Roc's 1st Big reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Roc, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Roc

    Roc Guest

    thanks guys, it sure was rough 1st getting monti eating nudis, then having the tank break and having to completely drain it all. only to find out I had been mixing my supliments and salinity wrong for 2 years (which explained the corals always dying shortly after going in the tank).

    I still have no idea if I can keep Bridsnests, put I am confident that if I can;t the reason isn't my peramiters
     
  2. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    If your acro's are doing fine (judging by your pink millepora, they're doing great), I don't see why any birdsnest would die.
     
  3. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I know, however I have never been able to keep one alive. I think I may have a fish,crab, shrimp that picks at them.....
     
  4. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Well I haven't updated for a long time so here we go


    Here is the tank on 11-29-09

    [​IMG]

    After that pic I had a crash (which most of you know) because my skimmer pump died and some how burnt out the main powerstrip leaving my tank without a return pump, skimmer, any powerheads in the display, heaters during the nighttime. When I awoke and found it low, I rigged up some stuff for the return pump, heater and powerheads, however the skimmer didn't work and I couldn't hook up the lights.

    When I came home from work that night I found the death was growing, i tried to borrow a pump but that one happened to have a broken shaft so I was still skimmerless, I did get the lights worjing but my timers were broken so I could only turn em on when I was home.

    The next day I got a new pump and got the skimmer working, however at this point dying corals had plututed the water pretty bad and I did a 35 gallon water change.


    here are some pics duing this time

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG][/quote]

    [​IMG]

    So that was that, now it's been a couple of weeks, what died is gone and removed from the tank, and the color is starting to come back to what had lived but bleached out, turned grey or brown.

    Here are some pics of the fish (which never seem to suffer that much during the crash...) and some LPS corals which faired well, the remaining Coral pics will come in a couple of weeks when some more stuff comes back

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  5. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Well, the tank doesn't look that bad. And stop feeding those sea cows so much or I'm coming over to fry em up! Yum recycled Sea Veggies!
    Tangs are so pretty when they're not starved.
     
  6. Roc

    Roc Guest

    yea these tangs sure as hell ain't straving, they eat so much the Tennenti Tang has caught up to the yellow and the blue hippo.................
     
  7. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Well, Xmas came and went and I had nowhere near the amount of money I needed to switch out to MH. not that I won't in the future but I just couldn' t swing it. With that said I did need more light so I started looking around. Call it fate, call it luck, but I found a 4x54 watt HO T5 fixture on ebay NEW for 25.00 plus shipping which was about anohter 25.00. The guy that sold it must have made a mistake,when he listed it cuz I swa his other auctions and even the one I got saud he sells them starting at 90.00 (which is still a good deal) but this one was listed at 25.00 after 1 bid and I won......LOL.

    It's not the best light going and I know that, but it will help quite a bit with spead in my tank and it's almost doubling what I had in terms of bulbs (I will now have 9 bulbs). The fact is even if the ballests burnt out I could replace them with good ones and still be way below what it woulda cost me for a new fixture.

    I am gonna wait for it to show up and then get some new bulbs, it said it came with 2 03 actinic and 2 12000k bulbs, so I wanta see what they look like when everything is on. I'm thinking of doing a bulb line up that is something like

    3 blue plus (need to buy)
    2 12000k aquablue special 9need to buy)
    1 6500k
    2 pure actinic
    1 10000k ultrasun

    I also spent the day cleaning off the back wall of my tank, so some new pics will be coming soon.

    the total losses were:

    ORA green millie
    ORA Stubbard Stag colony
    Marshall Island Lavender colony
    the Marc the Shark arco colony
    Rose millie colony
    Bali Green Slimer
    Alfred's Mariclutured Arco
    Jim's un-named Acro
    ORA Rascos blue
    Incrediable hulk arco colony
    Orange Digi
    Surf and turf
    Oragen tort


    Anyone that has these and won't mind parting with a frag, I would love to try and start over.....
     
  8. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    That's the problem with me not being into names, I have given out dozens of unnamed acro frags. But if you point it out, you're welcome to a fresh piece. It won't be all clean and white like yours though. LOL
     
  9. Roc

    Roc Guest

    It was a purple base with tan polyps. I got it the same time as when you gave me the unnamed stag, and the green Bridsnest (both of which are still alive)
     
  10. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I got my new light hooked up and replaced the bulbs

    Old look with 2 aquablue special, 2 blue +, 1 pure actinic

    [​IMG]

    And here it is with 2 Aquablue Special, 3 blue +, 2 pure actinic, 1 fuji purple, 1 5500K

    [​IMG]

    I like it a lot more, and the close up shots will show how much pop there is....
     
  11. Roc

    Roc Guest

    You got it

    this may show it the best

    right after crash

    [​IMG]


    last week

    [​IMG]

    now for some random shots

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  12. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Nice tank you got there, Glad to see the survivors are getting better!
     
  13. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Thanks Rommel
     
  14. Roc

    Roc Guest

    So this update I thought I would do a little more then usual. For each new tank shot I will also try to post a pic of what the coral/ tank looked like when I frist got it or started it.


