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|12-10-2011, 4:21 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Tank of the Quarter - Winter 2011/2012
Tank of the Quarter - Winter 2011/2012
I’ve always loved the ocean and never thought I’d have a little slice of it in my home one day. My fiancé and I live in Dunwoody, I’m lucky because she really enjoys the reef (mostly the fish). I played basketball in college (as well as overseas) so I still play a few times a week now in addition to golf and enjoy sports cars. We like almost anything that has to do with animals.
I’m an IT guy who thankfully works from home so one of the hardest things for me to do is to stay out of the tank on a daily basis. I’m always moving something or exchanging things from the frag tank.
We were always intimidated by saltwater but always looked in awe at the marine sections of local fish stores. In 2007, we picked out a beta fish on an impulse buy and headed home with a 20 gallon tank, blue pebble, fake plants, and a little sucker fish.
A week later we upgraded to a 36 gallon bow front to add cichlids and more fake plants. Then came the discus fish because they were the closest to saltwater we could get with fresh. The discus started laying eggs which brought the 20 gallon back to try and keep the babies. The male ate the babies and tired of it all, I decided to sell all the freshwater stuff and go marine.
In December 2007, I had no idea the ARC existed so off to Craigslist I went. Not having a clue what I was doing, I found a full 125 gallon system close by, bought it and called a buddy to help. A U-haul and 4 hours later the system was down and back up in my living room a few days before company came over for the Xmas holiday. Mostly LPS with a small sump and skimmer I thought it was the coolest thing ever – very far from it.
I found out about the ARC through a member and joined in January 3rd, 2008 only a couple weeks after getting things setup.….starting the slippery slope. Within a 2 months I swapped out the 125 for a 155 bowfront and larger skimmer. Then I ran lines through the wall to a little bar area where I added a fuge, chiller, calcium reactor, top off, etc. It was the ugliest setup all crammed into a little bar you could imagine.
After 6 months I was tired of it being under our flat screen. I decided to design and build a large tank to be built into the corner of the keeping room. After visiting with Mojo and seeing the basement possibilities, I started by building out a large fish room underneath in the basement and tied that system into the current 155G tank.
I then had the glass tank and Steel stand built in Canada and shipped down, details below.
I had great help from Grouper Therapy to wrap the structure and give it the built in look. I started water in the new tank January 2010 so the tank has been up for almost 2 years now.
Here is my build thread where I show the step by step process from start to finish as well as links to where I bought things along the way.
I’m very happy to have been chosen for the ARC Tank of the Month and wanted to wait until I felt the tank was worthy of being photographed and shared. Thanks for the continued support and voting for my setup for the past few months.
48” External Overflow
435 gallon display
240 gallon collection sump
200 gallon return sump
60 gallon frag tank
30 gallon refugium
Total System Volume - ~1000 gallons
AC3 Aquacontroller and iPhone app
2 x 1000W Metal Halides with Radium 20ks
400W Radium 20k over the frag tank
11am – 2pm Actinics
2pm – 8pm Halides
8pm – 10pm Actinics
10pm – 1am Moonlights
6am – 11am Moonlights
3 Vortech MP60’s in the display
2 Vortech MP40’s in the frag tank
Maxijet 1200’s in the sumps
MRC Pro III Skimmer w/washdown
MRC Commercial 240W UV
MRC CR-6 Calcium Reactor
MRC Carbon and GRO Reactors
Hammerhead Return Pump
1HP Chiller (outside)
8 random heaters plugged into different DC8s
Livestock Coral – Mix of SPS and LPS. Too many to list. Over 50 SPS variants like Red Dragon, Strawberry Shortcake, Tyree Undata, Tyree Pink Lemonade, etc. in the display alone.
I can’t believe I have no more room in a 400 gallon display for coral Anything going in now means something has to come out.
Fish - ~34 – some favorites are Pineapple Fish, Lineatus/Rhomboid/Labouts wrasses, Blonde Naso and Bluespine Unicorn, Australian Copperband pair, Tilefish Trio, Anthias.
Inverts – Normal clean up crew and multiple clams. Feeding and Additives
I feed PE Mysis 2x per day and a sheet of Nori every 2-3 days.
If I remember I’ll add cyclopeze or amino acids, or oyster eggs but rarely.
I add magnesium to my new saltwater during water changes since I use Instant Ocean salt.
My calcium reactor adds calcium and other minerals with an aggressive-fast drip/stream
Tank Maintenance Daily Routine – Check the basement, adjust frags that are touching in the frag tank, and feed. Weekly Routine - Check the basement, adjust frags that are touching in the frag tank, and feed. Monthly Routine – Try to do a water change but I end up going every 2 months or so. This is pretty sad given how easy it is for me to do them. Exchange carbon every 2-3 months because this is the part of maintenance I hate the most.
I have to admit I can’t remember the last time I checked parameters oustside of temp and ph. But the last time I did they were in this ball park: Specific Gravity – 1.025 Temperature – 78-80 pH 8.10 – 8.20 Alkalinity - ~8 Nitrate - low Magnesium - 1400 Calcium – 420
Things are pretty stable now so I can see by the corals if anything is out of whack.
