Featured System - November 2016 - Gil

  • INTRODUCTION

    My name is Gilberto Di Siena, (Gil). I am very excited to have the opportunity to showcase my obsession. I started keeping tropical fish many years ago and then progressed to Discus, which I still have and love.
    Once I decided to try marines I was hooked in a big way.

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    DESCRIPTION

    I’m lucky enough to have a big fish room, which resulted in “1 more tank”.
    I prefer larger tanks and therefore most of my tanks are large including the two I sneaked into my house.
    I have two SPS dominated tanks, some mixed hard and soft coral tanks, a softies only tank and some fish and FOWLR tanks.
    My latest project is a NPS tank.
    My tanks all have different methods of filtration which grow and hybridise as the hobby progresses. The pics I have posted are a combination of the various tanks in my fish room.
    For power outages a generator is a life saviour.

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    click images to see the full-sized tanks
    FILTRATION

    The different methods of filtration include Bio-pellets, Zeo-vit method and DSB.
    I use filter socks for mechanical filtration, and for chemical I use GFO and occasionally carbon to polish the water.

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    CIRCULATION

    For maximum water flow I use Maxspect Gyre Pumps and these I combne with Vortex MP 40’s.

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    LIGHTING

    I am still an old fashioned believer in metal halides. For example in my SPS tank I use :
    • 2 x 400 watt 20 000 K
    • 1 x 400 watt 15 000 K
    • 2 x 150 watt 10 000 K
    I do use a few LED lights but most of my tanks are combination of halides and T5’s.

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    MAINTENANCE

    Water is topped up daily using RO water which I pre mix with Kalkwasser and a few drops of vinegar. I also mix Strontium and Iodine into this daily.
    I manually dose my tanks on a daily basis with alkalinity calcium and magnesium using Randy Holmes Farley 3 part solution.
    Included in the above the only other additives I use are Red Seas Reef Energy A and B Supplements.
    My fish are fed 3 times a day, quite heavily to avoid my PO3 from dropping too low and my SPS reacting.
    On the menu is a combination of frozen foods and pellets and fish roe daily after lights out.

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    LIVESTOCK

    In the pics posted I hope you will be able to see the wide variety of fish and corals in all the tanks.
    For quarantine purposes, which I strongly believe in I have 3 separate tanks. One for fish in quarantine the other for corals and one for the spontaneous buy.
    All fish are quarantined for 3 months.

    FISH

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    CORALS

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    WATER PARAMETERS

    TEMP - 25 degrees C
    SALINITY - 1026
    NITRATES - 000
    PHOSPHATES - 0.02
    CALCIUM - 490
    KH - 7 dKH
    MAGNESIUM - 1400

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    CONCLUSION

    If there is any advise I would give to people starting out I would urge them to research as much as possible before purchasing a fish or coral to minimize the importation of species which do not thrive in captivity.
    The beauty of this hobby is the more experience you have the more there is to learn.
    One is faced with obstacles and challenges daily but with knowledge these can be overcome.
    A quick thanks to MASA, all LFS’s owners and staff who’s brains I pick constantly and to my wife and family for their consistent and unwavering patience and support in this wonderful hobby.

    Thank you
    Gil

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  • TEMP : 25 degrees C
    SALINITY : 1026
    NITRATES : 000
    PHOSPHATES : 0.02
    CALCIUM : 490
    KH : 7 dKH
    MAGNESIUM : 1400