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Dave Green
05-02-2011, 11:46 PM
Tank of the Month April 2011

My name is Shannon, I work for T-Mobile as a Sales Lead. I have been married for 8 years to my husband Mike. We have 2 great children, Haley (7) and Robert aka Bubba (17 months). We have been reefing for almost 3 years now. We are very addicted to our tank and it's like another family member to us.

How did you get started?
My manager at T-Mobile said he had a saltwater tank. My family went over to see it one day, and well the next 3 days we spent setting one up.

What or who were/are your influences and inspirations?
We have had a few influences with this hobby. The guy who got us started was a big one, Jerrit03. We have always loved fish tanks, but we always dealt with freshwater. Saltwater opened up a whole new world for us.

What are your thoughts/feelings about your tank being picked for ToTM?
I feel very grateful for the chance to share what we have worked so hard for. It means more than you can imagine for those who nominated us.

Tank Overview
Our tank was was originally JessPetes tank. She sold it to Superclown when she upgraded. We bought it from Superclown a few months after he had it.

System Profile
System water volume 110 gallons
Display tank volume 90 gallons
Tank dimensions 48x18x25
Sump volume 40 gallon sump

Our lighting is 2 400 watt coralvue ballast, 2 400 watt radium bulbs, 2 blue Ecoxotic Panorama strips. All retro fitted into our hanging canopy.
Our return pump is a Mag 9. We have 3 Korlina 3's and one 4 as flow. We decided to use a ASM G2 as or skimmer and we have a DYI phosban reactor. We use a JBJ ATO, along with our Apex controller.

Our lighting is set where the left bulb comes on at 10:30am, the right bulb comes on at 11:30am. We have our led come on at 5:00pm. The left MH light turns off at 5:30pm and the right one turns off at 6:30pm. We did this to make the sun up and sun down effect in the tank.

Filtration is an ASM G2 skimmer.

We only have a 75 watt stealth heater with no chiller. We have 2 4 inch fans that we use in our stand for cooling. With this set up we see a degree and a half with in a day. We are very happy with the way we decided to put this together. We do not have the room for a chiller so we are glad that this worked out.


This would be a massive list but I will try to make it short.
Colonys and frags: Ora Pink Birdsnest, Ora Green Birdsnest, Ora Green BottleBrush, Ora Blue Bottle Brush, Garf Bonsai,Aussie Pink Hammer, Scroll,Alabama Blue Tip, Ora Pink Lemonaid, Ora Tri Color, Paraclavarina triangularis, An unknown sps, 5 lb rock covered in a red encrusting monti, Superman monti, 40 heads of dunkin, ORA Granulosa, 10 inch leather, 3 scolly, 22 types of acan, Dragon soul favia, Ora Red Planet, Cali Tort, 2 types of Digi, Unknown encrusting monti, Supernatural monti, 4 types of monti caps. Red and Geen Brain, I am sure that I am missing more.
Zoas We have over 30 types of zoas including, Lord of the Ring, Purple People Eaters, Purple Hornets, Chong Bong, Flaming earth, Darth Maul, La Lakers, Lunar Eclipse, Candy Apple Reds, Kedd Reds, Alien Invasion, Orange Oxides, Sunkist, BlowPops, Aztec Suns, Red People Eaters.
We also have a few chalice, Bubble Gum Monster, Golden eye, Mummy Eye, Pink Hash, 24k, Watermelon, and Goody Gum Drop.

We love our fish also. We have a pair of Ora skunk clowns, a pair of Ora Extreme Mis Bar Blank and Whites, a Yellow Corris Wrasse, a Scooter Blenny, a Lawnmower Blenny, a Blue cromis, an Unknown goby, and pair of flame tail blennys.
Inverts: We have a nice hand full of snails and crabs along with 2 Pistol shrimp, one cleaner shrimp, one Harlequin shrimp, 2 Acro crabs, and 2 Peppermint shrimp.

Feeding and Additives
What brands and types of food do you use? We only use Elos food and brine shrimp. Our fish eat Elso SV M2 and the corals get Elos omega and Brine shrimp.

We feed the fish every other day along with coral. We also spot feed our acans, scolly and dunkins every 3 days with brine shrimp. Want to talk about a job, spot feeding is about a 3 hour job with all this.

We use all Aquavitro additives. This consists of Alpha, Balance, Calcification, Eight.Four, Ions, Vibrance, and Salinity.

Tank Maintenance
Daily Routine:
Only thing we do daily is clean the glass and make sure everything is running correctly.

Bi-Weekly Routine:
Our tank gets a 25 gallon water change every 2 weeks.

Monthly Routine:
We change out our carbon and phos remove every month

Water Parameters
Specific Gravity 1.025
Temperature 77.5-79
pH 8.14-8.3
Alkalinity 10-12
Nitrate 0
Magnesium 1300
Calcium 450

Final Thoughts
The biggest key is NOT TO RUSH THINGS. We have had 2 tank crashes in the past due to rushing. Second thing is don't be afraid to ask someone for advice.

What are your future plans for the tank?
Only plans we have right now is to upgrade to a 240 gallon. Not sure when but that is our goal.

