My Sps/Xenia dominated reef

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  1. SpsMad

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    Hi Fellow Reefers

    I joined MASA last week so I thought I would tell you guys a bit about my tank and post some pic's as well.

    My system is very simple:
    Basically it's a standard 4ft tank 120x45x45
    Sump is 90x30x50. The sump has live rock, DSB and a refugium
    Lighting is 4 T5's 2xactinic and 2x15000k
    Boyu skimmer 1400l/h
    Boyu wavemaker wm3

    It's 315l total system volume and it's been running for 8 months.

    It's a Sps dominated system with lots of xenia, a couple polyps, a mini carpet anemone and an acanth.

    Fish and inverts include:
    1x Small Purple tang
    1x Manderin
    1x Royal Gramma
    2x True percs
    4x Cleaner shrimp
    2x Clams
    A bunch of hermits

    Excuse the pic's these were taken with my phone. Need to learn how to take better pics, although I think a decent camera might help too, this is the best I can do for now.

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    My Pride and Joy A. Secale (I think)





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  3. saaid

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    Very nice man!
     
  4. Seabass

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    Beautiful sps you have there.
     
  5. Fishman

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    Very neat tank you have there!!!
     
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    stunning tank. I can say it looks stunning but even moreso if you are sitting invfront of it. This is the simplest run tank with exquisite corals and fantastic balance. Everythong is perfect and simply done.
     
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    Nice, solid tank.

    Love "You pride and Joy".
     
  8. Fishman

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    Tell us more about your maintenance regime please, are you dosing anything?
     
  9. Ayoob

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    This is a Beautiful setup, Love the secale Dude. The pictures don't do this tank any justice
     
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    Very nice tank bud keep it up......;)
    Any sump pics...
     
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    Hi spsmad, i envy that secale, absolutely unique color youve got there!
    Please take some pics of your sump & lighting...
    Good job with a simple stunning tank!
     
  12. SpsMad

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    thanks for all the encouragement guys. Thanks mandarinman for your kind words. I just wish I could take better photo's.

    My idea with this tank was to see how simple a setup I could create, without compromising the quality of life for the inhabitants.
    My maintenance regime is also simple, I do a 25l water change once a week, wipe the glass once a week and just top up with water as needed.

    Underneath I have a 3 chamber sump, the first chamber consists of a couple pieces of live rock, where the overflow runs into, my skimmer is in the first chamber as well. The 2nd chamber is a refugium packed with various macro algaes and the final chamber has the uplift pump.

    I do not dose anything, I have tried lots of additives,but none seem to have worked for my system.
     
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    flippin nice tank dude and welcometomasa

    plz share some more pics
     
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    :welcome7: SpsMad!

    Great looking corals.... Well done!
     
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    Thanks guys. Ayoob thanks man.
    Simple seems to be working well for me at the moment.

    Ill try post some pics of the sump soon.

    The Secale is my favourite, the pic doesn't really show it's colours, but it's a deep purple/blue with lumo yellow polyps it looks really cool under actinics. Ill try post some more pics later.
     
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    welcome! Wow dude awesome tank! How the hell do you manage keeping sps with 4 T5's and a boyu skimmer? My purples are not that intense and I have over 800w of lighting. You break the rules ;) .. well done on that! Your tank is extra special!
     
  17. SpsMad

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    The tank is quite shallow. It's deepest point is around 40cm, so the lighting seems to be sufficient. I do sacrifice growth for colour, but, the tank is small so too much growth would cause other issues. The boyu skimmer is great, works brilliantly. I think on smaller systems they are good but on systems bigger than 500l they may not be as effective.
     
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    Wow, another cape town awesomeness. Love your tank
     
  20. flamming angel

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    Awesome tank man. Simple and clean setup
     
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    One awesome tank you got there,beautiful corals
     
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