Featured System Oct/Nov 2017 - Rennie

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    Our Featured System for October/November 2017 belongs to @Rennie :)

    INTRODUCTION


    It's an absolute privilege to be nominated as TOTM with Marine Aquarium SA - I thank you all.

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    I have been in this hobby since 2006, as a commercial diver I was always intrigued by all living specimens in our Ocean and all the remarkable bright colours etc. So 2006 was my starting point and still going strong. 1st Marine tank was a 700L- still up and running up to date - I use this tank as my so called hospital tank (due to the maturity), any coral - either new or old that is showing any weakness go in there until 100% cured and ready to go.

    I also want to thank my wife, Yolandi, for all her assistance, as I am working abroad for approximately 7 months of the year, as without her diligence in the feeding regime and keen eye, the tank would not be what it is.

    As a beginner in the marine hobby I started without doing the proper research, thought how hard could it be, have wasted a substantial amount of money on fish and corals and soon realised I have no idea/clue of what’s going on, bought 2 marine books. I have worked through them properly and even with all this knowledge I still have trial and errors. What helped me substantially, was observation of different corals, as corals do tell you a lot of what’s happening in your tank. For example; if my hammer corals don’t fully open up, I know my alkalinity is getting low. If my Blastomuswellsi don’t fully extend, the tank’s magnesium is low.

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    DESCRIPTION

    When I fully mastered the 700/l tank I decided it was time for bigger things to happen and bought myself the Aquaria 2m plug & play (purchase date was September 2013), I completed a total of 10(ten) weeks of cycle and was going to have a mixed reef.

    These Aquaria tanks are just unbelievable - brilliant presentation and everything is perfectly balanced.
    I started off with Aquaria leds and upgraded to Lumini Aqua System Glisten 150R2.
    LuminiLeds have 8 channels for each colour light setting, all wifi operated, including lunar eclipse settings, capability to program all flow pumps settings via wifi for on/off times etc.

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    Aquarium Size - 2000 x 600 x 820

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    Cabinet Size - 2000 x 600 x 780
    Full sump Filtration in Cabinet
    Anti-slam door hinges
    Wood work covered in Perspex to water proof wood work.
    Includes all pipe work to connect up aquarium
    Full plug and play system
    Intelligent controller
    Includes filtration pump
    2 x heaters
    Cone shaped skimmer with bubble plate and SICCE needle wheel pump
    2 year warranty on heaters, pump and aquarium, 3 year warranty on skimmer

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    My whole idea of this tank was to be a mixed reef with lots of crevices to avoid any aggression between any of the fish, and it really worked well.

    Tank after 5 (five months)

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    Maintenance, Supplements and Feeding
    • I don’t do any water changes.
    • Change out Filter sock weekly .
    • Vacuum sand bed weekly with an Eheim underwater vacuum machine.
    • I use between 3 to 4 kilograms of activated charcoal at one-time - change out every 3 to 4 weeks.
    • I Use 7 channel doser of which I dose Calcium(Reef Fusion 1), magnesium, alkalinity(Reef Fusion2) and Colors A,B,C & D.
    • Reef Energy A & B, Fuel, Zooplankton, Nitra Gamma plus, I dose manually.
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    • Fish and all anemones get fed Nori, Pellets, Daphnia, mussel & Covert 7.
    • Pellets in morning and rest(soaked in garlic guard) combined at evening time
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    Additional equipment

    As corals grew so quickly I ran out of space and started using the sun-sun magnets, they work magnificent, on the inside of the tank goes half section of the magnet with an approximate 2 inches shaft (I used this shaft to attach coral) and outside tank other half, easy to shift around to accommodate coral requirements for light and flow.

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    I Use Coral Pro Salt

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    All newly purchased corals or any new comers do get dipped, and I highly recommend this, as there is so many nasty’s out there and one small mistake can cost you dearly.

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    Sump - Layout

    Sump consists out of 6 compartments:

    1. Approximate 20 to 30kg of live rock
    2. Zeovit Ammonia stones
    3. Skimmer with Orca Bio cubes & Orca Titanium cubes combined (Bomb method)
    4. DSB
    5. Charcoal that’s been put in stockings + Filter floss
    6. Return pump and heaters
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    Fish

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    Corals

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    Advice to New-comers

    Marine reefing is not a cheap hobby, to execute your tank with less hick-ups possible, do it the proper way (research), a proper cycle - I suggest 10 to 12 weeks minimum. You can’t create life - life needs to create itself, the complete eco cycle in your tank must be first well established before you can introduce new specimens and make sure the species you want to purchase is compatible with each other.
    Make sure you have enough swimming space/volume of tank for specific species.
    Lastly and most important : ASK questions if you don’t know - MASA is a friendly marine site and consist of very skillful Guys/Ladies that would answer most of your enquiries.

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    Once again, a BIG thank you for this nomination, it is a privilege to share my Marine tank with you.
    Happy reefing to you all and may all your live stock stay happy, healthy and bring you lots of happiness and joy. I SALUTE YOU!

    Rennie

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    Thank you to @leslie hempel for compiling this article.
     
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    this is one of those "WOW" tanks.

    congrats @Rennie
     
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    Congrats, great looking tank!
     
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    Congrats thats one hell of a nice tank
     
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    WOW, amazing tank, well done
     
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    Congrats and well done!
     
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    What a stunning tank! Gongrats and well done!!
     
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    Very well deserved and lovley tank, thank you to whoever brought it to our attention! the membes name illudes me... lets wallow in this ones beauty!
     
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    Congrats! Very nice tank indeed
     
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    Well Done!
     
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