Marty's Reef Tank

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Here is the spec of my setup so far

6x2x2 DT opti white front glass. Back and weirs painted black.

50"x 18 " x 17 " sump

2 x ehime 3000 LPH return pumps.

TMC pellet reactor with ehime 1500 pump

Deltec SC1456 internal skimmer

TMC vecton 600 UV

2 x Fluval E300 digital heaters

TMC twin float ATU

2 x maxspect Razor R420R 160w 16000k lights

2 x ehime 1800 powerheads aimed behind rocks

2 x hydor 4400 powerheads at front

2 x bubble magus mini 100 fluid reactors one for phosphate media and other for carbon

100 odd kilo of live rock

10 kilo biohome ultra maxi media

TMC ozone generator

Air Dryer for ozone

System runs 2 X weirs one at each end and twin return coming out of the centre of rear


Fish stock.

1 x Jewel tang
1 x Yellow tang
1 x Yellow eye tang
1 x sailfin tang
2 x true percula clowns
1 x mandarin
1 x lipstick tang
1 x cleaner wrass
12 x chromis



5 x cleaner shrimp
1 x fire shrimp
1 x sand sifting starfish
1 x red starfish

Corals ect.

Bubble tip anenomie
Wall hammer
Tracky
Torch
Zoa's
Mushrooms
Kenyan trees
Red and green plating montipora
Rainbow encrusting montipora
Selection of acans
Australian cataphilia
GSP
Blue planet acro
A few other SPS
2 x chalice
Pulsing exina

I think that covers most the stock.

Here is a few pictures










Lights where on way down when this was taken so sone polyps closed
















Some pictures not the best quality as taken on phone


Hope you enjoy
Marty
Last Edit: Aug 7, 2015 10:58:26 pm by Marty

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Reply #1

That's an impressive set up. Beautiful Velifer sail fin tang.  :glad:

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fantastic tank mate, i wish i could have passed some of my SPS on.

Rainbow monti looks amazing... so does the sail fin.... oh and the hammer.... and the.. well its all cracking mate :)

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Reply #3

Thanks for the replies.

I'm sure once you sorted I can pop over hopefully it's easily sorted.

Once my stock gets bigger I will offer some frags that plating montipora has done all that growth onto rocks in around 6 weeks so it's spreading well.

The tank has been up and running around 5 months and is ticking along nicely. It's my first marine tank so has been a steep learning curve but ive got my head round it.

 I use to keep freshwater but made the jump to marine it has been challenging with some ups and downs but I've enjoyed it and also met some really nice people that I now call friends within the hobby :)

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yea looks good for 5 months. just be careful of any swings. you seem to have everything fully under control though mate and looking at the coral etc it all looks very impressive. yea this hobby does that. @mars109 is local to us and really knows his stuff, has some amazing coral. also @Jase is also local. he is also new to the hobby but his tank seems to be coming on nicely the last i checked.

the more people you know the more coral you can share / advice you can get. this place helps alot !! :) hope to see the tank coming on more and more.. top job mate.

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Thanks I monitor my water regularly and has remained stable I make all my own water so I know what's going in for a start.

A lot of people said no chance of a mandarin or an anenomie due to how young the tank is but I was adding 10 bags of pods a week for around 2 months directly into my large amount of cheato in the sump then I added a mandarin as I had that many pods I had to clean the glass on the DT to get them off haha so I made sure the mandarin is well supported and I continue to now add 4 bags a week.

I done a lot of reasearch into anenomies before adding one and I built a cave for it and the base rock has really deep crevices so it's foot can anchor well and adjusted powerheads so have moderate flow there. I placed him on the base rock amd he moved into the cave a bit and there he has been for around the last 2 months and I would of thought if there was an issue it would of moved by now or not been looking so healthy I also feed it once a fortnight with mussel.

I have learnt if you do the reasearch and are prepared to spend the money on the necessary equipment and put the time in anything is possible.

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yea i agree a fair amount of what you say. time does help though and people are right my tank never swings unlike it did in the first year / 18 months. (says the guy with dying SPS) i dose the my alk and calcium and do frequent water changes and have no issues at all. i reckon i could stop water changes. i think as long as you monitor and don't knee jerk on swings you will be fine. the time thing is frequent something people say to try and stop people buying a tank and 3 weeks later fill it with fish coral and stuff that shouldn't be in there.

keep up the good work bud. :)

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Hi how long did it take you to get the tank looking like that? Very impressive  :O Ive gotta say. Oh 5 months haha just read back, pretty good going to get it looking like that in just 5 months, and you've got a anemone too. Ive looking about the net for answers on when a tank is mature not just cycled most answers I got were a year but 5 months nearly fully stocked, quite amazing really. Answers my question of it can be done sooner, not just in the 12 month time scale.
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I can't gurantee an anenomie would be fine in someone else's tank as all systems are different.

