Student's New Reef:

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  1. student

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    Alright, let me start with the story behind this tank:

    I started with marines close to 1 and a half years ago. I started with 5ft 350l fowlr display tank and ended up setting up a little pico and then nano about six months ago so that i could keep at least some corals.. I did things very cheaply from the start being a broke student and looking back now i had great luck with everything considering, how litttle I spent on equipment and what not..
    But over time the maintenance of two tanks, and extra maintenance because of the cheap way I started got really frustrating!
    So when I graduated from being student, and finally had some extra cash to spend at the end of last year, I decided to combine the nano and display tank into one nice reef and do it properly for a change so that the admin would reduced as much as possible.

    Very long story made short there, but anyway: onto my new tank!

    Dimentions: 1400L x700w x450h
    ( love the shallow reef vibe)

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    Sump is: 1100Lx 45W with dsb and section for live rock

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    Equipment:
    Skimmer: Deltec APH525

    Return pump: Hailea HX-6550

    Two little fishies Phosban reactor

    Sort of diy auto top up, just using a bucket for now but must get a proper top up tank…

    For flow: was planning on 3 sunsuns as I struggled to justify paying thousands on flow, but I was given a demo of a vortech and offered an amazing price, and that was that:/ So I have 1 vortech MP40es and using a sunsun 5000lph with it.

    Lighting: 4ft Odyssea light unit, 2x 150W mhs and 4x54W t5s

    Life stock: I transferred everything from my old 350L tank, well the reef safe fish I did and sold my angels n what not..

    Lifestock I brought across:
    Regal Tang
    Naso Tang
    4xChromis
    Clownfish
    Firefish goby
    Bi color blenny
    2xcleaner shrimp
    Fire shrimp
    Yellow banded boxing shrimp
    Blue legged hermit

    Coral from my nano:
    Big Xenia colony
    A few hammer frags
    Zoa rocks
    Palys..

    Added since(tank has been going 8 weeks now):
    Yellow tang
    2x Purple Firefish( Beautiful!)
    Goniopora( wouldn’t of bought one but was given to me by a fellow reefer, was dying in his tank, was totally retracted-looked like a lumo green zoa rock, and its made a great recovery in the tank, stoked!!)
    Colt Coral
    One of those Rainbow rocks with zoas, other bigger polyps of some sort, two types of gsp…
    And a beautiful RBTA (Yes my tank is young, but I did research and other people had transferred systems from one tank to another and anemone’s did fine, I monitored the tank for 6 weeks before and it was stablel, so still took a bit of a risk but its doing great!)

    about 30kg live rock in tank and about 15kgs in sump

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    A day after the transfer, all large fish were in quarantine still, looking very empty!
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  3. student

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  4. gaboon

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    Very impressive dude! Who built the tank and cabinet? Nice job!
     
  5. Meneer

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    VERY nice looking job!!
     
  6. Tremayn

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    awesome tank :1:
     
  7. Annoying

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    Wow tank looks amazing! Amazing colors on the RBTA!:thumbup:
     
  8. Slagter

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    DAMN! That tank is fantastic dude! Beautiful setup!

    PS: That skimmer looks mighty familiar!
     
  9. Tremayn

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    Slagter lets go and raid him :p
     
  10. student

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    Thanks guys!!
    Im sure it does! works like a bomb!

    I went through a more local shop but the build was done by Exotic in boksburg hey. Very reasonable price compared to other places and their quality is fantastic..
     
  11. Evo R

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    Looking awesome !!!!!! :thumbup:

    Just a word of caustion, i see that the top of your tank is not covered and that you have a couple of jumpers in your tank.Firefish ect.
     
  12. leslie hempel

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    stunner.. watching this one ....
     
  13. student

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    Ya thanks, am aware of that. Had my firefish for over a year and he's never tried to jump, took a risk with my 2 new purple firefish, just because Ive been wanting a pair for a long time and so far so good hey- settled in ridiculously easily, didnt even hide for a few days like most firefish do when introduced,..
     
  14. tjiPPi

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    Very very nice:thumbup:

    I like the blackend edges of your tank.
     
  15. Pads

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    Lovely setup, I'm pleasantly surprised with the shallow reef. Nice RBTA!
     
  16. flamming angel

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    awesome tank dude. Nice setup
     
  17. llewellyn

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    :yeahdude:Awesome tank. Love the RBTA. How did you mount your light unit? I have the exact same one.
     
  18. Boegie

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    I must agree, awesome tank!!
     
  19. Kunhardt

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    Very nice tank, neat and nicely laid out...maybe add some black/blue vinyl to the back to just finish it off? Will make a huge difference. :)
     
  20. Dale6

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    lol student, im a student atm what degree do you have because thats an awesome setup?:thumbup:
     
  21. seank

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    Really neat and nice setup. Will be watching this tank with interest in time to come :thumbup:
     
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