Tank Spotlight for April is Rostato

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  1. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    We missed a month due to not being able to track someone down but we are back. April's Tank Spotlight is Rostato.
     
  2. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Let’s see the picture! Congrats Chris


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  3. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Well, first off thanks to this club for being awesome. I have met more generous and knowledgeable people here than ever before.

    Thanks for the nomination.

    Here is my Red Sea Reefer 250
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    I’ve had the tank for exactly a year...almost to the day. I picked it up on April 12, 2018. This was a used tank and had some fish and a few corals but it wasn’t in the best shape and had been neglected a bit. But it was lest free and had no major issues so I saw an opportunity to get a nice tank without the ugly stage and swings of a new tank.

    Here is is the day I moved it
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    I’ve made a bunch of changes over the year I’ve had it but am very happy now. Here’s the equipment list.

    2 Hydra 26’s with custom mounts
    1 AI Prime Fuge for growing chaeto
    2 Vortech MP40’S
    2 Vortech MP10’s
    Reef Octopus Regal 150S Varios Skimmer
    Reef Octopus automatic neck cleaner
    BRS CO2 reactor
    BRS mini media reactor with GFO
    Reef Octopus various 3 (I think) return pump...It’s the first generation
    2 cobalt 150W heaters
    Apex Classic with Vortech module (WXM)
    Apex DOS with DDR
    Tunze 3155 ATO
    Trigger Saphire 10g ATO container
    2 Ecotech Battery backups in tandem hooked up to one MP40
    Customized Red Sea sump with blue tide acrylics divider

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    For dosing I’m up to 70ml of b ionic 2 part per day to keep things going. I add magnesium when I see the need which is almost never thanks to b ionic


    For feeding, I’ve been feeding Red Sea reef energy A and B every day when I feed the tank my custom mixture of rods food, reef roids, mysis, selcon, and reef nutrition phytoplankton, oyster feast and ROE. My auto feeder goes off 2 other times a day, which feeds Neptune’s cross over diet. I’ll switch to reef nutrition CDO when I run out...same stuff anyway.


    I dose red seas trace elements base on calcium uptake every week.


    In order to get a fuge with the limitations of Red Sea’s sump, I had blue tide acrylics make me a custom divider, and removed the stock filter sock holders. This gives me about a 7 gallon fuge. I also use a tee off my return pump as a manifold to run back into the fuge to add more flow. It shoots water along the bottom to keep detritus from settling. The other side feeds my GFO reactor.
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    I have packed this thing full of corals. I am very much in grow out mode now. I’ll keep certain corals trimmed while letting others grow to get the whole tank filled up. Here are some pics...
     
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  4. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    All pics taken today with iPhone X and polyp lab lens

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    Clowns laying eggs today
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  5. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    My awesome Acanophyilia

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    Starting an acan garden

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    New Favias

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    Scoly

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    My frag rock...I hate the oook of frag racks on the display.
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  6. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Here are some videos. I like videos because they give you an actual sense of what the tank is like. I suck at taking pictures.



     
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  7. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Did you buy the tank from a guy in Oakland?


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  8. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Nope. Santa Rosa
     
  9. glee

    glee BOD

    Cool video. Nice looking tank for just 1 year. Congrats!
     
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  10. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    Added a new video up top
     
  11. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    I think you’ve mentioned in your tank journal, but what was your experience like before buying this tank? I think you had a tank before maybe you said?
     
  12. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    awesome tank, you've done a lot in a year. I love the mixed reef look. Do you have any issues with the RBTA stinging any SPS?
     
  13. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

    I have had many tanks back on the east coast. Started out FOWLR and then slowly graduated to corals a learned a lot from mistakes.

    I took 7 years off and this is my first tank since moving here 8 years ago.

    This is by far the nicest tank I’ve had before
     
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  14. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member


    There are currently 3 BTA’s there now. One of them does touch the Oregon Tort but it only seems to be an irritant to the coral. Only the small portion of the coral it touches seems a bit faded in color.
     
  15. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    Good job tank looks great
     
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  16. Zumareef

    Zumareef Supporting Member

    Sweet tank! Always nice to see a filled out reef.
     
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  17. Cheedo

    Cheedo Supporting Member

    Very cool, awesome looking tank.

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  18. musclebenz

    musclebenz Supporting Member

    Great job on the tank. I hope mine grows out like yours.
     
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  19. Reefatosis

    Reefatosis Guest

    Very nice looking display. I like all the monti's.
    One though regarding the Chaeto would be to reduce the distance between the Kessil grow-light and the chaeto ball. I had some luck simply passing a fishing line through my chaeto ball and suspending it with tape such that it sits at the very top of the water column. Second to that may be to drop the lamp down closer to the water's surface.
     
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  20. Mozby

    Mozby Supporting Member

    Great job on the tank! Glad I got to see it in person. Lots of eye candy in there!


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