3.2m Mixed Reef

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  1. brandonb

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    Hi guys !!

    Finally getting the time to start up this thread will tell you all I know now, but will put up a description of the tank, livestock and filtration tomorrow. and pics !.. lotsa pics I will add pics of all sump compartments and of live stock and FTS etc. all tomorrow

    It is my fathers tank, he lets me choose the livestock that goes in (best thing ever, I get a huge tank and all the LS I want but he pays LOL)... that was the agreement since he only wanted the not the hobby, but he is starting to get hooked so I dont have that much of a say anymore and he does alot of the maintenance on the tank these days

    The tank was built by Exotic Aquariums and they also came and installed it ... got it running with all equipment, live rock and water...( my dad was not in to the hobby that time so we decided to get help...)

    Dimensions: DT 3250x600x700
    Sump: 1500x470x450

    Lighting: there are four lighting "pendants" each have 4 t5's (54w each) in (2 white 2 actinic) so 16 t5's in total 8 white 8 actinic
    There is also a light over the chaeto... all lights run from 7:00am to 8:00pm on a timer.

    Filtration:
    Sump:
    1st compartment: 380x47x35
    Skimmer (Deltec SC-2060)
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    2nd compartment: 380x470x350
    Filter sponge; filter mat; LRR
    Pic above..

    3rd compartment : 170x470x200
    Chaeto
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    4th compartment : 420x470x200
    Deep sand bed
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    5th compartment : 240x470x200
    Calcium Reactor (Deltec TF-601); Phosphate Reactor(Deltec FR-509) Closed loop pump (Hailea HX 6540); Chiller Pump (Same as CLS); Return Pump (Multi 9000 8300 l/h)

    6th Compartment: 150x470x450
    Auto Top-up Unit + Reservior
    5th and 6th back there somewhere ....:whistling:

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    Temperature Control:

    EHEIM Heaters x2 (300W)
    Hailea HC 1000A

    Other:

    mostly Kenyan Live Rock some Fiji on the pillar on the left of the tank(no bio rock used in this system) not sure how many kgs will ask Steven tommorow

    We have 4 Tunze powerheads next to the overflow to keep them nennie safe

    There is a 640x480x44 quarantine tank (empty) in the cabinet (on the left) next to the sump. It has a small filter system at the back (alomost like a Boyu) 160x480x440
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    Auto feeder feeds flakes and pellets (Omega One; Dr Bassleers;Tetra marine flakes) at 7:30am; 12:00pm; 06:00pm.
     
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    brandonb

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    Livestock:
    Fish:
    1 Naso Tang
    1 Blue Tang (shows that coral behaviour in a piece of fiji live rock that looks like sps)
    1 One-Spot Fox Face
    1 Emperor Angel (juvi changing)
    1 Magnificent Angel
    2 Anthias (the male died, but one is changing)
    8 Chromis
    2 Banggai Cardinal (one is male and one is still very small so I am not sure if its male or female because the male might not kill it if its so young
    2 Occellaris Clownfish (my first fish had them for almost 3 years now)
    2 Maldives Clownfish
    1 Tomato Clownfish
    1 Scooter Blenny
    1 Lawnmower Blenny
    1 Midas Blenny
    2 Purple Firefish
    2 Mandarin (male and female, male is very new to tank, not sure if they paired-up yet)
    1 Tamarin(white tail)
    1 Leopard Wrasse (male)

    Invertebrates:

    5-7 Astrea Snails
    3-5Turbo Snails
    10+Hermits (red;blue;zebra-blue)
    12+ Nassarius Snails
    6 Cleaner Shrimp
    2 Peppermint Shrimp
    2 Fire Shrimp
    2 Boxer Shrimp (pair the are always together)
    1 Proper feather duster (a hitchhiker)
    2 Fromia Stars
    2 Serpent Stars
    1 Crocea Clam
    2 Bubble tip Anemones ( we had three ... bought one and it split 3 times)
    2 Rose bubble tip anemone ( Split once ... after trampled by hermit ... is now recovering)

    Coral:
    Soft:
    Leather Coral (white polyps)
    Leather Coral (long yellow polyps)
    Green star Polyps
    Blue Xenia
    Zoas
    LPS
    Yellow Goniopora
    Plate Coral Fungia Repanda
    SPS
    Royal Chalice ( i think SPS)
    Red Monti ( doing good so far)

    not much coral but we had a looong battle with cyano so we couldnt get coral, and there was a problem with the C02 bottle ...which is all sorted now and we will start adding corals now!:thumbup:

    This is what I have so far so for the long posts ... will add the pics and omitted info tomorrow afternoon... after we get the new additions to the tank ...

