First off I would like to thank the T.O.T.M.. judges for picking my tank and the entire C.R. staff for putting together such a great web site.
I have been asked to answer the following basic questions about my tank so here goes.
Tank Size - 125 gal
Tank Age - Born on date of 2-3-05
Tank Focus - To be able to keep a reef with a minimal amount of maintenance and cost.
Lighting - 260 watts P.C.
Filtration - Sump is a converted wet dry filter with all biomedia removed and replaced with Live Rock. Sump has built in protein skimmer.
Equipment - Seio 1500 & 820 powerheads for water movement in addition to the return line from the sump, two 250 watt Ebo Jager heaters, Gamma brand 25 watt U.V. sterilizer to use just in case it needs to be.
Fish - One large Purple Tang and a Six Line Wrasse.
Corals - Majority of tank is soft corals consisting of several Nephthea, Capnella, and assorted Mushrooms. Two rather large Cauliflower Colt Corals and one Green Spaghetti Finger Leather that all grow like weeds.
Hard Corals consist of two Caulastrea Candy Cane Corals and one Brown Acropora Coral.
I also have a various Zoanthus, Xenia's and some Green Starburst Polyps that also like to spread themselves around.
Inverts - Several species of snails, reef hermits, and Sand Sifting Stars to keep things clean. Also a couple of Brittle Stars and one Queen Conch. Had a Fire Shrimp in there for a while but have not seen it lately.
Maintenance Routines - 20% to 30% water change every week, sometimes I let it slip to two weeks but never more than that. When I replace evap. water I alternate
mixing Reef Complete and Marine Buffer in with the fresh water.
Feeding Routines - Every day a small amount of frozen food from the 11 varieties that I have. 2-3 times a week I feed purple, red and green Julian Sprung's Sea Veggies.
My fish eat better than I do!
Favorite inhabitants - The tiny little creatures that arrive with Live Rock. Sometimes I sit in front of the tank at night with a red flashlight and watch. To me they are the most interesting things in the tank to me.
Problems I've Overcome - The hardest thing for me to overcome is the urge to stop and buy something from every saltwater fish store I drive by. Impulse buying without first researching the organism can really get you into trouble.
What's Next? I originally set this tank up to be a FOWLR
tank. Then after I had a major crash I set it up as a reef tank but I really miss having a tank full of fish. What I will maybe do next is get a 75 or 90 gallon RR tank and set that up for my corals and redo the 125 as a fish only but do things differently this time around. If my wife catches wind of this I'm dead!
Thank you once again to the Nov. T.O.T.M. judges and I hope that I will be able to fill those shoes well as a T.O.T.M. judge.