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Ardo's 150 Deep Dimension Cube


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    ardo_ski - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    ardo_ski - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Started 2008 - 11

    System Profile
    Dimensions: L X W X H : 36” x 36” x 27”

    Acrylic or Glass: Glass
    Thickness and Special Features: Marineland Deep Dimension 1\2” Thick
    System Water Volume: 125 gallons
    Main Tank Size: 150 Gallon
    Sump size: 30 Gallon
    Refugium: (yes/no, size, what is in it) Yes – Cheato and Deep Sand bed

    Skimmer: (yes/no, what kind) Yes – Bubble-Magus BM260
    Return Pump: (yes/no, what kind) – Reeflo Snapper
    Water Movement: 2 x Tunze 6100 on Multi Controller looking to add 2 6055 or maybe a wavebox.
    Lighting (display): (yes/no, what kind) Yes – 10 T5HO – 4 Giesemann Aquablue Plus connected to IceCap. 6 ATI Blue Plus connected to 2 Workhorse ballast. Reflectors are Sunlight Supply TEK II

    Lighting (sump): (yes/no, what kind) Compact Florescent Flood Light
    Cooling: (yes/no brand) No – Other than fan in sump in the summer
    Calcium Reactor: (yes/no brand) Yes – Reeftek 18” with PH Probe in Reactor
    Miscellaneous Equipment and Additives: Currently dosing Brightwell MB7 along with their Kalk2. Soon to start Vodka dosing. I run 2 filter socks and switch them out weekly.


    ATO – Using a JBJ ATO connected to a reservoir in the basement that provides Kalk water for topoff.
    RO\DI Filter Setup – 5 Stage with 2 DI canisters
    Heater is 500 Watt controlled by Rancho Controller
    CA RX is controlled by a Pinpoint PH Controller with Probe in the reactor
    Type of salt used: Tropic Marin since 2004 never had a reason to switch.
    Feeding: (what kind of food/how often) Fish are fed every other day a combination of Frozen PE Mysis, Mysis and Brine. Twice a week I put some nori in a clip for the tangs.

    Corals are fed by the fish J

    What is your maintenance schedule like? Try to test water on a weekly basis, but never go more than 2 weeks on testing Calcium and Alkalinity.

    Water changes are done 1 to 1.5 weeks and about 10 to 15 gallons. In order to make it easier I have 2 50 gallon drum in my basement. One is for RO Water and the other is Salt water. This really helps me maintain my water change schedule having this water already premixed.

    *Calcium: 380 – 400 Handled by calcium reactor – Tested once a week
    * Alkalinity: 7 to 8 Handled by calcium reactor -Tested once a week
    * Nitrite: 0 – Hardly ever tested
    * Nitrate: 0 – but feel this is due to some algae issues – every 2 weeks to once a month
    * Phosphate: 0 – every 2 weeks to once a month
    * Magnesium: 1200 to 1300 – Test every 2 weeks – doing regular water changes and using Brightwells Kalk2 maintain the levels
    * specific gravity: 1.025
    * Temperature: 80 to 81
    * pH: 7.8 to 8.2

    Test Kits Used
    Lamotte – Calcium and Alkalinity
    Mereck – Phosphate
    Salifert – Mag, Nitrite and Nirate
    PH – Pinpont PH Monitor
    Temp – Pin Point Wireless temperature monitor.
    Livestock
    Fish

    Yellow Tang – 3” 3 years
    Sailfin Tang, Desjardini – 3” 6 months
    Kole Yellow Eye Tang – 4” 10 Months
    Red Mandarin – 3”
    Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse
    Lyretail Anthias
    Longspine Cardinalfish 4 ea
    False Percula Clownfish – 2 ea – Orange\White and Black\White
    Teal Millepora (Acropora Millepora)
    Palmers Bluel Millepora (Acropora Millepora)
    Super Man Millepora (Acropora Millepora)
    Sunset Millepora (Acropora Millepora)
    Light Blue Rufus (Acropora Rufus)
    Red Ocellina (Cyphastrea Ocellina)
    Green Cap (Montipora Capricornis)
    Orange Cap (Montipora Capricornis)
    Green base Blue tips Acropora turaki
    Blueberry Acropora granulose
    Purple-tipped Acropora deswali
    Green Slimer Acropora sp.
    20K Leagues Lokani (Acropora Lokani)
    Purple Monster
    Sunset Montipora
    Rainbow Montipora
    Hammer Coral Light Green Euphyllia sp.
    Red\Green Favia
    Red\Green Acanthastrea Lordhowensis
    Green\Orange Acanthastrea echinata
    Variety Zoanthids/Palythoas
    Inverts

    Black foot tiger trochus snails 24 to 36
    Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    Brittle Sea Star Black\Brown – Hitch Hiker on my first piece of live rock I bought in 2004 from Pruess Pets
    Peppermint Shrimp – 4ea
    Bulb Anemone – Mini 4 ea
    Last edited by ardo_ski; 03-12-2010 at 05:46 PM.

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    Argent - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Wow beautiful setup! I love it
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    ardo_ski - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    ardo_ski - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Argent View Post
    Wow beautiful setup! I love it
    Thanks! It's been a fun 1.5 years watching it grow out.

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    Argent - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    yeah I hope my take starts to grow out nicely - all I seem to grow now is red algae
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    Rabidgoose - Reefkeeper Moderator

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    Very nice set-up ardo ski!! More pictures....
    I simply can't trust people that don't like bacon,

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    Looks like your tank has really grown out since I was there. Looking really great! Keep up the good work!

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Ah, yes another cuber in the house! Welcome Ardo, glad to have you!
    Cubes can be extremely challenging, more so that most think.
    Specifically, what and how have you deal with the issues of flow?
    Beautiful pics as well, I look forward to more soon!
    "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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    Infact I am thinking/planning on a cube - 5 yrs down the road though. Long time I know.
    Its nice to see that Ardo has a configuration that I would like. I am interested in 36*36*22. I am going to tag along and see how Ardos build goes and what challenges he faces.

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