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Zachtos' 240G SPS reef


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    zachtos - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    240G SPS reef w/ 75G anemone tank & 300G sump. 25,000gph custom storm drive for flow, tank heated by natural gas loop on water heater, 400W MH x 3 (10K XM on coralvue e-ballast and lumenbrite mins), custom built skimmer and Ca Reactor, 50G refugium w/ 70W HPS, DIY zeolite clinoptilolite system w/ bacteria and carbon dosing.

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    zachtos - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    A few of my many fish

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    240G SPS reef w/ 75G anemone tank & 300G sump. 25,000gph custom storm drive for flow, tank heated by natural gas loop on water heater, 400W MH x 3 (10K XM on coralvue e-ballast and lumenbrite mins), custom built skimmer and Ca Reactor, 50G refugium w/ 70W HPS, DIY zeolite clinoptilolite system w/ bacteria and carbon dosing.

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    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
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    Wow! Nice reef!

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    zachtos - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    240G SPS reef w/ 75G anemone tank & 300G sump. 25,000gph custom storm drive for flow, tank heated by natural gas loop on water heater, 400W MH x 3 (10K XM on coralvue e-ballast and lumenbrite mins), custom built skimmer and Ca Reactor, 50G refugium w/ 70W HPS, DIY zeolite clinoptilolite system w/ bacteria and carbon dosing.
    Likes AJ :) liked this post

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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    I love your tank! Not to many veteran tanks out there. WOW
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    zachtos - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    240G SPS reef w/ 75G anemone tank & 300G sump. 25,000gph custom storm drive for flow, tank heated by natural gas loop on water heater, 400W MH x 3 (10K XM on coralvue e-ballast and lumenbrite mins), custom built skimmer and Ca Reactor, 50G refugium w/ 70W HPS, DIY zeolite clinoptilolite system w/ bacteria and carbon dosing.
    Likes AJ :), Sir Patrick liked this post

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    zachtos - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    History

    I've been in the hobby 10 years, this tank is 4.5 years old. I had a total coral crash 2.5 years ago from a plumbing mishap, so what you see is 2.5 years of growth from tiny little 1/2" frags. I got all my corals from fellow reefers and most of them come from our yearly swap in Lansing (each January). Yes I have a table this year, and will be selling again. I've been around on MR and RC for years and this seems to be the new place to be. I've been a bit drained by the hobby since I got married... kinda sapped all my finances for impulse builds. I did recently build a new LED prototype though as shown. I started with FOWLR, then into a small nano tank with softies and power compact like most. I consider myself an expert when it comes to system desgin, but only below average when it comes to fish/coral nomenclature. I have tried just about everything and have came full circle to the basics.

    Water Quality, Lighting, Flow. All must be correct in that order or you will grow nothing colorful.

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    The wife and I, so you can recognize me at swaps etc. I'm in Mount Pleasant and I welcome visitors. I've had at least 20-30 people visit in the last few years. 517-614-4771 if your in the area and want a tour or to get some frags etc.
    240G SPS reef w/ 75G anemone tank & 300G sump. 25,000gph custom storm drive for flow, tank heated by natural gas loop on water heater, 400W MH x 3 (10K XM on coralvue e-ballast and lumenbrite mins), custom built skimmer and Ca Reactor, 50G refugium w/ 70W HPS, DIY zeolite clinoptilolite system w/ bacteria and carbon dosing.

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    Nice tank man!!

    How old is the system?

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    iyachtuxivm - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    The goo in the pack still attached to the top of your 65DL battery is supposed to go on the terminals to protect them from corrosion. And where are your felt pads? lol.
    I always like seeing your system you definitely have some very cool and unique ideas. Also very interested in seeing your LED set up! If i'm ever up that way would love to stop in and take the tour and get some frags.
    "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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    Heidi - Reefkeeper
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    WOW... this is a beautiful system! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. are you runny Halides now or the LEDs? I see slower growth with my LEds and I just wonder if that is happening for everyone. Its kinda crazy I have better color.. I mean crazy trippy color... but slower growth (used to have 250 mh now run 2 AI Super Blues with the 6watt crees..)

    Anyhew don't mean to hijack your build thread Very lovely reef you keep!

    Heidi

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