Coral reefers home 225

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Coral reefer, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    This starts out at a 120 for 4.5 years and ten pages. Please go to page 11 for the 225 upgrade!


    So I've been meaning to start my tank journal for awhile...the main thing holding me back besides laziness has been lack of pictures. A few months back I had a buddy take some really nice shots of the tank, but he hasn't sent me any pics yet...so now with jons urging I've taken decent iPhone pics and will post soon as I am trying to figure out the easiest way to do so.
    Basically this tank was the combination of two smaller reefs, I had a 40 and a 50 show, both 3' by 15" by slightly different heights (18 and 22 I think). Neither tank was great, I moved into my house on 8/8/08, and picked up a bunch of live rock, a coral beauty, a six line wrasse, a ton of anthelia and some xenia from a tank break down shortly after. That was the 40 for a good while, the 50 was a cheaper craigslist pickup, and most ofthe livestock came from another break down. Frogspawns, pair of gold striped marroon clown, crazy gorrilla or Teddy bear crab before iknew what they were (he was in a piece of live rock and in the tank before I saw him. Still in that same piece of rock and have only seen him molt once in over a year, hardly ever leaves the rock, probably only at night. Anyhow, I joined the club right around the time that I picked up a 4x2x2 glass 120 gal with some extras and I haven't looked back since combining the two smaller tanks into one!
    I've been running a coral life 2x150 hqi with 20k bulbs the whole time. It has been up since march, I added a reefbrite actinic strip and a bubble magus doser in July or august, super happy with both!
    I run a euroreef skimmer, a big ball of chaeto under a led from home depot, and gfo and occasional carbon in bags in the sump. I'd like to get a reactor setup someday. I finally hooked up my ato recently, nice addition. For return I use a rio, and in tank flow is a korallia 2 and a 4 (600 and 1400 gph).
    I had never played around with sps much until this tank was setup, I got a huge green slimer Frag at baymac along with an orange monti digi, and I got a few small frags from aquatic collection shortly thereafter. Needless to say the sps bug bit me and I've gone a bit nuts. I have way too many now to let them all grow out where there currently are, but I plan on removing the creepy crab rock (where a lot of sps are)and seperating those sps at some point anyhow. I also really want to try an mp40 on this tank, so I'm sort of saving up. Game 1 or 2 of the world series, or vortech? Well I didn't go to either game, so maybe a vortech is in order...
    I have been using oyster feast, arctipods, frozen mysis and formula 2 flakes with spectrum pellets mixed in, seems like most stuff is happy and healthy, I've had some aiptasia but a peppermint shrimp
    lurks around at night and seems to keep them from ever gettig big or spreading much.
    I have 5 chromis, pair of gold stripe marroon clowns, coral beauty, six line wrasse(doesn't seem mean) and a scooter blenny. I'd like to get 1-2 orchid dotty backs, and that's probably it. Tank is bare bottom and a mix of lps, softies, and sps. I plan on upgrading to se 250's in better reflectors someday so I get better more even coverage, the coral life reflectors are poo poo, very small footprint.
    Parameters are usually 1.026, 76-78, alk 10-11, ca 450, don't test mag often enough, don't trust nitrate test kit so I don't bother and just do water changes (usually at least 10 gal per week, occasionally up to 30 gal, depending on how much water I have available to me at the time). Phospate kit is tough to read, so I'll say that there is very little, but not quite zero.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  2. houser

    houser Past President

    Mike, there are no pictures...
     
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  3. screebo

    screebo Guest

    He has built it.................they will come................
     
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    So photobucket now has a free iPhone app! So that means you will be seeing pics from me now, although they will likely all be from my iPhone...
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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    My dig fir Haloween
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    Snoopy from Charlie brown haloween
     
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    This is the acan garden (lords I think? Except for the one in front that you can't see well).
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    And the lower left hand side
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  7. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    Mike what is the one bright green upper left last photo?

    Great mix of color.
     
  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    Some newer stuff from aquatic collection
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    The right hand side sps rock. Right under 150 hqi 20k
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    And the left side sps rock. Same lighting
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  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Not sure. Some acro, karson is not big on exact names and neither am I!
    Here's the shell from the creepy crab:
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  10. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    Ok you must have been adding photos at I posted. What is the green in the first picture of post number 6? Bright green rounded shape.
     
  11. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Ohhhhyeeeaahhh...some favia...same explanation as before though
     
  12. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    You are going to run into some big issues with that SPS rock when those things grow in. Way too close together. Trust me from a guy who had the same problem.
     
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  13. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    There fixed that for you.
     
  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Yes yes, I know. The plan is to break up those two sps laden rocks soonish. I plan to get my mh upgraded to 250s with better reflectors and space out the broken up sps
     
  15. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    looks good mike.... i got a ton of new stuff in incase you make it out this way anytime soon....

    i am a lil bias to your tank size and i love the rock work, i wanna redo my rock so bad
     
  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    Goniopora
     
  17. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    You got a lot of frags. I see some familiar looking ones. ;) What color is the center of that goni? Purple?

    Tank looks good! :)
     
  18. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Funny. I've never gotten a frag from you...lol! That is my red goni, it has bluish center. The reason I posted that pic is I was wondering if anyone knows why some of the tentacles seem to
    Be inflated? I think maybe Justin talked about that, but I don't remember what he said.
     
  19. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Haha, you have too many frags dude! :D I see the purple plate coral I gave you in one of those pics. :) Is that a green maze coral in the front of your tank? I gave you some other ones too. :)

    Red goni with blue centers are beauties. :) I need to find me one. :)
     
  20. Gonzo

    Gonzo Guest

    I thought Goniopora's were extremely difficult to take care of..no?
     

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