Montis sps tank

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  1. Monti

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    Well, Ive been a member a while and mekaeel wants me to do a tank thread. I used to have a cube, but that is being replaced by the following:

    The Tank

    Tank= 900x600x500 peninsula (water level at 450. Im over deep tanks)

    Lights= 8x39W T5s (giesemann bulbs)

    Flow= Vortech MP40W ES and Ill probably need to add something else just to up it some more

    Substrate= Caribsea

    Aquascape= a 80/20 mix of Caribsea Scaping Rock and a couple of really nice mature pieces of rock. Want a very simple open scape. Not too intricate and over the top, zen.

    Filtration= Reefocto X160 and carbon dosing (prodibio and vodka). NO DSB. The sump will however have a decent sized frag chamber, which will be lit by 4x 24 Watt Giesemanns

    ATO= SAGA

    Heater= Jager

    Supplements= Profilux 4 way doser, so Ill do a three part dosing regimen, and use the 4th pump to dose diluted vodka.

    Livestock

    For the zen look, a school of fish is needed (Apogon, Chromis or something), then Ill be wanting a Royal gramma, some gobies and a showfish of sorts...

    In terms of corals.. acros, montis, stylos, hystrix and zoas.

    A few clams and other bits and bobs.

    Ill start posting pics once the tank arrives- should be setup in December time off.

    The picture below is just to give an idea of the scaping Ill be wanting to achieve- more of a doodle than anything. Would probably need to be less than the below..

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  3. Tony

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    I like the Iwagumi brought into the scaping but I think you will need another vortech on the other side of the tank. Otherwise all sounds good
     
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    Just though I would remind everyone what my vortech did in a 900mm x 450mm x 400mm tank:

     
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  5. Monti

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    Not gonna happen- Peninsula style tank. I may add a tunze or something just to up the flow. The fact of the matter is I want some high flow and some low flow areas.

    And its all about quality not quantity, especially if you are careful with your scaping.
     
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    About time Dave! This is gonna be awesome. I've also had it with deep tanks. Planning something about 350 high at the moment.
     
  7. Monti

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    Thanks dude.

    Quite ironic that the aquascaping thread that has just started basically uses 2 of my inspirations...

    I found with my cube, the biggest problem with a high tank is you just cant reach everywhere. That on top of having a lid (which I will not be doing on this tank) just makes everything awkward- always stading on tiptoes and on chairs is such a pain.

    Also, on a shallower than normal tank, its easy to get a little bit of height in your aquascaping, without having to be too complicated.
     
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    back to the falling off chair incident , i'l never forget that seeing as i have the tank that the incident took place on ....

    @ manic , awesome wave there
     
  9. Monti

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    LMAO Afsal- my nether region still remembers it
     
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    @ Mek - planning another tank ???
     
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    Nice Dave.....the minimal approach is what I'm also looking for, may even reduce my tang collection when I finally move my stock over to my bigger tank.

    I see you have names for your rock islands?
     
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    This is going to be good.

    A large school of blue/green chromis would look stunning if you can get the blue chromis it would be .is that :drool5: i see.
     
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    Thanks guys. Yeah adee, the names are iwagumi terms which basically mean main rock, secondary rock and sacrificial stone. And sub, i do need a school, i just dont know what. Apogon ship poorly, chromis arent my favourite, so i need to think that one through.
     
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    Yeah, sick of big tanks bro! i want a small tank, where if I do a 25l water change, it make a huge difference.
     
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    :lol::lol:
    Did the Gardener/caretaker guy resign?? :lol::whistling:
     
  16. Monti

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    Agree dude, and you dont pull a muscle trying to fiddle with the tank. The trick Mek is to find the balance between a small tank (trust me, nano gets boring after a while if you have the stick bug)... and something too big. You want the element of stability that a big tank gives. Thats why I wanted something in the 200-300 litre range, but shallowish and "user-friendly".
     
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    i agree , shallow tanks are awesome , especially when you see them from above ....
     
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    Nice Dave,let the pics roll when you have.Any chance you using starfire low iron glass,also what pendant did you decide to use.
     
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    Totally agree- one of the reasons I went with it... not that 500 is that shallow...

    Nah, just regular glass. Wasnt too sure of the need for starfire on a smaller tank...
     
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