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  1. Anita

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    Hi Guys, to all you reefers living around the Johannesburg area, Andre Planken has very kindly opened his marine aquarium of 5 000 litres plus, to anybody who wishes to view. It is an amazing rimless aquarium built by Idol Marine, as the photos attached will show. It is also the only aquarium in SA with a TUNZE Masterstream 6508, which delivers flow rates of 20 000 l/hr to 80 000 l/hr. Andre is extremely impressed with the Mastersteam and is quite happy to show the aquarium and equipment to any reefers interested. His telephone number is 082 5165 264, and he lives in Roodpoort.

    Thanks so much Andre......



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    wow i would love to see more info and pictures of this system it looks stunning
     
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    I have received some more photos, which we will put in soon, also list of fish.......enjoy!!
     
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    2 achilles on one tank?risky
     
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    Look at the size of the tank, its so big I doubt if they ever get time...
     
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    I will send the comments from Andre about putting 2 Achilles in the tank together, quite a mission but he says they are best of friends and look for each other all the time.......
     
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    I am def paying the man a visit
     
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    wow what a fantastic mature fish selection, would eb a lovely tank to view in the flesh.
     
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    lovley Anita, we need some specs...
     
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    Thanks Leslie, have just got some more info from Andre and more pics, will put more on forum with specs on Friday, cheers Anita
     
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    wow i cant believe he has some lps in there with a blue face angel that is normally lps is doomed to be eaten how long has it been in the aquarium more info!!In fact that Blue face looks like it's eyeing the candycane in that photo, keeping more than 1 achilles is truly a feat! even in a large aquarium
     
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    im sure ther had to be issues with the two achilles,would lurve to hear how they achieved the peace in the tank
     
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    Well generally it should be only one achilles per tank , Large public aquaria are able to keep multiple achilles but we talking 20 000 gallons plus usually. If they truly are friends it may be that he found or was lucky enough to get a true mated pair!
     
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    Hi Guys, here is the complete profile of Andre and Nico's beautiful aquarium, any reefers in the Johannesburg area should make a plan to visit, it will be worth the trip.
    Cheers Anita

    AQUARIUM PROFILE

    OWNERS: Nico Roets and André Planken
    ECOSYSTEM: Marine Reef
    SYSTEM DESIGN: André Planken
    LOCATION: Johannesburg, South Africa
    ESTABLISHED: 01st January 2010
    CONTACT: catrobatkidz@mweb.co.za
    PHOTOGRAPHY: Canon EOS 400D digital - all photos taken by Nico Roets


    SYSTEM

    GROSS SYSTEM VOLUME: 5400 litres (1426 US gal)
    NETT SYSTEM VOLUME: 5000 litres (1320 US gal)

    DISPLAY TANK: Viewing pane: 24mm laminated starfire glass. Sides and back: 24mm laminated glass. Bottom: 40mm glass “floating base”.
    DIMENSIONS: L220cm x W150cm x H110cm rectangular. Gross volume 3600 litres
    LOCATION: Front viewing pane open to lounge in main house. The engine room of 15 square metre built onto the main house with glass roof accommodates the system.
    CABINETRY/ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS: Viewing pane framed in Cherry wood. Display tank supported with steel reinforced concrete base. No hood.

    SUMP: All sides constructed with 12mm glass; and bottom 30mm glass “floating base”. Dimensions: L150cm x W100cm x H70cm rectangular. Gross volume: 1050 litres

    PROPAGATION TANK: All sides constructed with 10mm glass; and bottom 10mm glass “floating base”. Dimensions: L100cm x W80cm x H50cm rectangular. Gross volume: 400 litres

    REFUGIUM: All sides constructed with 10mm glass; and bottom 10mm glass “floating base”. Dimensions: L40cm x W80cm x H50cm rectangular. Gross volume: 160 litres

    DEEP SAND BED: All sides constructed with 10mm glass; and bottom 10mm glass “floating base”. Dimensions: L40cm x W80cm x H50cm rectangular. Gross volume: 160 litres

