Kyle's 150g Combined Shallow Reef & Frag Tank

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Welcome to my 60 gallon shallow reef tank build. This tank is the result of a migration from my two year journey into the hobby with a nano tank. All of my pictures are stored on Flickr and linked in the tank headers below, so there's a bit of visual history with the ups and downs over time if you're so interested.

Hopefully someone can learn from some of the mistakes I've made along the way!

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Combined System ~150g total
Display Tank: 60g Custom - 48" x 18" x 16"

Stand: Custom 1-1/2" steel powder coated black
Lighting: 48" Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid fixture - 4x ATI Blue+, 3x Kessil A160WE
Return: Neptune COR-20
Powerheads: 2x Maxspect XF230 Gyre, 2x Jebao SW-4
Rock: Marco dry
Substrate: CaribSea Fiji Pink

Frag Tank: 90g Custom - 72" x 22" x 13"
Stand: Custom 2" steel powder coated black
Lighting: Viparspectra 165W Black Box
Return: Jebao DCP 8000
Powerheads: 1x Maxspect XF150 Gyre, 1x IceCap 4K Gyre, 2x Jebao SW-4
Rock: Marco dry cut flat
Substrate: Bare Bottom

Sump: 55g Custom - 44" x 18" x 16"
Controller: GHL ProfiLux 4
Heaters: 2x Finnex Titanium 300W
ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155
Skimmer: Icecap K2-160
Reactor: BRS 5" Mini Reactor (.8 ROX Carbon), w/ Sicce 1.0
Export: Refugium w/ Kessil H380

Frag & Invert Quarantine Tank: 30g Custom - 30" x 22" x 10" ~ 55g total
Sump: Custom 31" x 22" x 13"
Lighting: 24" Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid fixture - 4x ATI Blue+, Kessil AP700
Heater: 2x Eheim Jager 150w
ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155
Skimmer: Icecap K2-50
Return: Jebao DCS 4000
Reactor: IM Minimax Desktop (50ml .8 ROX Carbon)
Powerheads: 2x IceCap 1K Gyre w/ IceCap Controller
Export: Refugium w/ Kessil H150 Magenta
Controller: GHL ProfiLux 4e, GHL KH Director
Rock: Seachem Matrix in sump

Livestock and Corals:

Fish:

DT:
2x Ocellaris Clownfish - Amphiprion ocellaris
1x Gold Assessor Basslet - Assessor flavissimus
1x Midas Blenny - Ecsenius midas
1x Exquisite Fairy Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus Exquisitus (Male)
1x Blue Star Leopard Wrasse - Macropharyngodon bipartitus (Male)
2x Greenbanded Goby - Tigrigobius multifasciatus
1x Springer's Damsel - Chrysiptera springeri
1x Red Head Goby - Elacatinus puncticulatus

QT:
1x Helfrichi Firefish - Nemateleotris helfrichi
1x Tomini Tang - Ctenochaetus tominiensis

Inverts:
DT:
3x Red Bubble-tip Anemone
2x Crocea Clam
1x Blood Red Fire Shrimp
1x Cleaner Shrimp
1x White Spot Anemone Shrimp
1x Pompom Crab
4x Scarlet Hermit crab
2x Blue-Legged Hermit Crab
1x Orange-Lipped Conch
2x Fighting Conch
~20 mixed Nassarius, Trochus and Cerith snails

QT:
5x Rockflower Anemones
2x Feather Duster
1x Candycane Pistol Shrimp
2x Orange-Lipped Conch

SPS:
DT:
Pink Lemonade Acropora
Marshall Islands Sapphire Acropora
Green Slimer Acropora
Four Seasons Acropora
Green Birdsnest
Rainbow Encrusting Montipora
Purple Pocillopora
Red Plating Montipora
Idaho Grape Plating Montipora

QT:
Light Pink Millepora
Cali Tortuosa Acropora
Wasabi Tortuosa Acropora
Teal Turaki Acropora
Green Hulk Acropora
Purple Bonsai Acropora
Red Dragon Acropora
Purple Valida Acropora
Mystic Sunset Encrusting Montipora
Red Planet Acropora
Ice-Fire Prostrata
Pink Millepora
Sunset Millepora
Superman Encrusting Montipora
No-name pink w/ yellow coralite and fuzzy polyps
Denim on Denim Millepora
Pinky Dinky Millepora
Lucid Dream Millepora
No-name Millepora

LPS:
DT:
Mutant Branching Hammer
Kryptonite Candy Cane
Teal Candy Cane
Purple Duncan
Green Fungia Plate
Purple Torch
Green Frogspawn

QT:
Red Trachyphyllia
Teal Rainbow Trachyphyllia

Softies:
DT:
Yellow Fiji leather
Tyree Green Polyp Toadstool
Purple Photosynthetic Gorgonian
Blue Discosoma Mushroom
Green Star Polyps
Assorted Zoanthids
 
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Currently all the fish have been pulled and are in quarantine for observation following 14 days of tank-transfer. I have had crypto in the tank for a while and was attempting to manage it while running my other tank stock through quarantine (65 gallon), but the loss of a sharknose cleaner goby three weeks ago forced me to act and get them out. It's currently fallow till the middle of September.
 

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Looks very nice. Following....

I am just now starting my Fusion 20. LPS and SPS only in this tank. My 13G mixed reef is currently over stock with corals.

One think I noticed is that you have 2x Kessil 160WE. Although I currently have Kessil 360WE, I am a little concern on ample light coverage once corals takes off end to end on the tank.

What's the max percentage of intensity and color do you have on both 160WE? Lights height above water?
 