    FTS in May 2008

    [​IMG]

    FTS Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Now for some corals

    Sunset monti from NCRC DBTC program

    [​IMG]

    And here it is now after it has already been returned 2 times with larger frags then I was given

    [​IMG]

    Red Planet in Jan 2009

    [​IMG]

    Red Planet Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Grenn/purple acan lord Jan 2009

    [​IMG]

    Green/Purple Acan lord Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Rainbow Acan in June 2009

    [​IMG]

    Rainbow acan in Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    New Aquadics chalice from BAR DBTC program in Jan 2009

    [​IMG]

    Here it is Feb 2010 after returning 2 frags to thier program

    [​IMG]

    Here is my moon favia in July 2009

    [​IMG]

    Here it is in Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Rainbow acans from Craig in July 2009

    [​IMG]

    Here they are in Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    I got this from Craig and it was blue colored, here it is in May 2009

    [​IMG]

    and here it is Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Here is the Prism favia from NCRC DBTC program in Aug 2009

    [​IMG]

    Here it is Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Indipandance day in June 2008

    [​IMG]

    And in Feb 2010

    [​IMG]

    Joker palys from BAR DBTC program in Sept 2008

    [​IMG]

    Feb 2010 after returning 3 frags to their program

    [​IMG]



    Random shots

    GARF bonsai, Pink cats paw and candy cane

    [​IMG]

    Pick up from Swap

    [​IMG]

    Random Candy Canes

    [​IMG]

    Zoa corner

    [​IMG]

    Waming Watermellons

    [​IMG]

    Tubbs blue grown from 2 heads in June 2009

    [​IMG]

    Clam and Green Bridsnest

    [​IMG]

    Pink stripped Acan lord

    [​IMG]

    Neptunes Fire acan after fragging 8 times

    [​IMG]

    Christmas Favia

    [​IMG]

    Acan lord from Byran at swap

    [​IMG]
     
  15. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Nice to see sucha quick turn around from the incident :) Looking good.
     
  16. Roc

    Roc Guest

    thanks, I am very happy with how things came back and colored up, testament to weekly water changes
     
  17. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Well looking back this tank has passed the 2 year mark, I thought I would take that chance to reflect on what I do differnetly now then I did when I had issues, which leed to crashes, and the general slow life or bad growth rates I used to get.

    Water Changes -

    I do 20 gallons once a week with Seachem Reef salt, the salt is mixed to 1.026 or 35ppt. The weekly changes also mean that my tank is at 1.026 when I do the change. WC water is also heated to within 2 degrees of main display.

    I use a gravel vac to clean the sand bed, and about once a month use a smaller hose to clean the sump of coraline and debis.

    Dosing -

    I never have mag drops below 1350 so I don't dose mag at all
    I use Randys recipe and get my soda ash and cal supliment at our sponser AC
    I dose 150ml of both Alk and Cal per day, since I don't currently have a dosing system I just dump it in the return section of my sump, after lights out.

    I also add Aquavirto Fuel to my tank once every 3 days (3 inside of the cap fulls), this product has really brought out the colors of my corals, and for the price of under 15.00 it really can't be beat in my opinion.

    Feeding -

    I switch hard foods every other time and feed every other day, so for instance Mon I will feed pellets and then wed I will feed frozen Mysis.

    Frozen food is thawed 1st and that water is thown away.

    All hard foods are soaked in Zoe, Selcon and Garlic (which I get at our sponser Vallejo Aquairum) before being given to the tank.

    I also feed purple seaweed (2 little fishes brand) everyday, I feed 1 quater of a sheet

    Algae control -


    I use the WC as a time to suck any nusenace algae off the rocks, I also run a TLF phosban reactor (running GFO from our Sponser Neptunes)to keep any real algae break outs at bay.

    The 3 Tangs in the tank all do a great job of cleaning the rocks, and the emerald crabs have done agood job with controling bubble algae which I used to have a great deal of.

    Lighting -


    I have 2 fixtures over my tank, 1 is a 5 bulb Aquatinics TX5 and the other is a chinese knock off of a nova extreme which is 4 bulbs. All bulbs are 54 watt HO T5's

    I run the following bulbs, in the following order, for the following time peroids


    Front~ aquatinics fixture
    Blue plus (12PM - 6PM)
    Blue Plus (11AM - 7PM)
    Fiji Pink (12PM - 6PM)
    Blue Plus (11AM - 7PM)
    Aquablue Special (12PM -6PM)
    ~Knock off fixture~
    Blue Plus (11AM - 7PM)
    Pure Actinic (11AM - 7PM)
    Aquablue Special (12PM - 6PM)
    Blue Plus (12PM - 6PM)
    BACK




    Fish


    I have the following fish and shrimp

    Yellow tang
    Blue Hippo Tang
    Tennenti Tang (favorite fish)
    Royal Gamma
    Yellow tailed Damsel
    Mating Pair of false Percula clowns
    Starry Blenny
    1 eyed Bi-color Blenny
    2 green Chromis
    Cleaner shrimp
    MONSTER coral banned shrimp (just got a net big enough to get this out)


    OK now for some pics

    Whole tank and aquascaping shots

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Some of the fish

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And some coral shots

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Man I miss when this tank was fully stocked
     
  19. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    What happened to it?
     
  20. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I took it down before I moved, sold off what I didn't give away. I'm about to restart it as a aggressive FOWLR
     

Share This Page