This tank was set up in early April of this year. It ran for about 2 months with only LR
. Then we added a couple of fish. Corals were added after about 5 months of initial set-up. The majority of corals were moved from our other 2 tanks. Transplanting of the corals went smooth and didn't loose anything in the process.
The tank is a 110 gal. (48x24x22) with a 30 gal. sump and a 10 gal. refugium. The tank is barebottom with a piece of food grade HDPE plastic to protect the bottom from any rock slides.
In the sump we have an MR-1 skimmer from My Reef Creations and it is running a Gen-X 6000 (roughly 1500 gph) submersible pump. A Mag 9.5 return pump running through a SCWD. A maxi-jet 400 pumps to the 10 gal. refugium which gravity drains back to the sump. The refugium is barebottom also and only has Chaetomorpha in it.
The tank has 125 lbs. of Fiji LR
bought locally. There are 2 racks made out of PVC and eggcrate to give the illusion of more rock being there than actually is. Aiding in keeping the bottom clean of detritus.
For flow, we have a Mag 12 on a closed loop with a spraybar in the bottom back of the tank to keep detritus blown to the front for easy removal. We are currently running a maxi-jet 1200, 600 and a Rio 600 for additional flow, but will soon be upgrading to some Rio Seio's for better flow.
Lighting is currently (2) 250w SE XM 10k only, running on PFO standard magnetic ballasts. (2) 110w VHO
's were just ordered today to compliment the MH's.
The stand and canopy are custom built by a local cabinet maker. They are made out of solid oak. You'd think for custom cabinetry they'd be pretty expensive, but were actually cheaper than store bought stand and canopy. Plus, there made just how I wanted them.
There are over 40 different corals in this tank, many started out as small frags.
Fish consist of a Blue Throat Trigger, Yellow Tang, Powder Brown Tang and a Kole Tang.
Clean up crew consists of a handful of Turbo Snails and Cerith Snails. Along with a Peppermint Shrimp and a Cleaner Shrimp.
We are currently dripping Kalk but i'm finding that I need to add buffer rather regularly to keep my Alk. where I want it. I'm planning on building a Calcium Reactor in the near future to ease the hassle of refilling a Kalk dripper on a daily basis.
These are the water parameters I try to maintain:
Alk........8 - 10 dkh
Cal........420 - 450
Mag......1200 - 1300
Nitrates are currently 0
The only supplements I add are Kent's Superbuffer DKH, Kent's Liquid Calcium and Tech-M when needed.
I've been doing 5 gal. water changes once a week and syphon out all the detritus from the display and the refugium as well.
I think that about covers it. If you have any questions, i'd be happy to answer them. Now, on to the pics.