Palmerc's Softie Reef

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  1. palmerc

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    Hi all,

    It's about time I started a thread on my system so here goes. My tank was started just over three years ago and has undergone a few changes over this period. It is a very simple set-up but has served me well

    Current specs.

    Tank - 150cm x 60cm x 60cm, with a corner over flow, volume about 500 litres. 10mm glass all round.

    Stand - galvanised steel stank 40mm square tubing legs and base, and 50mm tubing supporting the tank.

    Sump - 110 x 45 x 50, 190 litres, 3 compartment. Skimmer and heaters are in compartment 1, Middle compartment has a DSB, consists of a mix of some old aragonite I had with silica pool sand. Also has some excess live rock here. Compartment 3 contains the sump return pump

    Live rock - 70-80 kg, all Kenyan. Running bare bottom.

    Flow - 3 x SEIO M1100

    Lighting - 8x54 T5 in a Reef Inmate light fitting. Running mostly Giesseman Aquablue bulbs which state 15000K on the packaging. Need to replace the other three soon as well (also will be Giesseman)\ These are currently 10 000K , and a mix of brands.

    Skimmer - Reeftek TS3

    RO Unit - The Waterboy Reefmaster (no DI chamber)

    Return - Astro 4000 powerhead.

    Tank maintenance - Quite slack on this lately but have started doing water changes more regularly again (5-10% weekly). I suppose I get slack when everything seems to be running well, but you can't actually beat the look of a tank after a decent water change so I will try be more diligent.

    That also goes for my testing/supplemetation. I test alkalinity quite regularly and calcium less so as I only keep softies so a high, constant calcium level is not too critical IMO. Dose using the Aquilibria range, prefer using the powders to liquid products.

    Run aquiPHOS in a stocking to maintain low phosphates (change after 3-4 months), and also aquiCARB in a stocking which I change out every two weeks

    For salt I am using the Rio Real Ocean Pro from Eco-Aquatics (also stocked here in Johannesburg by Lifestyle Aquariums. Linden and Pet Masters in Boksburg, not sure of other stockists up here. I really like this salt as it is well priced and mixes up very easily. Was previosuly using the Tropoic Marin Pro Reef and have had absolutely no problems with the Rio Real Ocean since I changed over (about 6 months now).

    Livestock:

    Current Fish list - Blonde Naso Tang, Yellow Tang, Coral Beauty, Sixline Wrasse, 3 x Humbug damsels, Midas blenny, 2 x African clowns (allardi), Lawnmower Blenny.

    Feed a matchbox sized Nori piece twice daily, and one cube of either frozen Marine Mix, mysis or krill once daily, with a small pinch of Omega One pellet/flake as well once to twice daily.

    Corals - Softies only - lovely Sarcophytons, mix of zooanthids, Sinularia, Kenya Tree (huge one, grown from a 3 cm frag), mushrooms, a nice gorgonian (recent addition), GSP's, Briareum, other various unidentified softies. The experts can assist with this when I post the pics.

    Inverts - Coral banded shrimp, cleaner shrimp, 3 x brittle stars, 1 x blue starfish, red pistol shrimp and coco worm (also new), 3 x urchins (black spines), numerous snails and hermits (mostly locally collected).

    I think that about covers it for the info. Now for some pics.
     
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  3. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sounds stunning clinton, of course now we want pics:thumbup:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sounds interesting.pics mad scientist :p
     
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    Sounds cool. Would like some pics as well:)
     
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    Just a pic of what it looked like in the beginning. This pic was taken about 3 months after I started stocking. I still have the original Sarc, zooanthids and Briareum in thsi pic.

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    One of my nice Sarcs

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    FTS from about 12 months ago (before my tank move)

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    Blue Zooanthids from Umdloti - unfortunatley these just withered away with time so I don't have them anymore, Any Natal reefers keen to collect and send some up to me ?

