RiaanP's frag tanks

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  1. RiaanP

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    Pics taken over the weekend

    My shallow frag tank. Water level 60mm

    Left side, muchrooms, zoa, small pipe organ coral
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    Center. orange ricordia, zoa mushrooms, open brain that almost died, and a baby pincushion
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    Right, more mushrooms and zoa.
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    Full tank shot
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    My deeper frag tank

    2 clowns playing
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    Got a pair of harlequin shrimps in there. Asterina stars never bothered me, until they ate my cheato ball.
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    Funny sideways shot
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    Full tank shot.
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    Pincushions, xenia, button polyps, red macro algae and some extra mushrooms. Eggcrate permanently over as I do not want to loose any other clowns due to jumping. And moved my big pipe organ coral over as well. Got loads of asterina stars in it for the harlequin shrimps.
     
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    Nice, selling any frags?
     
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    awesome! i want one
     
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    Looking good.

    But where the SPS?
     
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    Would love to have a frag tank, have to get my display tank going properly first :lol:
     
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    RiaanP Thread Starter Moderator

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    Thank you

    Thanks and yes, at times. Especially pin cushion and xenia. Buttons as well. Zoa, I'm still trying to get them to grow into bigger colonies. I sell or swap them normally with guys coming around for tank visit.

    Thanks. And yes, not to difficult to set up. Biggest challenge with the shallow one is settlement.. There is no flow pumps.

    Thanks. And sorry, no SPS. I'm a softy... :blush:
    Actually my work schedule will most likely not allow me to have a full on SPS system. My setups needs to be able to run on their own for at least 2 weeks or more at a time. Tank sitter only dumps in food. And refill the RO once a week.
     
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    The shallow tank is only dependent on the inflow of water on the right hand side. It does not have any flow pumps as there are not many pumps around that can work in 60mm depth.

    Once in a month or two, I put a smaller return pump in the overflow chamber of the deeper frag tank just below. And I then wash out the top shallow tank. All the excess detritus then washes out to the deeper tank below and to the remote DSB. There I have enough clean up crew to sort out the settlement layer within a day.

    The deeper frag tank got 2 big Seio pumps in it. Pointing towards each other in opposite corners Enough random flow. Got about 10 hermits running around in there. Plus the 2 clowns. And 2 sand sifting gobies, although they hide most of the time.
     
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    I move the 2 harlequin shrimps around between the tanks. As they wipe out the asterina populations too effectively. Need to move them before they eat all of them, to ensure that the rest of the stars can re-populate the tank. Unless you can supply cushion stars or stay down at the coast. I do not believe you should get harlequins as an asterina starfish control. They do wipe then pretty quickly. Luckily I do have 5 tanks with asterina stars.
     
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    nice setup Riaan
     
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    :thumbup: that's ova tops :thumbup:
     
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    Where did you get your quins?
     
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    Cool didnt think those shrimp will eat the stars that quickly
     
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    Thank you guys


    Bought them in December from Dorry Pets.

    yip, they are eating the stars rather fast. Too fast maybe.
     
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    How much lph is the return pump?
     
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    I'm using a 12000L/h DC pump.

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    The line is split. about 60 to 70 percent goes direct back to the display tank. And the rest goes to the top shallow frag tank. From there it overflows to the deeper frag tank. And that overflows down into the remote DSB. From there it gravity flow back to the main sump.
    flow reaching the
     
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    Interesting setup, i have not seen such a low low tank before!

    What is most interesting is the pair of clownfish.

    When will you sell them to me?
     
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    I got 2 pairs of ocealaris clowns. One pair that does breed in my display. The two in the frag tank, both are big but did not lay any eggs yet. and very tame. Eat out of my hand. Then in the rocktank I got a single one, searching for a mate.

    And nope, not selling them...
     
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    That is very cool. I also have two pair - in the same display but they blocked off :)!

    I am sure they will lay eggs soon
     
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