First, all I can say is wow - me - tank of the month?! I find myself looking over my tank on a daily basis, and always looking at something out of place, saying "should I move this or that" - with my focus on the details I often don't think about the "big picture" and how my tank has come along. It's an honor being in the same class as the other beautiful tanks I have seen here on CaptiveReefs!
Over the years the tank has progressed from soft coral tank to a sps dominant tank - a rather broad statement covering many (dare I say) thousands of dollars!
I have had one major set back almost a year and a half ago that almost ended the tank: a major case of ich. It was a nightmare that effected all my fish. To treat it, I tore my tank down and caught all my fish to put them in a hospital tank. However, I couldn't save a lot of them and lost some of my favorites.
Currently, the tank has been set up for about a year with a new refugium / sump that measures 48" x 18" x 18" (the ugly picture) that is a 24" pc light with 6500K lights in it.
- Neptune AC3
- 3 250-watt Radium 20k mogel base with Lumenbrite mini's driven by Coral Vue HQI ballasts
- 2 80 T-5's (one true actinic, and one 420nm)
- 2 Powerbrites for moon lighting
- Tradewinds 1/2 horsepower chiller - fed with an Ehiem 1262
- MR-1 media reactor that has GFO - fed with maxijet 900
- MidWest Aquatics Sulphur Dinitrator
- Korallin 3002 CA reactor with an Aquariumplants CO2 electronic regulator
- BRS Kalkstirrer (custom built, and holds about 3.5-gallons)
- Microzone O3 plumbed into the skimmer
- Deltec AP 702 skimmer
- Dolphin Amp Master 3600 for the return and skimmer feed
- Dolphin Amp Master 3600 with an OM 4-Way on a closed loop
- 36w Turbo-Twist uv
I feed Spirulina 20 flake every day. Once or twice a week I feed Rod's food and mysid shrimp along with Nori on the chip clip...
Alkalinity: 7 -8 dkh
pH: 7.9 - 8.2 su
Phosphate: 0.01 -0.02 ppm
CoralI have a lot of different varieties in there including a green slimer, Seritapora, Montipora cap, Montipora spongodes, Montipora digitata, Poccilapora, Euphylia, green star polyps, several varieties of Favites, red mushrooms, and lots of other Acropora. Truth be known, I forget the names of most of them...Yes, I should know better, but hey - this is a hobby!