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    Need to open my eyes. I have never seen blue zoos at umdloti, or any where else on the coast for that matter. Looking great
     
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    very cool Clinton!
     
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    Then about April last ago I did most of my major system renovations to get the system where it is today. Wife wanted the wooden cabinet to go, and I was worried about it cause the wood had started warping and it was looking quite poor anyway.

    (I think this was an excuse just to get me to move the tank to a different part of the house. Only 2 m away but a whole days work to move.)

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    Moving tank after draining water, liverock, livestock and most of the in tank DSB

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    1) New sump installed (had one of the Exotics ones, these are really not very good for what we use them for.

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    2) New Stand, covered with frosted perspec attached with strip magnets.

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    2) Upgraded lighting from 4x54 W inside hood, to 8 x 54 W in a Reef Innate fitting - no more hood over the tank

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    Light fitting installed

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    3) Replaced my 2 x AM Turbo Flotor Sl 1000's with Reeftek TS 3 - what a huge difference this had made

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    Close-up of the skimmate collected
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    That's all for now. Will post the most up to date photo's tomorrow evening.
     
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    palmerc Thread Starter

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    I collected them right by the main swimming beach, perhaps a touch to the left as you face the sea. There was a nice huge rock full there last year.
     
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    sheesh im dredding my move
     
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    You have my sympathies, it is not something I want to do too soon in the future. I had to do an emergency run to Exotics before they closed to buy salt water as I was about 200 litres short (bigger sump and some wastage). Got there 5 minutes before they closed, so luckily I had no livestock losses.
     
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    Cool Clinton! Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the tank AFTER the move! Did your soft-corals get a light-shock after you doubled the amount of light over the tank?
     
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    No, the softies did not experience any light shock (except my green mushrooms do not open up as they did before, even though they are quite low down) as all the new bulbs were all the Aquablues 15 000K. So the new lighting was not that much more intense, just more of it. I did also only run six bulbs for a while then added the final two so I suppose this helped as well.
     
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    Clinton, great looking tank, very nice zoo's, i expect the green muchrooms will come out soon enough, nice one.
     
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    Looking good Clinton...do you prefer the BB to the DSB?
     
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    That's a difficult one. I prefer the look of a substrate (does not necessarily have to be a DSB in the main display) but also realised how much stuff does settle in it over time. when I removed my DSB the water was mud brown (also my hermits struggle to get a foothold on bare glass)

    The in tank DSB was extremely effective though, and I think because of it's size the gunk in the substrate actually did not cause any problems as it was being broken down very quickly.

    Now my DSB is very small compared to previously, but because there is less detritus settling it can cope with the bioload.

    If I just had a thin layer of substrate in my tank (say 2-3 cm) for aesthetics then I think this may put a little too much strain on my smaller DSB and I might start experiencing problems down the line

    In short I would say if you have a large DSB relative to water volume then go with substrate, if a smallish one then it might be better to have no substrate.

    Clinton
     
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    You think a 500x600 dsb in a 1000l system will handle a substrare? I really hate the look of BB ut I hate GHA more....
     
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    Hi SIMS - do you mean in-tank? Or in-sump DSB?
     
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    I will have a 500x600x150 in sump DSB and probably about 1480x850x50 in tank SSB, I will be using Aragamax so grainsize is IMO perfect. I wonder if the SSB will help with denutrification(sp) anyways sorry for the Hi-jack clinton...
     
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    The key issue is bioload (not water volume) in relation to DSB surface area. The bioload (no of fish esp) and therefore waste generated generally increases as the size of the tank increases and the DSB size should also increase proportionately.

    Unfortunately I don't think there is any data available on the minimum DSB surface area required say per cm/g of livestock for effective nitrate reduction, but IMO you can get by with a smaller DSB if you have no substrate (because it is easier to keep clean) compared to a tank with a thin layer of substrate.

    Other factors though also play a role such as skimming and cultivation of macroalgae so it is really difficult to give an answer one way or the other.
     
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