Darrencon's Organic Tank

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  1. darrencon

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    Hi AllI have been asked to give more details about my organic tank, so here goes...

    I upgraded my tank on the 26th May 07 (from a 80L that was running for 6 months)
    I went from 85L to 200L and I did not wait for a cycle to complete as the organic treatment makes the water safe immediatly. Fish went in within about 2 hours with NO losses.

    3 ft tank about 40kg live rock
    No Sump
    No skimmer

    Lighting:2 24watt t5's (one white and on blue)

    Filtration:For mechanical filtration I use the built in container thing in the hood (dont know what else to call it). I have a powerhead that pumps tank water into it. Inside I have filter wool and a bag of tropic marin elimi phos and also sometimes I run activated carbon.

    I have 2 seio's for circulation, one 620 and one 820

    For other filtration I use organic products by a local company called organic aqua. There are 3 products:
    Bbac (looks like moist weed)
    health treatment (liquid)
    general treatment (granuals)

    Maintanance:

    I only do about a 20% water change every 5-6 weeks.
    Clean the glass twice a week.
    Change filter wool every +- 10 days.
    Add General treatment every 7 days.
    Add health treatment after new livestock is added or after a water change
    Top up with RO for evapouration.

    Current Livestock:
    2 False pecular clowns
    1 Anemone (clowns are hosting in it)
    1 yellow tang
    1 Jananese tang
    1 Baby regal tang
    1 cleaner shrimp
    1 Fireshrimp
    4 chromis
    1 carpenters wrasse
    1 frogspawn
    1 pincusion
    1 moorish Idol...:blushing:
    lots of mushrooms
    couple of zoo's
    1 other coral I cant remenber the name of..:whistling:
    1 sea urchin

    All is running well.

    Here is a pic from 8 Jan. I will take more recent ones as the tank has changed quite a bit over the last 7 weeks ***pic updated see page 2***

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  3. gaz19

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    can u post a pic of the organic stuff. i think its the same one that i used to use.
    tank looks healthy.
    is the morish idol eating?
     
  4. highfive

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    What exactly do you mean by organic tank?, is the 3ft tank a refuge of sump?, do you have any DSB?
     
  5. darrencon

    darrencon Thread Starter

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    Go to www.organicaqua.co.za for product pics

    Moorish idol is eating like a pig... it has just recovered on its own from white spot. No intervention from me. I am lucky.

    It was an impulse buy (pressure from the wife). Should not have bought it... they belong in the sea...
     
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    darrencon Thread Starter

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    ok to be clear....

    No sump
    No DSB
    No refugium
    No skimmer

    An organic tank is a tank that uses natural products to keep it healthy...
     
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    WOW! Darren! Now that IS impressive! REALLY IMPRESSIVE!
     
  8. Warr7207

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    Very interesting setup. It would give me nightmares ;)
     
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    Sorry (I say this in advance), are you saying a DSB, Refugium or sump are non organic. How more natural can a tank be if it has them, yes using chemicals is non organic.
     
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    Sounds very very interesting!

    Do you do any tests? I'm especially interested to know if you have nitrate issues.

    Darren, as a personal favour to me, could you pretty please use the MASA image host with the new pics you are going to upload. I can't view photobucket pics as my work blocks it.

    Can't wait!
     
  11. darrencon

    darrencon Thread Starter

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    No I am not saying that. I am just saying that I am not using any of them.

    The organic aqua I am using does not contain chemicals.... it is all natural.
     
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    That is a fairly heaby stocking for a 3ft. Do you have any algae growth?
     
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    Hi Gali - it does not LOOK like he has any algae growth....
     
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    Cool!
     
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    No algae problems...just a bit on the glass every few days.

    I did have a battle with hair algae about 3 months ago. It was weird as it just grew on one rock... so I removed the rock and it solved the problem.
     
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    Mmmm... sounds like some phosphate might have been adsorbed by the rock.
     
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    darrencon Thread Starter

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    Just another comment...

    This is the way I do my tank and its not perfect but it works great for me.... :thumbup: for all the newbies, please still research and then make up your own mind.. ;)
     
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    Hi Darren - most likely the same issue I had with my live rock - the actual live rock contained too much detritus on the INSIDE. And this was most likely fueling the algae growth. Like fertiliser....
     
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    Darren - another question for you - how often and what, do you feed?
     
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    Jacques I know you have had this algae problem a while now, but are you sure it's the LR. And if it's the LR don't you have creatures that would love this.

    My problem is a don't have enough detritus that I have to target feed my seastar.

    Just a question :whistling:
     
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    That's fine. Nice to see Other people experiment with things. :thumbup:
     
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