The Don Mk2

Basingstoke
Volume 190 Liters
Make Jewul
Model Trigon 190
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Introduction

This is always an interesting bit ... introduction.

This is my second tank and my first with a sump, I've gone for a tank with over double the capacity of my previous and I love the fact that I can hide all of the workings in the sump.

Background

So when we decided to upgrade the tank there was only one real place we wanted to put it. Due to the location both myself and my wife decided that we wanted a corner tank as it would fit exactly where and how we wanted it. The only problem with this is that we couldn't find an off the shelf Marine specific corner tank.

Due to our budget we turned to good old ebay and after a bit of hunting found this beauty, already converted from fresh water and with a custom sump. I managed to get it really, REALLY cheap but had to drive a fair way to collect it.

Photos

Filtration

This tank is my first to use a sump, quite excited about that little fact!

The sump has 3 chambers, so not the biggest, but it is custom to fit in my tank and space is the main issue. I have some basic filter media in the first section to collect any of the bigger particles from the drop pipe. next section is the biggest and has live rock, skimmer and a Rowaphos reactor in. I'm considering moving some of the smaller pieces of live rock into the first section ... so watch this space.

Third section just has the return pump in it at the moment.

Lighting

This tank has the TMC V2 iLuminaire 600. It has some great colours to it and I'm currently really happy with it. This unit was on my old tank and came straight across, I was a little worried that going from a straight top to a curved tank it would have issues fitting and I might have to hang it. Not the case, it fits like a dream. In fact it's almost like it was specifically made for the tank.

My only issue is the the display, as it's always on it seems to have burned out some of the sections and as such it's now really hard to read.

I would love a Radion in the future, but not sure I can persuade the powers that be that it's a good use of money.

Measurements

Salinity
Temperature
Ammonia
Phosphate
400
Calcium
7.7
pH
Nitrite
90
GH
3
Nitrate

Inhabitants

9 Fish

Blue Star Leopard Wrasse Macropharyngodon bipartitus
4 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Coral Beauty Angelfish Centropyge bispinosa
Kaudern's Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
Maroon Clownfish Premnas biaculeatus
Sailfin Tang Zebrasoma veliferum

7 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Blastomussa Coral Blastomussa merleti
Green (Zoanthid) Zoanthus sp.
Leaf Plate Montipora (Red) Montipora capricornis
Yellow Parazoanthus Parazoanthus gracilis

10 Invertebrate

Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
2 Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor
4 Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crab Clibanarius sp.
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
Sand Sifting Sea Star Astropecten polycanthus

Equipment

Additives

At the moment I only does NoPox, but I'm considering looking into somthing like the Reef Roids as an additional supplement. Not really sure at the moment, so if anyone want's to chip in, feel free.

Feeding See more

Flake Mix · Mixed Frozen Shrimp

On average you perform a 10% water change every 13 days.

0% total water change in July.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Some additional live rock went in over the Christmas period for both the display tank and the sump. It's been a long time coming as the tank is over double the size of my old one and I've not had a ch
Well, I've finally sorted out the skimmer, raising it up worked a treat and it's now removing all the usual sludge like a hoover.

Woo hoo.
I've decided to try and raise the skimmer in the sump a little bit to see if that helps with the over production of foam. Let's see what happens.
Hmm, bit of a spike in Nitrate with the most recent tests. Skimmer has only just started to bed in, so I'm hoping that will have a positive effect on that.

Just also purchased my first b
It's been nearly a week and nothing is dead yet! Only 1 of my corals is sulking, the Zoe frag, so I see that as a win as well!

New skimmer is being a hit of a pain to break in, but should
Well, it's been two days since the tank transfer and everything is alive at the moment. The only member of the tank I've not seen since the move is the Emerald Crab, I'm sure he will pop up again soon

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Inspiration & Goals

Seeing as this is my second tank, and we have a small house I'm not sure my wife would let me upgrade again for quite a long time! With that in mind I really want to make this tank as stunning as possible.

Coral wise, I'm really loving my Florida Recordia at the moment, so I'm hoping to try and create a small garden of them in the tank. I'm also hoping that this tank is going to be the one that lets me successfully grow some SPS corals.

Fish wise, I'm really not sure, I'd love a powder blue tang, but I'm still worried the tank may be a little too small still. We will see.