evan127's Reef

Volume 48 Gallons
Dimensions 36'' x 18'' x 18''
Make Mr. Aqua
Model 48 gallon rimless
Timeline

Background

This aquarium has come to fruition from continuous learning and growing.

Like reefers, we tend to upgrade to a larger or different system very quickly. I have kept many different systems over the years ranging from 90 gallons to 8 gallons. This system will by my last significant upgrade until home ownership. This system will teach me patience and allow me to appreciate growth even more.

Some of the specimens in this aquarium were from previous systems dating all the way back to my second system about 8 years ago.

Welcome!

Photos

Filtration

To me, filtration is one of the most important aspects in this hobby. I have a refugium with macro algae and a large population of microfauna. I do not currently use any reactors, just a simple bag with GAC and a tiny amount of GFO.

A protein skimmer is the one piece of equipment I could not live without and is one of the most important pieces of equipment on my reef.

The second chamber is where I run a red LED bulb for 14 hours opposite of the display.

The third chamber is where I have my ATO, heaters and return pump.

I feel I have found the right balance of a scheduled feeding regiment in conjunction with my refugium and maintenance to effectively balance nutrients in my system.

Lighting

I ultimately chose the EcoTech Radion for 2 reasons.

1. The LEDs give me energy efficiency and long term reliability without wasteful bulbs. The lifespan of the fixture can not be beaten.

2. Light spectrum and intensity control.

Flow

I am currently using two EcoTech Vortech MP10s to provide my flow in my display. Since mid 2014 I have been using a combination of Reef Crest and Lagoon mode. I alternate modes a few times a week to change the current. I feel that this simulates a natural environment with the current changing direction.

For my return line I chose a 700gph return. This rate is ideal for my needs. My total water volume is close to 65 gallons, and with head pressure of the return pump the system is turned over about 10.7 times per hour.

Measurements

Phosphate
9.1
Alkalinity
10
Nitrate
Salinity
420
Calcium
Temperature
Magnesium
368
Potassium
Iron
Nitrite
Iodine

Inhabitants

Corals:
I believe in collecting only from mariculture and aquaculture sources.

Fish:
Sustainability, sustainability, sustainability!

Also, do your own extensive research on animals before even considering bringing them home.

7 Fish

5 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Falco Hawkfish Cirrhitichthys falco
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby Cryptocentrus leptocephalus

20 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Bali Green Slimer Acropora yongei
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Pulsating Xenia Xenia elongata
Seriatopora sp. Seriatopora sp
Yellow Sponge Halichondria sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

1 Invertebrate

Tiger Pistol Shrimp Alpheus bellulus

Equipment

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Additive
Bulk Reef Supply 2 Part Calcium & Alkalinity Total Package
Salt
HWMarine Salt
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt

Additives

I believe in simplicity and dosing only what is needed for a stable environment. I do not believe in tossing tons of chemicals and unnecessary additives into the system. If you can't explain what affect it will have on the entirety of the system then I don't think you should put it in the reef.

I dose alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, trace elements, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and other various small foods. That's it.

Feeding See more

Reef Chili · Mysis · Garlic soaked mysis · Fed Reef Chili · Fed Reef Chili 3 caps · Pellets · Chili · Frozen Mix · AM Feeding · PM Feeding · AM Pellets · PM Mysis / Plankton · Reef Frenzy · Seaweed · Two Little Fishies Marine Snow

Maintenance

Daily
Clean glass
Dose alkalinity and calcium
Dose additives

Weekly
Clean skimmer
Rotate chaetomorpha
5 gallon water change using HWMarine salt
Siphon out 1st chamber of sump during water change

Monthly
Clean return pump
Clean MP10s
Recalibrate Radion

On average you perform a 10.3% water change every 14 days.

0% total water change in June.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Added 45ml of alkalinity 7 to 8

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Inspiration & Goals

When designing this aquarium, I wanted it to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. I didn't want to have anything in my system that was taken from a natural reef, unless sustainably caught.

I wanted the aquarium to be minimalistic and easy to operate and maintain. My goal was to have this system run as efficiently as possible so I can spend less time working on it and more time enjoying it. It also makes it much easier for tank babysitters.

Most of my equipment is low wattage and was chosen very carefully for efficiency and long term reliability.