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Figured I should give this tank a build thread. We were originally gonna put a 180 gallon in this spot, but the 100 gallon just fit better after the dining room remodel.

Idea behind this tank is a wrasse and butterfly dominant system, with a few other fish added in as well. Corals will be whatever the fish don't eat, since the fish always come first and foremost in my larger systems.

Scored this 5'x18"x20" acrylic tank and stand for free from a local reefer who upgraded.

Quickly got it plumbed, filled with water, and moved in a combo of live and dry rock. Currently running no skimmer or any other mechanical filtration, no filter socks, just open sump with black mangroves and oriental mangroves. I have a sea grape tree (Coccoloba uvifera) coming shortly that will be planted in there as well, and I will eventually move some Caulerpa over to the refugium. I'll add a skimmer at some point, it's sitting in the garage waiting to be cleaned up and hooked up. It's an AquaMaxx skimmer. Sump is a bare 55 gallon aqueon from a petco sale, and a Jebao DC pump for the return pump. Chinese knockoff kessil freshwater plant light for the refugium, I'll probably add 1-2 more down there. Lighting is currently 2x 165W Viparspectra LEDs, I'll try to add a 3rd at some point. I'd also like to eventually add some powerheads, but none for now at least. And heated with a 300W Eheim heater.

Fish list as of 4/18/24:
2 Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
1 Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera)
2 Bicinctus Clownfish (Amphiprion bicinctus)
2 Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
1 Lantern Basslet (Serranus baldwini)
1 Lemonpeel Angel (Centropyge flavissima)
1 Pearlscale Butterfly (Chaetodon xanthurus)
1 Double Saddle Butterfly (Chaetodon ulietensis)
1 Pakistani Butterfly (Chaetodon collare)
1 Rhino Bannerfish (Heniochus varius)
1 Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)
1 Orange Spotted Blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos)
1 Rhino Blenny (Paraclinus marmoratus)
1 Indonesian Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki)
1 Pink Headed Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus chaliasi)
1 Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus filamentosus)
1 Katoi Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus katoi)
1 Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus ryukyuensis)
1 Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse (Wetmorella nigropinnata)

And here are LOTS of pics and a quick video for those who managed to read all that

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Absolutely beautiful! I love the fish! The colors are amazing!
 
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Well, lost 3 of the black mangroves (Avicennia germinans). Turns out they were infested with spider mites...

Oriental mangroves (Bruguiera gymnorhiza) are doing pretty well, they started stretching for the light, so I added another light today.

And the sea grape tree (Coccoloba uvifera) finally arrived today! I got it potted and we'll see how it does!

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Figured I should give this tank a build thread. We were originally gonna put a 180 gallon in this spot, but the 100 gallon just fit better after the dining room remodel.

Idea behind this tank is a wrasse and butterfly dominant system, with a few other fish added in as well. Corals will be whatever the fish don't eat, since the fish always come first and foremost in my larger systems.

Scored this 5'x18"x20" acrylic tank and stand for free from a local reefer who upgraded.

Quickly got it plumbed, filled with water, and moved in a combo of live and dry rock. Currently running no skimmer or any other mechanical filtration, no filter socks, just open sump with black mangroves and oriental mangroves. I have a sea grape tree (Coccoloba uvifera) coming shortly that will be planted in there as well, and I will eventually move some Caulerpa over to the refugium. I'll add a skimmer at some point, it's sitting in the garage waiting to be cleaned up and hooked up. It's an AquaMaxx skimmer. Sump is a bare 55 gallon aqueon from a petco sale, and a Jebao DC pump for the return pump. Chinese knockoff kessil freshwater plant light for the refugium, I'll probably add 1-2 more down there. Lighting is currently 2x 165W Viparspectra LEDs, I'll try to add a 3rd at some point. I'd also like to eventually add some powerheads, but none for now at least. And heated with a 300W Eheim heater.

Fish list as of 4/18/24:
2 Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
1 Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera)
2 Bicinctus Clownfish (Amphiprion bicinctus)
2 Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
1 Lantern Basslet (Serranus baldwini)
1 Lemonpeel Angel (Centropyge flavissima)
1 Pearlscale Butterfly (Chaetodon xanthurus)
1 Double Saddle Butterfly (Chaetodon ulietensis)
1 Pakistani Butterfly (Chaetodon collare)
1 Rhino Bannerfish (Heniochus varius)
1 Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)
1 Orange Spotted Blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos)
1 Rhino Blenny (Paraclinus marmoratus)
1 Indonesian Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki)
1 Pink Headed Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus chaliasi)
1 Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus filamentosus)
1 Katoi Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus katoi)
1 Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus ryukyuensis)
1 Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse (Wetmorella nigropinnata)

And here are LOTS of pics and a quick video for those who managed to read all that

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Some great fish in there!
 
