M's ZeoReef

Melbourne, Australia
Volume 727 Liters
Dimensions 160cm x 80cm x 60cm
Make ELOS
Model 160XL
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Filtration

Zeovit method ....
I will be utilising the full Zeo method. In the early stages, from set up, will be the basic 4 which are,
Zeolites, ZeoBak, Sponge Power and ZeoStart3.
The Zeolites are in a Vertex Zeolite reactor, on continuos flow, with the Zeolites tumbled at least twice a day. Smaller stones are kept in 2 mesh bags to prevent clogging of the base plate.
Coral Snow and Zeozym will be used for problem algae.
Additives for coloration will be a later project.

Lighting

Radions G3 Pro ....

Measurements

9.0
Alkalinity
35
Salinity
Phosphate
10
Nitrate
430
Potassium
Magnesium
440
Calcium
7.7
pH
10
Phosphorus
Ammonia
Nitrite
Temperature

Inhabitants

Show off the corals ....
My aim is to have a tank where the corals are on show. It will be an SPS dominant reef tank.

I do like my Anthias and Bellus Angels, however, I won't be planning on adding any fishes until at least 6 months of maturity. This is a concept I picked up from a Taiwan reefer and it is sound. It is to allow stability of the tank and also a change for the slow growing coral to establish.

28 Fish

Bartlett's Anthias Pseudanthias bartlettorum
Blotched Anthias Odontanthias borbonius
Convict Tang Acanthurus triostegus
10 Dispar Anthias Pseudanthias dispar
Flame Hawkfish Neocirrhitus armatus
2 Kaudern's Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
Kole Yellow Eye Tang Ctenochaetus strigosus
Labout's Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus laboutei
Lawnmower Blenny Salarias fasciatus
Leopard Wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris
Lineatus Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus lineatus
Mandarin Goby Synchiropus splendidus
Pacific Redstripe Hogfish Bodianus sepiacaudus
Randall's Anthias Pseudanthias randalli
Roseafascia Wrasse Cirrhilabrus roseafascia
Two Barred Rabbitfish Siganus virgatus
Vanderbuilt Chromis Chromis vanderbuilti
Yellowstripped Cardinalfish Ostorhinchus cyanosom

23 Corals

Acropora Aspera Acropora Aspera
Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Acropora nasuta Acropora nasuta
Acropora robusta Acropora robusta
Acropora sarmentosa Acropora sarmentosa
Branching Acropora Acropora nobilis
3 Staghorn Acropora Acropora austera
Staghorn Acropora Coral Fiji Acropora abrotanoides
Strawberry Shortcake Acropora microclados
Tenuis Acropora Coral Acropora tenuis
2 Valida Acropora Coral Acropora valida
9 Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

10 Invertebrate

4 Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
Maxima Clam Tridacna maxima
Squamosa Clam Tridacna squamosa

Equipment

Filter
Santa Monica DROP 1.4x UAS
Santa Monica HOG3x
Medication
AquaIlluminationptasia-X
Blue Life Cyano Rx
Blue Planet Praziquantel
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
Substrate
Coral Sand 2mm
Coral Sand 3mm

Additives

Automate, Automate, Automate ....
I have set up the following solutions:

Zeostart3 (1:9)
Hence, 0.1 ml = 1 ml for dosing.
Add 100 ml of ZeoStart to 900 ml of BOILED and cooled RO water. Have to keep water clean so as not to contaminate solution.

Sponge Power (5:95)
Hence, 1 drop = 1 ml
Measure volume of 1 drop = 0.05 ml.
Add 50 ml Sponge Power to 950 ml RO water.

K Balance (dose neat)

Feeding See more

Polyp Lab Reef-Roids - 1/2 tsp · Reef Roids 1/2 tsp · Lobster eggs 1/2 block · Fed Mysis 1 block to Blasto, Lobo and Scoly · Reef Roids/Lobster eggs to Acans, Favites, Lobo and Scoly · Cylcops/Lobster eggs to Acans, Favites, Lobo and Scoly · FM Ultra LPS pellets to Scoly, Acans, Blasto and Lobo · Lobster eggs/Cylcops to Scoly, Blasto, Acans and Lobo · Lobster eggs/Cylcops/FM Ultra LPS to Scoly, Acans, Blasto and Lobo · Lobster eggs/Cylcops to Scoly, Acans and Lobo · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets to Scolly, Lobo and Acans · Cyclops to Blasto merletti, wellsi and Scolly · Lobster eggs/Mysis to Scolly, Lobo, Balsto and Acans · Lobster eggs, Baby brine shrimp and Cyclops to Scolly, Lobo, Blasto and Acans · Baby brine shrimp to Fish · Cyclops/Mysis mixed with Garlic Elixir to fish · Cyclops with Garlic Elixir to Fish · Baby Brine shrimp with Garlic Elixir to Fish · Cyclops to Fish · Mysis to Fish · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets to Scolly and Lobo · Hikari Mysis Shrimp to Fish · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets to Scoly, Lobo and Acans · Ocean Nutrition Instant Baby Brine Shrimp · Lobster eggs/Cylcops to Scolly, Lobo and Acans · New Life Spectrum Marine Fish Formula · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets to Scolly, Lobo & Acans · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets · Hikari Mysis Shrimp · Fauna Marin Ultra LPS Pellets to Lobo, Scolly and Acans · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Fauna Marin LPS pellets · Polyp Labs Reef Roids · BRS Reef Chili · Ocean Nutrition Lobster Eggs · Ocean Nutrition Cyclops · New Life Spectrum Thera A Formula · Hikari Seaweed Extreme · Hikari Spirulina Brine Shrimp · BRS · BRS Reef Chilli/Reef Roids · Julian Sprung Sea Veggies · Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flake · Ocean Nutrition Red Plankton · Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus Flake · Hikari Mega-Marine Algae

Maintenance

Minimise fuss ....
I aim to derive pleasure from maintaining my tank and livestock rather than to treat it like a chore. To achieve this, I have made the following:
1. Water changes are simply a turn of a valve and a switch for the pumps.
2. Automate skim-mate removal by a timed dosing pump and use the Vertex skimmer neck cleaner.
3. My water change and make up station is located in the garage one floor below. I make RO water on site and use the effluent to water my small garden.
4. Stirring of the sand bed regularly with dosing of Coral Snow after to help export detritus. Its a shallow sand bed 1-2 cm.
5. Clean the aquarium glass every 2-3 days.

On average you perform a 22.2% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in August.

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Tank Tear Down ....

After all these weeks of piecemeal minor jobs, the final step has arrived.

I have future plans to resurrect my reef tank .... stay tuned.

Tank ....

Sad day today. Tank breakdown begins.

Fragged the arco colonies that are still alive. Removed most of my rock and dead acros. Only one bommie is left, which I will
Corals ....

Just back from holidays and the news is sad.

The corals are looking very sad. About 70% of coral have completely TN dead and the remainder have TN from tip down
Corals ....

Received a text from tank minder that Alk has climbed (9 dKH) and corals are looking worse, with more tip TN and recession.

Also, the water is getting cloudy and
Apex Fusion ....

Probes (Temp, Cond, Pump pH) with weird readings for 2 days. Problem identified and corrected.

Recovery of probe function.

N.B. Cond probe needs
Troubles ....

Still on holidays. Tank sitter remarked that water level was low and sent this pic.

This explains the funny Apex Fusion probe readings.

Looks li

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