Swayds Big Boy Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by swayd, May 4, 2015.

  1. swayd

    swayd Guest

    So it begins!
    I finally had the cash in hand and found a great deal on a large reef. So I present to you my new Oceanic 144 gallon reef. This tank is a dream come true for me, as I have been wanting to upgrade for a while now. I sold off the old 60 cube and 40B and transferred all of my livestock to this beast!

    My Plans:
    SPS dominant
    LPS on the bottom
    Zoas on the lower scape and as space fillers
    Upgrade my skimmer
    Find an Apex system for cheap LOL
    2 part dosing in the near future
    20-25 fish eventually

    Here we go!
    48"L x 24"W x 29"H
    30G sump
    2 x 250w heaters
    1 x Jebao RW-8
    1 x Jebao wp25
    1 x Tunze 6045
    1 x Vortec mp10
    DC9000 Return pump
    Aqua Euro USA 250 skimmer
    2 x Ocean Revive T247 LED lights
    BARE BOTTOM no substrate

    1 Sailfin tang
    1 Kole tang
    2 Percula clownfish
    1 Damsel
    1 Flame Angel
    1 Melanarus Wrasse
    1 Algae Blenny
    1 Cleaner Shrimp

    12 Acropora frags
    18 Different zoas (over 200 polyps in all)
    1 chalice
    5 Montipora
    7 LPS
    1 Toadstool

    I cant wait until I have the aquascape finished and it starts to fill in. This tank will be very diverse and will contain all sorts of life forms! I want to keep this tank simple and will still only be performing 20g water changes weekly with a 5g waterchange randomly during the week. I will eventually be running a dosing system and also an Apex system as well.
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  2. swayd

    swayd Guest

    My lovely Fiancé with the tank!

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  3. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Well she doesnt look upset so it must mean she approves the new tank.

    Lol looking forward to the new tank journal.

    I want to see those zoassss :eek:
  4. swayd

    swayd Guest

    She actually likes the tank more than I do lol.
    The Zoas are all over but I have this really nice combo Rock I'll take pics of. I also have two big rocks that filled in from 2 polyp frags to colonies of 100+ lol I will probably let those go soon. Here are some frag rack picks.

    More pics tonight.

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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    That's a lot of fish (20-25...) good thing you plan on weekly water changes!

    Is the glass thin enough for an mp10?
  6. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Yeah I have done some digging and the most successful tanks I've been looking at have had huge amounts of fish. My skimmer is rated for up to 250 gallons and that beast skims so I'm not too worried about bio load being an issue. Honestly I don't know what other fish to put in other than some anthias so I might not even get to 20 fish lol.
    I had the mp10 on 1/2" acrylic so I'm hoping it works. If not I'll have to put it up for sale lol.

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  7. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Some more pics!!!

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  8. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Nice, that's a tall tank.
  9. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Thanks! Yeah its kind of a pain having to reach the bottom. Im 6'3" and I have to use a step stool to reach in lol!
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  10. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    what par are you getting at the sand bed with that tall tank?
  11. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Not too sure I don't have a par meter.

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  12. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Wellll the club has a par meter if you're ever interested in finding out. Just ask and you can borrow it.

    Hey, the last picture of the zoa/palys, are those space monsters? I've been looking for some real space monsters.

    Also @650-IS350 , I have some king midas you can have if you want. In San Mateo.
  13. swayd

    swayd Guest


    I bought them as space monsters from Aqua exotic years ago but they lost their green skirt That's the colony I might end up selling as a whole.

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  14. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Going to glue a bunch of stuff in place today. Then put all of the stuff I don't want on my frag rack for pictures to sell to make some cash for more coral hehe. Or trade of course.

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  15. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    I like to trade :) but dont forget to save something for the regional frag swap.

    Im planning on having an awesome regional frag swap in september with bonus rounds!
  16. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    That's a lot of space but you'll no doubt find ways to fill it!
  17. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Awesome. Hopefully I can get my hands on some "designer" Zoas and acros for the swap.
    Let me know man. I know you were interested in those "space monsters".

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  18. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Yes sir. I'm actually leaving a lot of open space for swimming room and for acros to hopefully grow in to nice colonies.

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