Marcs tank - 12 months old!

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    Seeing I am a member on both forums and both forums have made me what I am today (broke and almost divorced) I felt I would like to post my tank update on both forums!

    Hey all - seems a long time since my tank looked like this:

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    And now it is a year old, during which I have undergone a schooling mainly thanks to these forums, similar to what a child gets in its first year - Cyano, Briopsis, bad Alk and the like, but it now looks like this:

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    LHS

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    RHS

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    Side shot

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    The Mechanix - still a sore point as I have not been able to replace this sump - no time and money since the baby has come along (and soooo many delicious frags)

    Full Sump

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    Left cupboard - 2 x DSB, Live Rock, Chaetomorpha from Adrian of SARK

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    Right cupboard - TS2 Skimmer, Carbon reactor (DIY) and Phos Reactor (DIY)

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    I have the following fish in my tank:

    1 x Pacific Sailfin Tang
    1 x Regal Tang
    2 x false Percula Clowns
    1 x 6 Line Wrasse

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    On the invert side, I have the following:

    2 x Blood Shrimp
    2 x Skunk (cleaner) Shrimp
    1 x Peppermint Shrimp
    6,000,000,000 Pods

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    And now the reason I started a reef (Fish are nice.... just nice)

    Softies

    Finger leather coral (came on the Live Rock) - is this a Capnella?

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    Another Capnella - was White as it was in the shade - turning nicely

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    Mushie Rock

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    Rodactis (???) This was a "brown shroom" till I upgraded to T5's then it changed to the Blue colour and texture - also has 7 babies

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    GSP from Adrian from SARK

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    various Zoas and buttons from Zinkwazi beach, Natal

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    Growing on the powerhead!

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    LPS

    Open Brain

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    Hammer

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    Strange frogspawn, has the colours of a Hammer

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    Torch

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    Bubble

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    Alien Eye Chalice from calvin of SARK

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    Acants From Calvin of SARK

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    My HUGE Goniopora - growing like mad!

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    And I have just started with these now that I have upgraded my lights to the 6 x T5's

    SPS

    Plating Montipora from Adrian of SARK. It has a small piece of Orange Plating that it is growing over

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    Pink Millipora from Adrian of SARK - also growing like the blazes

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    Pink Birdsnest from Fragman - well I am hoping it will turn pink ;)

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    Green Birdsnest from Calvin of SARK

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    Algae

    Halimeda growing like crazy, I am going to start fragging soon as it chows calcium, but really looks good in the tank

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    To give you an idea how fast this thing grows - check it last night

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    and this morning - all those little leaves have grown out overnight!

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    This is how I feed my Goniopoa and the brain

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    Otherwise THIS happens - theiving skunks

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    This guy is sulking, since I drove my Mg up to kill the Briopsis, the coralline has slowed, and the snail have all died off - will reintroduce when I have got rid of the briopsis as the algae is blooming now

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    very cool tank, nice macro algae
     
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    Looking good
     
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    Awesome, I take some algae when u prune it :) hopefully have some frags to swop for it :)
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    I would not dream of it Dallas! When I prune it is free - plus I see how much you do for our fellow reefers - you deserve a bladdy medal man!

    Pop round one day, I live in Fouways Gardens, would be great to have you!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, cool my biotope setup should be running in a few days. So would need to let it cycle first :)
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    Great healthy looking tank. Thanks for the update. If i may....what did you use to raise magnesium and...You have an extractor fan mounted next to your skimmer. Is it blowing or sucking?
     
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    Very nice update thread mnd. Your tank has come a long way in just a year. :)

    Dallas I also have some of that algae if you'd like. I actually need some chaeto again, seems my tank didn't have enough nutrients to support it or something last time I tried some.
     
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    Thanks Sunburst - from someone with a noteworthy system such as yours that really means a lot!

    I have been dosing with Tropic Marin Bio Magnesium over the course of 2 months to raise the Mg really slowly - working well.

    You talking about this?

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    It is actually a 110mm toilet extractor fan that I fitted PULLING air into the sump area (and I have holes in cupboard 1, and 2 so air moves throughout) - I have an AC in my office, and I only run this AC during the day, when I have the lights on - the extractor is 24/7 and manages to keep my tank at 26.5 to 27 degrees - solid, has not moved since I put it in!

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    A big fan :) of the toilet extractor. My concern with yours is that it is blowing into a moist salty wet bubbly environment. Above a skimmer and plug bar. Eventually salt creep is going to start causing some stray voltage. I would rather have it removing the moisture and heat. IMO
     
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    Interesting, I have actually found it better in there wet and salty wise since I moved from PC fan extraction to toilet fan blowing in

    Those bars are on their way out anyhoo

    Food for thought though

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    You are probably right about the cooling, and you will probably have better evaporation as well. Personal preference i suppose. :)
     
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    My plan is to change the sump completely and have a joined sump drilled through - and get rid of that ridiculous lid on the LH sump! then I will have a push/pull extraction to get air moving through in a big way by putting another extractor in cupboard left
     
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    Now we talking. The "twin toilet turbo extract and blow engine manifold"
     

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