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February 2019 R2R Reef of the Month - Sever10's 900-Liter Reef

February, 2019, Reef of the Month belongs to @sever10.
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    Reef of the Month, February 2019
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    All photos are courtesy of @sever10, ©2019, All Rights Reserved.


    Drum Roll Please


    We are delighted to announce our February 2019 Reef of the Month belongs to our forum member, sever10, from Poland. Sever10 has a beautiful reef which you will see below. He has an interesting build thread, which we highly recommend reading, also. We have all of his tank information below, some spectacular photos of his reef, and his answers to some of our questions.

    Enjoy.

    Display Tank, front view.
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    Display Tank, with sump shown.
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    Close-up photo of sump.
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    System Profile Questions:

    Display tank: 900 liters

    Glass or Acrylic: Glass

    Stand: Aluminum construction

    Sump: + 250 liters

    Refugium:? Inside the sump few kinds of algae

    Grow-out tank: No

    Protein skimmer: Aquaforest AF 250+

    Carbon/phosphate filtration: Reactor AF 150 x 2.

    1. AF Carbon+ AF Phospate Minus and AF ZeoMix ,

    2. AF Life Bio Fil 7liters

    Return pump: Aquabee 8000 24V

    Water circulation: 2x Tunze 6105

    Lighting (display): AF Hybrid T5 10x54W + Led 9x10W

    Lighting (refugium): small 15W led light

    Calcium/alkalinity/magnesium dosing: Aquaforest Component 123+ dosing with KhLab core 7 Pacific Sun

    Kalkwasser reactor: No

    Auto top-off: Pacific Sun

    Heating/cooling: 2 heaters 300W

    System control: Profilux 2

    Water Circulation and Flow Summary and Objectives: 2 x tune 6105 (old school)

    Trachyphyllia, a type of large polyp stony coral.
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    Water Parameters:

    * Temp: 25

    * pH: 7,9-8,2

    * Specific gravity: 35 ppt

    * NO3: 4-5

    * Ca: 410-430

    * Alk: 7,7- 8

    * Mg: 1300- 1350

    * PO4: 0,02-0,04

    * Ammonia and nitrites: 0

    Goniopora, sometimes called a "flower pot" coral.
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    Lighting Summary and Objectives:

    Photoperiod

    * Display tank: from 7 am till noon led lights only. At noon 4x T5 starts and 4 more T5’s start at 2 pm
    • 7 am – 12 pm – led lights only
    • 12 pm – 5.30 pm – 4x T5
    • 2 pm – 7 pm – 4x T5
    • 7 pm – 10 pm – blue leds

    * Refugium: 15W leds 10 pm – 7 am for algae and pH stabilization


    Filtration and Water Quality Summary and Objectives: Standard and generally what I have…

    Calcium/Alkalinity/Magnesium Summary and Objectives: I’m happy with my current parameters and hoping to keep I the way they are

    Scarus quoyi. Or Scarus parrotfish.
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    Genicanthus bellus.
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    Tank Inhabitants—Fish: (Please List)

    1. Acanthurus leucosternon

    2. Acanthurus mauliceps

    3. Acanthurus strigosus

    4. Zebrasoma xanthurum

    5. Zebrasoma flavescens

    6. Labroides

    7. 2x Nemateleotris magnifica

    8. Hexatenia

    9. 2x ocelaris

    10. Chrisyptera taupou

    11. Pseudanthias bartlettorum

    12. Paracanthurus hepatus

    13. Genicanthus bellus

    14. Splendidus synchiropus

    15. Namateleoris decora

    16. 2x Pterapogon kauderni

    17. Pseudocheillnus hexataenia

    18. Scarus quoyi

    19. Centropyge loricula


    Acanthurus mauliceps
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    Paracanthurus hepatus
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    Other Invertebrates:

    1. Linckia Laevigata

    2. 2x Astropecten polyacanthus

    3. 2x L. Debelius shrimp

    4. 2x L. amboinensis shrimp

    5. 2x L.Wundermanni



    Interior Close-up.
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    Another interior close-up using different lighting.
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    Centropyge loricula
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    Tank Inhabitants— Corals: (Option to List)

    1. Mix of SPS, LPS, and soft coral.

    Who was responsible for getting you into the hobby?
    Diving was my great passion years before I got into the reefing hobby. It allowed me to see amazing aquatic life up close and aroused a desire to have my own part of the ocean at home.