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I had to share because this guy is so cool! He knows I bring food and now begs for it whenever I go near the tank by walking back and forth along the front glass.


 
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Moved a few new fish in! Current stocklist now sits at:
2 Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
1 Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera)
2 Bicinctus Clownfish (Amphiprion bicinctus)
1 Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)
1 Lantern Basslet (Serranus baldwini)
1 Lemonpeel Angel (Centropyge flavissima)
1 Pearlscale Butterfly (Chaetodon xanthurus)
1 Double Saddle Butterfly (Chaetodon ulietensis)
1 Pakistani Butterfly (Chaetodon collare)
1 Rhino Bannerfish (Heniochus varius)
1 Yellow Watchman Goby (Cryptocentrus cinctus)
1 Orange Spotted Blenny (Blenniella chrysospilos)
1 Rhino Blenny (Paraclinus marmoratus)
1 Spotted Mandarin Dragonet (Synchiropus picturatus)
1 Dusky Wrasse (Halichoeres marginatus)
1 Cosmetus Wrasse (Halichoeres cosmetus)
1 Indonesian Lubbock's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki)
1 Pink Headed Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus chaliasi)
1 Whip Fin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus filamentosus)
1 Katoi Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus katoi)
1 Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus ryukyuensis)
1 Blue Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus cyaneus)
1 Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus carpenteri)
1 Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse (Wetmorella nigropinnata)

And here are a bunch of pics from the past couple days. Still a little cloudy, but once I have the copper currently running in here out of the system, I'll hook up the UV sterilizer which should fix that.

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Well, an update since I haven't done so in a while.

First, the Pakistani butterfly unfortunately passed away. I could find no reason why on necropsy, had it roughly 20 days. Stopped eating 2 days before passing.

Second, I ended up removing the flasher wrasses, as they seemed to just hide and were not eating well, losing weight, even though nobody bothered them. Took them back to the LFS. I won't be adding any more flashers, as I seem to have horrible luck with them.

Third, I added a yellow coris wrasse today, nice 2.5" individual, transitioning to male based on the green striping in the face.

So far everyone else seems to be doing well!
Here are a few pics of the fish under blues!

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Picked up this guy today from a local hobbyist who had to tear his system down. He's had this fish for a couple years, but recently fighting with his koran angel, hence the nips in the fins. Already eating well, around 6" long and close to 10" tall. Hoping he and the Rhino bannerfish get along. Even though the banner is half the size, there has been some posturing and chasing, but no damage done. The moorish mostly shrugs it off and keeps swimming. Going to check them again when I run home tonight. Currently at the hospital with wifey and our beautiful baby girl born this morning!

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Zanclus cornuta - the Moorish Idol

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Well, today was the big day to add corals! My local reef group (Southeast Michigan Reef) all came through and hooked me up with a TON of freebies to fill this tank with, so that the butterflies hopefully don't completely wipe out any particular coral. I added a couple mushrooms, a tiny turquoise polyp staghorn Acropora frag, and a Stylococcinella colony. Everything else (GSP, TONS of about 6 types of Palythoa, some more mushrooms, a green Sarcophyton, a couple small rose BTAs, TONS of different Monti caps, a couple different Monti digitatas, and some Pavona) all came from local reefers who wanted to help with this experiment.

So far, they've mostly nipped at damaged tissue (from transport) on the Monti caps and digitata, a little nipping at the Stylococcinella, but nothing crazy on any of them. They haven't touched anything else. Can't see any visible damage. They actually seem much more interested in the microfauna, worms, pods, etc that came off the corals. The Heniochus almost immediately ate both Aiptasia that I was able to see on the frags, picked them out from between the palys without even making the palys close up.

Shot a quick video, most of the corals aren't really opened up yet, but so far so good! You can see the Heniochus varius nipping at the red digitata colony in the video, but it's actually nipping at the skeleton covered in detritus, not at the healthy tissue at all.

 

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