Jorgeo's reef tank on a budget

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Hi, I have had a lot of tanks but never a reef tank, always thought they would be too expensive and hard to look after. After seeing a reef tank at my LFS I decided to do it. I was originally going to build a tank from scratch but after seeing the bargains on eBay and gumtree I bought second hand.
It took a few weeks of searching and a few wasted trips before I found the right tank, it came with everything I needed to start, live rock, tunze wavemaker, Eheim pumps, skimmer, chiller, heaters, 120w LED lights, heaps of test kits and red sea chemicals, it even came with fish, among them was a purple tang, all for $600.
Just letting people know u don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get started if your willing to spend a bit of time looking, problem is after u are set up and the bug has bit, that's when things get expensive.
My tank is still in its early stages and has a bit of algae, trying to get No4 & No3 down, its doing OK for its age.


I have had fish tanks most of my life, but have never spent much or put so much time and effort as I'm doing with this tank.
My tank took all day to relocate, it was a 2 hour drive that was very uncomfortable, unfortunately I lost 2 fish but it could of been much worse, it was a hot day and I had to use the A/C to keep the water temp down, but it was all good in the end.
Although my tank was cheap it has cost me a small fortune to stock.


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Filtration is mainly done by LR and I have a skimmer and filter sok in my sump.


Tank uses a 120 watt LED, white & blue, I didn't think it would be enough, but corals are doing O.K.


I use a Jebao WP40 set to long wave pulse and a Tunze wave pump.
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all my fish and shrimp get along even my CB shrimp, my favourite is my redline cleaner shrimp, it took months before he trusted me, but now he climbs all over my hand whenever its in the tank.
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7 Fish

Blue Damselfish Chrysiptera cyanea
Blue Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Comet Grouper Epinephelus summana
Purple Tang Zebrasoma xanthurum
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

23 Corals

3 Blue Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei
12 Green Fluorescent Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
4 Mushroom Coral Super Red Actinodiscus sp

1 Invertebrate

Banded Coral Shrimp Stenopus hispidus

1 Plant


my parameters are OK, but even after dosing vodka for months, I still cant get my PO4 down, its not to bad but I would like it at zero.
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  • Banded Coral Shrimp / Stenopus hispidus


Randy's Recipe,
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  • Mushroom Coral Super Red / Actinodiscus sp

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reef roids weekly · new era pellets, Formula One Marine Pellets daily, Nori every few days and frozen brine shrimp weekly · reef roids · pellets · spot feed anemoni & comet · nori · spot feed · hand fed shrimps & some corals · spot fed corals & shrimp
I only feed once a day with pellets, nori every 3 days and I spot feed once a week.
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  • Elegance Coral / Catalaphyllia jardinei


I give tank glass a quick clean daily, clean sump every 3 days,and I do a thorough clean after each water change.
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  • Yellow Tang / Zebrasoma flavescens

On average you perform a 25.1% water change every 15 days.

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Inspiration & Goals

To have a self-contained living wonderland in my living room that won?t break the bank.
I would like a bigger tank soon to accommodate my Tangs.

Words of Wisdom

start of small, don't go all out and spend thousands of dollars until you know this hobby is for you.

Disasters & Regrets

I have been lucky, no major problems, touch wood.
One regret I have is if I could go back, I would of bought a bigger tank.
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  • Blue Mushroom / Actinodiscus sp.


I like to thank RTAW for all the help and advise, and my local LFS, coral madness for the good products and advice.
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