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stickx911
03-02-2009, 4:56 PM
March TOTM : Hanin Haviv

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The Atlanta Reef Club's own TOTM committee is happy to present Hanin Haviv with this months Tank of the month.


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Overview

It all started with a 20g from Petco… I used to have freshwater tanks when I was a teen and thought it would be neat to setup a saltwater fish tank for my son, as I’m sure a lot of people did after seeing ‘Finding Nemo’. While he was mildly interested, I started getting more and more fascinated, plus being a divemaster living in Atlanta, I am missing the beauty of the coral reef I was used to seeing back in my homeland.
The 20g quickly evolved from fish only to a nano reef which is also when I found the ARC. A few months later, I upgraded to a 46g bowfront and being also a DIY kinda guy, I created a one of a kind canopy for that tank. (The build thread is still somewhere in the DIY forum although the pictures might have gotten deleted).
About a year after starting the hobby I upgraded to my current tank which is a basic 125g RR. As before, everything around the tank is DIY and has been running for about a year now.

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Tank and Equipment

125g All Glass RR. The stand is DIY custom 35” high made mainly with 2x4 with a 2x6 upper support. Door skin and trim work complete the looks. The canopy is also DIY constructed with a very simple two parts with piano hinges.
The sump/fuge was constructed using a 40g long and divided into 3 main areas: skimmer (right side), macro algae (left side) and return (middle). Being that the tank has two overflows, one goes to the macro algae area and the other to the skimmer. Both areas flows into the middle and returned to the tank. I use a mag 12 for the return which gives me a little less then 10 x hour circulation.


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For lighting I use 3 X 250w MH - Reef Optics electronic ballast with 20K Reef Optics bulbs and Lumenarc Mini reflectors. Photo period: 11AM-8PM.
I also have 1 VHO Actinic to simulate sunrise and sundown only. Photo period: 10AM-11AM and 8PM-9PM.

At night I use a 12v Car Strip blue LED as moonlights. Photo period: 9PM-10AM which also include the fuge light.


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MRC CR-2 Dual Calcium Reactor.
2 Tunze 6025
2 Koralia 4
AquaController JR with DC4
MSX200 skimmer (Same as Octopus Extreme)
36w UV (Aquatraders)
Fluval 401 canister filter running carbon
Ozoneator on a timer – 3 hours daily
DIY aquahub Top-Off System


Livestock



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Achilles Tang
Yellow Tang
Tomini Tang
Pair of Maroon Clowns
Pair of Darwin B&W Clowns
PJ Cardinal
Blunthead Wrasse
2 Chromis
Coral Beauty Angel
12” Engineer Goby
Heniochus
2 x 5-6” Crocea Clams
5” Squamosa Clam
Green Bubble/LTA Anemone
Rose Bubble Tip Anemone
2 Stars
Various CUC


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Corals


Softies/Zoa


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Xenia
GSP
PSP
Eagle Eye Zoa
Pink Pyle
Brown with green Pyle
Green Zoa
Watermelon Mushroom
Superman Mushroom
Red and Blue Striped Mushroom
Fox Coral
Green Ricordea
Orange Ricordea
Leather Fingers
Kenya Tree


LPS



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Galaxia
Frogspawn
Hammer Head
Light Blue and Tan Pagoda
Green Psychedelic Brain
Yellow Scroll


SPS


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Pink/Orange Milli
Pink milli
Unknown Milli
Green Milli
Blue Milli
Lavender Milli
Miyagi Tort
California Tort
ORA Blue Tort
Starry Night Acropora
Idaho Grape Cap
ORA Green Birdnest
Dark Green Pocillopora
Pink Stylopora
Green Acropora austere
Tri Color Valida
Tan Cap
Green Cap
Orange Cap
Green Slimer
Pavonia Maldives
Pink Birdnest
Green Hydropora
Unknown Green with Purple tip Acropora


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Maintenance
I do a weekly water change of about 12g. I know it is less then the recommended 10% but I’m a l’il lazy in getting a bigger water change container. I have all the best water test kits but I hardly test anymore. I rely on my corals to tell me if there is something wrong. Same goes for my fish and inverts. I do monitor the temperature and PH as it measures between my two chambers calcium reactor. I top off with calc saturated RO water – I basically dump a couple of spoonful of calc in a 5g container of RO and let is sit for a few hours before use. I clean my glass almost daily and scrape it every couple of weeks. The skimmer cup get dumped twice weekly and cleaned one a week.
I feed twice daily – I have an auto-feeder feeding flake and pellet for lunch and I feed a combination of frozen food for dinner: mysis, brine, marine cuisine and emerald entre.

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Final Thoughts
Overall, I think I’ve been quite fortunate so far. I did go through some bad spells of loosing fish which was very frustrating. Since then I was able to stabilize the system and have much success. I think the key point is to take it slow and grow with your system. Don’t be afraid of big tanks! The more water volume you have the less chances of a major disaster. I know a lot of people do not have a budget for a big display but I think that if you can manage to hook your system to a big sump, even if you don’t place anything there, just the sheer volume of water will make life easier.
Finally, I have to thank the many members of the ARC that were and are part of my growing whether by advice, frags and/or equipment. The ARC is an amazing knowledge resource and, in many occasions, also great entertainment. I also want to thank Saltwater City for being a great supporter and sponsor.


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MORE PICTURES!!!
There were a few pictures I could not fit, plus all of these pictures have been scaled down dramatically, for full images, and for all the ones not included please:

Watch the March Tank of the Month Slide show: http://s220.photobucket.com/albums/dd223/sailfish88/TOTM/?albumview=slideshow

Or Visit the March TOTM image gallery: http://s220.photobucket.com/albums/dd223/sailfish88/TOTM/

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Species Only / Specialized Tanks


Posting instructions to follow shortly. So be prepared!

stickx911
03-02-2009, 5:02 PM
Thanks to Joe for taking the pictures, and to Stacy for compiling the write-up. This was a good team effort.

