Age 5 months, 29 days
Started September 30, 2016
Official Volume 450 Liters
Actual Volume 450 Liters
Make Red Sea
Model Reefer 450
Votes 7
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35 Photos 4 Videos 43 Inhabitants

Introduction

I've been reefkeeing for about 4 years.

Made a ton of mistakes and 'got away' with most of them.

Got my act together in the last year or so when I figured that the more you put in, the more you get out. Also doing things right first time makes all the difference. But I had to do things the wrong way to learn this.

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Salinity
6
Nitrate
Nitrite
0
Ammonia
26
Temperature
0
TDS
8.2
pH
8.2
Alkalinity
460
Calcium
Magnesium
0
Copper
Phosphate
Being a Triton convert I try and keep things in line with their recomendations.

Keeping in line with their recomendations is not as straight forward as Triton make it out to be. You can easily find your self dosing elements that you hadn't previously considered would be part of a healthy reef, but you can often notice the difference.

Once you have Triton all dosed correctly you can see the differnce in your tank. So I recommend it. The tests are worth the money as they can identify problems that you can't or won't test for at home.

I like my nitrate betweem 1ppm & probbaly 3ppm. And Phos as low as poss without stripping it completely. With my stocking though there'll always be a supply.

I like to keep my pH as close to an average of 8.2 as possible. I know you shouldn't chase pH but I like to go with the science, and that shows that pH up to 8.3 encourages coral growth. So I run a fresh air feed from outside, into a CO2 scrubber and then into my skimmer. I want minimal C02 getting introduced into the system. It works well and is cheap to set up.

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Filtration

Pretty basic.

No socks. Big algae bed with amazing cheap light. Small skimmer. Dual reactor with Rowaphos, Red Sea Pro Carbon, Polyfilter.

Lighting

I love the Radions but I can see me going for a T5 Hybrid system in the future.

I try and run them as high as possible to get the maximum uptake of elements to create growth.

I'm moving house soon so will map the tank's PAR readings using the Seneye Reef to maximise my lights.

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Lighting
LED Sump 'hyrdoponic' grow light
Cleaning
Dosing
Tunze Ozmolator
Other
Kindle Fire Tablet
Windows 10 tablet PC
iPad Gen 2

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Flow

I keep the MP40s running at 75 Reefcrest antisync for most of the day.

Also have the Vectra running at 80%

So I have a ton of movement in there.

I'm basically going for maximum random movement without upsetting anything.

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Home made food twice a day
I feed a mix of my own food, pellets, flake & nori.

My own food is a blended mix of uncooked seafood: squid, clams, shrimp, scallops. I add vitamins, spiralina, algae and nori. The fish love it and lok very healthy.

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I try to keep a happy reef with no fighting.

With different species you're always going to get a little chasing - and thats as far as I like things to go in my tanks.

I probably have more than the generally recommend amount of fish for a 100 gallon tank, but I'm satisfied that they're all happy and that I can maintain their water and look after their future needs. I have moved on fish in the past that outgrew my aquariums. I have no problem with this. I know that when they leave my aquarium they're in great condition and ready for a bigger tank.

The fish are mostly there for my pleasure. I pick them based on suitabilty and comptibility. if they happen to serve a purpose like algae eating/pest eating that's a bonus.

Coral - I live on a small island with very limited options for coral shopping, so I get what I can, when I can. I'm mostly interestd in SPS - keeping that happy is very rewarding.

26 Fish

Blue & Yellow Damsel
Bristletooth Tang
2 Cinnamon Clown
Cleaner Wrasse
5 Lyretail Anthia
Magnificent Fox Face
2 Pyjama Cardinal
Regal Tang
Vampire Tang
Watchman Goby

37 Corals

6 Acropora
Assorted Zoas
2 Birdsnest
2 Candy Cane
Clove Polys
Forrest Fire Montipora
Goniapora
Montipora Capricornus
8 Montipora Digi
Montipora encrusting green
3 Pocilipora
Torch
War Coral
Zoa (Ultra)

18 Invertebrate

Boxer Shrimp
Brittle Star
Carpet Anemoe Pink
Carpet Anemone Green
2 Cleaner Shrimp
Fire Shrimp
2 Multi Coloured Bubble Tip
Pistol Shrimp
Sand Sifting Star

Maintenance

Maintenance? What's that? Hah

I empty the skimmer cup once a week and clean it.

Change my Seneye slide monthly.

Scrape the glass of algae a few times a week.

Top up my ATU resivour twice a week.

Change my Roawphos about every three weeks, regardless of PO4 reading.

Change the carbon every month.

Strip and clean the pumps and skimmer every 6 months.

That's it.

As I dose Triton Core 7 I dont ever change water. My nurtients are super stable no matter what I feed. I never get a spike. I put that down to having good rock and a thriving algae bed.

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Moving house this weekend. Going to be very stressful indeed!

Moving the aquarium is about the same amount of physical effort, and considerably more mental effort, than moving the rest

Inspiration & Goals

I'm inspired by the challange of it.

I love the methods, the science, the symbiosis that makes it all work.

The goal is to perfect my method (as much as possible) and grow colourful coral. I want to see my fish get old and stay healthy.