I done a lot of reasearch into an anenomie before getting one the base rock its on has really deep crevices so it can bury it's foot nice and deep and I also built a cave around that area and it pulls back into that at nights I also adjusted flow so it's tenticles just move gently.

He has been in the tank about 6 weeks I believe now and from placing him in the tank he moved about 2" and has not moved since so I would say he is happy there.

I also feed him every 2 weeks with mussel he loves it soon pulls in and munches it.

If you can provide an anenomie with the right conditions as in placement ,flow ,light ect they won't wonder to far if you place them on sand or a smooth rock expect them to wonder as they want to keep there foot safe.

When buying an anenomie check the condition of its foot make sure there is no damage if it's already attached to a rock buy it with the rock. Check the colour make sure it's not bleached and also check it's mouth to make sure it's nice and tight and not gaping open if all the above is fine you have a healthy one.

Stability is the main thing to get right I have found since adding more SPS and some large plates my ALK took a hammering but I noticed it and took action and buffered it back up I'm now looking into dosing pumps as the next stage.

I also think having all the correct equipment as I've not skimped does help my system a lot I've not cut any corners and anything my system has needed I've purchased.

I've only been into marine keeping around 5 months it's been a steep learning curve and I've spent hours researching and I've had my share of issues including.

Velvet wipeout at the beginning

Dinoflagellates algae ( was a ball ache)

Green hair algae.

Brown jelly disease that took out a 14 and a 21 head duncan and a torch as I was not aware of what it was until it was to late I know now.

Cyno

Hitchhiker crabs

Polyclad flatworm (war continues with that one as it eats snails and clams !! )

So I've had some tests in the early days of reef keeping and some of the worst possible but I believe it's made me a better reef keeper and I'm now able to spot things early.

I was keeping freshwater beforehand and as a kid I grew up around ponds as my dad use to keep and breed Koi carp.

I find with the Internet you get two views with most things some say yes to things others say no but at end of the day it's your decision if you can offer an anenomie the correct environment and care for it I can't see an issue getting one the pictures of mine don't lie it's healthy and living the dream in its cave.

Hope that helps :)
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Reply #9

Yeah it does help thanks, mines 3 month's old nearly and still looks like a bag of crap but noooo I won't be defeated by pesky phosphate and algae. I've been there and done it and got the T shirt, meaning I've tried and been trying everything, I will just battle on with it until it's right, I've got time :)
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Reply #10

Waterchanges are your friend you can deplete a lot like that.

Are you making your own water or buying it. If you are buying the RO check the TDS as most LFS have a high reading one this way was 130 !!! They may as well added mirricle grow.

My tank transformed making my own RO water with 0 TDS and mixing my own salt water to 1.025 most shops supply 1.024 amd using Red Sea Coral Pro

If you not making your own water I would advise to you then know what you are putting in !!

If you have a sump get phosphate remover in a fluid reactor in use to use Rowa but the mess it makes is pita I now use an alloy based one and had no issues at all. Also if you have a sump get some cheato in there if you don't have any and are local pop round ill soon give you some to get started :)

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They may as well added miracle grow.

haha lol

Yep, all great advice. Remember @ToplineMarines assuming your new water is zero phosphate, then the percentage of water change is the percentage reduction in phosphate. So a 30% water change will reduce the phosphate by 30%...
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Waterchanges are your friend you can deplete a lot like that.

Are you making your own water or buying it. If you are buying the RO check the TDS as most LFS have a high reading one this way was 130 !!! They may as well added mirricle grow.

My tank transformed making my own RO water with 0 TDS and mixing my own salt water to 1.025 most shops supply 1.024 amd using Red Sea Coral Pro

If you not making your own water I would advise to you then know what you are putting in !!

If you have a sump get phosphate remover in a fluid reactor in use to use Rowa but the mess it makes is pita I now use an alloy based one and had no issues at all. Also if you have a sump get some cheato in there if you don't have any and are local pop round ill soon give you some to get started :)

yep got chato and phosphate reactor with rowaphos and buy water and test it, it has 0 phosphate and 0 nitrate before I mix it to 1.025 with coral pro salt. I might change salt. Anyone know a good one?
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I use Red sea coral pro so no issues there ;)

What's the TDS of there RO water ?

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I don't have a TDS reader, but the water is from maidenhead aquatics, their tanks look amazing.  I pay £3.50 per 25L of plain RO.
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