And this is indeed a beautiful tank.

For input on the totm process or suggestions for improvement, please use this thread: http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forums/showthread.php?t=25352

and leave this thread to comments on Hanin's tank.

Thanks

mysterybox
03-02-2009, 5:07 PM
WOW! Congrats on a very, very beautiful and ascetically pleasing Tank!

(also, sweet job by Joe, Stacy, & Ricky! Awesome!)

sailfish
03-02-2009, 5:45 PM
Congratulation Han you have a beautiful tank. I wanted to take that one clam home with me. I also like the two huge anemones on opposite ends of the tank with two pair of clowns in one tank.

Great Job TOTM team.

Joe

Barbara
03-02-2009, 5:48 PM
The 2 pairs of clowns was quite fascinating to me too. I love that he's got 2 different types, in the same tank, and never seems to have any problems with them. It's quite cute.

Great job Hanin. I told you you'd be tank of the month one day, didn't I? You're the goods!

bobz
03-02-2009, 5:49 PM
Wow! Great choice! A beautiful tank and specimens.

grouper therapy
03-02-2009, 6:02 PM
:up: :up: :up:Absolutley beautiful tank. Looks very natural.

rostato
03-02-2009, 6:11 PM
Veeery nice!

ksauerb322
03-02-2009, 7:27 PM
Very nice!

glxtrix
03-02-2009, 7:33 PM
Very nice, congrats!

Schwaggs
03-02-2009, 8:04 PM
Nice collection of corals! What a great tank!!!

Skriz
03-02-2009, 8:31 PM
Very nice Han!

Spike
03-02-2009, 8:48 PM
great tank, it never ceases to amaze me that there are so many beautiful tanks owned by ARC members.

haninja
03-02-2009, 8:49 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments, thank you Joe for the nice pictures and the TOTM team for putting everything together.

BTW, any reason for this to stay in the ARC member forum? I'd like to send the link to some Friends that are not members.

mysterybox
03-02-2009, 8:57 PM
Sorry, but it's one of the many "perks" of being a member. We could email you the final draft I would think.
Ralph

atreyu917
03-02-2009, 8:58 PM
Beautiful tank! So many colors, it's amazing. And the Achilles has such great color to him!

James S.
03-02-2009, 10:45 PM
Congrats!!! Tank looks great.

Oz
03-03-2009, 7:49 AM
Wow, the tank has come a long way fast since we were up there last year. Nice job Hanin.

mojo
03-03-2009, 1:06 PM
Wow! Looking awesome Hanin!

chauwall
03-03-2009, 2:53 PM
Congrats Hanin! His tank looks really cool in person! Especially that Achilles and the dualing anemones!

mysterybox
03-03-2009, 5:11 PM
Thanks to Lorenk, as he made a folder in the Club Announcements for all to see! Sweet!

LorenK
03-03-2009, 5:19 PM
I am always impressed by Hanin's tank. He really has a good hand for this.

BeesBaby
03-03-2009, 6:51 PM
Wow! Beautiful Tank - Beautiful Fish / Coral / Setup. Loved that clam!

jmaneyapanda
03-03-2009, 7:48 PM
Gorgeous.

mikesommers
03-03-2009, 10:21 PM
:up: :thumbs: :yay:

Gorgeous Tank - Love the Achillies Tang, shows your great knowledge in the hobby and the corals look SUPER.

Congrats!!!!

haninja
03-04-2009, 7:56 AM
:thanks:
Congratulation Han you have a beautiful tank. I wanted to take that one clam home with me. I also like the two huge anemones on opposite ends of the tank with two pair of clowns in one tank.

Great Job TOTM team.

Joe
The clam came from Tim when he still was running his garage store :thumbs: . It was probably 3" when I got it and has grown so much.

The 2 pairs of clowns was quite fascinating to me too. I love that he's got 2 different types, in the same tank, and never seems to have any problems with them. It's quite cute.

Great job Hanin. I told you you'd be tank of the month one day, didn't I? You're the goods!
Thanks Barb. That's actually not entirely true about the clowns not having any problems. It took some work.... when I first introduced the maroons, the B&W was already hosting in the LTA and they immediately started fighting. After a night of battle, I ran out and got another anemone. I then placed one on each side hoping that they will stay in thier places. For the most part they stay close to their own anemone, but every now and then, one of the females will start to fight again.

ZDaytonaRoadster
03-04-2009, 4:51 PM
awesome tank!

Keven Hatcher
03-05-2009, 8:14 AM
Great looking tank, Hanin!!

Amberjack
03-07-2009, 11:39 AM
Beautiful Hanin, Congratulation!

Atlanta Aquarium
03-18-2009, 12:43 PM
Hanin, great looking tank! I need to come over and raid your tank.

haninja
03-18-2009, 2:50 PM
Hanin, great looking tank! I need to come over and raid your tank.

Thanks Rit. You are welcome any time, heck, most of my millis came from your tank.

coolsurf
04-04-2009, 5:05 PM
Congrats on a wonderful/beautiful setup. I just put a Squamosa in my tank as well. Very nice clam. Keep up the great work! :up:

bluehippofrag
04-09-2009, 8:36 AM
great looking tank hanin!

haninja
04-09-2009, 9:17 AM
Thanks. Wow, I'm still on the front page...

stickx911
04-09-2009, 3:43 PM
I know, that's my fault, I've been swamped, and I've not had the chance to finish this months. But it'll be up tonight or tomorrow morning for sure.