Featured System Jan/Feb 2018

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    This month we feature a tank from America belonging to Jason.

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    Welcome to my 29 gallon Coralife Biocube. I'm honoured to share my piece of the reef with your members. My first journey into the saltwater hobby started with this tank back in mid 2013. My original plan was to have a fish only tank but that quickly changed when I went to my first coral swap. I walked out of there with 5 frags and I was hooked. After a few months and hours of research I realised my stock Biocube just wasn't going to support the needs of the full blown reef that I wanted. This leads us to the current setup.

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    Setup:
    The tank is lit by a custom retrofitted 165w led panel that runs straight blues 420-495nm for 10 hours a day. The rear chambers house a mini max reactor for gfo, a custom 3d printed sock holder, a tunze 9001 skimmer, and a 30w red led panel for growing chaeto. A maxijet 1200 is used for return which consists of dual VCA random flow nozzles and a vortech mp10 for extra flow. An apex gold controls the whole setup and a avast peristaltic pump maintains the water level.

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    Maintenance:
    Besides the usual cleaning of the glass and chaeto trimming the tank is actually really low maintenance for the amount of coral I have. I dose kalk with my ato to maintain steady parameters along with weekly 20% water changes with Fritz salt. My levels are as follows:

    Calcium 450
    Alkalinity 8
    Mag 1400
    PH 7.6 - 8.2
    Nitrates less than 5
    SG 1.026
    Temp 78°

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    Corals are spot fed Reefroids and Rod's food twice a week on an alternating schedule and the tank is dosed with Polyp Lab's polyp-booster 10 minutes prior to feeding. The fish are fed via apex AFS a mix of New Life Spectrum Ultra Red and Small Fish Formula. They enjoy a nightly cuisine of Rod's original frozen mix.

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    Inhabitants:
    As you can see the tank is pretty full of coral most of which were purchased as small frags locally from Cherry Coral. Rainbow acans and zoas are the main focus of the tank, but other species include, plating and encrusting montipora, hammers, frogspawn, duncans, blastomussa, favia, green star ployps, and a couple species of acropora. Invertebrates include a single Maxima clam, 5 rock flower anemones, feather dusters, and a porcelain crab. Fish! I almost forgot the fish, you know.... the whole reason I started this hobby. Two clowns "who have been together for three years but refuse to pair up. A super shy royal gramma, and a pod chasing, floating pellet eating, pig of a mandrin goby finish off the list of tank inhabitants.

    This completes our tour. Hope you enjoyed the photos. Feel free to follow me on Instagram for more @up2no6ood

    Link to tank thread on Reef2Reef - https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/up2s-29-biocube.168867/
     
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    Holy crap those colours.very cool.
     
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    I think he got a bigger variety of corals in that tank that is smaller than 10% of mine.... :m20:
     
  7. Barlan

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    very very nice, thanks for sharing. Love the colors!
     
  8. Keshen

    Keshen Nano Addiction

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    Awesome setup
     
  9. shoolfish

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    Wow that's inspirational...now to make improvements on my own Zoa garden. Does anyone have some of those Zoa frags to sell a fellow reefer?
     
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    Wow, this is an absolute stunner of a tank! Congrats and well done!
     
  11. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    gorgeous system!
     
  12. reefer101

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    Wow this is stunning
     
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    Truly amazing, great collection of corals!!
     
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    Beautiful!!!!
     
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    The Viskop Viskop OOOOON!

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    Epic tank you have congrats! :thumbup:
     
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    Quintus the irish aXeman

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    Awesome tank:thumbup1:
     
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    Stunning tank.. :m106:
     
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    reef roids...... sigh !

    Lovely tank.
     
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    looks awesome and thanks for sharing Viper but i would rather like to see some local tanks...
     
  20. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    bru, weve tried, sadly its a 2 way street, to feature local local needs to want to featured:m06:
     
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    Couple of invites to showcase their tanks were sent out. It not as easy to get somebody to do all the admin to be able to do a nice complete feature article.

    "Tank is not quite right at the moment", we hear that one a lot.
     

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