What is the worst and best thing you have ever bought/added/done to your tank?
Worst 2 things I have ever done are 1. not dipping something before it went in, got zoa eating nudis 2 years ago.... 2.Ebay bulbs. The best thing we have ever bought is Radium bulbs!

Describe any disasters you have had
We had a tank crash due to a malfunction in a heater, also had a tank crash due to not knowing a lot and rushing things.

What would you have done differently?
Took our time and did research.

Thoughts on coral fads
We are suckers for coral fad. We buy them when we can.

Advice for beginniners/Words of wisdom
Listen when someone that has the experience says something. Take your time and do not rush. A saltwater tank will not happen overnight, nor will it happen in 6 months. It takes time, LOTS OF TIME.

Things you couldn't live without
Friends when you need them, and our Garf Bonsai.

There are quite a few people that we would like to thank. First we would like to give a big thank you to Chris and Mary Jane at Einsteins. We would like to thank you guys first for almost being the witness to our son's birth in your store. Not to many people will drop whatever they are doing to answer a phone or make a 45 min drive any time needed. Chris has guided us in great direction from nothing at all. Also Mary Jane WE LOVE YOU MOM!

Rit for helping us restock after our tank crash.

Tiffany at Blue Planet has been a HUGE help also. Someone that will call you back at 1 am if you ever need anything. You guys are great Tiff thanks for your help.

Tim at Keen Reef is another one that will drop what he is doing to help you.

Few others: Stoney, SuperClown, Landon, Barry, Rob, Dave, Chris, Jerrit, and lastly we would like to give a big thanks to our brother Ansley for always being there when we need something.

You guys are all great and thanks for all you have shown us!

Note: Some of the pictures are showing up kinda dark... i don't know what's up with that, but I'll try to get it straightened out. WSD

05-02-2011, 11:55 PM
Dave the pics turned out great and so many. Thank you.

05-03-2011, 12:01 AM
Congrats i got the pleasure of seeing this one in person, Great setup and nice people.

Ohh yea I like that sump.

05-03-2011, 12:19 AM
Thanks mike...I hope you would like the sump lol.

05-03-2011, 12:24 AM
Congrats Shannon & Mike !!!!!! The Tank looks AMAZING !!!!! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

05-03-2011, 12:57 AM
Congrats guys

05-03-2011, 12:58 AM
Beautiful aquarium! Congrats!!!

05-03-2011, 1:13 AM
So many coral! very awesome!

05-03-2011, 2:34 AM
Congrats guys the tank looks great I remember what it looked like from the start and its came a long way. I just can't believe that much time has passed already

05-03-2011, 3:32 AM
Beautiful tank and the corals are spectacular!

05-03-2011, 6:45 AM
congrats beautiful tank

05-03-2011, 7:44 AM
Congrats!!!!!! Very well deserved.

05-03-2011, 8:36 AM
Very nice guys!

05-03-2011, 8:41 AM
Congrats! I love your story and the pics of the tank!

05-03-2011, 8:51 AM
Congrats Guys!!!!!!!!!

05-03-2011, 10:17 AM
Impressive collecion of corals. I need to come and shop. :)

05-03-2011, 10:22 AM
Thank you everyone.

Stacy, you are a bit of a drive. We as still way over stocked from buying stoneys set up. Let me know what you looking for and we can always bring it to a meeting.

05-03-2011, 11:02 AM
Congrats guys awesome tank!

Ralph ATL
05-03-2011, 11:11 AM
Congrats! Great tank!

05-03-2011, 1:49 PM

05-03-2011, 2:00 PM
Congrats Mike and Shannon! I have had a chance to see their tank on a few occasions and it is one of the best setups I have seen. So many beautiful corals and fat fishes.
Keep up the great work and looks like from those frag racks I need to make my way over again some time soon.

05-03-2011, 2:05 PM
Welcome anytime lol.....

Thank you everyone. It means more than you know

05-03-2011, 3:32 PM
Beautiful tank Shannon and Mike, I also have had the pleasure to see in person. Just too much in their tank to take in. I would be looking at one particular coral, then another would catch my eye.

05-03-2011, 4:36 PM
Beautiful tank! Congratulations!

- Brad

05-03-2011, 4:51 PM
Thanks everyone

05-03-2011, 7:41 PM
looks great guys! congrats

05-03-2011, 7:47 PM
Thanks Mike. Means a ton coming from a previous "toth"

05-04-2011, 10:27 AM
Wow! Congrats bro (I would say "hooker" but I don't know if I can use that word in here, oops)! The pictures turned out great!

05-04-2011, 3:46 PM
Congrats! That is very impressive!

05-04-2011, 8:53 PM
How did I miss this?


05-04-2011, 8:57 PM
Thanks Boss

05-07-2011, 8:14 PM
How did I miss this?


Told you our Sunshine zoas grow fast. We have fragged a goof 20 polyps off from June and they just grow like crazy

05-10-2011, 1:30 PM
Looks amazing bro! Congrats on ToTM!

05-10-2011, 1:34 PM
Thanks Brother.....