My little secret

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  1. Brendan6

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    Hi guys and gals, I have been awfully quiet but I decided that it is time to start a tank thread on my current project. I got married in January and moved house directly after the honeymoon, we are staying in a temporary place while we look for someplace to cal home.

    So with that being said, I converted my 800x800x450 cube frag tank into a deeper tank for a display tank. It is in the bedroom and I will tell you a huge secret behind the success of sleep shortly, but first an equipment list. (all the same equipment from my dismantled 1.3m)

    Lighting is a good one, I am extremely pleased to have 2 LED units over this gem, a Zetlight Qmaven 6600 and a Kelo AK100s light unit. Over the past few months I have to say that I prefer the Kelo...
    1x Sicce Syncra Silent 2.5
    2x Jebao RW8's
    1x Jebao 4 head dosing pump.
    1x stc1000 with jager heaters and a desktop fan wired to it.
    1x Waterboy UV light. (not currently in action)
    1x RSK auto top up. (not currently in action)
    1x Overkill Reef Octopus XP 300-sss Skimmer, rated for 1200L highly stocked.
    2x tunze 6015's in the sump.
    Waterboy Maxizorb carbon.
    Seachems matrix stones.
    Tunze care magnet and a flipper.
    I dose fuel and iodine when I remember.
    Waterboy ROunit. (also not being used right now)

    So the trick to having sleep with this system running in my bedroom is...the skimmer and return pump are on a timer. Its a big no no but hey, almost 2 months and my corals look well chuffed with life.

    Incoming pics...
     
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    Looking good there bud. See you love the zoa's. :thumbup:
     
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    100% @EFJ, I do love them. A mixed reef is the best IHMO.
     
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    Thanks @Clowning, I am loving this project.

    On a side note, I stopped dosing vodka, took out my refugium and I have half my substrate left over and my nitrates have dropped from 40 to 1 over the past month and a half.
     
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    Tank is looking epic! Very nice zoa collection.
     
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    What's your secret to such healthy looking zoas? Wow!
     
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    Million dollar question I'd like to know, how is that sandsifter so well behaved and not burying everything under sand!?
     
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    Thank you @D3m0n369, its been a while, how are things going on your side of the salty life? I need to catch up.

    @Papitto, thanks for that hehe. In all honesty I think having a nutrient rich water column helped them a lot. I have somehow always had luck with zoas even before I started dosing Aquavitro Fuel and Iodine. My nutrients have dropped from 40 to 1 (NO3) so I am going to keep an eye to see of they continue thriving now that the water is much lower in nutrients.

    @CheriS, this is a champion goby. He wrote an autobiography and won me a R8500 skimmer! Not only did he do that but when he sifts substrate, he stays on the ground and never drops big particles into the current. He does do a lot of renovations...he builds up huge piles of substrate at his caves entrance, I will try take a photo of his landscaping skills tomorrow. Needless to say I love the bugger.
     
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    All good on my side. Taking it slow at the moment. Can you give me some feedback on the Jabao 4 head doser. I have been looking at it for a while now. How is it performing?
     
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    Is been performing admirably. It does not lose its settings during power failures or being unplugged and it has been consistent, I have not had a single issue with ‪it.

    One thing that needs mentioning is if you buy one, make sure you have a very accurate measuring beaker. Calibrating is impossible if the beaker is too large or is deformed plastic from microwaving ect.
     
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    Nice Melanarus wrasse pair.
     
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    This setup is so awesome !
     
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    For all zoa fanatics, saw this on Reef Central I think[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    magnificent tank, can you upload a front view of complete tank?
     
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    Is this the zoanthid lagoon tank @D3m0n369? If it is, he did a rescape. Some of those zoas are next level insane! I would be interested to know how much he had to spend on those heads.

    Thank you @Iry-gp, much appreciated.

    I am a wrasse fan @Grumbles, very pleased I managed to get a pair of Melanurus.
     
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    Wow yout tank is amazing!!
     
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    Out of this world
     
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