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Age 1 year, 6 months
Started May 17, 2017
Official Volume 630 Liters
Actual Volume 900 Liters
Dimensions 220cm x 50cm x 60cm
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Introduction

I've been in the fish keeping hobby since 2015. My 630ltr glass aquarium was the first piece of furniture that went into our home. Heck it was installed before the house plumbing was completed. Back then I kept malawi cichlids and early 2017 decided to switch to a reef tank.

Since then it has been a daily challenge and tons of research to get this tank the way I want it. Currently it's still far off my dream reef tank but it will get there given enough time and patience.

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Background

This tank was converted to a reef tank early 2017. The plan was and still is to have this incredible reef tank with many beautiful corals and exotic fish.

As per design there was never a real plan. The goal was and still is to have the least amount of maintenance possible. I have designs and idea for automatic water changes, automated light cycles, automated feeding, leak detection, automatic flow management, etc... Up till the day of writing most of this is still in the planning / prototyping stage but it will get there.

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Lighting

Lighting is one of my major goals for 2017. Currently it just has 6x LED flood lights that you would use in your garden and even though they are able to sustain my leather corals it's nowhere near good enough for the corals I plan to keep.

As soon I have the budget for it, I will go with 6 or 8 T5 bulbs and the goal is to have the reef look as natural as possible. I personally don't like the tank that very blue heavy it feels 'fake' I will go with a lot more whites and a subtle hint of blue just to give it that crisp look.

Apart from the T5 I plan to add 2 small LED lights which will have for moonlighting and sunrise/sunset these will be very small just enough not to shock the corals every morning with a burst of light from the T5s.

As per cycle I plan to have:
T5: 9hrs staggered
Led Sunrise / Sunset: 1hr
Led Moonlight: 12hr

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Lighting
GLO A1557 Electronic Ballast x2
6 LED Flood Light
Niello LED Grow Light
Heater
Titanium Heater
Stand
Steel Stand
Skimmer
Aqua Medic T5000 Baby
Powerhead
Rossmont Mover MX9800
Filter
Sand Filter
Water Softner
Sump
0.9 x 0.5 x 0.4(h)
0.9m x 0.5m x 0.4(h)
Refugium
Caulerpa
Controller
Heater Controller
Refractometer
LemonBest
Probe
Thermal Probe
Media
Crystal Bio
Jbl Filter Floss
Food
AF Phyto Mix
dki marine
Additive
AF Iron
Aquaforest Mg Plus
IODUM
Other

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Temperature
8.0
pH
Salinity
Magnesium
420
Calcium
Phosphate
Nitrate
7.7
Alkalinity
Iron
Iodine
Ammonia

Feeding See more

AF Phyto Mix · dki marine · Shrimp · Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster · masstick · Reef Booster - Easy Reef · Phytoplakton · Red Nori

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15 Fish

2 Blue Sapphire Damselfish Chrysiptera springeri
3 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Clown Tang Acanthurus lineatus
3 Lyretail Anthias Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Naso Tang Naso lituratus
4 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Sleeper Blue Dot Goby Valenciennea sexguttata

7 Corals

Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Leather Coral Lobophyton sp
Mushroom Anemone Discosoma sp
Pagoda Cup Coral Turbinaria peltata
Seriatopora caliendrum Seriatopora caliendrum

8 Invertebrate

4 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
2 Red Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius sp.

1 Plant

Caulerpa Caulerpa sp

Maintenance

Maintenance is key in any system. Think of your car... how long do you think it would last if you didn't change the oil? Probably not more than a year. Same goes for aquariums, as much as I despise water changes I usually do 10-20% weekly and hoping to be able to reduce that quite a bit as soon more filtration equipment is installed.

As per other maintenance it's not that bad, I have to manually top-off water daily, I have to replace filter floss and carbon weekly and then clean the glass & sumps somethings weekly sometimes bi-weekly.

Overall it's not that bad however it will get much better as soon I can get more reactors and automatic top-off installed.

On average you perform a 9.1% water change every 9 days.

0% total water change in December.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Added new mechanical media section in sump
Algea outbreak in sump
RO ph 7.24
Algea outbreak in sump
Algea outbreak in sump
Increasing temp to 26.5c over the next 3 days