01 - Main Reef

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Background

this is my main reef tank. I have been keeping fish for over 20 years, and enjoy the hobby quite a bit. I have always wanted to have a dedicated fish room with a reef tank built in from the ground up, and this is it.
I spent roughly a year planning, designing it, and collecting materials for this one. Almost all aspects of this build are DIY, as I feel I have a better understanding and pride in the equipment if I build it myself. this allows me to wrap most of my diverse hobbies and interests into one large project.
Unfortunately i really enjoy the fish and corals, so i tend to get distracted from other aspects of the project. I will get around to finishing the rest one day...

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Filtration

1)filter sponge on main intake for large particulate material (also suppresses sound), rinsed every other day.
2)protein skimmer. cup cleaned every other day, or as needed. removes fine sludge and some dissolved solids.
3) Cheato in refugium. i cull the dirty or pale growth every week, keeping the cheto to about 1/4 the volume of the refugium (about 1.5 gallon volume)
4) phosorb or phosphate sponge is added on occasion to sump when there is issue. carbon has been run on occasion in the same manner, but is not needed most of the time.

this seems to be doing the trick, perhaps a bit too well, as nitrates have been undetectable for months.

Lighting

running full LED. light at the top is not much more than further down according to par meeter (about 20% less at substrate).
i am regretting the inclusion of the red and UV LED's as they seem to only increase the amount of brown, vs just blue and white LED's.
The penetrating power of the LED's is impressive, but it is a bit problematic as i do not have enough lower light zones in the tank to support the corals i have. I expect this to be less of a problem as the top corals grow out and provide more shade.
photo-period is currently 12hrs blue, 8 hrs white (simultaneous with blue).
light controller is under construction, so i will have more dimming and variability at a later date. current situation is 100% on or off, using basic timers - this is not ideal.

Measurements

Magnesium
400
Calcium
Phosphate
7.5
Nitrate
8.0
Alkalinity
8.1
pH
Salinity
Temperature
428
Potassium
Iodine
Iron

Inhabitants

8 Fish

Blackcheek Tonguefish Symphurus plagiusa
Blue Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Fiji Blue Devil Damselfish Chrysiptera taupou
Lemon Chromis Pomacentrus moluccensis
2 Maroon Clownfish Premnas biaculeatus
Ternate damsel Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis
Two Stripe Damselfish Dascyllus reticulatus

53 Corals

Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
3 Assorted Colored Mushroom Actinodiscus sp
Bali Green Slimer Acropora yongei
Bicolor War Coral Favites pentagona
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Branching Blastomussa Coral Blastomussa merleti
Bubblegum Digitata Montipora digitata var
5 Cabbage Leather Coral Sinularia brassica
2 Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Clove Polyp Clavularia sp
Duncan Polyp Duncanopsammia axifuga
Flower Pot Coral Goniopora sp
Frogspawn Euphyllia paradivisa
Frogspawn Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Implosion paly Palythoa sp
Green plate Montipora Montipora undata
Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Hammer Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Holy Grail indo Hammer Euphyllia ancora
JF Grinch Montipora Montipora sp var
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Cyphastrea sp var
Montipora spongodes Montipora spongodes
ORA panope birdsnest Seriatopora hystrix var
Pagoda Cup Coral Turbinaria peltata
Pavona Lettuce Coral Pavona decussata
Pocillopora - bright green Pocillopora damicornis
Red PE Zoanthid Zoanthus sp
Staghorn Acropora Acropora austera
Starburst Montipora Montipora capricornis
TNT Anacropora Anacropora sp
Watermelon Zoas Zoanthus sp var
green Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
yellowGreen Star Polyp Clavularia viridis

580 Invertebrate

16 Black Ribbed Limpet Lottia leucopleura
8 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
17 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp
2 Cross-barred venus clam Chione cancellata
60 Dwarf Cerith Snail Cerithium sp var
2 Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
32 Green hermit crab Coenobita compressus
100 Gulf Cerith Snail Cerithium sp
12 Gulf Dwarf Hermit Crab Clibanarius sp var
30 Gulf Marsh grass shrimp Palaemonetes vulgaris
3 Gulf grassflat crab Dyspanopeus texanus
46 Nerite Snail Nerita sp
8 Pink Shrimp Farfantepenaeus duorarum
Rock Flower Anemone Epicystis crucifer
Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa
100 Virgin Nerite Neritina virginea
40 Zig Zag Periwinkles Littoraria sp.
smooth Turbo Snail Lunella cinerea

12 Plants

4 Black Mangrove Avicennia germinans
Caulerpa Caulerpa sp
Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.
2 Gulf Red macroalgae
2 Gulf orange thick tube macroalgae
red frond macroalgae
red tube turf algae

Equipment

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Prodibio Bio Clean · microbacter 7 · phytoplankton

Feeding See more

all corals custom blend and brine shrimp · tank live daphnia · tank microworms · tank frozen mysis · frozen brine shrimp · live daphnia · live BBS · corals frozen brine shrimp · greenwater/phyto · all corals custom blend · nori on a clip · bloodworms and krill · microworms · baby brine shrimp · krill · cyclops · phyto plancton · frozen cyclops · live baby brine shrimp · gonifood · live rotopher\plankton · frozen mysis · shaved krill and mysis · frozen krill · white worms · nori · shaved mysis · large daphnia · custom blend to corals (spot fed) · whiteworms · frozen brinshrimp · flightless fruit flys · cherry shrimp · frozen bloodworms · phytoplancton · custom blend to corals

Maintenance

ideal maintenance includes:
ro water top off 2x day (until ATO is added).
Kalkwasser solution 2x a day, about 2 TBS a week.
clean skimmer cup and filter sponge every other day.
15g water change each week.
test parameters and dose as needed.

On average you perform a 6.8% water change every 5 days.

24.8% total water change in May.

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