My Ocean in the Dining Room

Lexington, Ky
Volume 240 Gallons
Dimensions 96'' x 24'' x 24''
Make Reef Savvy
Model 240 Gallon Rectangular
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I've been in and out of the freshwater hobby since I was young. The itch to get into saltwater hit me about 5 years ago. I built a new house in 2011 and a big tank was a consideration in the design. Initially, to get my feet wet, I purchased a Red Sea Max 250 to serve my apprenticeship. About 3 months post cycling the tank split a seam and I literally got my feet wet! With my apprenticeship cut short I decided to move forward with the big project. Now known as the "bitten off more that I can chew" project, with much help I am at the point of beginning to cycle as of 12/01/14.
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As I prepare for livestock, my initial quarantining plan is as follows: I will start with 15 days of tank transfer to insure ick is eraticated. The 2nd and 4th transfer tank will be treated with praziquantel. The next week following TT will be another treatment of praziquantel for a total of 13 days. Finally I will keep them in quarantine for 4 weeks of observation.
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  • Manifold pump (right) and return pump. Note the output of the acrylic sump is temporary :)
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12 Fish

2 Kaudern's Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
Kole Yellow Eye Tang Ctenochaetus strigosus
2 Madagascar Clowns Amphiprion latifasciatus
Magnificent Foxface Siganus magnificus
Molly Miller Blenny Scartella cristata
Powder Brown Tang Acanthurus japonicus
Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus)
Wheeler's Shrimp Goby Amblyeleotris wheeleri
White Cheek Tang Acanthurus nigricans
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

2 Corals

2 Branching Montipora Montipora spongodes

64 Invertebrate

12 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
6 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
5 Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crab Clibanarius sp.
10 Margarita Snail Margarites pupillus
2 Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
12 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
6 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa
3 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa
3 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa


Magic Magnet glass cleaner
Ranco Temperature Controller
5 Hydor bacto surge foam filter
90 GPD Soft water flow restrictor
Mixed-bed Semiconductor grade DI Resin
SpectraSelect Plus 99% 90 GPD RO Membrane
Spectrapure DI resin 5lb bulk
2 hw-Marinemix
Steel stand
2 BRS Pukani Rock
Bulk Reef Supply Fiji Rock
BAO first stage sump
20 lb. CO2
20 lb. CO2 cylinder
5 lb. CO2 cylinder
2 5/8" ball valves - Two Little Fishies
2 75 gallon Norwesco tank
Geo Reef Frag rack
Hanna Total Chlorine ULR
Idylis dehumidifier

Feeding See more

2 pinches of NLS Pellets · shrimp · Fed shrimp

0.5% automatic daily water change.

9.4% total water change in September.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Tank taken down preparing for house sale.
2 urchins from Live Aquaria added to the display taank this date.
Tropic Marin Pro Reef mixes up to 8.563 dKh at 34 PSU and 35 PPT salinity. Note that this was mixed with some left over TM Bio-actif.
White Cheek Tank was gives to Rmcaum today.
The White Cheek Tang has reappeared after missing since Sunday morning. The Powder Brown was going after him hard so I netted him and put him in the coral quarantine tank.
Ordered a Genicanthus Melanospilos and an ORA Indo Purple Tipped Acropora today from Live Aquaria. Delivery scheduled for Tuesday.

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As I've stated before, this is certainly a project that is way over my head and would not be possible without the "above and beyond" effort of Jason (mrkickalot) whose skill in construction and attention to detail is apparent through out the build. Design ideas were shamelessly stolen from Dennis (d2mini) for the mixing station, stock tank and general layout in the garage. Support from local club members such as David (seaclear) and Jackie at Kentucky Saltwater Supplies and others were instrumental in pushing me off the deep end on this project :). Thank you to all!
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  • Unplumbed skimmer and calcium reactor sitting in their final resting place.
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