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Looks very nice. Following....

I am just now starting my Fusion 20. LPS and SPS only in this tank. My 13G mixed reef is currently over stock with corals.

One think I noticed is that you have 2x Kessil 160WE. Although I currently have Kessil 360WE, I am a little concern on ample light coverage once corals takes off end to end on the tank.

What's the max percentage of intensity and color do you have on both 160WE? Lights height above water?
Here's the setting in apex, and the lights are 5" from the water line.


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Here you can sort of see the lighting profile over the tank. I know what you mean by over-stocked! I had to abandon my frag tank as I was losing everything in there, and since this tank has crypto I can't put the corals in the 65 gallon display, so it's packed!

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On the kessils is it okay for the color to be less than 50% all the time? I'm still trying to figure out my settings.
 
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On the kessils is it okay for the color to be less than 50% all the time? I'm still trying to figure out my settings.
BRS recently a review of the Kessil 360W using 50% color + 100% intensity. 50% color gives u the maximum PAR... doesn't however means less than 50 is bad. Personally I like 45% and less.

This may give you an idea what to expect and set.
 

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On the kessils is it okay for the color to be less than 50% all the time? I'm still trying to figure out my settings.
It is. Kessil is tuned for coral growth, which means almost all color level has the necessary blue spectrum, the variance is mostly for visual pleasure
 
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Amazing how the *pod population becomes visible once fish are gone. They've been out roughly 5 weeks now, and there are copepods and isopods all over the glass. My pinkstreaked wrasse is going to have a field day on these pods when he's back in the tank!


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Stocking wise, I've been searching for Greenbanded gobies for over a year and our local market in Vancouver Canada has basically one vendor, whom can't source them. Unfortunately there is no national source like liveaquaria to fall back on, but I do know there is a fish/coral store with an online presence a couple of provinces over. It's been exceedingly difficult to get any communication going with them, something I've never come across this in the hobby so far. I'm in envy of what a lot of the US reefing scene has available to them, least of which the online livestock and coral vendors.

Anyway, now that I'm on holidays for a bit it's time to press the issue and try and get a pair of those gobies. After that, stocking should be complete for this tank in it's current incarnation.
 
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Porcelain crab doing it's thing while mama clown is out of the tank.


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Idaho grape monti is also finally starting to plate out after months of not really doing a whole lot. Most of that is probably attributed to having everything dialed in once a gain; 8.2 DKH, 410 calcium, 1340 calcium, ~2 ppm nitrate, 0.03 ppm phosphate. Another month and a bit, and the tank should be rocking fully stocked.
 
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I've always hated trying to safely dry out the Redsea / Hanna cuvettes from water testing, since they tend to knock over and fall on the floor.

So a (number) of hours later..

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Perfect fit for a v1, and space to put some of those Brother label stickers to keep the cuvettes from being used on another test. Now to create a Hanna version, wondering what the best way to store the caps would be. 3D printing and this hobby seem to be a perfect fit.
 
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Picked up a white-spot anemone shrimp today, so tiny, only about 1" long. Has a nice purple-blue banding / spots on the legs. Hoping it will take up residence on the plate coral, as it was in the LFS.

Currently in invert QT for 76 days, or until it molts. Not taking anymore chances!

Periclimenes brevicarpalis
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Also finished up my work on a holder for the Hanna cuvettes, turned out perfect. The SR Aqualisk cuvettes aslo fit in the Red Sea holder, as seen on the far left. If you have a 3D printer, the stl's for both are on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2467380

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28 days left and then the fish will be back in the tank. Everyone's doing fine in QT, and I have not seen any visible crypto nor aberrant behavior since tank-transfer finished.
 
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P. brevicarpalis molted last night, so he's out of invert QT, acclimated over an hour with multiple complete water refreshes and I put him in to the tank from hand with zero water. Went right into the the paly island and has been there for the last hour or so.


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Conch is also paying a visit next door..

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Two more weeks of fallow as of this Monday, then the fish can return from QT.
 
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Thank you. All I have is an older Galaxy S4, so it's a struggle with the actinic to get shots that look the same as in-person..

Tank is pretty crowded, but I'm still waiting out a fallow timer then I can move a lot of the extra frags and pieces out. Also not happy with how large that paly rock is, will move it to my 10 gallon, or possibly up to the 65. It has spaghetti worms in it though, and I don't want those in my larger 65.. unless the fairy wrasses would keep them in check. I know they're good CUC, but look awful stringing all over the place.
 
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Hey! That's not to bad for an S4, time to upgrade though ;)

I agree with the spaghetti worms being a good and a bad lol. Not sure whether the wrasse will keep them in check though, I'll let somebody else chime in
 
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Here in Canadaland, an upgrade (unless I buy outright), will take me off of a grandfathered plan to one with less data and cost $20 more a month, on top of $500 for a new S8.. no thanks!

Going to keep this sucker till it stops working :)
 

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Looking great so far! Sorry for your sharknose loss, but it seems you're taking the right steps to be careful with everyone else.

How do you feel about the conch in a 20g? I was debating one in my 25 but thought they might be a tad too big.
 
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My tank is super crowded on the sand right now, so I think it kind of ticks the conch off a bit. I like it, so far the sand has seemed to be a bit whiter, but that could just be coincidence. I can go a couple days between seeing it, then it's hopping around for another couple.

Yeah I figured the tank had ich for a while, no fish were ever quarantined in it. I learned my lesson in January on my 65 gallon, it had velvet rip through. Since then I've turned a closet into a QT station, and everything from now on goes through QT for both tanks - fish, coral and inverts.
 

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