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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Introduction

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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Measurements

4
Nitrate
8
Phosphorus
8.8
Alkalinity
493
Calcium
Temperature
8.2
pH
3.3
Salinity
Magnesium
Silicate
Phosphate
Ammonia
Nitrite

Inhabitants

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.

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

Equipment

Aeration
Aquarium
Cleaning
Magic Magnet glass cleaner
Medication
Refractometer
Stand
Steel stand
Sump
BAO first stage sump

Feeding See more

2 pinches of NLS Pellets · shrimp · Fed shrimp

0.5% automatic daily water change.

1.6% total water change in December.

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Acknowledgements

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!