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Age 3 years, 8 months
Started April 1, 2015
Official Volume 440 Liters
Actual Volume 410 Liters
Dimensions 150cm x 55cm x 50cm
Make Red Sea
Model Reefer 450
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Introduction

My first tank was a 650 litre mixed reef that i started just over 3 years ago. I spent 6 weeks learning about it before building my own system. I was pretty successful with it but learned a lot about keeping things as stable as possible. I went 2 years with out doing water changes and the tank was still ok. My current tank is really just a holding tank for all my favorite fish and corals as i had to break my first tank down because of a new house we are building. The fish and corals will be moved into the new 1500 litre tank in the new house. I think it is safe to say that I love reefing and love the discipline that goes with it.

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shardy ‐ If its a new tank just give it time to settle
ectogamut ‐ Any recent updates to your tank man? Love your build!
fordemups ‐ Shardy! Give us some updates. How's the reefer - how's the hous ebuild - when's the monster tank coming?
ytateno ‐ I love the contrast of colors in this photo.

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Background

This aquarium is a red sea reefer 450 and is simply designed to fit as much fish and corals in it as possible until the next build.

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Filtration

Simply Live rock, biopellets, skimmer and socks.

Lighting

moved to t5's from radions to see if the colors on the corals are better. I would have to say that so far they are but that could also be due to ulns i am running

Equipment See more

Lighting
Bubble Trap Sponge
Aquarium
Skimmer
Powerhead
2 Ecotech Quiet Drive
Sump
Alkalinity Bucket
AutoTopOff
Refractometer
Media
reef interests NP reducing bio pellets
Bacteria
JBL Denitrol

Flow

2 mp40's what else?

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Salinity
Temperature
8.0
pH
Magnesium
Nitrate
430
Calcium
8.2
Alkalinity
Phosphate
Ammonia
Nitrite
Silicate
Iodine
0 nitrates 0 phosphates 430 calc 8 dkh temp 78 ph 8.3

Additives

nothing at the moment other than calcium and alkalinity

Feeding See more

1 small pinch formula 1 flake · Ocean Nutrition Formula One Flakes · Reef Pearls · Ocean Nutrition Formula One Pellets · New Era Grazer Rings · Nyos Gold Pods · Ocean Nutrition Mysis
feeding loads of foods

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decided to get more shoal fish to liven the tank up

41 Fish

African Gold tail Angel Pomacanthus chrysurus
5 Bartlett's Anthias Pseudanthias bartlettorum
5 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Cleaner Common Wrasse Labroides dimidiatus
4 Female Anthias Lyretail Anthias
Fireball/ Flameback Angelfish Centropyge aurantonotus
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
Flame Hawkfish Neocirrhitus armatus
Gold flake Angel Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus
Male Anthias Lyretail Anthias
2 Orange Clownfish Amphiprion Percula
3 Pink Anthias Pseudanthias ignitus
Regal / Hippo Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens
5 Yellow back anthias Pseudanthias evansi
blue acro acropora sp
green chromis Chromis viridis

62 Corals

Green Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Spathulata Acropora Spathulata
Acropora bushyensis Acropora bushyensis
Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Acropora sp Acropora sp
Acropora squarrosa Acropora squarrosa
Bali Green Slimer Acropora yongei
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Blue Green Tenuis Acropora Tenuis
Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia Trachyphyllia geoffroyi
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
Branched Montipora Coral Montipora digitata
Bubble Coral Plerogyra sinuosa
Cerealis Acropora Coral Acropora cerealis
Copper Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Duncan Polyp Duncanopsammia axifuga
Granulosa Acropora Acropora granulosa
Green Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Green Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Ice Fire Echinata Acropora echinata
Idaho Grape Montipora Montipora undata
Leaf Coral Pavona frondifera
Lobophyllia corymbosa Lobophyllia corymbosa
2 Orange Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Pin Yellow Scroll Coral Turbinaria Reniformis
Pink Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Pink Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Pink Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Pocillopora verrucosa Pocillopora verrucosa
Purple Leaf Plate Montipora Montipora capricornis
Purple montipora Montipora capricornis
Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
acropora sp acropora sp
lobophyllia sp lobophyllia sp
pearl acropora acropora sp
tricolor acropora
unknown Acropora sp
yellow scroll coral Yellow Turbinaria
yellow staghorn staghorn acropora

13 Invertebrate

Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
Blue Maxima Clam Tridacna maxima
Linckia Sea Star Linckia laevigata
9 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
Rose Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor

Maintenance

cleaning skimmer and changing socks everyday. (i actually enjoy it)

On average you perform a 9.8% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in December.

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Tank is back to 0 nitrates again which is fantastic!

All inhabitants looking damn near perfect!

Snapped my achiles tendon so am cutting down on the cleaning whilst my wife lo
Arrived back from Portugal to find the lights off om the tank. Luckily the power was only knocked out for that day! I tested and found the reef octopus pump tripping the electrics. Replaced for a sicc
BIO PELLET PUMP cleaned itsself!

Tank is doing great!
Well!, ... the first 3 months work has payed off beautifully! All corals are growing well and colored up nicely. Dosing has not been adjusted in 6 weeks and has remained perfectly stable apart from ma
Tank is still in very good shape. I am starting to see a little green algae but the tangs seem to be managing it. I do believe the tank has not fully matured yet and expect to see only coraline after
I didnt have the skimmer running for 4 days this week and have immidiately seen the nitrates rise to 2.5ppm. Skimmer back on and will see results in 4 days.

also CHANGED OUT PHOSPHATE MED

Inspiration & Goals

I would like this current tank to grow out over the next 3 years into some highly impressive sps colonies.

Words of Wisdom

be anal!

Disasters & Regrets

worst disaster was a heat wave that wiped some corals out so GET A CHILLER!

Acknowledgements

thanks to all the youtubers that have taught me everything i needed to know