    2 Yellow Tangs
    1 Sailfin tang
    1 Purple tang:)

    here is an FTS i just took ... not much fish around because the light were off

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    and the Naso

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    Thanks
    Brandon
     
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    Brandon,

    Looks great.:thumbup:
     
  5. Mauritius-aquarist

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    Tank looks good man...............
    Any luck with some picts of the sump???
    Wat deltec skimmer are u using?
     
  6. chas84

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    Very very nice. I like the livestock list!
     
  7. Annoying

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    Tank is looking Gr8, how about some close ups;)
     
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    lovely looking tank and great that u have so much space to play with :)
     
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    brandonb

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    @ Mauritius-aquarist - I updated the first post with pics and missing info, check there..
     
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    thanks for the comments above guys:thumbup:

    please check the 1st two post they are updated with stuff I forgot and didnt know (like models of equipment
    )

    Here are some pics of the system I took today

    Didnt see the reflection until now, sorry guys
    FTS
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    RHS
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    Centre
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    LHS
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    Crocea Clam
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    ...
     
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    Midas eating left-overs
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    Male Leopard Wrasse
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    Foxface showing spikes
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    ...
     
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    Regal
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    Naso
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    Magnificent Angel
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    Emperor (busy changing over from Juvenile phase)
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    ...
     
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    Occellaris Clowns in BTA
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    Skunk Clowns in the "Nennie" ( dont know what the spots are, because its doesnt have WS)
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    Tomato Clown in BTA (same one as Occellaris but it split in January)

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    and
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    Hope you guys dont mind all the pics?
     
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    UPDATE

    Added today

    2 Yellow Tangs
    1 Sailfin Tang
    1 Purple Tang
    1 Cleaner Wrasse

    The Purple tang is a bit beat up from the Regal, but it has cooled down now..

    The Sailfin was also pestered a bit but then stuck with the Yellows

    The Yellow tangs stick together, no one messed with them from the start...

    All of them are continuously eating of algae off the rocks..

    Pics
    Two Yellows chowing down on algae whilst stiking together
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    Purple and Sailfin chowing algae on same rock few minutes later
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    Please feel free to comment, ask questions or give advice ...


    Brandon
     
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    Wow! Really some amazing specimens! We don't mind the pics:lol:, we love them!
     
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    Very nice looking tank. when it comes to pics, the more the merrier. :thumbup:
     
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    excellent skimmer bra and equipment and tank looking stunning
     
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    @ Annoying - Thanks alot, I also love pics... sorry to hear about your tank ... the same thing almost happened with this one ... but we were home luckily and could put on a small generator...

    Thanks and I feel the same way

    Thanks for the comment, its a lot of hard work from me and my father...
     
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    Thanks very much bro............................
    Tank is becoming gr8 with new livestocks.............
     
  20. RiaanP

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    I like the length of the tank. But I would have done the scaping a bit different, into 3 distinct islands to boost the length of the tank even more. But that is me.

    The 2 yellows, sailfin and purple all look a lot smaller than the Naso. Just check them out as they grow up. ALthough they do swim together now, the yellows could become agressive towards each other as they grow bigger. But I think on that length tank, it should not be a problem. By the time I'm ready to do a bigger tank, they should be grown up and I can learn from your fish if the tank length is ok. I got this idea that started to grow in the back of my mind for a similar size tank. So lets re-check by June next year.
     
  21. Slummies

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    very impressive and think you got potential!

    however, i think you can do better with the big pile of rock work. it doesnt do the tank justice

    Good work and keen to see this tank in a few years:)
     

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