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Kris’s Custom Mixed Reef

Kris 2020

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Current fish are 2 clowns, royal gramma, and orange stripe prawn goby that have been with me forever. New additions are 4 pajama cardinals and 2 neon gobies. Inverts are short spine urchin, red banded coral shrimp, blood red fire shrimp, emerald crab, porcelain crab, strawberry crab, typical snails and hermits, rose btas and 2 rock flower nems, a coco worm. Just a few lps, sps, and soft corals and zoas.

67 gallon custom starphire rimless, 30 x 22 x 23.5, sized to fit a nook in my living room, built by Miracles Aquariums
Bottom drilled, herbie drain
Black custom stand, opens on 2 sides, also built by Miracles
40 breeder sump in the basement, 4 sections includes refugium (chaeto, live rock)
Brs dual gfo/carbon reactor
2 little fishies reactor used for co2 absorption media-REPLACED with Icecap co2 scrubber size large.
2 finnex 500 watt titanium heaters
Accel Aquatics biopellet reactor running Aquamaxx pellets
BRS dosing pumps for calcium and alk
Eshopps economy 120 skimmer
Sicce Syncra 12 HF return pump
Lifegard Aquatics 25 watt uv sterilizer
Eheim Compacton 3000 pump pushing water to biopellets, gfo/carbon, and uv sterilizer
Reefkeeper lite controller
clip on style fans on sump for cooling
brs 7 stage rodi
Tunze ATO

In display:
2 Icecap 2K gyre pumps
Zetlight Maven II led light

I do weekly water changes of about 15 gallons. I use HW Marinemix reefer salt at 1.025. I keep the tank at 79-80 degrees. I feed LRS reef frenzy, omega one marine pellets, and blue zoo aquatics mix. For mechanical filtration I use filter media cups with floss, held by a filter sock holder, inside a felt filter sock.

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Previous tanks were a 12 gallon nano reef and a 39 gallon Cadlights Signature.
 
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Kris 2020

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Nice. So where is the stuff we should be snobs about
Ummm Chinese light, softies, and the gsp I will add when I find some cheap lol. floral paneling? I guess I never felt people were snobs so much, just more my attitude toward my own tank, was that I needed more and better and most difficult to keep, so I was never happy with what I had. I enjoyed my tank more when I stepped away from the forums so I wasn’t comparing myself all the time. So more me and my issue than forums themselves.
 

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Na reefing is a personal preference. Everything in this hobby is so expensive any chance I get to DIY something so I can spend money on livestock helps feed the coral addiction:) I definitely like how you have stuff setup! Keep it coming!
 
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Not much new in the tank except I’m apparently a sucker for live sales. Who knew? So there are lots of new corals in the tank. I need to take some new pictures soon. Only other livestock change is I am down to 1 (from 2) neon gobies. Hardware change would be I’ve gotten an icecap co2 scrubber to replace my converted 2 little fishies reactor.
yesterdays (pre water change) parameters:
salinity 1.025
ph 8.15
nitrate 5-6
phosphate .04
alk 8.7
calcium 431
mg 1290
temp 78.8

So a million years ago I started with a 12 gallon nano and did weekly water changes...and have continued that practice throughout the years. Like today I did a water change that was prolly about 14 gallons. It’s just how much water my rodi makes on a 4 hr timer and fits nicely in my water mixing container and I know exactly how much salt it takes yadayada. But I keep telling myself I don‘t really need to change that much Water out weekly. 65 ish gallon display, 40 breeder sump. So like 80-85 gallons of water all told? I would save some on salt cutting it back to 8 gallons a week. But I’m just keep doing what I’m used to. And the tank goes on.
 

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