    TURFSCRUBBER: Dimensions: L90cm x W76cm x H10cm rectangular Glass construction. Nett volume: 5 litres



    WATER CIRCULATION

    DISPLAY TANK:
    6 x Tunze Turbelle Stream 6205
    3 x Tunze Wavebox 6212
    1 x Tunze MasterStream
    4 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pumps returning from sump
    4 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pumps plumbed into closed loops
    Total circulation in Display Tank: 300 000 litres per hour

    SUMP:
    4 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pumps returning to display tank
    1 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pump supplying propagation tank, refugium and deep sand bed filter, return flow into sump
    1 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pump plumbed into sump closed loop
    2 x Polario Turbine Dual Action 22ML Aqua pumps
    Total circulation in Sump: 82 000 litres per hour

    PROPAGATION TANK/REFUGIUM/DEEP SAND BED/TURF SCRUBBER:
    1 x Reef Octopus HY7000 Water Blaster Extreme pump from sump which
    supplys propagation tank, the refugium, the deep sand bed filter, and the turf scrubber
    2 x Polario Turbine Dual Action 22ML Aqua pumps in propagation tank
    Total circulation: 45 000 litres per hour

    LIGHTING

    NATURAL DAYLIGHT: The engine room has a glass roof which allows the system to receive sunlight throughout the day so no extra lighting is required for the sump, turf scrubber, refugium and propagation tank. The display tank has supplemental Halide lights. One centre Luminarc 400W 20000K and two side Luminarc 250W 20000K halide lights. The 400W has a winter photo-period of 10 hrs and the two 250W a winter photo-period of 12 hrs. Summer photo-period is half that of winter.
    NATURAL NIGHTLIGHT: The system receives moonlight and experiences the natural lunar/seasonal light cycles.
    LIGHTING CONTROLLERS: Electronic time switches in the electrical distribution board

    CONTROLLERS

    FANS: Thermo Control Pro 2 Controls the roof and wall extractor fans to regulate the room temperature to average 23 deg. Celsius. Also switches the float switch on in the sump twice a day to automatically top up evaporation with R/O water from reservoir.
    HEATERS: Thermo Control II Controls three Eheim Jager 3609 300W thermostats in the sump. A Tronic 200W thermostat is used in the salt reservoir.
    CHILLER: Hailea HC-1000B Chiller.
    CALCIUM REACTOR: SAGA Master Controller with solenoid valve for C02 injection into the calcium reactor.
    GHL PROFILUX DOSING UNIT: Controls dosing of calcium reactor during the day, kalkwasser during the night, and does a daily water change totalling 10% monthly.



    FILTRATION

    SKIMMER: Two Reef Octopus 5000EXT skimmers with Bubble Blaster HY-5000W pumps.
    UV STERILIZER: Two 55W SAGA UV Sterilizer U-5502
    CARBON: Reef Octopus Carbon Reactor PHR-140 replace 500g carbon bi-monthly
    LIVE ROCK IN SUMP: 150kg Kenyan (displaces approx. 90 litres)
    LIVE ROCK IN DISPLAY TANK: 360kg South Sea Pacific (displaces approx. 220 litres)
    REFUGIUM: Chaeto, Caulerpa and other macro algae grown in the refugium for nutrient export. A rich supply of amphipods, copepods, mysis shrimp and other micro fauna/flora populate the refugium and sump.
    SUBSTRATE IN DEEP SAND BED: 35cm - 40cm deep CaribSea sugar-fine Aragonite (approx. 80kg)
    TURF SCRUBBER: A plastic mesh scrubber (90cm x 76cm) housed in a glass casing is situated above the sump to extract nutrient wastes, feed and oxygenate the water.

