My Dad's 4ft Reef

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  1. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys, as some of you saw, I am posting on my dad's behalf. He is a MASA member (Freek) but he doesnt really have time to post much.

    This is some photos of his system. This is quite a unique system, as according to all known laws of reefing, it shouldn't work...

    Why? Well, firstly, he has no skimmer. He had one DIY, that didn't work. Then he got two small commercial ones, and those never worked at all. Then, he doesnt have any form of testing kit, only a hydrometer for SG, and thermometers for themp. He has a mixture of 54W T5, 24W T5 and a DIY MH on the tank. The other thing, is he is running only his return pump, and two 3000l/h (I think) powerheads on his tank for flow (reminding this is a 1.2 meter tank...) He does not dose anything at all, and doesn't even run carbon. Water changes, only gets done every second week, and that is only a 10% wc.

    This is supposed to be a total disaster, but is just SOOOO is not!!! :biggrin:

    What he does have though, is a DSB about 80% footprint, and he runs two algae scrubbers. His system consists of FOUR tanks. One being the DT, and three refuge / DSB's...

    I take my hat off to him, as this tank hasn't been running for one month, but actually a few. He doesn't really know himself what he is doing right, so his motto is to just do what he is doing now.

    His big success, and he always tells me this, is balance.

    But, without further ado, here she is...

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    Well done from me!!! :1:
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nice looking tank there....
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    engine room pics? :)
     
  5. Quintus

    Quintus the irish aXeman

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    unbelievable
     
  6. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thought you'd want engine room pic's, and although this is to even myself an eyesore, my dad always has this to say to me:

    Why the hell do you want to look at anything else when you have moerse nice tank in front of you. His plans are however to close it all up like a wall unit type thing...

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  7. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    I have to say that tank is one mighty fine tank, and can complete with even the best here on mass, wich just goes to show that more is always better. Jaco could u do a bit more of a detailed thing for us id really like to see all that makes this tank tick. Also what fish and inverts and corals
     
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    At looooonnng last!! Unbelievable.. . .! I saw the trumpet frag I gave him and it looks amazing! It seems that me and your Dad have gone the same route with our flow. I also chucked out my 2 x 5000l/h sun sun vibrating pumps and replaced them with 2 x 3000l/h powerheads. Only this and my 2500l/h return are running.. . It works for me..
     
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    Jaco, what fish has he got in there.. I almost don't see any?
     
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    wow! thats a stunning tank:thumbup: weldone Mr Schoeman:)
     
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    Joaco even though I have seen these pics before (your dad sent me a FTS or two )...I still have to say...WOW . My hat goes off to Oom Freek :thumbup:

    Maybe shows us we dont have to complicate things. BUT having said that, also (if you dont mind me mentioning it)...he works in a lab , thus knows a wee bit more than us plebs bout chemistry etc (even though he doesnt test ;)) .

    The reason for mentioning this is this type of setup might not work for everyone. BUT still well done , I still think the large DSB is a major contributor to the success of his setup.

    BTW: did he get the Lion ?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Awesome! Livestock looks nice and healthy :)
     
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    very nice awsome colours there.
     
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    Jaco please let your dad no that his tank is stunning, really unbelievable.
    And thanks alot for sharing.

    Well done:thumbup:
     
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    Simply awesome - thanx for sharing!
     
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    good looking tank. Is that a pipe or rock at the top middle of the tank ?
     
  17. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys... and Dad also says thanks!!!

    @Warr, that is a rock. He wanted to have a lionfish, but had no vertical overhang, so we put our heads together and came up with this rock hanging just into the waterline. Future plans would be to extend the rockwork and make a nice overhang. He didn't take it down, as some of the fish likes staying under it, and the cleaner shrimp too.

    @Johan: Livestock are as follows:
    Fish - bananna wrasse, yellowtail/spotted wrasse (see image below) lawnmower blenny, 3x pajama cardinal, 4x yellowtail damsels, midas blenny.

    Inverts: Cleaner shrimp, firecracker shrimp, brittle starfish, hermits (all sumped as they peed my dad off :p)

    Corals: Torch Coral, Frogspawn, Trumpet Coral, many different mushrooms, many different zoa's, pulsating xenia, two types of Kenya tree, Leather coral and ricordia.

    He is now slowly converting to a softie tank however, where he wants to focus on zoa's, mushrooms, riccordia's etc.

    Note the size of the bananna wrasse in that 1.2m tank - it is HUGE!!!
    Photo of the yellow tail / spotted wrasse:

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    Horizontal overhang - spotted wrasse is awesome - must get me one!
     
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    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Hehehe Chika - sorry. daughter started school and now I wake up at five in the morning, so I'm a bit doff... hehehehe ;) HORIZONTAL yes...
     
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    Aaagghh! Tears in the parent's eyes ... :lol: - Is the spotted a juvi or adult coz I got a few wrasses in my tank and some are gorgeous when young and some get prettier as they get old
     
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    Awesome tank!
     
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