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#1 OFFLINE   Daz4126

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:52 AM

The featured tank for October/November 2013 belongs to:

 

 

StarfishEnterprise    :Icon_applause: 

 

Myself - StarfishEnterprise Aka Ben

 

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Many moons ago my little sister won two goldfish at a fair, that day began me on a path to marine fishy madness.

 

Well if my sister can have fish tank.......... i nagged and my old man to let me have one (cold water catfish) and then two i started with trops before long it was four tanks and i was running a 5' community system, a 3' discus tank, 4' African back water set up, breeding Cichlids, Angels, Convicts, Kribensis, also your usual Platys, Danio, and even Bristle nosed catfish. At the time i was working part time for my local aquatics store, and i was still at school. Unfortunately further education, circumstances, booze and women   :offtopic:  one by one the tanks went.

 

 

It wasn't until 3 years ago when i was finally settling down i said to my wife "I know what i want...." 

With in 6 months i had read nearly every book available, hundreds and thousands of documents, articles thread posts and loaded myself with information and set up my first marine system a 440L bow fronted Aqua Medic Percula 120. Due to the bow front and the tanks location our viewing was distorted so it was a short but very successful start to my marine keeping. 

 

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We upgraded to a 1000L 5x2x2.5 tall sumped system. But i soon grew bored, it was a fantastic softies reef, full of colour, movement and i know the wife still says i made a big mistake but for me it was always about SPS, I knew from day one of my marine keeping, seeing all the images of corals, i they were what I wanted.

 

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I set too and stripped the tank starting again and after a brief spell with SPS i knew i could not achieve what i wanted from this system.

 

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It was again stripped and that brings me to this current system. 

 

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My new project was a disaster when it started, i moved stock from my tank break down into this system and another fish holding tank. I lost everything, thousands of pounds worth of corals SPS, LPS and 17 clams! A few frag's survived but the devastation nearly saw me close this tank. I changed the skimmer, heater, lighting, checked for stray electrics, had over 150 tests done, polyfilter, you name it i tried it. 

 

In the end i believe the tank was being contaminated by the return pipe. I had purchased industrial PVC braided pipe used for hydraulic systems, it was the last thing i replaced. Since that day i have not lost one coral and the tank has never been better.

 

At the start of July 2013 I stripped the tank, remodelled it and began starting a fresh. Here's how it stands today.

 

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System Details:

 

Born March 10th 2013, reborn July 2013.

The tank is 24" x 24" x 12", it is all Optiwhite and is drilled and fit with an Xaqua in/out return. It has a white frosted rear background and sits flush on the cabinet (yes, no polystyrene   :shocked: )

The cabinet is custom, built by myself it is in fact an Ikea kitchen sink unit. I have made modifications and fitted it with a glass shelf. The glass shelf is removable for cleaning purposes and is drilled to allow the Xaqua drain to feed through. 

The sump is also custom designed and built by myself. It has a built in top up reservoir 10L (glad I did my calculations properly) with lid to stop evaporation. 

 

What makes it tick?

 

ATI Dimmable 8 x 24w Tubes are Narva blue, Gieseman pure Actinic, Gieseman Pink, Gieseman Blue +

Stc 1000 with 300w Aqua Medic Titanium Heater and 4x Azoo cooling fans

Bubble Magus Nac QQ protein Skimmer

Bubble Magus Mini 70 Reactor with Seachem Phosguard

Macro Algae (Chaeto & Caulerpa) lit 16 hours by 7w LED

200 Micron filter sock

Custom ATU - designed & built by myself.

Return pump is a H2O flow 2000

Mp10 takes care of the flow - Yellow (reefcrest) setting if anyone interested

Salt used is H2O

Babyfish triple dosing unit with custom balling vessels

Live rock I estimate around 15kgs of Fijian branching.

 

Maintenance Schedule:

 

Dosing: Primary Elements are dosed via the dosing pump but I also add 1x Drop of Lugols Iodine and 2ml of each of the 3x Fauna Marin Colour elements on a Monday evening.

Water Changes: 2L a day

Skimmer: Cleaned every other day

Tank glass: Cleaned every other day with magnetic cleaner and once a month with blade

Filter sock: Changed and cleaned monthly

Testing: Every Monday evening

 

Parameters:

 

Actual latest readings:

 

Temperature: 25.5c

Sg: 1.025

No3: 0.00

Po4: 0.23

Kh: 7.24

Ca: 430

Mg: 1260

 

Preferred:

 

Temperature: 25.5c

Sg: 1.026

No3: 0.00

Po4: 0.00

Kh: 8

Ca: 420

Mg: 1300

 

Some of you may notice there's an imbalance, the test results are from Monday 23rd September, the week before I added over 12 new frags and two colonies of SPS so I expected a dip in Kh. Not so much the Mg but doser has been adjusted to bring levels back to usual parameters. 

