As a proud member and sponsor of Captive Reefs I am humbled and honored to be chosen as July 2010 Tank of the Month. I would like to thank Jim and the staff along with the members here at CR for maintaining such a great community. I would also like to say it is an honor to have my tank presented along side of all the beautiful TOTMs before me.
My tank is coming up on its second birthday and still has a lot of growing to do. Unfortunately it is going to be moved soon so this is the last birthday it will see in its current state.
I have been maintaining water quality using probiotics for a little over a year now and have been extremely happy with the results. My reefing philosophy is observe and adjust accordingly. I test only alkalinity on a regular basis using a Lamotte test kit. I perform other tests only if something seems out of line. I do weekly water changes of around 10% of the total 130 gallons using Reef Crystals salt. I aerate the replacement water for 24 hours prior to changing. Other than that I observe daily and try to keep my hands out of the tank.
I feed assorted foods up to five times a day including Rod's Food herbivore blend, Spectrum pellets, Mysid shrimp, and a home made concoction. I also feed nori daily for the tangs. I do not target feed corals.
Alk: 8 dkh
Calcium: 420 ppm
Magnesium: 1350 ppm
pH: 7.9-8.3 su
PO4: 0.02-0.03 ppm
ARM course calcium media
BRS activated carbon
There are nine fish in the tank including a yellow tang, a goldrim tang, a maroon clownfish, a blue damsel, a green reef chromis, a black lyretail chromis, and three Bartlett's anthias along with a scarlet cleaner shrimp.