Blue Room

Volume 54 Gallons
Dimensions 38'' x 27'' x 22''
Make All Glas
Model 54 Gallon Corner Tank
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Introduction

I had seahorses which were maintenance-heavy due to their feeding habits. They are messy eaters and eat a lot. My six seahorses required 35 PE Mysis cubes a week which overwhelmed my 55 gallon tank. Skimming, Purigen, Chemi-Pure and 25% weekly water changes were required to keep nitrates reasonable.

Now I am looking for something on the other end of the maintenance spectrum. So, having seasoned my biological filter with the seahorse regime, I am attempting no skimmer or algae scrubber and as little equipment as possible.

We will see how it goes...

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Filtration

Matrix, live rock and a mesh filter-sock.
Purigen and two units of Chemi-pure.

Lighting

One Echo Tech Radion G2 at 65%. 12 hour "natural" cycle starting at 7:30 AM

Flow

Total flow is about 1470 GPH
* Danner Mag-Drive Supreme 7 700 GPH return pump contributing probably about 390 GPH due to head loss
* 2 Hydor Koralia 240 GPH power heads
* 1 Hydor Koralia 600

Measurements

48
Salinity
8.0
Alkalinity
2.5
Nitrate
360
Calcium
Magnesium
pH
Phosphate
79
Temperature

Inhabitants

8 Fish

Kole Yellow Eye Tang Ctenochaetus strigosus
Mandarin Goby Synchiropus splendidus
Marine Betta Calloplesiops altivelis
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum
Yellow & Purple Wrasse Halichoeres leucoxanthus

12 Corals

Acan Lord Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
3 Mushroom Coral, Super Red Actinodiscus sp.
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens

Equipment

Additives

Continuum Iodine 1 capful once a week,
Continuum Reef Sculpture Part A once a day
Continuum Reef Sculpture Part B once a day

Feeding See more

DT's phytoplankton · Ocean Nutrition Bulk Seaweeds Green Mari · Reef-roids · PE Mysis
New Life Spectrum Thera +
Reef-Roids once a week
Algae sheet about 3 in once a week or less

Maintenance

Daily
* Scrape front glass via magnet
* Top-off sump
* Add Part A and Part B
Once a week
* 5 - 10 Gallon water change
* Clean filter sock (clean the day after water change as well)
* Scrape Algae with glove / scraper
* Add Iodine
Once a month replace Chemi-Pure and Purigen


On average you perform a 18.5% water change every 14 days.

0% total water change in September.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Started a NewAlgi trial: follow https://www.youtube.com/user/blueroomaquarium
Doing the nualgi experiment.
First dose, 1.8 ml
Kole seems to be healing, guessing the Sail Fin was picking on him
Kole has some sort of wound / sore on its side. I hope it's not a parasite, ich, etc. It actually looks like something sucked some skin off.... not sure what to do
My Salifret measures Ca 50 points higher than my api test kit. Very frustrating.
Added 1,000 copepods from livecopepods.com, trying to make sure the mandarin dragonet doesn't decimate the population

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Inspiration & Goals

I want a showpiece that will be harmonious with the fairly eclectic living room in which it is placed. I like a variety of coral types and fish that show strong color and movement. I hope that once the corals grow out (and a few more are added) that it will have a more lush, flowing carpet appearance.

Beyond aesthetics, I need a quiet tank given the intimate nature of the room; and I also need maintenance be kept at a minimum -- this for an appropriate work-hobby-life balance.