370g Reef Tank

Waubauashene Ontario Canada
Volume 370 Gallons
Dimensions 96'' x 32'' x 28''
Make Glass with top and bottom Euro-bracing
Model Custom made by Primo Reef Acrylics
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Introduction

Vic Brincat aka cadmanof50s
email vicbrincat@outlook.com

Keswick, Ontario.

Have been keeping Marine Tanks since the the 1970s. Not all have been successful..;-)

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Filtration

36" rear glass, dual chamber overflow with separate, adjustable Weir Gates.
3 x 1.5" Overflow set at low, medium and high levels.
Gate Valve on overflow
Gate Valve on both left and right return lines

Dual 7" filter socks in 120g 6-stage Sump

Vertex 2.5L Carbon reactor.
Custom designed, in-sump Algae Scrubber

Discontinued use of all Bio-Pellet reactors.
Occasional use of GFO reactor.

Lighting

On my 370g SPS display tank I have 11 x Hydra52 units.
On my 75 LPS display tank I have 2 x Hydra26

On my 75g, I tried using T5 light system but was not happy with the color of light or the lack of control (specifically dimming). Will try again in the future.

Flow

2 x 2600 gph Reef Octopus main return pumps.
2 x MP60 (Left and right)
2 x MP40 (Rear Glass)

Measurements

Temperature
8.0
pH
Salinity
8.3
Alkalinity
24
Nitrate
Magnesium
480
Calcium
Phosphate
19
Phosphorus

Inhabitants

65 Fish

10 Azure Damselfish Chrysiptera hemicyanea
Blue Girdled Angelfish Pomacanthus navarchus
Blue Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
Blueface Angelfish Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Christmas Wrasse Halichoeres claudia
Convict Tang Acanthurus triostegus
Emperor Angelfish Pomacanthus imperator
Flame Angelfish Centropyge loriculus
French Angelfish Pomacanthus paru
20 Green Chromide Etroplus Suratensis
Leopard Wrasse Macropharyngodon meleagris
Niger Triggerfish Odonus niger
One Spot Foxface Siganus unimaculatus
2 Powder Blue Tang Acanthurus leucosternon
Red Coris Wrasse Coris gaimard
Red Diana Hogfish Bodianus diana
Scopas Tang Zebrasoma scopas
4 Sergeant Major Damselfish Abudefduf saxatilis
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus
8 Talbot's Damselfish Chrysiptera talboti
2 Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens
Yellow Wrasse Halichoeres chrysus

37 Corals

7 Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Cornbread God of War
Cotton CVandy
Cup Coral, Pagoda Turbinaria peltata
EZ Paly
Green Goblin
Green Magician
Hawaii Dingdang Zoanthus sp.
Jason Fox Zoanthus sp.
5 Lobophyillia
Lunar Eclipse
Orange Oxide Zoanthus sp.
Pectina
People Eater
Sunny D.
4 Tyree Armagedon Zoanthus sp.

1 Invertebrate

Sebae Anemone Heteractis crispa

Equipment

Additives

Dosing: Calcium, Magnesium, Alkalinity, Vinegar.

ATOs: Fresh Water, Salt Water, Kalkwasser

Supplemental Additives:
Potassium, Strontium, Iodine, Bromine

On average you perform a 9% water change every 13 days.

0% total water change in March.

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After several water changes and using NoPOX for 5 days - Nitrates are down to 48 ppm.
Started Using NoPOX to reduce excessively high Nitrates.
48 to 50 ml for 400 gallons daily.

Seeing major polyp extension (especially) on blue tip stag-horn coral. Never seen as many polyps as before. Most corals are showing unusal polyp extension.

Water parameters:
Sat: 35
Went back to dual Hydra 26 on the 75 gallon.
Just did not like the color and lack of control.

Will try again once I get the super Actinic tubes.
Using pH2 (PH2) for primary control of pH parameters.
Removed 2 x 10,000K T5s and replaced them with 1 x 420/460 + 1 x Purple T5 lights.
Single 10,000K T5 is still too bright.
2 x Super Actinic on order from Big Al's
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Disasters & Regrets

Huge infestation of Xenia and GSP - treated tank with fenbendasole in Nov. 15, 2015. Treatment worked - all Xenia and GSP gone. Lost 2 big birdnest coral heads: green and green/purple. Only a few frags survived from each. No other corals impacted.


New Year's day, 2015 - Woke up to a cycled tank. Lost 70% of all the corals and fish over the next two weeks. Happy New Year.