are the most important lessons you have learned? It is always good to learn from someone else's experience and mistakes.

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@glennf can you please tell us more about how you got to this point. Did you have many tanks before and what are the most important lessons you have learned? It is always good to learn from someone else's experience and mistakes.

of course.

how did i start?
All my live I have been keeping all kinds of fresh water aquariums, until I was infected with the saltwater virus . My current tank is 250x80x70cm(60cm WH) and was build in 1994. Until december 2004 it was a fresh water tank inhabited with Malawi  cichlids. In Dec 2004 I drilled a hole into the bottom, placed a sump and filled it with saltwater. This was the start of my saltwater adventure.
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Thanks for the reply @glennf . So this is your first and only saltwater tank then. Were you successful from the very beginning or did you suffer losses when you started to keep SPS?
The reason I ask is that when I started my current tank, I tried to buy the best equipment I could afford at the time, Deltec skimmer, Vertex lights (although these did not turn out to be worth the money I paid for them but that's another story) etc.
I waited patiently for my tank to cycle and stocked it slowly, keeping a close eye on parameters.
However, I just cannot seem to keep SPS or even LPS corals for any length of time.
I had Acan frags and they just seemed to shrink and fade away.
I had a red bubble tip anemone and it seemed fine for a good few weeks but then moved to the underside of the rocks and slowly began to shrink away until it disappeared completely! I tried the plating montepora, I tried SPS acropora etc but they all faded away or went white.
I now wonder if my dodgy Vertex Illumina has ever been right. In any case, I could never figure out whether the lights were to bright or not bright enough.
I have never seemed to have a reading for nitrates or phosphates whichever test kits I used. But surely I must have had them as I have suffered algae blooms etc
I have used Red Sea Coral Pro salt from the very beginning and also made my own RODI water with 0 TDS.

At the moment my tank has been stable for quite some time and the fish are thriving, but the only corals I have at present are the Florida Rics, a non photosynthetic chilli coral, and a couple of Zoa colonies....oh and a shed load of bush coral that is spreading like wild fire!

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Thanks for the reply @glennf . So this is your first and only saltwater tank then. Were you successful from the very beginning or did you suffer losses when you started to keep SPS?
The reason I ask is that when I started my current tank, I tried to buy the best equipment I could afford at the time, Deltec skimmer, Vertex lights (although these did not turn out to be worth the money I paid for them but that's another story) etc.
I waited patiently for my tank to cycle and stocked it slowly, keeping a close eye on parameters.
However, I just cannot seem to keep SPS or even LPS corals for any length of time.
I had Acan frags and they just seemed to shrink and fade away.
I had a red bubble tip anemone and it seemed fine for a good few weeks but then moved to the underside of the rocks and slowly began to shrink away until it disappeared completely! I tried the plating montepora, I tried SPS acropora etc but they all faded away or went white.
I now wonder if my dodgy Vertex Illumina has ever been right. In any case, I could never figure out whether the lights were to bright or not bright enough.
I have never seemed to have a reading for nitrates or phosphates whichever test kits I used. But surely I must have had them as I have suffered algae blooms etc
I have used Red Sea Coral Pro salt from the very beginning and also made my own RODI water with 0 TDS.

At the moment my tank has been stable for quite some time and the fish are thriving, but the only corals I have at present are the Florida Rics, a non photosynthetic chilli coral, and a couple of Zoa colonies....oh and a shed load of bush coral that is spreading like wild fire!

so recogniseable.
imo knowledge is the key  to succesfull.
reefing. knowing what you're doing prevent dissappointments, working with proven technical equipments prevent problems associated with pioneering.

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From the start i never  did any water changes (same as in my fresh water time). I started with the usual  soft corals, a few LPS, and some easy SPS.  I build my own skimmer, and calcium reactor and for a while I went quite well, until I start putting more SPS into the tank.  In 2008 i lost a few  SPS/LPS due to a calcium reactor which was insufficient ,so I build a larger one and reintroduced new SPS corals.
End of 2010  lost the majority of my  SPS/LPS Corals, this due to a few  factors: 1) Defective RO device, 2) Calcium reactor which was acting up, 3) a 500L NPS tank which I've connected to my reef.
Looking back the last action was not a wise thing to do, on top of the calcium problem I had a sky-high PO4 level into my reef (0,64ppm).  I decided to give up the hobby . I left the tank with minimal care and renovated my house. August 2011 I went on  a 30 day vacation to Thailand.
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Love this photo of your tank @Glennf, it's amazing! :)

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