    SYSTEM PARAMETERS & CHEMISTRY

    WATER TEMPERATURE: average 26deg Celsius (day night variation seasonal)
    SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 1.025
    PH: 8.1 (am) / 8.4 (pm)
    ALKALINITY: 8dKH
    MAGNESIUM: 1280ppm
    CALCIUM: 360 / 380 ppm - ReefTek Octopus 5000C calcium reactor. Two Aqua Medic Kalkwasser Stirrers KS 1000
    AMMONIA: undetectable
    NITRITE: undetectable
    NITRATE: undetectable
    PHOSPHATE: 0.06 mg/l
    RESINS OR DEVICES USED TO REDUCE PHOSPHATE OR NITRATE: Reef Octopus Phosphate Reactor PHR-140. 2500ml Rowa Phos
    WATER SOURCE: Municipal water processed through The Waterboy Reefmaster Evolution Series Reverse Osmosis unit with deionizer. TDS: Total dissolved solids zero. Float switch in R/O reservoir controls unit to keep R/O reservoir full.
    SALT: Tropic Marin Pro-reef and Seachem
    WATER CHANGE SCHEDULE: Profilux dosing unit replaces 20% water monthly. Additional weekly water change of 200l performed when general maintenance is done on the system.
    OTHER ADDITIVES OR SUPPLEMENTS USED: Iodine, Seachem Aquavitro vibrance, ions and fuel weekly; and Seachem Reef Fusion 1 & 2 addition daily.
    MAKE UP WATER: The R/O top up reservoir pump is connected to a float switch in the sump to replace water lost through evaporation. Profilux dosing unit doses 12 litres kalkwasser water nightly.

    MONITORING EQUIPMENT

    SAGA PH-201 PH meter.
    D-D Aquarium Solutions Portable Refractometer.
    Aquatester to measure total dissolved solids of R/O water.


    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

    I work with the system every day for at least an hour. A daily check is done on all equipment, tank, pumps and reservoirs. I daily observe, check and adjust if necessary. Skimmers are cleaned daily and viewing pane glass twice a week. Weekly wipe down of equipment, clean and top up the kalkwasser stirrers, and top up salt reservoir if need. Monthly blow out live rock and siphon off any accumulated debris in sump. Replacement of carbon, phosphate remover and calcium reactor media takes place when required. Caulerpa is harvested from the refugium on a regular basis and the turf scrubber is scraped down when needed. Once a year all the globes are replaced.

    ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT

    DISTRIBUTION BOARD: Each piece of equipment is individually cabled according to amperage, and wired into the electrical distribution board isolated from the main house distribution board. The board is connected with 4mm 35amp cable to main electrical feed.
    There is a no power alarm with a monitor inside the house to alert if there is a power failure on the board.
    GENERATOR: KDE12STA – 9.5 kVA – Bundu Power Diesel Generator with voltage regulator and 40 amp circuit breaker. Automatic Transfer Switch and Alert SMS function controls the generator during a power outage and supplys power to the tank DB board.
    INVERTER AND UPS: Sensitive electronic equipment such as controllers and dosing unit etc. are powered through UPS devices. Pow-a-Mate 600W portable utility system inverter will power the most crucial pumps to keep the system turning for 6 hours in the unlikely event that the generator does not turn on, or fails.

    LIVESTOCK

    FISHES DISPLAY TANK:
    Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula) x1
    African Angelfish (Holacanthus Africana) x1
    Bluegirdled / Majestic Angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) x1
    Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) x1
    Chrysurus / Goldtail Angelfish (Pomacanthus chrysurus) x1
    Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacathus) x1
    Palette Surgeonfish / Regal Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) x2
    Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) x5
    Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) x1
    Convict Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus) x2
    Sohal Surgeonfish (Acanthurus sohal) x1
    Achilles Surgeonfish (Acanthurus achilles) x2
    Horseshoe Tang / Blackspine Surgeonfish (Acanthurus fowleri) x1
    Chevron Tang / Black Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis) x1
    Copperband Butterfly (Chelmon rostratus) x1
    Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) x1
    Redheaded Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus solorensis) x1
    Sixline Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia) x1
    Bicolour Blenny (Esenius bicolour) x1
    Blue Green Chromis (Chromis viridis) x18
    Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) x25
    Rainford’s Goby / Old Glory (Amblygobius rainfordi) x1


    CORAL COLLECTION:
    The collection has taken place over a period of years and consists mainly of maricultured coral from local importers. Some colonies are same species with different colour variations. I have listed below those species that I am able to identify.