And no the Po4 is not a typo, unfortunately its the one thing I am battling at the moment, i added extra live rock a few months back this could well be leaching.

 

What's he got? 

 

Fish

1x Female Dragon Pipefish

 

Invertebrates

Mated pair of Harlequin Shrimps

3x Porcelain Shrimps

3x Emerald Crabs

1x Abalone

3x Flame Scallops

1x Dwarf Bluelegged Hermit Crab

1x Scarlett Legged Crab

2x True Mexican Snails

6x Super Nassarius Snails

3x Trochus "Black Foot" Snails

Countless Dove Snails

Countless Stomatella

 

Corals

Softies: Ricordia, Zoas (various)

Lps: Blastomusa Wellsi, Hammerheads, Lobophyllia, Duncan, Candy Canes.

Sps: Acroporas Setosa, Valida, Tenius, Formosa (etc various), Montipora - Rainbow, Confusa, Capricornis, Digita, (etc various), Stylophora Milka, Pistillata, (etc various) Poccilipora Damicornis, (etc various), Hysterix - Rainbow, Green, Pink.

 

I expect iv missed a few but to be honest i think iv crammed quite a bit in there. I cant wait to finish building my 5' project, hopefully ill have a lot more space to play with.

 

What does the future hold? 

 

Who knows? What I do know is the tank is on track, its filling up nicely and after only a few months iv been able to take frags! There is a few special SPS on my "hit list" i love my Milli's and I am on the look out for specimens. 

I need to add another male Pipefish, sadly the last two i have tried have died rather suddenly, the last one being with in 24 hours. I'm tempted to add a Wrasse to act as a guardian and stand watch over my corals in case of nasty bugs.

 

For now though im just glad to see the tank develop and look forward to learning to use a camera. This hobby has swayed me into purchasing a camera so here's a few (or a few too many!) photos of my set up.

 

Hope you enjoy   :drool: 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Daz4126

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

Very nice tank there Ben and a great write-up and pics!  :Icon_applause:



#3 OFFLINE   caster

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

congratz m8  :Icon_applause:  :Icon_applause:  :Icon_applause:



#4 OFFLINE   HiddenReefer

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

well done Ben seen this from the start and its looking good matey


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#5 OFFLINE   larnder666

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:41 PM

Wow nice tank Ben ! Looks like you have had a few knock backs but have landed back in your feet, good write up buddy

#6 OFFLINE   yellowboxfish

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

great stuff m8. tank looks good and a great write up,


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#7 ONLINE   mrdave

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Well done Ben !!!!!

 

Guys I have seen the systems Ben has had and has now and have to say if you get the chance to see this and have a chat do it.

I also believe there is a new one on the way  :icon_thumleft:



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:18 AM

well planned and executed. Sorry to hear of all your losses but you seem to be on track now. very well done and thought out.

 

only one thing jumped out at me that might help with the phosphate problem....you only clean your filter sock once a month. everything it is collecting will be breaking down into nutrients. try weekly.

 

i understand that you have an extremely light load though...so just a thought. how about some rowa phos or nopox?

 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

Great write up and its good to see you didn't give up on it.I have also changed my phos remover to Ultiphos as I also got fed up with orange dust everywhere.


If it's got fin's and swim's I'm interested in it.

#10 OFFLINE   Oliverb

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:02 PM

Hope it all works out for you Ben ! Look forward to seing the project!

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:15 PM

you using red sea reef energy a and b or similar? as part of feeding the corals? My system is very similar with 0 nitrate and phosphate...or very close. I'm now feeding the fish double and the reef energy twice weekly. also colours(red sea as well)



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:25 PM

Good to see you tonight Ben. finally got round to dropping your timber off.

Some real thought and planning gone into the new system,god knows how Nat has put up with it.

 

Thanks for the frags mate and will prob see you Saturday at Cockfields   :icon_thumleft:



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:49 PM

Excellent write up sir and cracking pictures.

Neil

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:50 PM

Great colour ang great write up too...
Can't wait to see you new tank up and running after seeing it in the flesh will be a bit special I think...

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:49 PM

puts mine to shame but then i was last minute lol


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