Jourdy's 90 Gallon Mixed Reef

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  1. jourdy

    jourdy Active Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Hi everyone! New to this forum.
    Wanted to share my tank with all of you.


    A quick background:

    I started back in 2001, joining a forum called ReefAquariumGuide (RAG). Not sure if that site still runs, but my interest in reefing culminated from there. During that time, there were very little material available on the internet for the hobby, and I got flamed a lot for my poor reefing choices. Haha. My tank did not last very long - I was ill equipped and the summers in my country (Philippines) run to 38 degrees! There were no chillers available at that time, and the only lights I could get my hands on were fluorescent lights. No skimmers yet as well! LFS had poor husbandry for livestocks. Basically I started with the worst possible chance in the hobby.

    In 2004, I joined Rc and that was when I started having moderate success. Tank thrived, but obviously not as nice as I had hoped and compared to others. There were no chillers/skimmers/lights to be found still, but at least I kept things alive! In 2006 (or 2005), a local club formed and there was a guy who started bringing in equipment from the USA. I was a fresh graduate then, and started with a cheap nano that i kept for years! In 2010 I decided to join ReefCentral's nano tank of the month contest for fun; really surprised to have won! Ever since then, I started upgrading my tanks. It seemed like I was upgrading every year or so.. I have had experience with 20 gallons, 30 gallons, 55 gallons, to 67 gallons, and now up to my current 90 gallons (4x2x1.5 ft). I am actually planning on upgrading again next year when I move to a new home. Seems like you just don't ever get contented once you get to taste this hobby :)


    My current equipment are as follows:
    2 Ecotech Radion Gen 2
    2 Ecotech MP40
    Reef Octopus XP2000 Cone Skimmer
    TECO TR20 Chiller


    Here are some pictures of my tank. Please bear with me as I try to take newer and better pictures. I am currently away from home for a week.
    My only lens is a 55mm Zeiss fixed lens, and thus taking pictures is a bit more difficult without the flexibility. I am hoping to get a more suitable lens for reefing soon.

    Also, sorry for the small pictures. Will update to bigger pictures once I learn how. I am currently using IMGUR and the default images are too big that it stretches the whole page. Had to choose thumbnails but they turn out a bit small and quite hard to see things clearly.


    This is the only FTS I have on my computer as of the moment. Filled with micro bubbles as the return pump has just been turned on.

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    Zoas are my first love, and that's why you will see most of my corals are zoas.
    They all started as small frags (ranging from 1-4 polyps), and they have grown in my tank like mad over the past few years.

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    Favia and Acan
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    I just started keeping SPS about 6 months ago. I just tried it to check if I could keep them. I am always away from home, so I couldn't keep a closer eye on them. So far, so good.
    Wildcaught SPS are still difficult though. I am having difficulties in retaining their wild color.

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    This is a triggerfish given to me a few months ago when my friend dismantled his tank.
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    Will post more pictures soon!


    My tank is always changing. I keep moving things around, so my tank looks different often haha. I have some close friends who I share frags with (we sometimes take turns taking care of something) and there are plenty times when my tank has been like an evacuation home/hospital tank for my friends' corals.

    The best thing I like about my tank is how maintenance-free it is. Like I said, I am barely home most of the week - I am thankful that my tank is alive and well. I don't dose anything, and I forget the last time I checked my parameters. All I know is having old and mature live rocks help a lot! Also biopellets which I use!


    Thanks for viewing! I am open to all comments and criticisms.
     
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  2. 9balliw

    9balliw Active Member

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    Great looking tank! Love the bright red flowerpot. Great top down shot!
     
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  3. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Oh my LAWD! I love this beauty!! Thanks for sharing and please keep us updated!
     
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    This is what I hope my 220 becomes in a few years. I love the colors.
     
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    Wow.... And then some!
     
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    That's sexy vibrant and colorful all in one.
     
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    Very nice, great photography.
     
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    LOVE IT. Wow.

    Very nice !
     
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    Absolutely Stunning. What is your dosing/maintenance regiment?
     
  10. stylaster

    stylaster Reefer since '90 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Spotlight Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Very nice being in the phillipines can you go out and collect what ever coral / fish you want for your tank?
     
  11. jcollinsks

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    I have a guess, you are a graphic designer? The way those colors go together is amazing, I want you to plan out my corals LOL or just sell/give me your tank!
     
  12. Desert Orchid

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    Gorgeous Tank!! Those zoas are just beautiful!!
     
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    I am completely blown away by this tank. From your aquascape, to your choice in colors blending together as mentioned above. Zoas are also my first love, but my tank does not reflect it like yours does! This is a heck of a second post on your half, thanks for sharing on this end of the world!
     
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    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Now my tank will always be sub par! LOL!
     
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    Singlefin Valuable Member R2R Excellence Award

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    Very very nice. Great colors. Looks well put together.
     
  16. joekool

    joekool Mixed Reefer Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Looks great!
     
  17. SeahorseKeeper

    SeahorseKeeper Where's the mysis? Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor NJRC Member

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    Stunning tank!! Keep the pics coming!! :)
     
  18. The Flying Turkey

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    WOW! 'nuff said.
     
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    I'll just echo everyone else....beautiful!
     
  20. salmonshutters

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    One day I dream to have a tank as nice as yours!
     
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