450l of marine education

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  1. Jonathan Radloff

    Jonathan Radloff

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    Ever since I was a young kid I was always facinated with fish. As I got older, Marine aqariums just facinated me and eventually in June 2012 I started my first 38 Liter Aquarium only to upgrade a month later to my current system.

    Not knowing anything about marines it was one hell of an enlightening experience.

    So after the small tank was not enough for me I went out to get the first biggest aquarium I could afford. At that stage I did not know about Masa and had to rely on all the scary advise I got from local fish stores. Some good some bad.

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    My initial thought was to start with a fish only system, so I started to get the minimum equipment together. At that stage I didnt even know what a sump was. So somebody referred me to see @Fuzzy and he built me a sump and gave me some good tips.

    Then I had to drill the tank and do plumbing etc etc.

    So finally i got that going and filled the tank up and ran if with fresh water for a week. Collected the sump and sand to run a DSB. after everything was mixed and ready it was time to let the cycle begin

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    (seeing this today...... what was i thinking)

    So yes after that I had some cabinets installed so that i can hide the sump and all was going well

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    Then came the learning curve about the nitrification cycle and testing etc etc etc.

    And This is how it looks today.



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    Left side.jpg Right side.jpg Clarki and nennie.jpg
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    My equipment is as follow:

    Lights: Key K4-60D Led and a Dual Beamswork T5 54x2
    Skimmer: Bubble Magus C5
    DophinC1300 Canister filter with 2100 lph return pump
    1 x Sun sun pump with spray bar in sump @ 600lph and 1 hailea pump with spray bar in sum @ 1000lph ( to keep detritus from settling in sump
    2 x Sun sun Jvp 201 wavemaker / flowpumps @ 6000lph each
    1 x sicce 300w heater
    1 X dophin 250w heater.
    1 Bubble magus 700 mini reactor with Biopellets
    1 Bubble magus 700 mini reactor with Purigen

    Current stock:

    Fish
    1 Foxface
    1 Scopas tang
    1 Anthea
    1 Ocellaris clown
    2 Claki clowns
    3 Fire fish
    5 Pyjama cardinals
    1 Blue geen chromis
    1 Tail spotted blenny
    1 Banana wrasse

    CUC

    3 Blue legg hermits
    1 orange + red leg hermit
    1 Tuxedo urchin
    1 Turban snail

    Coral

    Zoas
    Xenia
    Mushrooms
    Frogspawn
    pollyps
    orange plate
    Long tanticle anemone
    green carpet anemone (mini)


    I will add more details and Pics when i can








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  3. Gesiggie

    Gesiggie Challenge accepted

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    @Jonathan Radloff
    Phew! For a while you had me stressing about how to politely tell you that your tank decor would be suited for anything but marines

    But well done on the scaping. Quite a dramatic change. (For the better :) )
    Great looking system for two years.:thumbup:
     
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  4. Titus

    Titus Reefneck!

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    I was also a little skeptical about the intial images, but what a turn around you have made! Great looking tank with some happy and healthy inmates.

    Cheers
    T
     
  5. Jonathan Radloff

    Jonathan Radloff Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys, yes the decor and everything was horrible but had to use what I could get. Since then I have also got rid of the DSB and is using live rock in the sump. In early 2013 we had both lost our source of income and since then had to try and keep things alive... would have loved to have more corals in but all in a good time.

    If all goes well I will probably end up with a Birdsnest frag soon.

    My tank Paramaters for today is:

    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0.5
    Alk: 11.0
    Ca: 420
    Mg: 1440
    SG: 1.025
    PH: 8.3

    I trust my paramaters are in order.
     
  6. ScottK

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    Your tank looks awesome. Pity you got rid of the ship wreck though, that thing was the business ;)
     
  7. SilverWolf

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    Wow. Nice
     
  8. Qball_V1.0

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    LoL, I must admit... when I saw the first pictures of the "decor" I had a bit of a chuckle...
    Very nice turn around though!
     
  9. ShaunSwindon

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    My thoughts on the ship wreck as well :whistling:

    Tank looks great now though, well done :thumbup:
     
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    Did you frag those plastic SPS pieces? Haha, thanks for the good read. Lovely looking tank.
     
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    what a huge improvement and great achievement buddy..really looking good ... well done! :thumbup:
     
  12. Jinx

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    You are doing gr8 bud,keep up the good work
     
  13. Smithers

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    Quite the turn around! Your anemone is really really nice !!
     
  14. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Very nice. What's your plan to keep parameters where they are?
     
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  15. Jonathan Radloff

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    To keep my parameters in check I run Biopellets, Dose Calsium (manually), I also run Purigen in a small reactor then I also have a Denitrator filter that I built. I also dose Randy's alkalinity recipe Part 2 every second day with my top up.
     
  16. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nice sounds like you have the basics covered :thumbup:
     
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