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this is my main reef tank. I have been keeping fish for over 20 years, and enjoy the hobby quite a bit. I have always wanted to have a dedicated fish room with a reef tank built in from the ground up, and this is it.
I spent roughly a year planning, designing it, and collecting materials for this one. Almost all aspects of this build are DIY, as I feel I have a better understanding and pride in the equipment if I build it myself. this allows me to wrap most of my diverse hobbies and interests into one large project.
Unfortunately i really enjoy the fish and corals, so i tend to get distracted from other aspects of the project. I will get around to finishing the rest one day...

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Filtration

1)filter sponge on main intake for large particulate material (also suppresses sound), rinsed every other day.
2)protein skimmer. cup cleaned every other day, or as needed. removes fine sludge and some dissolved solids.
3) Cheato in refugium. i cull the dirty or pale growth every week, keeping the cheto to about 1/4 the volume of the refugium (about 1.5 gallon volume)
4) phosorb or phosphate sponge is added on occasion to sump when there is issue. carbon has been run on occasion in the same manner, but is not needed most of the time.

this seems to be doing the trick, perhaps a bit too well, as nitrates have been undetectable for months.

Lighting

running full LED. light at the top is not much more than further down according to par meeter (about 20% less at substrate).
i am regretting the inclusion of the red and UV LED's as they seem to only increase the amount of brown, vs just blue and white LED's.
The penetrating power of the LED's is impressive, but it is a bit problematic as i do not have enough lower light zones in the tank to support the corals i have. I expect this to be less of a problem as the top corals grow out and provide more shade.
photo-period is currently 12hrs blue, 8 hrs white (simultaneous with blue).
light controller is under construction, so i will have more dimming and variability at a later date. current situation is 100% on or off, using basic timers - this is not ideal.

Measurements

Magnesium
Nitrate
400
Calcium
7.0
Alkalinity
Temperature
Phosphate
Salinity
8.1
pH
380
Potassium
Iodine
Iron

Inhabitants

8 Fish

Kole Yellow Eye Tang Ctenochaetus strigosus
2 Mandarin Dragonet Synchiropus splendidus
2 Maroon Clownfish Premnas biaculeatus
Molly Miller Blenny Scartella cristata
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens
Yellowtail Damselfish Chrysiptera parasema

50 Corals

Acropora Secale Acropora secale
3 Assorted Colored Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Birdsnest Guttatus Seriatopora guttatus
Blastomussa Merletti Blastomussa Merletti
Blue Clove Polyp Clavularia sp
Branching Montipora Montipora spongodes
Fairy dust paly Palythoa sp.
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
German blue digita Montipora porites
Green Birdsnest Seriatopora hystrix
Green Long Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Green Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Green Stylophora Stylophora spp.
Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Jason Fox Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseris Leptoseris sp
Mindblowing paly Palythoa sp.
Pink Stylophora Coral Stylophora spp.
Purple Death Polythoa sp.
Rainbow Montipora Montipora tuberculosa
Rastas Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Superman Montipora Montipora tuberculosa
Yellow Parazoanthus Parazoanthus gracilis
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
green Palythoa Grandis palythoa grandis
green Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
green paly Palythoa sp.
orange Leptastrea Leptastrea sp.
purple Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
purple tip Pocillipora Pocillipora damicornis
red psammocora psammocora sp
seafoam paly Palythoa sp.
sour apple Birdsnest Seriatopora guttatus
sunkist paly Palythoa sp.
superman paly Palythoa sp.
yellow/Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis

61 Invertebrate

2 Astraea Conehead Snail Astraea tecta
Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
4 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp.
Margarita Snail Margarites pupillus
Mexican Red Leg Hermit Crab Clibanarius digueti
2 Mini Carpet Anemone Stichodactyla tapetum
4 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
2 Nerite Snail Nerita sp.
2 Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
12 Virgin Nerite Neritina virginea
15 mini brittle star Amphiuridae family

3 Plants

Caulerpa Caulerpa sp
Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.
Halimeda Plant Halimeda sp

Equipment

Lighting
DIY LED 153w 51x3w
DIY LED 27x3w (81 watt)
DIY LED 90W 9x10w
Powerhead
2 Super VP-110 530gph Aquarium Circulation Pump
2 seio 1 rotating powerhead
Skimmer
Viaaqua SK-200 Protein Skimmer
Other
PC power supply

Feeding See more

all corals custom blend and brine shrimp · tank live daphnia · tank microworms · tank frozen mysis · frozen brine shrimp · live daphnia · live BBS · corals frozen brine shrimp · greenwater/phyto · all corals custom blend · nori on a clip · bloodworms and krill · microworms · baby brine shrimp · krill · cyclops · phyto plancton · frozen cyclops · live baby brine shrimp · gonifood · live rotopher\plankton · frozen mysis · shaved krill and mysis · frozen krill · white worms · nori · shaved mysis · large daphnia · custom blend to corals (spot fed) · whiteworms · frozen brinshrimp · flightless fruit flys · cherry shrimp · frozen bloodworms · phytoplancton · custom blend to corals

Maintenance

ideal maintenance includes:
ro water top off 2x day (until ATO is added).
Kalkwasser solution 2x a day, about 2 TBS a week.
clean skimmer cup and filter sponge every other day.
15g water change each week.
test parameters and dose as needed.

On average you perform a 15.4% water change every 91 days.

0% total water change in November.

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