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Esta's not so mini reef ;)


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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Esta's not so mini reef ;)

    I guess I've been a lurker long enough..... its time for me to show ya my tank!!

    The tank deets:
    80 (ish) gallon - 63L x 14D x 22H
    38 (ish) gallon homemade sump/fuge
    6 bulb 48" t5 on left side of tank (zoos, clams, LPS side)
    400W MH on right side (SPS)
    Lifereef VS2 skimmer
    A random ebay calcium reactor
    Coast to coast overflow
    + I run GFO/carbon reactor that gets changed monthly

    Flow is from 2 MP40s, plus my Mag12 return which is routed through a seaswirl

    I have been running this tank since 6/2010 in the current configuration - the sump on this tank was actually my old display, so corals from that old display were used as starters of this tank, plus whatever I've added over the last year.

    Current FTS:
    IMG 3499 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)

    Inhabitants include:
    Corals - lots
    Clams - 5 maximas, 1 crocea
    Fish - lieutenant tang, yellow tang, 2 red tail tamarins, midas goby, starry blenny, dusky jawfish

    Here are some close-ups of the current tank so you can actually see all the bubble algae I'm farming -
    IMG 3506 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
    IMG 3510 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
    IMG 3513 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
    IMG 3515 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
    IMG 3518 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)

    And, what I always find interesting - is what is under the hood
    Overflow/return - beananimal silent system, etc
    CIMG0056 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
    Inside the canopy (before I installed the MH, it is in that area on the right)
    CIMG0065 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)
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    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

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    bluwc - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Very Nice!!!
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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    Sweet setup! Gotta love the lighting setup the best of both worlds!
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Wow nice tank! Great job!

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    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
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    That is a beautiful tank. The aquascape and coral selection and placement is awesome. The only downside I see is line along the bottom of the overflow is quite distracting. If the coralline was cleaned up it is probably less visible. Regardless a very nice setup. I would love to see more pics... especially of the clams and the sump/plumbing.

    Tom

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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    lol yeah - gotta love coralline!! It makes all of our bad design choices stand out hahaha
    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

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    Sir Patrick - Reefkeeper A2 Club Coordinator
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    I havnt seen a beananimal style overflow in forever!!!!

    Nice tank!

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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    haha the beananimal saves my a$$ daily - lol, I definitely depend on my backup overflow as my filter sock plugs up all the time

    i'd recommend a beananimal to anyone who can do it !!
    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

    Friend me up on FB too!
    50201061558882069332143 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)

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    estanoche - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Gah!! I've been slacking!!

    So, updates, updates

    Well - I added a few new fish - killed off a few fish (turned my pumps off to feed one night and forgot to turn them back on, 75% fish death, ugh).... Current stock list consists of: Starry Blenny, Dusky Jawfish, Midas Blenny, Bluestripe Pipefish, Red Tail Tamarin Wrasse, Doliatus Rabbitfish, Powder Brown Tank, and Nox Dwarf Angel....

    Plus - I've learned I've had pyramid snails for the past 6 months or more, still working on battling those using the old plastic container and manual daily inspection technique, no new losses, but still finding snails - argh...

    Everything else is looking great - time for a video update

    SAY NO TO FISH STICKS - Put screened and vented lids on your tanks, and save your wrasse

    Current tank: 80 Gal XXL Reef & 25 Gal Cube QT

    Friend me up on FB too!
    50201061558882069332143 - Esta's not so mini reef ;)

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    Captain - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Holy frijoles! Thats a sweet looking setup!

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