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TimmyB770's SPS Reef


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    Timmyb770 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Introduction

    I started my first reef tank 4 years ago with a 55 gallon soft coral dominated tank while living in Florida. After keeping the tank for a couple of years I moved the entire set-up to Michigan. Over time the tank evolved into a more SPS dominated reef. Equipment was upgraded over time eliminating the wet dry filtration in favor refugium. The skimmer was upgraded from a Coralifeto a Reef Octopus 180 and finally to the present ATI BubbleMaster 250. Flow was upgraded via 2 Vortech MP40s and finally in 2008 the tank was upgraded to the current 120 gallon that you see here today.

    My career motorcycle mechanic for a touring race team puts me on the road sometimes for months at a time. In my absence my mother, Dawn, provides the substantial care that his delicate collection of corals demand.

    The Tank


    The tank is a standard 120 gallon 48" by 24" by 24" Allglass aquarium fitted with Eshoppes overflow. Water is returned from the 50 gallon sump via aDanner Magdrive 1200. Flow in the display is provided by 2 Vortech MP40s. The substantial demand for calcium and Alkalinity is handled by a GEO 624

    Calcium Reactor controlled by a Pinpoint Ph controller. I run carbon and GFO actively through a pair of Two Little Fishies reactors. Evaporationis replaced by a Reef Fanatic auto top-off fed from 5 gallon aquarium. Lighting is provided by 2 250 watt Radium 20K bulbs fitted in Lumenarc reflectors and driven by a Bluewave 7 ballast. Due to the very blue color of the Radiums I don't have a need for actinic supplementation. The tank also receives some natural sunlight at certain points of the day. All water that goes into the system is filtered through an RO/DI.

    Inhabitants

    Although my tank has a mix of corals, the real focus however is on the substantial population of SPS corals including Purple Monster, ORA Pearlberry, Strawberry Fields among others. Along with the plentiful SPS corals there is an abundance of zoas and palys including Carlito's Alien Eyes, Tubb's Blue zoas, and People Eaters. LPS corals include a large frogspawn which hosts his pair of Percula Clowns.



    Maintenance Routine & Feeding

    I perform a 10% water changes weekly with Reef Crystals salt. Carbon and gfo are changed every 14 days. The tank is fed twice a day a variety of foods including Mysid Shrimp, Nori, Homemade concoction and Rods Food. Amino acids, potassium, vitamin c, and iron are also dosed.

    I would like to than CaptiveReefs for the honor of being the first TOTM. I would also like to thank fellow reefer JimC for his support and inspiration. I would also like to give a very big thanks to my Mom without whom my beautiful reef would not be possible.

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    Last edited by jimsflies; 03-11-2012 at 11:10 PM.

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    that is one awesome tank.
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    speedstar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Congrats sweet looking tank, a few of them corals really should be trimmed. :D

    I'll watch the tank for you next time your out of town.
    Anyone can grow Zoa's and LPS I have some in my sump.

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Hey congrats on an awesome tank. You have some amazing corals and fish.
    "We shouldn't think of an environment where livestock can survive, we should ensure an environment where livestock can thrive."-Rabidgoose
    "If it's gonna be that kinda party, Ima stick my ........ in the mashed potatoes!"-Beastie Boys

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    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
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    Congrats on the TOTM TimmyB770! Very nice- and deserving tank! Keep up the great work.

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    Fishgeek88 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Gorgeous tank Congrats!

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    Tim great job! Congratulations!

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    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
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    Great job putting the tank together and maintaining a very clean tank!

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    I also want to give a big thank you to Andy (shminksbro) for helping pull together the write-up and photos for our first TOTM.
    Last edited by jimsflies; 10-22-2009 at 05:39 AM.

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    Thanks Jim for working so hard to give us what we want. Thanks Tim for being a part of our community and for having such an awsome tank! Congrats! You deserve it.

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