Aquaone Minireef 120 - 60cm x 45 x 45

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Hello all,

Thought id pop a few pics and a description of my new reef tank, its tiny compared to most of yours, but that simply means I can upgrade more :D

I shall start from the beginning, a 2nd hand used tank, to get me "back in the game" and back into the old habbits (have been away from reefing for about 6/7 years)

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Aquaone Minireef 120 Tank
Bubblemagus C3.5 Skimmer
Sunsun DCJ-3500P Return pump on 2600lph
Reefloat ATU PRO2
200w Aquamedic Titanium Heater
STC-1000 Temperature Controller
Euroquatics Angel A1P LED
Jebao SOW-4 Wavemaker
Jebao CP-90 Gyre Wavemaker
Reefdoser Evo4
ATI Essentials Pro / Kalkwasser

Stock List

Pair of true percula clowns (Fish and Cheese)
Bi-Colour Blennie (Jeff) - Moved to wifes tank as he was eating my SPS
Starry Blennie (Groot)
Exquisite Wrasse (Bastardo)
Purple Firefish (Flameboy)
Cleaner Shrimp (shrimpman) - Moved to wifes tank as he steals the food from the corals!!
2 x Nassarius snails
5 x Spiny Astrea Snails
3 Mexican Turbo Snails
4 Hermits, 1 Halloween
Green / Yellow tipped Torch
Red People Eater Paly/Zoa
Utter Chaos Zoa
Punkrocker Zoa
Strawberry Wine Zoa
Sunny D / Rainbow Zoas
Alien Anti Venom Zoa
Red/Blue Acans
Orange / Blue Ricordia
Red Planet Acropora
Purple Montipora capricornis
Seriatopra Guttatus
Green Seritopora Hystrix
Green Monti Digitata
Jedi Monitpora
Purple Rim Undata
Watermelon Chalice
Hulk Cyphastrea
Pink / Red / Purple Goniopora


Recent FTS:

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My one bugbear with this tank is the return and overflow system - it is shockingly bad, little to no surface skimming and i'm probably only getting 300lph turnover through the system from the return.

I believe that the UK brand TMC use an American made "Lifeguard aquatics" fittings - either way, im dumping it off :D

the Italian made X-aqua is on its way and will be here today.

I also said to myself that I wouldn't paint the back of the tank, well, like everything, ive changed my mind so a can of low VOC paint is on its way and ill be doing it in-situe when I change the overflows :D

More to come - hang tight!
 
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Ah! I thought id let you all see my true "bodge job" bracket I made for my light! - Its literally the length of an old bed, with a slice in it, bent 90 degrees and secure with - yep - door latch strikers - holds like a champ.

The length of "bed iron" is actually sat on the floor behind the tank with the same holed bracket as where the lights are attached - this is then simply cable tied to the centre of my tank from inside the cabinet to hold it in place - works like a charm!

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Light bracket looks awesome. No issues if it works haha. Overflow looks interesting, are you able to change the type of attachment to get one with teeth that allow for skimming? I’d suggest moving the powerhead closer to the sand-bed to help give it a bit more flow - should help with the diatoms
 
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Diatoms have more or less burned out today, its green time now :D

Powerhead on "else" mode smashes my torch in the least flow area of tank, but will be high enough when the tank is stable enough for SPS

The x-aqua is here now too, can't wait to swap it for the standard pipework, free waves due to the return pulse design :D!!
 
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OK yesterday was a tough one but all done!

Old overflows removed, had to cut one out! Back of tank painted, 4 coats, quick drying, new Xaqua overflow and return fitted!

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Return pump now on full blast, might even need a bigger one, so an excuse to upgrade me thinks!

The wave motion the return provides is literally fantastic, the drain is a little louder, but for the movement alone I can cope with that!
 
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OK, another quick update, diatoms, GHA and other new tank nasties have been and more or less gone now.

Starting to look lovely, a few more corals, maybe one or two more fish, if the right ones come along, and then sit back and watch it grow.

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Ok, so slight update, i've gone and got a bigger tank - fills my available space much better :) Sadly my Strawberry Shortcake suffered in the tank move :( I also had a new SIxline Wrasse who turned into satan. forcing me to rescape - last pic is of the new scape - Heres some pics :

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Upgraded return pump from the TMC reef pump 1500 to the Sun sun JCP-3500 DC and wow, what a difference, doubled my turnover and sump is moving much nicer and less stagnant.

My dosing pump also arrived, ati essentials Pro liquids on the way.

All coming together :D

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Ok, ATI Essentials Pro has arrived, i'm using the bottles it came in as my dosing containers :D - but, all hooked up, ready to rock and roll - SPS here we come!

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Also managed to get some nicer pictures of some of the corals:

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Quick video.

Added a Jebao wp10 I got very cheap, this couple with the SOW-4 and return pump gives me around 80x turnover - should be enough for some acropora action!

Happy it's all coming together!

 
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So far its stable, and i'm only dosing 1ml a day till my alk / cal uptake increases as the SPS kick into life properly - Will last me forever like this! (2 x 2000ml pro)
 

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So far its stable, and i'm only dosing 1ml a day till my alk / cal uptake increases as the SPS kick into life properly - Will last me forever like this! (2 x 2000ml pro)
Are you dosing using the same bottle ?
 
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The "Pro" variant of Ati essentials is only 2 bottles (I bought 2 x 2000ml) you dose the same amount of each, mine are spaced 1 hour apart so 1ml of "A" at 11am and 1ml of "B" at 12pm
 
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Quick update of the tank under whites, have placed some of the SPS frags on the rocks I bought now! Also got a nice little purple Pavona, he looks like Chewbacca! - As you can see, I dropped and smashed my forest fire trying to re-mount it - it now seems to be coming back, was sulking! - My Pearlberry Acro is now colouring up nicely also! - the polyps are now fluro green under actinics - leading me to believe it isn't a pearlberry!

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This is when I got the acro, as you can see, much "browner"

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