mediumrare's 40breeder SPS +10g satellite

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by mediumrare, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Some new photos! dicking around with my macro lense.

    Ponape (about the size of a tennis ball
    Cali Tort

    Some Acro

    sailfin juvenile


    another of the 6-line
  2. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Nice pics. Fish are hard to take macros of!

    What lens do you have?
  3. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    I was using my Nikon 60mm macro
  4. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Sweet! :cool:

    Keep the shots coming. I love macros.
  5. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    i need to make a viewer
  6. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Love your Cali Tort
  7. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    There's finally frags coming out of Aqua Exotic's farm.
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  8. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Awesome! Corals look great. Fantastic shots too!
  9. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Here are some equipment updates since my original post:

    40 Breeder
    2x MP10Wes
    1x Jaebo wp40
    (yes this is a sh*( load of circulation for a 40..but my SPS love it!)

    2x AI vega color

    10 gallon
    maxi-jet 1200 as a return, currently no other circulation
    1x AI-nano


    Reefoctopus xp-1000sss cone skimmer
    chaetomorpha and ulva in refugium
    BRS media reactor with GFO carbon
    Aquagadget minimax (x2) 1 for biopellets, 1 for GFO
    2x precision aquarium dosing pumps
    Jager heater and fan on Ranco controller
    Avast skimmate locker and ATO
    sock changed once a week (I rarely run socks these days)


    Bionic 2 part via dosing pumps
    Bionic Magnesium as needed
    Brightwell Aquatics: Ferrion, Strontion, Potassion and Replenish as needed.
    Prodobio bioclean every month

    Total estimated water volume with sump and "display" tanks: ~60-65 gallons

    I've also added a Neptune Apex controller mainly to manage my reactors, returns and jaebo powerhead.
  10. swk

    swk Guest

    Very nice! Pretty much the direction I am looking to go. How is the drain in the 40B configured? Single hole with an elbow?

    Did you use biopellets from the start, or did the need gradually develop?
  11. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    I have a single 1.5 inch overflow done by a 90 degree elbow, same as what you see at most LFS's. I have gutter guard, which i inspect regularly and clean, over the drain to prevent snails and large crap from clogging my overflow. The return on my tank is pretty low, so i dont have a huge gph flow through my overflow. (I'm considering upgrading my return to add more "through sump" flow)

    To be completely honest, I added this reactor to my system out of sheer curiosity and need to tinker than a need to control nutrients. For biopellets i only added them on a few months ago, and I started with a MUCH MUCH smaller amount than what is "recommended" for my system volume. I am still slowly increasing the media volume, as have heard horror stories associated with biopellet use. I'm still not convinced that they provide any benefit, but, maybe i haven't hit a point where they do. To be completely honest, I added this reactor to my system out of sheer curiosity and need to tinker than a need to control nutrients.
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Funny, I do the same thing as well. Tried many things. Great fun.
    Probably not the best for the tank ... but .... ehh.
  13. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Hey everyone! Just thought i'd pop in and let y'all know i'm not dead. Tank is still up and running great. In fact, until i got to sleep ill be sharing the feed off of my dropcam! Enjoy!

    ill be doing a more detailed update in the days to come!
  14. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Tank's still not dead! Got some new fish for a new year and plucked out the dead ones.

    Here's a video of the main display tank. Boy is the iphone camera shining through!
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  15. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Damn. That's a big pile of corals! Looks like somebody digs the birdsnests!
  16. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    That ponape birdsnest seems to be growing faster and faster now that i'm checking levels and getting back in the maintenance groove.

    ~5 months of neglect and im amazed I only lost two pieces.

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