Mudsharks Skimmerless Reef

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  1. Broder

    Broder Mudshark

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    OK, this may not be the greatest reef on the planet, but it's proof that it is possible to run a reef without a skimmer. I have a DSB, an algal filter and liverock as filtration. the pictures that follow were taken in December 2008. The first algal filter was introduced in about August 2008. I removed the skimmer totally on the 10th of Jan 2009 when the algal filter was running well.

    December 2008:

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    I'll take some photos soon so that you can see the difference in SPS colours. I'll also take photos of the algal filter.
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    awesome tank
     
  4. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Thanks Mudshark - for sharing this with us. I would like to see that you update this thread during the rest of this year as well - I would LOVE to see progress pictures on an ongoing basis - if that is ok with you?
     
  5. Broder

    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    That's the only reason that I posted in the first place. I post current pictures soon.
     
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    Got nitrate and phosphate readings?
     
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    Keep it up Mudshark, looking good
     
  8. Broder

    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Nitrate measured on a Red Sea test kit is 0. PO4 on a Salifert kit is 0. Nitrate was 0
    before the introduction of the algal filter. Phosphate was a little higher but I cannot give you an accurate history.
     
  9. Tridan

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    Sweet buddy, you finally got your pics loaded, now what about the tank in the kitchen, or you gonna be holding out on us.

    wont say anything about the tank because i know how much better it looks now.
    But well done my friend, you have come a long way.
     
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    Sorry should have added, tank looks sweet!
     
  11. Andreas

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    Looks great:thumbup:Would love to follow progress on this tank:)
     
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    Broder Thread Starter Mudshark

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    Thanks for the compliments guys.
     
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    sweet looking tank!:thumbup:
     
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    Nice! Can't wait for those pics on the Algae filter...
    What size is your DSB?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nice broder keep it up.. will be watching this closley for some ideas..
     
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    looking awesome man. if i may ask are u a local?
     
  17. Tridan

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    Hey ziyaadb, mudshark is from east london, not the uk but in the eastern cape.
     
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    thnaks bud just wanted to know as thats an awesome tank esp skimmerless
     
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    Wow thats looks faaaantastic:thumbup:
     
  20. scubaninja

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    very nice tank!!! how many fish do you have in total? i wonder how your current size of ATS would cope with an increase in bio load, very interesting stuff, did you make it with santa's size to tank ratio etc? would love to know if it could keep up with an increase in bio load. like when is too much fish for it too handle and needs to be made bigger etc..
     
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    Very good looking setup :)
     
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