Frasers 3 foot mixed reef

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by Fraser W, 14 Nov 2013.

  1. Fraser W

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    Hi all just wanted to start a new tank thread as my old thread was in the beginners section and was forgotten about with no regular updates. I think ive come along way from there not saying im not still learning as every day you learn something new about reef keeping and marine life. I have been a member for a while and really learnt a lot from this site and the members visiting it and i dont think i would be at the stage i am with my tank. So i think its time i moved my thread to the 130-500 liter tank thread

    Equipment List

    Filtration
    Skimmer: Bubble Magnus Curve 9
    Refuguim With Cheato and few other Macros

    Circulation
    Return : 1000 L/PH (ell cheapo)
    Return To Refuguim: 700 L/ph (ell cheapo)
    2x Seio 2000 L/PH Wave makers

    Lighting
    1x Quad oddesy 39 Watt fixture
    1x Vertex (Blue + White) 60 Cm 40 Watt Led

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    This Is how i started my tank build. Built by me and friend at the early stages of of our new found hobby. With sump to the side with 2 cambers 1 for skimmer and the other the return. Few weeks in woke up to find water all around the tank with no visible leakes removed rock and and 2 clown fish that were in the tank to a storage container drained the tank removed sand and found that the base had cracked..

    2nd attempt

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    Removed all the compartment to the side and built myself a sump with overflow across the back of the tank tank has been crack free since just had few problems with the overflow connector leaking but nothing a bit of silicone couldn't fix



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    Tank a few weeks in and after a few visits to the pet shops thing had few zoas and hammer coral and some mushrooms

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    Side shot with the newly installed frag rack and 15 liter refuguim

    Monti that has really colored up and is a splendid green
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    and these r the frags that i have just made


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    And then it come to November 2013 oh this tank was started Late January 2013

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    Looking good!!!
     
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    this is a awesome tank the pictures don't do it any justice. one needs to see it in person :)
    the amazing thing ia that Fraser keeps everything so simple without going crazy on additives and expensive equipment and yet the tank looks stunning. i would even say way better than some tanks i've seen on the net where people have spent tens of thousands on equipment etc.
     
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    thanks @EFJ and @HOT SAUCE yes the tank is very simple to run and maintain the only regular maintenance that is done on the tank is regular water changes and I dose seachem reef builder 2 times a week and I top off evaporated water in the morning and the evening when I get back from work also the tank glass is scraped from algae 3 times a week or when im in the mood.. I think the cheato in the refuguim has helped keep alot of the nutrients in check
     
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  6. Fraser W

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    I believe that to run a tank that is hassle free is to make sure that you run a decent protein skimmer and do not overstock the tank with to many waste producing livestock.. In the next month or so I will be adding 3 reactors 1 with purigen and one with phosban and the 3rd have a small amount of activated carbon
     
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    Looking good mate :thumbup: Have you got the stock tubes in the Odysea or have you changed them out?
     
  8. Fraser W

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    @Istio i am using the stock lighting that came with the fixture next week i will be purchasing 2 fixtures with ati tubes so i will document the differences there between the standard tubes and the ATI tubes. I want to Put 10X39 Watt tubes over my tank for a total of 390 watts over 131 litres of water giving me a total of 11.1 watts per gallon should be enough for any type of sps coral according to GARF who propagate the corals under 10 watts per gallon
     
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    Nice progress pics. Your tank does look nice and more mature :)
     
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    thanks for the comment its has taken alot of patience and lots of learning to get to where I am today and I thank all on masa who have helped and given adbice to me on some aspects of the tank.. I will wait for this yank to hit 2 years before I upgrade as I want it to look old and well grown
     
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    in january next year I will be adding an mp40 that I am getting from another reefer on this site just need to save up for it and he is kind enough to hold onto it for me.
     
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    I found this Polyclad Flatworm in my refuge tank few months ago and thought it was a really awesome looking critter have read that it is a big no no for display tank but i dont saw what harm it can do in the refugium

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    Those big flatworms seems to be reefsafe. In refugium they will be fine. But you will hardly see it.
     
  14. Fraser W

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    I have a sun coral in this refuguim tank that i try and feed at least 3 times a week the tank is only 10 liters so i actually see the worm quite regularly when there is extra food around the tank but i think it eats my stomatella snails because i can see their shells scattered around the sand bed[​IMG]
     
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