    How long have you been doing this?
    I've been doing this for 20 years.

    How did you start?
    I bought a used, functioning aquarium. It was much cheaper than creating my own set, but after a time I realized that corals were not doing as great as I'd wanted. I started improvements, slowly changing into better equipment. All the time I looked for knowledge, reading, getting to know more people from the hobby and day by day I was becoming more aware of what I'm doing with my tank.

    When did you start this current (featured) tank?
    I created the featured tank 6 years ago, but about 3 years later lack of time made me change it to something less demanding.

    Who or what in the hobby most influences/inspires you?
    Nature of course! As I said, my passion for aquatic life stared with diving. Guess the beauty of the ocean will never cease to amaze me. As for inspiring reefers, I guess, I value my business partner Damian the most. For his amazing knowledge about corals and a strong will to share it even with less experienced reefers.

    Any good or bad surprises?
    I've mistaken Component 2+ bottle with AF Perfect Water, so basically I've changed my water 20 litres of KH solution... It was a disaster ending up with 40 dKH in my tank. After a few water changes everything came back to normal, but such a sudden KH raise was a shock for some corals.

    What are your future plans for improvement/upgrade of the tank?
    I'm happy with my current equipment, and I am not going to change it any time soon. I just want to keep the tank the way it is – healthy and thriving. As I said, lack of time is the thing that holds me back, so I have to stick to some less demanding corals. Though, I must admit, I'd really love to have some rare species of corals and surely one day my tank will get some new, exotic inhabitants.

    Any advice for others and especially beginners?
    Only patience and consequence can keep you going in this hobby! There's no one formula for a perfect tank, so you should never forget that all the fun is in constant reefing (with all ups and downs of your tank) not in reaching excellence.

    Final Thoughts?
    Passion is the key! Without a great feeling for diving and corals and without a strong desire to "keep some ocean at home" all the obstacles and my own mistakes would have made me quit the hobby a long time ago. Fortunately, I'm the one with the passion and a strong desire to share it with others.

    Another view of DT.
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    Another view of DT.
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    Reef2Reef thanks @sever10 for sharing his tank with us, answering detailed questions, and allowing us to use his beautiful photos in order to make Reef of the Month a regular feature.
     
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  2. SPR1968

    SPR1968 Fish & Coral Addict! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad R2R Secret Santa UK Reef Club Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    That’s a beautiful tank and great write up on the system

    Congratulations, it’s very well deserved!
     
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    Bryce M. Active Member R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor

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    Very nice mix of coral. Very beautiful aquascape for the fish
     
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    Awesome set up and great write up. Well deserved recognition!
     
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    Whisperss Well-Known Member Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Congratulations
     
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    Just beautiful, comrade. Thank you for sharing
     
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    Anirban Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Congrats man...:)
     
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    reef lover It's a reef thing.... R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award Hudson Valley Reef Keepers

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    Nice!!
     
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    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing - and hanging-in there.
     
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    Thank You R2R ! I am grateful and proud for this distinction. I also wanted to thank all amazing members of R2R for kind words and all help that I've received here during all these years. I will keep going and still improve my knowledge about this great underwater world and our salty hobby... :)
     
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    DLHDesign Ex-Noob R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor

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    Great looking tank!
     
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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Great looking Aquaforest tank!!
     
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    Your tank is beautiful, looks very natural as if you just cut a piece of the reef out the exact size of your tank. Really nice.
     
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    Gorgeous reef and very experienced reefer!
    Congratulations to the very humble Seweryn!!! Well deserved!
     
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    Raege learning one mistake at a time. R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    Wow beautiful tank well deserved recognition. Thanks for sharing it’s inspires me as a new reefer to see what’s possible.
     
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    Gorgeous tank, nice write up!
     
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    vetteguy53081 Well known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Nice clean layout and deserving !!!

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    fantastik tank! congratulations!
     
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    Awesome tank. Congrats!
     
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