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Mrs. Binford's Beautiful Reef


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    mrs binford - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    farmington hills mi
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    Awards Tank of the Month - December 2011 TOTM

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    I am very surprised and happy to be Tank of the Month. I read captive reefs a lot but don't respond or post much, I really enjoy the mix of reefers and see several other female members doing a great job.

    I started this hobby by way of a gift from my husband ( @binford4000 ) when we first met in 1991. My first tank was 125-gallon tall which I maintained for about 12 years, When we moved to southeast Michigan due to the economy, I downgraded to a 36-gallon bow front. Which it was a nice change. I maintained that for about three years tell it was destroyed in a move and lucky the husband got a 75-gallon for Christmas which now is my present tank.

    Equipment

    The tank is lit by all LED's, It has two Aqua Illumination SOL blue modules and we just added a Aqua Illumination Nano SOL blue to fill in the shadow of the brace.

    The tank is an All Glass Aquarium 75-gallon drilled with a single overflow box built my husband, with a 1-inch drain. It has a 50-gallon refugium/sump which has a large emphasis on growing sponges which is why there is no light on it. The return is a reef octopus hyd 5000 reef flow pump, which runs a complete header for all extra components and also is the return to the tank. It runs to a single 3/4-inch flow inductor which creates a huge amount of flow.

    In the tank I have two Tunze Nanostream 6025 and a Korilla 4 for added flow. An Aqua Euro USA 1/10 HP chiller, a 37-watts UV sterilizer and a BRS dual chamber GFO and Carbon reactor are connected to the return header. My skimmer is a Skimz SM180 cone skimmer. I use a 500-watt heater. Everything except the LED's is controlled via a Neptune Aqua Controller Jr. I use the Aqua Illumination controller for the LED's which I love!!! My husband has been obsessed with reducing the electric bill so my tank went thru a complete upgrade this year.

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    Maintenance

    I use a Profilux doser to do a continuous water change and top off. I use only Brightwell's salt and maintain the following parameters:

    Salinity: 1.025
    Alkalinity: is 10 ppm
    Calcium: 430 to 475 pm
    Nitrite: 0 ppm
    Nitrate: 15 to 50 ppm
    Magnesium: ~1350 ppm

    I dose strontium and magnesium on a weekly basis. I feed the corals Reef Nutrition Oyster-Feast and Phyto-Feast. Fish are fed frozen mysis shrimp, Rods food, and spirulina.

    Inhabitants

    I don't know the collector "names" of most of my coral. I don't keep up with all of them...I just buy them because I like them. My livestock collection includes:
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    Thanks to @Manoj's Reef for taking the photos for this month's TOTM.

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Thanks Kathy for sharing your fantastic reef! Well done!
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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    Thanks for sharing your amazing reef!
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!
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    Join Date
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    Manoj
    Awards Fishbowl Drawing Winner Tank of the Month

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    Very beautiful mixed reef...love the clown eggs, nice coral collection and awesome equipment. Thanks for sharing.
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    youngtimothy - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Tim
    Awards Photo of the Month Photo of the Month Photo of the Month Tank of the Month

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    Congrats! Very Nice!!!!!
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    dentdominator - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    That's a great looking tank. I like the way it all filled in and flows. Looks like a lot of time was put into this system. Great job !!

    Congrats and Happy Holidays !!
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    Congrats! Ms. Binford. Tank looks great as always.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    dlhirst - Reefkeeper
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    Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration for us little folks!
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    mrs binford - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Awards Tank of the Month - December 2011 TOTM

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    I want to say thanks again for chooseing my tank to be the tank of the mouth. I want to thank Mr. Binford for getting me in the hobby and building my system for me. I would like to thank Manoj for coming over and take the picture for me he did a great job. As you can see i really like the softy the are so relaxing to watch when you have a stressful day.

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    binford4000 - Reefkeeper
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    Awards Tank of the Month - May 2012 Tank of the Month

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    good job babe,and thanks Manoj for the great pic's you really did make her tank look great

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