Daddybiggs' Mixed Reef
I would like to thank everyone at Captive Reefs for picking my tank as a TOTM. Its a little humbling when I see the other awesome tanks that have been featured. Its been a great run and I have met some great people and made some great friends. Hope to meet many more of you at the Flint Swap.
Many of my corals originated in a 12-gallon Nanocube that I purchased in 2004. My upgrades have includes a 55-gallon Clarity hex tank. Then I upgraded to a 100-gallon (48x24x20h) tank. I moved up to the current tank which is a 180-gallon last year. This tank was a gift from Dr. Almansour (the owner of @Reef Paradise
). Thanks Doc! This is hopefully last tank I set up as I am very happy with the size of it.
Equipment and Maintenance
Lighting: (6) T-5 ATI bulbs overdriven using Ice Cap ballast, 4 blue+,1aqua blue special,1 fiji purple
Flow: (2) Vortech MP-40's (1) Tunze 6045 for random flow changes
Equipment: MSX-250 skimmer/w dual sicce pumps
Geo kalk reactor
Geo 618 media /pellet reactor using Warner marine pellets
Schuran pico calcium reactor
For routine maintenance, I perform a 20-gallon water change every seven to 10 days. Whenever I perform a water change, I add a couple drops of Lugols iodine. I also dose magnesium using an antiquated kent marine dosing pump.
Fish and Inverts
|Blue Hippo Tang|
|Randall's Shrimp Goby|
|Blue Striped Cleaner|
|Red Spotted Blenny|
|pair of Black and White Ocellaris |
|pair of Skunk Clowns|
|Tiger Pistol Shrimp|
|Cleaner Shrimp |
|Red Linkia Starfish|
|several hermit crabs|
|lots of Trochus Snails|| |
I don't recall the names of most of the corals I have. However, here are some photos of the corals currently in my display:
Added by jimsflies:
Putting together a Tank of the Month article and photos takes a lot of work, and as appreciation for Dale's efforts, he received a $25 gift certificate from Amazon Stingrays. Thanks Dale for sharing your tank with us and thank Amazon Stingrays for your support!