Darrencon's Organic Tank

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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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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?
 

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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?
 

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

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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.
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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That is a fairly heaby stocking for a 3ft. Do you have any algae growth?
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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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.
Mmmm... sounds like some phosphate might have been adsorbed by the rock.
 

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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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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....
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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