Pesbra's 60 gal Reef

Mexico City
Volume 60 Gallons
Dimensions 24'' x 24'' x 24''
Make DeepBlue
Model 60
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Introduction

So I started with reef tanks a year ago. I took things slow and experimented a bit to get the hang of things while buying the equipment for my dream tank. I used to keep discus in a freshwater setup several years ago. After a long leave of absence I started thinking about aquariums again in mid 2012 after a chat with a friend and after a while I stumbled withe Meetrocat's and MedRed's tanks. They just blew me away.

I always wanted a saltwater tank and studied Martin Moe's and Albert Thiel's books many years ago when I was keeping freshwater aquariums around 20 years ago, but just couldn't afford a proper saltwater setup.

So now, determined to do my dream tank, even after all those years I felt I had a good grasp on the basic theory, did more research for 4 months bought every book, read every forum, went to every shop and asked questions to the point of utter annoyance of anybody that would lend an ear.

I wasn't terribly successful last year I must say, and it is very clear to me how much I yet need to learn through practical experience. No amount of reading and research will ever be enough.

At the beginning of december of last year I tore down my tank as I moved to Mexico City and now I have put my tank back into service. It's been almost a month with the tank cycling and so yesterday I introduced my first two inhabitants an Lyretail Anthias (I think) and a Canary Blenny I'm yet debating what corals I want to aim for (LPS, SPS, mixed) but I certainly have MedRed's tank in mind though I'm light years behind him in skills.

I hope you guys will appreciate my tank and please comment on any mistakes you think I am making. Your help will be invaluable to have a successful tank I'm sure.

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Filtration

Other than liverock, filtration system is composed of two reactors: bio pellets and activated carbon/GFO and a Vertex Omega 150 Skimmer. The first couple of months I was just running the activated carbon and bio pellets but my phosphates were high and had an algae outbreak. I then added GFO and phosphates as well as nitrates remain at 0.00 measured with Hanna checker and Red Sea Nitrate Pro. I'll be changing the Reef Interest All-In-One Biopellets to see if I can do without GFO.

Measurements

1
Ammonia
Phosphate
412
Calcium
Magnesium
Nitrate
116
Alkalinity
34
Salinity
pH
300
Potassium
Iodine
Iron

Inhabitants

7 Fish

Carberryi Anthias Nemanthias carberryi
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
Orange Clownfish Amphiprion Percula
Purple Firefish Nemateleotris decora
Red Mandarin Pterosynchiropus splendidus var.
2 Royal Gramma Basslet Gramma loreto

16 Corals

Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Rosaria Acropora Rosaria
Acropora Tenuis Acropora Tenuis
Acropora Tenuis Acropora Tenuis
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
Cauliflower Coral, Pocillopora Pocillopora damicornis
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Montipora Setosa Montipora setosa
Montipora confusa Montipora confusa

8 Invertebrate

Indian Sea Star Fromia indica
3 Strombus Snail Strombus (lentigo) lentiginosus
4 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

1 Plant

Amphiroa fragilissima Amphiroa fragilissima

Equipment

Filter
acorral Algae Turf Scrubber
Reactor
Octopus KS100 Kalk Stirrer
AutoTopOff
Media
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Bituminous Carbon
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk GFO
Reef Interest All-in-One Biopellets
Food
Cobalt Aquatics Color Flake Premium Fish Food
Cobalt Aquatics Spirulina Pellets
New Era Marine Grazer Mini
Salt
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Other
Crystal Clear Aquatics Reef Dart Target Feeder - Mysis XL
Crystal Clear Aquatics Reef Dart Target Feeder - Phyto Mini
Ogles Mesoscope

Feeding See more

Korallen Zucht Amino Acid LPS · Korallen Zucht Aminoacid LPS · Koralen Zucht ZEOstart3 · Coral Vitalizer · Polyp Labs Reef-Roids · Two Little Fishies AcroPower · Reef Interests Reef Pearls 5-200 micron

On average you perform a 9% water change every 8 days.

0% total water change in June.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Couple of weeks ago I had a rock slide that resulted in my beutiful yellow montipora digitata breaking in three. Iglued the fragments to frag plugs and two of them seem to be doing fine. The largest o
Coraline algae is starting to appear on the rockwork. Things are maturing
Montipora Confusa and Montipora capricornis continue to deteriorate. I decided to frag both in hopes that the frags will survive. Hope it works.

I added a new Montipora Capricornis and a
Dipped Montipora Confusa and Montipora Capricornis on Two Little Fishies Coral Revive for 10 Minutes. Necrosis has progressed, especially in Montipora Confusa at the base. I'm not sure the Montipora
My Montipora capricornis and Montipora Confusa are not happy. I stopped dosing amino acids and other Koralen Zucht products because of that and my nitrates and phosphates have staid at 0. I stopped do

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Inspiration & Goals

I was especially inspired by MedRed's tank (www.nano-reef.com/featured/_/2012/medred-r62). I hope to achieve a quarter of what he has done.