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Auckland, New Zealand
Volume 500 Liters
Dimensions 180cm x 60cm x 50cm
Make Aqua One Reef
Model 500
Timeline

Introduction

Just a 3 year newbie

Background

Installed new White Aqua One 500 Reef Marine Tank in my office. Planning to move livestock from a 3 year old 900litre reef system in due course.
Did a live substrate live rock transfer with NSW then conditioned with Seachem Stabiliser for 7 days, left alone for 4 weeks then did water change and added some softies & clowns.

Photos

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Filtration

Running a customised 3 x tank sump system which adds 200litre to the 500 litre in the DT
Live rock, coral rubble, Rowaphos reactor, filter bags and floss with protein skimmer.

Lighting

Running Vertex 1200mm long LED Systems, well suited to a 1700mm long tank.
Will try to upload a screen shot of the lighting schedule

Flow

Needed to modify the standard Aqua One 500 Reef tank to improve overflow. (nice and quiet) Added a full siphon and coast to coast overflow weir. This is working great for surface skim and achieving 3000litres per hour through the overflow added Vortech MP40 and MP60 to increase flow and water movement in DT.

Measurements

3
Strontium
Magnesium
640
Calcium
Ammonia
Nitrite
Nitrate
Phosphate
26
Temperature
Salinity
7.0
Alkalinity
7.8
pH

Inhabitants

17 Fish

Bicolor Angelfish Centropyge bicolor
Brittle Sea Star, Banded Ophiocoma scolopendrina
Clown Tang Acanthurus lineatus
Darwin Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Emperor Angelfish Pomacanthus imperator
2 Kaudern's Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
Koran Angelfish Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Latticed Butterflyfish Chaetodon rafflesi
Longnose Atlantic Butterflyfish Prognathodes aculeatus
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
2 Spotted Cardinalfish Sphaeramia nematoptera
Yellow Damselfish Amblyglyphidodon aureus
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

13 Corals

Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
2 Elephant Ear Mushroom Rhodactis mussoides
Elephant Ear Mushroom Rhodactis mussoides
Hammer / Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Montipora sp Montipora sp.
Toadstool Leather Sarcophyton sp
Ultra Green Rhodie Mushroom
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

4 Invertebrate

Bristle Worm Polychaete sp
2 Ritteri Anemone Heteractis magnifica
Ritteri Anemone Heteractis magnifica

Equipment

Lighting
Skimmer
Custom Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer 600litre Air / Hr
Sump
Custom 60 Litre Sump#2
Custom 60Litre Sump#1
AutoTopOff
RODI
Pentair Water RO System
RODI Saltwater Makeup Station
Media
Additive
Aquaworld Alkalinity Concentrate
Aquaworld Calcium Concentrate
Aquaworld Magnesium Concentrate
Salt
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Substrate
Aragonite Sand
Other

Feeding See more

Nutri Fin Max Spirulina Flakes · Omega One Marine Pellets · Omega One Veggie Pellets · Brine Shrimp

On average you perform a 25.2% water change every 17 days.

0% total water change in June.

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Magnesium is too high - so need to reduce dose rate by 30%
Alkalinity is spot on- no need to adjust dose rate
Calcium is too high - so need to reduce dose rate by 30%
Tuned Protein Skimmer - set lower in sump, significantly increased skimmate
Another Power Cut today 1hr only - previous power cut last month was for 4 hrs and nearly a flood from siphon back to sump (had water level too high) but phew was ok,
Today No siphon back flood

0 activities in the last year

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Disasters & Regrets

Had a 9 tank 1200 litre broodstock system and Successfully breed 15 x spawns of Ocellaris Clowns, while culturing phytoplankton and growing rotifers for new born foods.
Cannot obtain any more Phyto cultures due to import restrictions so had to shut down this operation.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank you for creating Aquaticlog. The site is a great piece of work for our hobby with a wealth of knowledge and details without all the chatter of a forum.