A reef on the 10th floor

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  1. JMacedo

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    Hi all,

    This is my 60"x24"x24" or 150x60x60cm tank (about 142USgal, 119UKgal or 540litres).

    The tank was rebuilt five months ago after the chiller had let me down while I was on a holiday. When I arrived home the water temp was at 95ºF (35ºc) and I had no choice but to frag most of my colonies. The chiller has been replaced with an AC compressor with a drop-in coil since.

    During the process of fragging and removal of the dead corals using a flat screwdriver and a hammer, the rockscape collapsed and I almost threw the towel and called it quits!... but, as all you know this is no simple hobby... this is an addiction!... an addiction I have since the first time a friend of mine invited me to see his saltwater tank and I was green with envy and then started my first saltwater tank 200USgal circa 1990.

    This tank is smaller... :( because I now live on a 10th floor and the lifts are small!

    Removed everything from the tank, gave it a good cleaning, placed new rocks, new sand, new everything, my frags, a few surviving colonies and the fish.

    Cycling has been a nightmare (water is done but rocks take usually no less than a year). Nonetheless here is my humble reef as it looks today.

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    The sump is a custom made simple tank with no baffles (30"x 18" x 15")
    Return pump: Eheim Compact+ Marine
    Skimmer: Tunze 9430
    Calcium Reactor: Bubble Magus
    UV: Eheim Reeflex 800
    Lighting: 6x AI Hydra52 modules.
    Flow: 2x Maxspect Gyre 150
    Power Backup: APC Pro 1500 with Battery Pack
    ATO: Small tank with DIY system
    Cooling: 9000BTU AC compressor with drop-in coil (I am going to install a second one as backup)

    Old salt: (more than one year in use until end of February this year: RedSea (blue bucket - the Pro version is too rich and far from NSW parameters, I tried the pro but the non-Pro gives me better results and less algae)

    Carbon source: RedSea NoPox

    Feeding corals and fish: Fish poo and home made recipe (nori sheets, clams, salmon, shrimp, squid eggs, brine shrimp)

    Water changes 10% weekly

    This month I am in the process of changing things using some Fauna Marin products:

    Fauna Marin Professional Salt
    Reef Vitality
    Coral Balance
    Color Elements

    Water parameters:

    Calcium: must be alright.
    Magnesium: Just fine, the corals tell me.
    Alk: 7.5 - 8.0 dKh (tested every other day)
    Phosphate: must be close to undetectable.
    Nitrates: Very close to 0 (tested every 4 days)
    PH: Not tested.
    SG 1.025
    Temp 77ºF (25ºC)

    I will be updating.
     
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    October 2015 - The rebuild

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    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Beautiful tank and some great photos! Thanks for sharing..
     
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    JMacedo Active Member

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    Thank you for the kind words.
     
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    Wow, what a great tank. Beautiful coloration of corals and great balance
     
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    Thank you so much. Appreciated.
     
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    Tagging along for updates on this beautiful system!
     
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    Thank you very much. I will keep updating. :)
     
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    nice set up
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Very nice tank!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Are you supplementing anything? Especially for the great coloration in your SPS?
     
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    Oh, that's just beautiful.
     
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    Thank you so much for the very kind comments. :)
     
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    I started this month doing some changes and supplementing some Fauna Marin Products; Reef Vitality, Color Elements and Coral Balance but despite some improvements (better polyp extension), I have to say these colours were achieved before the Fauna Marin products with no supplementing, just fish poo and my homemade blend. Tank you so much for viewing my tank.
     
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    Looks great. Man I hate when the scape crumbles!
     
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    Thanks for the reply
    I love your tank :)
     
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    Baby Ray Valuable Member

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    Thanks for the reply
    I love your tank :)
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Beautiful
     
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