What is your key to success or what have you learned?
Build it as big as you can because stability is half the battle for SPS IMO.
I like the sump being larger than the display when possible.
Also, save and buy the right equipment upfront or else you’ll just be unhappy with the results and spend more money in the long run.
Advice for beginners/Words of wisdom
Everyone’s had water on the floor, you can’t get discouraged.
Build and use an acclimation box for new fish. Saves a lot of stress on the fish and you. Same goes for a fish trap.
If something’s wrong, only change one thing at a time. Wait an adequate period before another change.
Before you change anything, check your checker. In the beginning I almost threw in heaters or dumped a ton of kalk in the tank only to find out the temp probe or ph probe was bad.
Don’t add too much at one time. Goes for fish and coral.
If you’re running an external skimmer, try to put your collection cup over your sump. This has saved me for numerous floods.
Thanks go to my fiancé for putting up with me spending hours in the tank re-aquascaping, emptying the skimmer collection cup and stinking up the basement, talking about reef stuff way too much, etc. I’m very fortunate she enjoys going to shop for fish and seeing new animals at LFS’s.
Special thanks to Mojo, Skriz, Acroholic, Grouper Therapy, and several others on the ARC. I wouldn’t have this tank to enjoy without them. Sailfish also set the bar for me in regards to a successful SPS tank, it was sad to see him take his system down.
Thanks again for the compliments and I hope the tank continues to do well and grow into the full reef I envision down the road.
It’s hard to capture how open the tank is from an aquascaping perspective so I’ll attach a video here that should give a better idea of all the caverns and space between the rock structures.
Click here to watch the video.
I would have embedded the video, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out and I didn't want to bug anyone today... Hanin, maybe you can help?http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forum...ies/unsure.gif
Last edited by mojo; 12-12-2011 at 3:46 PM..
|12-10-2011, 4:45 PM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Occupation: Take Back Man
Other Interests: Nascar, Skydiving, Shooting, Grillin and Beer
Infreakincredible!!! Congrats Oz!
|12-10-2011, 5:00 PM||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Occupation: Refrigeration Technician
Other Interests: Powersports, Fast Cars, Anything Outdoors
Congrats Oz. Super nice tank
220 gallon reef tank. Yes I am 6'5". No I can not reach the bottom.
|12-10-2011, 6:05 PM||#8|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Occupation: Access Technician for Visually Impaired
Other Interests: Old cars, Go, War Gaming, Bonsai
I almost don't want to show my friends these pics.. my tank will no longer impress at all. Super nice!
|12-10-2011, 6:16 PM||#9|
Feb. 2011 TOTM!!!
Join Date: Jan 2010
Occupation: low boy driver
Other Interests: flying, hunting, fishing and all outdoors.
|12-10-2011, 7:04 PM||#11|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Oh! ...and before I forget:
Photo credits to Mojo
Embedding the freakin' video credits to Haninja
Making a great tank credits to Oz
Customer service credits to Heywood Jabuzzof
|12-10-2011, 7:32 PM||#12|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Occupation: Doctoral Student, Educator
Other Interests: SCUBA
|12-10-2011, 7:46 PM||#13|
Join Date: Jan 2006
City: Flowery Branch
Other Interests: Family,Photography, Art, Notre Dame, History, "Fava Beans and a big Amarone"!
Great pics & great tank! and about time! :-)
"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary." Lou Holtz
|12-10-2011, 8:05 PM||#14|
BOD & Chief Troublemaker
Join Date: May 2009
Occupation: Medical Sales
Other Interests: molecular biophysics
Just WOW! Congratulations Oz, it is about time.
What a humble guy too.
|12-10-2011, 8:27 PM||#15|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Occupation: Vice President, Consumer Finance
Other Interests: Politics
Very worthy of the honor!
-Professional reef addict-
-In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas-
|12-10-2011, 9:14 PM||#16|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Occupation: carpenter,cabinet builder
Other Interests: classic ford broncos,history
|12-10-2011, 10:48 PM||#17|
The Polyp Pro
Join Date: Apr 2010
Occupation: ANGC Caddy + LFS owner
Other Interests: Golf, foreign movies, travel
Amazing tank Oz. Well deserved for sure.
|12-10-2011, 11:39 PM||#18|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Occupation: Home improvement and roofing contractor
Other Interests: Wine, food, skiing, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, Alaska
Pure pimpness. Don't forget Chris, I'm first on the list for that smooth skin acro! I don't blame you for not allowing any pics of it to be posted!
|12-10-2011, 11:44 PM||#19|
Join Date: Jun 2005
Chris, Congrats.....Looking great!!!!!! Glad to see your tank get the recognition it deserves.
Really like the open look that you have gone with, Lots of room for future growth.
|12-11-2011, 7:05 AM||#20|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Occupation: Electrical Contractor
Other Interests: Home Improvement, Woodworking.
Simply Spectacular!!!! Nuff Said!!!!
"I am absolutely ignorant" RippedTide aka Dylan.
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