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Age 2 years, 5 months
Started July 2, 2016
Official Volume 265 Gallons
Actual Volume 335 Gallons
Dimensions 84'' x 24'' x 30''
Make Marineland
Model 97015
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Introduction

I started in the hobby back in 1991 with a 30 gallon reef tank and had that until around 2001. Back then, things were simple! :) I took a break and got back into the hobby in 2013 and wow have things changed! we started out with a 40 gal, then a 75 lead to a 90 which lead us to our current tank of 265 gallons. Being handy, I built the sump myself which is located in our basement with the display on the main floor. One of the most important things I focused on was, ease of maintenance with lots of filtration and the system had to be dead silent! There's nothing worse than listening to the gurgling of a drain. Therefore , our system uses the popular Bean Animal system on the overflows.

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Filtration

DIY sump measuring 96" long x 24" wide and 24" tall.
Approx: 220 gal capacity with an operating volume of 175 gallons.
1st chamber = 2 x 7" filter socks on inlet.
2nd chamber = 80gals containing skimmer.
3rd chamber = cheato rolling chamber.
4th chamber = Deep Sand Bed.
5th chamber = return pump and heaters, approx 35gals.

Plumbing from tank to sump is 1.5" PVC.
Running an over sized skimmer that is rated for a 500 - 850 gal system.

Equipment See more

Lighting
ATI T5 HO Ballast
Skimmer
Sump
DIY Sump
Media
Aquaforest Power Food
TestKit
Aquaforest Alkalinity (KH) Test Kit
Aquaforest Magnesium Test Kit
Additive
Aquaforest Component A
Aquaforest Build
Aquaforest Energy

Measurements View all Measurements

15
Phosphorus
Magnesium
430
Calcium
6.3
Alkalinity
Phosphate
5
Nitrate
Salinity
Temperature
TDS
8
Strontium
405
Potassium
192
Silicate

Dosing See more

Vibrant

Auto Dosing

140 ml
Aquaforest Component #2
5.8 ml every 1 hour
140 ml
Aquaforest Component #3
5.8 ml every 1 hour
3 drops
Aquaforest Iodum
3 drops every 24 hours
33 ml
Aquaforest NP Pro
1.4 ml every 1 hour
15 drops
Aquaforest Pro Bio S
15 drops every 24 hours

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17 Fish

2 Acropora Tenuis sp sp
3 Blue/Green Chromis Chromis viridis
Cleaner Wrasse Labroides dimidiatus
Copper Band Butterfly Chelmon rostratus
Diamond Goby Valenciennea puellaris
Hippo Tang Paracanthurus hepatus
One Spot Foxface Siganus unimaculatus
Percula Clown Amphiprion percula
Purple Tang Zebrasoma xanthurum
2 Royal Gramma Gramma loreto
3 Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

10 Corals

Aussie Strawberry Shortcake Acroporidae sp
Dragon Soul Favia Favia Sp
2 Elegance Coral Catalaphyllia jardinei
3 Green/Purple Torch Corals Euphyllia glabrescens
Purple Acropora Acroporidae sp
Purple Whip Gorgonian Pseudopterogorgia sp

26 Invertebrate

3 Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
3 Conch Snail Strombus sp
Coral Banded Shrimp Stenopus hispidus
3 Mexican Turbo Snails Turbo fluctuosa
16 Trochus Snail Trochus sp

On average you perform a 10.4% water change every 11 days.

19.8% total water change in December.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Added float switch to skimmer
Stopped dosing Kalk as Alk has been slowly climbing.
Paused Dosing 2 part until Alk comes back down to around 7.4, then I will resume. Think I will stick with the 2 part and try just Kalkwasser