Blue Room

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

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 November.

0 activities in the last year

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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.