TOTM March 2021 n3mo


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This month we feature an aquarium belonging to @n3mo.


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I started the hobby in December 2019. It has always been a dream to have a marine tank and with my little boy turning 1 and loving the aquarium I decided to get a small tank. I bought a small new system from a guy who was supposed to help me set up and run. Knowledge at that time was that marine tanks take saltwater and that was it. After the first 1 month of setting up I realised I wasn't getting the best deal and care from the “shop”, I decided to takeover and start to learn the hobby to maintain the tank on my own.

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The first intention was to have just some clowns and basic soft corals, but after taking over myself I decided to go more into depth and add LPS and eventfully SPS. First LPS was added in the 2nd month and 2 weeks after a birdsnest and monti frag was added. At that time there wasn't much thought into scape as I was still finding my feet. At this time I started getting used to dosing manually to try and maintain alkalinity.

Currently the system runs with bubble magus curve 3.5 skimmer and a fuge with chaeto. There is no dosing of any sort to control nutrients. There is an algae scrubber that gets switched on when needed.

Return pump is a bubble magus WP2000 which is rerouted into sump for fuge flow as well as the algae scrubber. Wavemaker I run a Tunze 6040.

There is an STC controller to manage the heater and a TECO TR15 cools the tank down. Tank is set to run at 26 degrees.

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Tank initially started off on T5 lighting with DIY led but was switched over to 2 x zetlight 6600 in front of each for better spread.

-Lights come on at 11am, 1230am sunrise and 2pm Full sun.
-Lights start going off from 8pm, sunset until 9pm, moonlight until 10pm

A 10 % Weekly water change is done, carbon is changed monthly and skimmer is cleaned weekly. Pumps get cleaned every couple of months.

Dosing is done daily via Doser. All red sea additives are used. I dose Alkalinity, calcium and magnesium. Weekly dosing of red sea colours is also done.
Currently feeding 2-3 times a day planktonyx frozen foods for the fish and corals also catch a bit. Nightly dosing of phytoplankton and weekly spot feeding of coral frozen foods. Red sea AB+ is also dropped in now and then.
 
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Corals:

-Various Acros, mille, digis.
-purple stylophora.
-Birdsnest
-3 colours of montis
-leptoseris
-hammer corals(black, green)
-Torch tonga gold
-green tip frogspawn
-Duncan coral
-Acans
-open brain
- donut coral
-green elegance
-5 x colours of candy canes
-lobo brain coral
-favias
-pulsing xenia bush
-pincushion
-zoas

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Other livestock and tank parameters:

-2 x cleaner shrimp
- various snails and other critters
- monthly adding of pods for mandarin which also cleans up rockwork

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* Tank Dimensions: 800 (L) x 350 (W) x 500 (H)
* Sump Dimensions: 500 (L) x 400 (W) x 300 (H)

* Display Tank Volume: 125(L)
* Total System Volume: 175(L)

* Temperature: 26 degrees Celsius
* pH: 8.2
* Salinity or SG: 1.026
* Ammonia: 0
* Nitrite: 0
* Nitrate: 5
* Phosphate: 0.03-0.1
* Calcium: 450
* KH: 9
* Magnesium: 1350

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Beautiful tank and a massive achievement with the healthy corals and fish in such a short time. :m12: Just shows when you put in the time and effort it pays off big time. The best move was taking over and getting hands on with your tank. It represents you as a reefer and you yourself know what to do and how to properly care for your tank. Well done @n3mo :m109:
 
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Wow, for tank that is only 15 months old, it does look nice.

Fish selection for smaller tank is nice. Obviously any visitors focus would first be on the corals, then they will spot fish or invert.
 
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