    HARD CORALS:
    • SPS: (65 different colonies)
    Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora damicornis)
    Bird’s nest coral (Seriatopora hystrix)
    Cats paw coral (Stylophora pistillata)
    Staghorn coral (Acropora yongei, bali, formosa)
    Cluster acropora (Acropora valida, humilis, gemmifera, millepora, nasuta)
    Bottlebrush acropora (Acropora caroliniana)
    Tabletop acropora (Acropora cytherea)
    Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)
    Columnar acropora (Acropora palifera)
    Brush coral (Seriatopora caliendrum)
    Bushy acropora (Acropora cerealis, granulosa)
    Velvet finger coral (Montipora digitata)
    Plate montipora (Montipora tuberculosa)
    Whorled montipora (Montipora capricornis)
    Horn coral (Hydnophora exesa)
    Various encrusting montipora and porites
    Phonograph record coral (Pachyseris speciosa)

    SOFT CORALS:
    Cabbage leather (Sinularia dura)
    Waving-hand (Anthelia)
    Xenia blue fluorescent (Cespitularia)
    Cauliflower coral (Cladiella)
    Various pulse corals (Xenia)

    GORGONIAN:
    Purple Frilly (Pseudopterogorgia sp.)

    SPONGES:
    Ruffled sponge (Teichaxinella)
    Cork sponge (Stylissa)

    ZOANTHIDS:
    Snake polyps (Isaurus tuberculatus)
    Sea mat (Zoanthus sociatus)
    Zoanthid button polyps (Zoanthus pulchellus)
    Large button polyps (Protopalythoa vestitus)
    Yellow dancing polyps (Parazoznthus gracillis)

    CORALLIMORPHARIANS:
    Ricordea yuma
    Actinodiscus striata
    Actinodiscus cardinalis
    Actinodiscus mutabilis
    Rhodactis indosinensis

    CLAMS:
    Tridacna crocea
    Tridacna squamosa

    OTHER LIVESTOCK AND INVERTS: A variety of crabs, snails, sea urchins, cleaner and fire shrimp, brittle and serpent stars abound. An assortment of mushroom anemones, zoanthoids and star polyps (Pachycavularia violacea) encrust the live rock in the sump.

    If this is not dedication to a hobby, then I do not know what is......well done:)Anita



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    this is amazing. when Im in jhb Im definitely popping past. would love to see the tank.
     
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    Holy sweet canolies!

    I've heard of this tank....def will pay a visit.
     
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    Andre answers you questions about the two Achillies.......Anita


    I found another photo or two, one of the glass roof, and the other from the lounge. I also found a list I made up of the fish - the photo's are of our actual fish in the tank, but they were taken a while back and some have grown big and fat since then! The two Achilles are our pride and joy - we got the first one as a tiny specimen, he was put into one of the refugiums to get him tame and healthy. He was there for a couple of months before we rescued the second one from a pet shop. Number two was placed in an adjacent refugium to the first one, to recover and tame. Over a period of 6 months we slowly cleaned the dividing glass and allowed them to interact and become accustomed to each other. Meanwhile they became so tame that we are able to hand feed them. Then we had a special Perspex "tank"made which was floated in the main tank in which they were put together for the first time in neutral territory. No aggression. They were floated in the main tank until the existing fish got used to them. Finally the Perspex "tank"was broken open and they were allowed out. I was amazed to see that there was absolutely no aggression between them and the existing fish. They are now the best of mates, and look for each other constantly to swim side by side and play!
     
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    fantastic dedication to introduction andre, truley well done :)
     
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    over what period of time did this slow intro take place?
    but well done,great achievmnt just hope nothing changes,coz it will be a schlep to try to catch a fish out of this lovely setup
     
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