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FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef


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    Default FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef

    I would like to thank CaptiveReefs for selecting my reef to be Tank of the Month. My current reef was setup in May 2009. The tank is a 120-gallon (4x2x2-foot) custom built rimless from Glasscages. It is 3/4-inch glass and black silicone.

    My goal was design the rockwork as an underwater racetrack for my achilles to swim around and have fun. I used Loctite marine epoxy to glue the rocks together.

    The magnetic rocks on the sides of the tank are from The Alternative Reef, they made a WORLD of a difference in my tank since it allowed me to place my corals at different heights in the tank and also take advantage of that extra dimension in the tank.

    I also used The Alternative Reef "Biguns" for my chalice grow outs and their "Doughnuts" to keep my chalices in place.


    Equipment & Maintenance

    I have an ATB 840v2 keeping my bioload in check, It runs very quietly which is essential when your reef tank is in your family room with television.

    I run Bulk Reef Supply phosphate remover that I change monthly in a reactor. I dose Bulk Reef Supply two part solution thru my Reefkeeper to keep things under control. I have safety features programmed into the Reefkeeper such as a float switch to shut down the skimmer if the water level in the sump raises too high. Another alarm I placed is to shut down the heater if the tank goes above 80-degrees.

    The Lighting is a DIY kit from ReefLEDLights.com, I went with Bill's product because he is an avid reefer and did his homework on which were the best batches of LEDs to use over the reef and I have had great success with his product. I have 120LEDs over my tank, Doing it again I would have done 18" heat sinks rather than one large one.

    I have a Eheim 1262 for my return pump that I have diverted to return part of that stream back into the 30g sump. The in tank flow is created by three Vortech MP-40wES on ReefCrest. My goal is to get two additional Vortech MP-40ws on the back wall to really get flow moving in the tank.


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    Added by jimsflies:

    Putting together a Tank of the Month article and photos takes a lot of work, and as appreciation for Rick's efforts, he received a $25 gift certificate from Amazon Stingrays. Thanks Rick for sharing your tank with us and thank Amazon Stingrays for your support!




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    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
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    Was only a mater of time! congrats bro! Very nice tank with an astounding coral collection!

    Keep us posted on this tanks progress!

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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    What a amazing tank. Congratulations!
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    Thank you guys! I REALLY love the honor I have been presented with! I am sending out the link to everyone to check out the thread jim made me
    rc FiReBReTHa sig - FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Glad you like how it turned out. I like putting TOTM articles together because I can't go wrong when I get to work with great photos of awesome reefs.

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    Heidi - Reefkeeper
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    Beautiful tank!! Congratulations

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    bluwc - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Congrats, nice sticks

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    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
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    Congratulations. Nice system with some sweet corals. What size is it?

    Tom

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    MUCHO REEF - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Congrats, awesome job and much continued success my friend.

    Mucho Reef
    Please stop fragging your frags.......you'll eventually do more damage than good. Just let them grow.

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    Some more photos of my tank.

    2011 05 01 FiRes 0318 - FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef

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    with 2x moonlights.
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    2011 05 29 greeneyes - FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef

    2011 05 29 greenstripe - FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef

    2011 05 29 mymiami - FiReBReTHa's Smokin' Reef



    another older panoramic shot
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