Febuary Tank Spot Light RandyC

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  1. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    We fell a little behind for this months spot light but here we go. Congrats RandyC
     
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  2. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Thanks for the nomination for the tank spotlight award this month!

    I started reefing with a 12G Fluval Edge about 3 years ago and it took all of about 6 months for me to upgrade to my first "adult" tank. My Red Sea Reefer 250 has been running for exactly 884 days as of today. There have been many ups and downs; lucky for me, I'm currently in an up period for the tank spotlight.

    I'm gonna steal a little bit of formatting from @Gablami spotlight award post from last month since it was laid out so cleanly.

    Tank: Rea Sea Reefer 250 (54 Gallon Display – 11 Gallon Sump – 12 Gallon External Fuge). If I had to estimate, there’s roughly 60 gallons of total water volume. The tank has slowly migrated to an SPS dominated tank.

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    Lighting: I am currently running three Radion XR15w Pro G4s with diffusers. I get around 350-400 PAR up at the top of the rocks and around 150 on the sand bed. I am using a modified Coral Labs/Ecotech SPS AB+ schedule profile that has around 7 hours of peak lighting (a simulated 18,500K) and then I have 20,000K running during ramp up/down for about 3 hours on each side.

    Flow: I am running two Vortech MP40s; one on the right side and the other on the back left on reef crest mode at 45% and 40% power, respectively. Return flow is powered by a Vectra M1 at ~60% (runs external fuge as well).

    Controller: I have an Apex 2016 with 2 EB832, a PM1 for calcium reactor, a couple of FMMs and ALD for sensor and leak notifications.

    Sump: The reefer sump is a small one. Not much room for anything. I used to have multiple reactors running carbon, GFO, biopellets, but I have removed them all because I’m “keeping it simple” (i.e., I’m lazy). There no socks or filter floss and all nutrient removal is up to the 6” Reef Octopus Regal 150INT w/ Avast Marine Automated Neck Cleaner, a media bag of ROX 0.8 Carbon/High Capacity GFO, and the 12 gallon external fuge that is filled with chaeto, pom pom gracilaria, and red ogo gracilaria. If you have a sharp eye, you’ll notice that my 12 gallon Fluval edge come along for the ride during the upgrade to be my fuge. I use two LED grow panels that are side mounted that light up with fuge with around 35W of light for 10 hours a night. BTW, I know I fail at cable/electronic management. I need a potentially less wet spot for all that gear.

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    My “Fish Room”: Where’s the ATO you ask? My wife has been nice enough to let me take up some space in the pantry that shares a wall with the tank for the calcium reactor and ATO. I am using an Advanced Acrylics 20 gallon ATO with a Tunze Osmolator 3155 that Apex tells me to fill about every 20 days after the optical sensor is triggered open. I have a Vertex RX-C 6D calcium reactor with Two Little Fishies Reborn and Remag media and use a Masterflex 7523-80 to pull water from the sump through the reactor.

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    Maintenance: I do a 15 gallon water change around every 10-14 days. Calcium reactor takes care of alk/cal/mg and some trace elements. I’m going through 17.1ml/min of effluent. I am also dosing some trace elements through Red Sea Trace Elements ABCD. I usually pull a handful of macro algae once a week to make sure it doesn't overgrow.

    Water Parameters:
    SG: 1.026
    Alk: 7.6-7.8
    Ca: 420-440
    Mg: 1350
    Nitrates: ~2.5
    PO4: 0.04-0.08

    Feeding: I feed LRS Reef Frenzy twice a day, pellets auto fed at noon, and ROE/Oyster Feast at night. Two or three times a week I also throw in some PE Calanus or Reef Chili.

    Livestock: My fish don’t like me and tend to hide anytime I’m taking pictures or near the tank so most people don’t think I have any. I assure you they are there.

    Leopard Wrasse
    Six Line Wrasse
    Flame Angel
    Mandarin Goby
    Swiss Guard Basslet
    Yellow Tang
    Tomini Tang

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    Ton of coral! Pictures in the next post on this thread. (Note: As with everyone, I do need a bigger tank, but that is what the garage is for…you may find one or two in there.)
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  3. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

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    RR Aussie Gold
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    PC Rainbow
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    WWC Helios
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    CRC Purple Cadillac
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    Purple with Green Polyps Horrida
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    RR The Vinh
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    ORA Hawkins
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    Monipora Setosa
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    Candy Cane Colony
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    Duncan Colony
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    Wild Gonipora Colony
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    Goldmeister Chalice
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    Jawbreaker
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    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  4. Apon

    Apon Supporting Member

    Looks great! very nice tank.
     
  5. Gablami

    Gablami Guest

    Beautiful tank Randy. Your care and attention is evident throughout. Next time let’s see all the other tanks too.


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  6. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    Great pics. Id be very happy with your tank
     
  7. ddrueckh

    ddrueckh Supporting Member

    Well done Randy! Your tank is beautiful. Congratulations.
     
  8. glee

    glee BOD

    Beautiful tank. Really like the popping colors. Can see the goni a mile away.
     
  9. Alexx

    Alexx Supporting Member

    Wow glad you shared the information and pictures! I really love your tank. How did you get such a good pictures what do you use to take pictures?
     
  10. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Thanks! I used a Canon 7D DSLR with a few different lenses and then do white balance correction in Lightroom.
     
  11. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Yeah, love that gonipora. It was a lucky find at AC a year or so ago.
     
  12. Alexx

    Alexx Supporting Member

    Do you happen to have any videos with your tank? On a youtube channel or something?
     
  13. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Beautiful example of a reefer 250!
     
  14. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Nothing more recent two months ago, but I could be convinced to make one. ;)
     
  15. Alexx

    Alexx Supporting Member

    I'd love to see it :D
     
  16. musclebenz

    musclebenz Supporting Member

    His tank looks even nicer in person. I had the opportunity to see it when picking up a frag he gave me.
     
  17. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    great tank! you have taking photos on POINT! but now the question, wheres the anemones =]
     
  18. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    yes...beautiful tank and the pics are fantastic. I also wonder ...where are all the anemones? ;)
     
  19. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    They were camera shy! Plus their homes/boxes/jail cells were getting in the way of picture taking of other coral. Here are a few pictures of three different BTAs to wet your appetite.

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